I had an ASUS 17" gaming laptop that I used for about 6 years, and it was keeping up just fine, though the only upgrade I did to it was to add an SSD. But, I had to retire it because ASUS wasn't providing Windows 10 drivers for the hardware anymore, and Windows updates became a nightmare because of this. I use a company issues Surface Pro, and I would not recommend one of these, as there are always issues with RDP on this thing, where it doesn't display other desktops on Server 2008, 2012 and sometimes 2016 well due to the resolution differences. And if you are older, and the old eyes are not up to par, you may want to avoid the Surface anyway. Once you start changing the resolution, it becomes a pain to work on.
I'm on my fourth Asus ROG laptop and have never had a better machine. This one is an i9, 32gb, and runs Win 10 and my SQL Server like a champ. These are gaming machines, but I don't use them for that. It has two internal SSD drive bays, but not an internal CD/DVD, so I keep a USB version of each. 17" display is touchscreen if you want it to be (I don't use it). I also use a second 27" LG monitor when it's on my desk.
My wife has had two of these also for running her high-end graphics software. The only failure we've ever had was when I poured a cup of coffee over the keyboard on one.
The ROG's are definitely a bit on the heavy side, and very solidly constructed, but I don't find that to be a problem as I use an over-the-shoulder bag when travelling only a few times a year. Do move it around the house once in a while to my lazy boy or out to the deck.
I haven't had any driver issues on any of these, and never had any Windows Update problems that I recall. Even recently used a USB 3.5" floppy drive on my latest one with no problems. Yeah, I have finally retired boxes of old floppy disks from long-term storage.
I've always been able to keep them up to date, able to easily upgrade Windows versions as needed.
We still have three of the retired ones stored away and they are all functional except for the one I have yet to install the replacement keyboard into.
The Asus ROG machines are not the low-end pricewise, but I definitely think they are worth the price.
Ray, a followup on the eyesight issue. I'm 79 years old, with trifocals, and I see double images of text on the screen especially in the morning. My eye docs solution to this is to use TheraTears or Visine Dry Eye solution and these really help me with the vision.
And as I have posted before, when you get to the trifocal stage, it helps to have the middle-distance (arm's length) portion of your lenses made taller than is normal so you can see the entire screen without tilting your head up and down. This does require a bit of adjusting to at first when walking since the trifocal extends further up into the distance portion, so I actually look under the lenses for things like climbing stairs. I had single-vision lens implants done years ago, so can drive and watch TV with no glasses at all. Opted for keeping the trifocals for reading and computer work. And they're LOTS less expensive than the trifocal implants.
One of the best days of my IT career was the day I told my boss if the problem was so simple he should go fix it himself.