PC Perspective has just posted a review of the ASUS A7J 17" Core Duo notebook. Overall, this system appears to be a solid all-around notebook that has an emphasis on multimedia. With a Radeon X1600 GPU, this is probably not the best choice for hardcore gaming fans. For those users, they would be much better off with the Alienware Aurora m9700 SLI notebook we just reviewed here at Hot Hardware.
While you can definitely find cheaper alternatives, for the $1700 USD price tag (at time of publishing) you get a laptop that sounds good and looks even better. To put the icing on the cake, the A7J can even play current games rather well and it supports SPDIF output to make it useful as a media computer. Not to be forgotten are some of the upgrades you can get like a DTV tuner and a remote control. There are a lot of 17" laptops on the market these days, and the A7J is worth looking at if you want something more serious than a budget product.