It sits at the lower end of Asus's gaming range. We got one about a month ago to replace my falling apart Toshiba A215. What a difference :-)

It is not a lightweight but in return it is solid. The keyboard feel and operation was a pleasant surprise. The trackpad, although it does not have separate buttons, is nowhere near as obnoxious as the ones HP foists on you.

The fans do seem to run most of the time but they are quieter than any other laptop I worked with, especially when something (say, the Washington Post website...) gives the CPU a workout.

Sign of the times: it does not have a DVD drive. I didn't even notice at first but it did lead to some headscratching later on.