Almost any brand from Taiwan is great. Coming from a family of ASUS and Acer users I should know. My old core 2 duo acer laptop outlasted a friend's more expensive HP laptop and even the rich idiot I put up with who spent way too much on pens had his macbook pro die in the meantime. Still ran photoshop fine and lasted until a design flaw killed it.
There's been nothing wrong with the ASUS laptops though, save for how the Eee pc can't join the wireless and needs a ethernet cable for some reason.
The fact that the model (a asprire 7720G) had slight overheating issues, The solder keeping the GPU in place melted and at first I thought it was taking longer than normal to start. 3 days after that issue I got POST error beeps and it died on 28.08.12.
I think I had the laptop for 4 or 5 years approximately. I was informed of the flaw midway though the life of it by someone I knew. It had a Nvida Geforece 9300m (I think it was that the model of it) dedicated graphics card that had 256 MB of video RAM. Which was a lot at the time it was new.
I have an Asus laptop that I got several years ago (maybe like 5-6 years ago), and it works just fine still They tend to have good products, so I can't say I've ever had an issue with anything I got under that brand.
I do, but mine is fairly 'new' as in It's now about a year old. Never really had any problems apart from a bizare glitch where it claimed there was some error with the battery then it sorted itself. It's a massive upgrade from the Sony Vaio laptop I had before, which was a handemedown that was already two years old when I got it and before I got rid of it it was just so laggy, and took about 10 minutes to properly boot up the dvd drive stopped working, the right click button stopped too but it trucked on pretty well for at least another three years
i have heard alot of great stuff about asus and have friends who have them and they work amazingly well. just like any brand though, there is the faulty models that just are not as awesome as most of the other models, unless its dell or hp thos brands are horrible. Then there is the ones that are just simply defective.
I had one for 2 years, Fucking loved it. (may wanna skip down now..)
Great power, great parts.. but I had to take it in to best buy to get it fixed for a bad screen (dead pixels mid screen) and a bent mouse pad button (NO idea how that happened..) came back with a new screen, but nothing touched on the pad..
they sent it out again for the pad and got it back, then THEY broke the screen.... yeah.. somehow busted the back light.. so they "lemoned" it and refused to fix or return the item. Instead they wanted me to pick an equal value system from their shelves.. problem.. i only paid $800 bux for it, but it was 5x the powerhouse of anything they had anywhere near its price range... And this was a 3 year old system by this time!! the damned "geek squad" morons looked at me like i was insane, so i had to explain it to them in simple terms, lay out the individual specs, and explain WHY it was a good system... do they have ANY training in this shit at all?!
Next thing i knew they tried hooking me up with a system that had "similar" specs (took them about 15 minute to find someone among them that knew anything about computers that didn't come in a simple plug'n'play manual). While it had a larger screen, it also had FAR less memory... no deal... I'd have flipped on them, but i already had a backup laptop at home by this time (one i still use Tis a good little Samsung deal.. ) My GF convinced me to drop it and just take the store credit (they refunded me the laptop price and half of my warranty plan claiming thats all they could do... sooo why couldn't they FIX the damned laptop instead?! alls it needed was the damned screen replaced (again).... i mean fuck, THEY broke it..)
Instead ended up with a Macbook pro for my GF, for $200 bux after all was said and done. I'm still pissed at that store though.. i'd had laptops from them before, and had to send them in for repairs (was even across the country one time and they still took it, fixed it, and shipped it back home for me) But that one experience has soured my taste.. and i can see why they've started going down hill lately. Ever since they changed their damned policies toward Warranties, and such, they've become total shit, and are trying to be bigger than they are.
sorry.. think i just ranted... *goes and adds tags for skipping purposes*
Overall i loved the Asus though, i'd had 2 of them in the past and they were spectacular systems. But like any laptop, you need to buy to your needs. And price check value vs power. To many people pay 1k+ for whats essentially an E-Machine (wait.. thats a brand now.. basically just an internet box and a digital typewriter) When you can get a system that'd rival most desk top systems for less.
I still use Asus Mobo's though, but i think they're reaching the point where they've grown to much and are starting to lax in quality.. time to find someone new.
I own 3 Asus laptops, only one blue screen a few months later due to an update. I sent it in they returned it only to have the same issue again. Finally after the second time it worked just fine. It happens. Still wouldn't buy any other brand, the other laptops run just fine.
Asus is one of the best brands for computers and laptops! I think you just got unlucky.
I'm using a MacBook Air right now for over a year... and it's working really well. I know a lot of people say it's overpriced. Oh yeah, sure.. I know that, but I like how it looks. I'm not a gamer, I don't need it for anything more than video and internet surfing. So it serves its purpose!
Asus g74x owner over here. I Absolutely swear by ASUS. It's a great computer brand. I've been using them for about 3 years with no problems at all, save maybe a glitchy screen on my previous G74x model that I returned. I think you simply got a defective unit. You won't find much better luck with HP or DELL. or ACER. Don't get Mac. and Alienware is overpriced shit. I ONLY get ASUS computers now.