- Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M SLI 2GB
- Intel Core i5 4200M (2.50GHz)
- 6GB Memory 500GB SSHD HDD
- 15.6" 1920 x 1080
- Windows 8.1
- 15.2" x 10.2" x 1.4" 6.4 lbs.
Good machine 06/23/2014
Lenovo is a pretty good brand. The laptops I purchased for work were always Thinkpads, and it's nice to see them branching out into more powerful machines that can do multimedia.
I upgraded to this from an m14x which was starting to struggle in modern games, and I'm glad that I did. This notebook shreds FFXIV on high laptop settings, both windowed and full screen. I personally haven't seen any heat issues as yet, but I did upgrade to an SSD and a fresh, non-lenovo bloat Win 8.1. It's possible that my clean install and drive have helped the performance. I didn't go above 75c in FFXIV without a cooling pad. With a pad it was around 69-70.
I think that they may have updated the model, because when I was researching this laptop folks were talking about cutting holes in the case. My laptop came with a large vent on the bottom, and the gpus are vented on either side. So maybe it got a refresh - I don't know. It's a solid design.
Really, the only cons I see with this notebook is the trackpad and the chiclet style keyboard. I feel there's really no excuse for a bad trackpad and a bad keyboard. Yes, it's a notebook and yes, for gaming most of us will be using a modern mouse and maybe hook up a keyboard as well... but That doesn't give companies a free pass to put terribly designed components on a machine. Still, it's only worth knocking off one egg because everything else about the notebook performs so well. The final thing that I really don't like is the placement of the USB slots, but I guess there's really no other place for them. It's just awkward to have a usb port right at the front right where I use my mouse. I route the cable around the back to use one of the ports on the left. I can't really see a use for this port unless maybe you use a wireless controller and put the tiny nub there. Anything else is too obnoxious for the average right-handed user.
They made a budget gaming machine possible. It destroys my old alienware which cost me double what I paid for this one, and the m14x is only a couple years old. I like the ultrabay SLI - what a great idea. This way you can still use a dvd player if you want, and more gaming power when you need it. I hope that they continue this line. I'm tempted to get rid of my desktop altogether. Yes, this laptop performs THAT well.
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