I got an ASUS K550JX last May for 655 USD (a little over 500, but under 1000)
It packs a nice Intel i5 2.8GHz with TurboBoost up to 3.4GHz, which i got to see enabled for the first time whilst playing Assassin's Creed Unity
It came with 8GB DDR3 RAM, of which 4GB are on-board (works faster)
As for the GPU, it has a nVidia GeForce GTX950M. It gets the job done, but it also warms the laptop while running games on high settings.
The speaker puzzled me, because I couldn't figure out where it actually is (SonicMaster), but along with ICEpower's AudioWizard, it works great.
The keyboard feels nice for quick, efficient typing, and it also comes with a numpad (which is a big plus for me). The touchpad isn't something special (I mean, it's a touchpad, what more do you want from it), but ASUS has a neat software called SmartGesture that allows you to use gestures, which works great with Windows 10's new features (for example, swiping three fingers up opens the Task View for working with more desktops). Also, I find the RemoteControl app quite useful for presentations. I think it will come quite handy during my college studies.
All in all, I'm quite satisfied by it. The only con that it has would be the cooling. The GPU really heats up the exaust and the area under the spacebar, but never enough to cause damage.
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