Originally Posted by iikimchee
just to play devil's advocate-
it seems to me that their reputation as a notebook manufacturer certainly cant be very well established or comparable yet to their reputation for making motherboards considering how young they are, and the limited number of consumers who have had experience with them in comparision to the larger companies....
I too own an ASUS (S5N) and I can tell you, as my third laptop and the 5th one I have had extensive experience, it is the runaway winner in terms of quality and build (compared to Dell, Sony, Compal, and HP). I will probably be an ASUS user for life.
Also their small size (in the notebook market) and relatively small amount of notebooks they make ought not to discourage you, but encourage you. Think about the difference in the level of service you receive dealing with smaller corporations over big ones. I think that perhaps when I company is trying to create a brand name or a reputation they pay even more attention to their customer than others.
ASUS has been in computers for ages though (around 30 years I believe - which is a millenia in computer terms). They used to make notebooks and notebook components for companies like IBM, Dell, and others. They currently are manufacturing both the new Apple Powerbooks and the Apple iPod Mini and Shuffle. Besides that they have long been considered the best and most reliable manufacturer of motherboards. I wouldn't worry about them being a "no-name," they just aren't well known in noteboks yet, because they just entered the notebook market under their own brand in the US a few years ago.
Best advice I can give though is if you go with an ASUS (which you should!) get one from someone very reputable like ProPortable.com (there are other reputable resellers, this one just happens to be the one I went with and they are highly recommended by myself and others). I don't think you'll regret it.