On Friday I got a ASUS G74SX-XA1 Republic of Gamers 17.3-Inch Gaming Laptop through Amazon.com and it has been doing quite well over the weekend. It's faster than my desktop, that's for sure. When a few friends heard me say that 'The Beast Has Arrived' and I tossed them a link in explanation, the initial reactions were:
- "9 lbs?",
- "That is a beast!"
Now, truth be told, I could probably have had Treehouse Agency lease me an Apple - but I prefer thinking different, working different and being able to really customize my system. I imagine it won't be long before I have a distro of Linux on here as well. Given that I will have to travel occasionally, it makes sense that I have a laptop - but the laptop will have to do my bidding. It's my minion. And while I'm not a big fan of the Microsoft Corporation, I am a big fan of the more open architecture of the non-Apple platforms. Since I was spending my own money instead of leasing, I opted to spend it on this - something which, unlike the iPad2, I am using to write this post with. Yes. It is big. It is heavy. But it's the beast I want for running simulators, HDR processing, creating and editing graphics with, and allowing me to be at home wherever I am with a screen that doesn't require the enforced tunnel vision a smaller screen does.