- Intel Core i7 2630QM (2.00 GHz)
- 12 GB Memory 500 GB HDD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
- 1920 x 1080
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- DVD Super Multi
A solid gaming machine. 10/06/2011
Performance: The i7, 12GB RAM, and 560M do not disappoint. The Witcher 2 and Shogun 2 run quite well, even on somewhat high settings. Specifically Shogun 2 performs at 35fps average on High settings and 1920x1080.
Display: Large, bright, and sharp, the display is rather nice. Has a semi-gloss finish.
Keyboard: Large, full backlit keyboard. Keys have a nice feel to them.
Fit and finish: Very good, surprisingly so. The materials are various plastics with different textures, but the components fit like they should, and there is little to no flex anywhere without applying an unreasonable amount of force. The matte surfaces and soft-touch finish feel very nice.
Track pad: The track pad is positioned JUST awkwardly enough that you will occasionally palm it and interfere with your typing or cursor movement on occasion. It also seems to cause interference with the keyboard randomly, resulting in input lag when typing. This seems to have been fixed by uninstalling the proprietary trackpad driver, though you do lose multi-touch support by doing so. Otherwise the trackpad remains usable.
Bloatware: Pretty self-explanatory. There is quite a bit of bloatware on board.
Battery: Pretty terrible, but that's to be expected of a laptop in this class. Not too much of a con, if you know what you're buying into. Just keep in mind you'll see anywhere between 1-3 hours of battery life, depending on settings and what you're doing during that time.
Design: I really like the design of the laptop, it has a rather unique and understated look about it compared to some competing models.
2nd HDD/SSD 2.5" Bay: There is an empty 2.5" bay for easy expansion. I will likely add a nice SSD later on. The bay is quite easy to access.
3x4GB RAM: Contains three 4GB DDR3 RAM sticks, with an empty fourth slot, making it simple to expand to 16GB.
Keyboard: There is a bit of a learning curve to the keyboard. The keys require a hair more pressure than most keyboards I've dealt with in the past to register a stroke, so it can be easy to miss a few keys and not realize it, but I've grown accustomed to it.
Sound: The speakers are average. Loud enough, but not loud. Clear enough, with just the faintest hint of bass, but not great for music. The audio the laptop is capable of putting out given real speakers, or a very good headset/headphones, however, is quite good.
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