Top critical review
So far, it's perfect
11 August 2019
I used the exchange program and got this for under 50,000 INR. In that price, this is a steal. I played Tomb Raider (2013) on Ultimate and it looked and played great. I ran a benchmark test, and the average fps was over 70fps. I'm pretty happy with that. I also played Counter Strike GO and it ran just as I expected it would.
The RGB keyboard is a nice touch, although I wish you could set a gradient or key specific RGB. The screen is up to the mark. Great viewing angles and brightness. I found the touchpad to be sufficient and enjoyable to use. It's very smooth. Almost similar to the apple glass touchpad.
Something I found to be a little disconcerting was how the keyboard panel gets pressed in a little every time I type something up. I'm not even pressing that hard, I'm just gently typing! Additionally, windows crashed once, and at one point my computer seemed to freeze for 10,15 seconds. I'm 90% sure that was first day issues. I updated everything and right now everything seems to be working fine.
The speakers are loud enough, but they are very, very flat. The fan can get quite loud, (although I prefer a loud fan over a overheated gpu), so make sure you have good quality headset. The webcam is whack, but I'm sure you're not buying this laptop for video calling.
I do not like the arrow key placement. This is the first time I've seen the keys below the control button. It's such a weird setup. The up arrow key is actually part of the number pad. It's really strange. I still haven't gotten used to it. The number pad itself is very petite, but I am glad they included it. I just wish they could've kept the arrow keys normal. They keyboard is great for typing and for gaming. Having the WASD keys transparent was a nice touch.
I did not have the common issue of where only 6gb of ram is available. Maybe they've updated the firmware to fix that? I'm not sure. But regardless, in the future I'll be adding another stick of 4gb or 8gb ram into this. And so should you. Right now, I have steam open (no game running), internet explorer open to write this review, along with 3 other tabs (all amazon), and 3.9GB is being used. That's crazy.
I'll update my review the more I use this machine. But so far, this has been the perfect upgrade. Affordable. 120HZ capability. Sexy keyboard lighting. Nice screen.
But the two most amazing things about this laptop:
1. GTX 1650.
2. The Price.
Just for these two reasons, you should buy this if you're looking for an upgrade or a new gaming laptop. I looked everywhere and I wasn't able to find another laptop in this price range that brings a 1650. Great work by ASUS.
P.S. It's surprisingly lightweight as well. Personally, I'll be keeping this at home because taking this to college is too risky for me, but it is a portable laptop and you can carry it around without a problem.
So far, it's perfect.
1) Battery life is weak even when compared to other gaming laptops. Don't expect over 4 hours even with a full charge.
2) The hardware of this laptop is perfection. Unfortunately, the device drivers and the BIOS is near faulty. I've had 3 blue screens of deaths in 3 days.
I would give 4.5 stars if I could. But look at the other reviews for this product. There is an obvious software problem that consumers have to solve on their own. People not getting the full 8GB of ram, or having to update the BIOS for the laptop to be functional. That brings down the experience. Not to say the laptop isn't fantastic. But this simple software issue is so glaring I'm surprised it got past everyone at ASUS.
I would still wholeheartedly recommend buying this laptop. Running Just Cause 3 and Superhot with smooth FPS is a dream come true. This was the perfect upgrade for me.
Edit 2: I'm so very disappointed with the software. I've had games freeze on me. I've had the keyboard just stop working for no reason, multiple BSODs. What's the point of such killer hardware when you have to spend half your time tweaking the software so that it's functional? I still recommend this product, but beware, you'll be spending a lot of time simply getting windows to work with you.