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Pros: Picked one of these up w/ the high res screen (1920x1080), 9 cell, and dropped a Vertex2 240gb SSD in there. It's quick and "portable" which is what I was looking for. Stays around 48c idle and 65-70 underload. Customization is nice, keyboard feels good and has comfortable palm-rest. Good viewing angles on LCD.
Cons: More plastic than I would like. Yea yea I get it. It's alien themed, but tone it down a little. I wish it allowed for more control on backlighting IE: turn off trackpad, but leave keyboard backlighting. Battery...let's talk about that. I have the 9cell and I get 2 hours off of it on balanced power profile. Horrible trackpad. I'm sure some will say "but it's a gaming laptop so who uses a trackpad anyway", doesn't matter. It should've came w/ a better surface and perhaps better buttons.
Other Thoughts: I wanted a desktop replacement w/ a nice high res screen and I've found it. Lugging 10 lbs. is not a big deal when the reward is Desktop-ish like power at hand. For those looking for a well sculptured macbook pro like experience, your not going to find it here. That is not what this is intended for. However, you will get a powerful laptop for all your gaming needs and then some. I find that this is also a great laptop for music production and for those DJ's on the go. Just slap on Serato or your choice of DJ software and your ready to rip up the night w/out any worries.
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