First off, from the article: "only the 17in MacBook Pro had a better overall score" It beat it in some benchmarks, but not enough. Also, MAJOR note, CPU benchmark was not even included!!!!!! its a 1.7GHz processor standing against 2.33s from most and 2.66 from Apple.
it beats the stock 17" i7 MBP. (which is only 2089 in the UK, not 2500...)
1.7GHz vs Apple 2.66 (and 2.8 on offer for $200 more)
6GB vs 4GB (same speed)
1080v vs 1200v resolution ouch, bigger screen and fewer pixels = 25% lower PPI and i can already see the pixels on a MBP.
GT335 vs GT330, not a huge difference directly, but driving fewer pixels it had a bigger advantage
The only real things the Asus trounced apple in were its disk configuration (2X640GB in RAID, but the mac was not tested with an SSD for comparrison on disk performance, and could have been for less than $100 more). The Mac trounced it in screen resolution, battery life, and weight. Note: CPU synthetics were completely omitted from this comparison... probably because its near 1GHz slower! They also noted the Asus had a horrible trackpad.
It does include USB3, but no person has yet given me a use case for a device compatible with USB that can use speeds above 3GHz. not a single device. USB doesn't support RAID, even SSDs don't read that fast, and aidio and video equipment requires FW for latency and CPU reasons (speed is not the issue there, stability and response time is). I see no reason at all for USB3 on a laptop, and little for it on desktops. No one has even presented a use case, let alone tried to argue it.
Other noted misses:
- 802.11n, but no 5GHz support, and N isn't even included in the base 2500 model...
- blue-tooth is optional
- no fiber audio port
- ASUS support...
- for a $2500 unit, it doesn't even compare to gaming laptops using desktop cards, not even close.
This machine is about form over function, and that function falls short of lower priced better configured, lighter, and longer life, mass market units with better support and local repair options. This is a Do Not Buy in my book.