Be careful with Asus. I loved my Asus W3V way back when, even when it was practically a nuclear reactor, at some points.
I bought the Asus a8js around December of this year. I must say that the build quality is terrible; I've had to tighten its hinges numerous times, and the cover of it scratches more easily than any other plastic I've ever come into contact with. It gets hot--I've undervolted it to no end, and it still belches out hot air.
If you know anyone would be interested in buying this, I'd be intrigued. I'd just like a prettier laptop that had better battery life.
As you've noticed, Asus has considerably widened their quality range. While this means that they now make notebooks for a wider range of people and purposes, it also means that you need to pay closer attention to make sure you're getting a solid model. The A8Jm & A8Js both had some issues with loose hinges, but your notebook also had the most powerful video card in a 14" notebook at the time. There are different gains and losses for each market segment. The A8Js was designed for 14" gaming on a budget. If you're looking for the same or better build quality as the W3v you had, you need to stick with the S, U, V, & W series ensembles.