Tangerine Gleam wrote:I haven't totally given up on them...I might order another UL80vt actually but I'd like to "sleep on it" after this experience. Have you owned an Asus before?
Order another? If you were getting BSOD right out of the box then Asus should definitely replace it. Call them and don't get off the phone til they agree to do it. (In my experience with them, they are good about these types of things.) Hell, say you spilled water all over the damn thing if you have to, it has accidental damage protection for the first year. You definitely shouldn't have to purchase a second new laptop.
I misspoke, perhaps -- I'm going to send it back to Amazon, who will refund my credit card for the full amount (after confirming that it is, indeed, screwy). Asus themselves did offer to fix it (not replace it, at least not yet), but this is actually preferable, as I can re-assess what I want. And if I get the same model, I save $50 anyways, because it went on sale the day after I bought it.