Since ASUS only changed the video card in their later models, I can probably vouch for this one based on mine.The Good
- The laptop stays fairly cool, at least on the top part. A major complaint I have with laptops is when they start working, they're usually very warm on the keyboard which makes it uncomfortable to use. It's also not very loud.
- Air is vented out the back, and there's nothing else back there. While this may be considered a con, the fact I don't have to worry much about rear clearance other than enough for my laptop to breath is nice.
- The screen uses a matte finish, so less glare!
- Sound quality is pretty good, and it comes with a headphone amp on the stereo output
- The power brick is pretty sleek and I think it's a pretty efficient unit. It gets noticeably hot but not very hot and I haven't had any issues so far.
- Battery life is really good on casual use. It usually gets 5+ hours. But then again I have a GTX 765M so the 880M model may be lower.
- It has HDMI and Mini-DP, so monitor output options are good. And for some reason it includes VGA (wwwwwhhyyyyyy)
- The keyboard has a tendency to miss keys (about... 1% of time maybe). It might just be a ghosting issue. I'm not sure if they fixed this.
- The trackpad is too close to my left palm and it has no palm detection, so occasionally I'll hit it.
- The headphone jack is a little cheap. I cracked the jack case on mine after only a few times of pulling my headphone plug to the side.
- The default audio drivers (at least on my unit) disable the audio when there's nothing going on, which makes sense. Except the turn-on lag is terrible. I downloaded either updated drivers or straight from the manufacturer and the problem went away.
- Similarly, the laptop wouldn't shut off normally unless I issued a shutdown -h. I think this was a chipset driver problem (I notice it wasn't happening from a reinstall of Windows until after I installed the drivers) and a different set from Intel made this problem go away.
- Recovering the computer if something goes awry is a bitch. I've had Windows update corrupt its own bootloader and I've had a wonderful time trying to even find a way to fix the OS. But I'm sure this is a problem with laptops in general now-and-days using Win8.
EDIT: Go check out Notebookcheck's review