Originally Posted by chezouff
the only reason im defending them is because ive used both on and off over the years. stuck with dell these past few years, but just bought my first Asus notebook in awhile and was very impressed with the quality after being with the cookie cutters that dell uses, the same material for all their notebooks from their bottom of the bin b120 to the M1710 the material is the same down to the plastic like palmrest. It was so refreshing to see the brushed aluminum of some of ASus's laptops and leather wrapped inserts into the laptop, along with digital LED displays of pc specs. its stuff like that, that doesnt neccassarily help the bottom line but gets you points with your customers.
When i read about the C90 being released i thought it was damn cool. Picture Dell making this exact type of laptop regardless of how good it was it would be making huge waves. Dell is great at pumping out laptops that work and have the numbers which is great but i like ASUS's huge variety of laptops and designs and they dont even have Dells deep pockets, yet they have a wider array of unique laptops. It makes me think Dell could be doing a lot more to appease the niche areas and wont.
The cooling design doesnt sacrifice reliability at all... i dont get why u think it would. its not like anythings moving around (except the spinning fans) Its pretty much handled like the Dell E1705/M1710 and E1505 would; Two pipes extended to the same area and spread out over radiator fins that are lined up so the fan pushes air between the fins and on the way out, same as the C90! But instead of the two pipes meeting on the left they meet in the center and extend out, which is all screwed securely in place and most of the extension is thick abs plastic or some metal alloy its not going to snap off, the stuff they make laptops with now is very very strong.
Im sorry if im making a bigger deal then it should i just thought this laptop was very unique and kind of a risk, theirs some new tech in there and i think the first desktop C2D in a laptop, which isnt nearly as out of place as the old desktop cpus so its actually viable in this setting, would be a big deal. I thought this laptop would be huge for early adopters that love having the new stuff first here it is.
I would have thought the XPS2010 would have surely counted as something unusual.
And as a mechanical engineer,you will never convince me that current asus's use better materials and construction than dell's business lines or 17" inspiron/XPS laptop,the current models of Asus I've looked at [A8JS,G1,V1JP,A8JP]are built as poorly as acer and sony and for that matter the dell's from the inspiron 8600 era,perhaps you could tell me what your last Dell laptop was and what you have now so I can go and compare in the shop what you are talking about because all the models I mentioned above felt like the screen was going to break off and in the 2 A8's and G1's case,pick the laptop up by the corner in one hand and their like creak,creak,just like my old inspiron 8600 did.
Sure Dell uses plastic on the palm rests and LCD bezels on all models,but the complete latitude/precision,9400,XPS1710,XPS1210 use cast magnesium bases,and the latitude/precisions lids are as well,which is much more exotic than asus's largely plastic construction with a couple of fake carbon fibre patterns or inserts here and there which are purely cosmetic and don't offer anything to the structural integrity of the notebook.