Review has been updated. It's now been 5 years since I bought my Asus Z71V. While I doubt I'll have it another 5 years, another 1-2 years may be a possibility...
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5/12/10 at 5:42pm
Well, there were two problems with the Z71V that prevented Asus from continuing the series: the battery problems that Asus eventually fixed but took several months to do so, and the less-effective video card heatsink, which had something to do with several folks blowing out their video cards, especially when overclocking.
However, for those of us who kept our units through the battery switches and who didn't overclock our video cards and/or bought White Heat's improved heatsink, it seems to have proved a capable and durable machine.
I remember when I bought it that I was looking to fix some very significant daily use shortcomings in the notebook I had used previously, and I'm really happy that this notebook doesn't have any of those. It doesn't break or damage easily, has enough ports to easily connect to whatever I need, isn't too heavy, has decent battery life, is versatile enough that I can use it how I'd like (as opposed to some current notebooks that have annoying restrictions in how far the lid opens, for instance) and has solid and consistent performance in all applications.
Being interested in the tech field, I'm always looking for what could be my "next notebook" but so far, I haven't found anything that meets my experience with the Z71V, so I plan to keep it until something comes along that does better.