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Pros: -Quality surface material, fit and finish are great
-The keyboard feels fine to me (chiclet doesn't bother me)
-The screen has a warm color to it that seems to be easier on the eyes
-Once the bloatware is taken off the 5400rpm drive seems to load the startup process faster
-Preloaded with GeForce Experience
The backlit red color is not overly bright and easy on the eyes.
-The speakers get pretty loud. Don't expect a lot of bass.
-Fans are quiet at most temperatures
Cons: -The edges look slightly dim with backlighting until you tilt the screen to an appropriate angle
-More of a hassle to upgrade memory since there are no panels to pop off.
-Battery life is just ok since the internal battery is 3-Cell. I would have preferred 6.
-The surface panel housing the power button has plenty of room to add volume adjustment buttons but they opted for a function command on the keyboard instead to probably keep costs down.
Other Thoughts: I didn't take off Acer Portal, but have removed most of their other programs. The McAfee seems pointless to me when you can get BitDefernder Free or Panda Anti-Virus Free (Cloud-Based).
The single mouse button on the touchpad still allows right-clicking so I don't have much of an issue with it. Feels ok to me. Perhaps I'm used to average touchpads and their tracking ability.
Despite the small battery I found myself always having my previous gaming laptop plugged in and don't really find it to be a huge con.
All in all this laptop is a solid choice containing good hardware. Games run without issue at 1080p. I would recommend upgrading to a faster hard drive or SSD, but make sure to watch videos before doing so. If anyone knows it seems like you could have two drives in this model, but I'm not sure.
I like the build and the fact that the laptop doesn't look just like 'only a gaming laptop' with the more traditional styling approach.
Pros: Plays D III and BF4 at respectable frame rates on 1080p. Medium settings were not out of the question with mantle turned on. Amazing for a single chip solution. Seems speedy enough at stock. I haven't overclocked yet but it doesn't look like it will be tough to.
Cons: Wish it had some L3 cache, but if HSA programs become more widely adopted then that caveat is completely eliminated. If the system had DDR4 bandwidth or the new HBM modules the integrated GPU would be faring even better. Not using the stock heatsink, ever.
Other Thoughts: I migrated my Plex server from my 4770k rig to a new mini tower build, and this thing runs flawlessly. Overall power consumption is less than my main rig, which makes it great for streatming. Plex home theater app ran great on the rig. I'm housing the movies on a 1TB Passport Ultra with no lag and my games/files on a WD Black 750 GB 2.5 inch drive. Main drive is Plextor M3 128GB SSD. Case is Cooler Master N200. You can fit a full 240mm radiator in it! Cooler is Hyper 212 EVO for now. I went with the MSI A88X Gaming board and love it.
All in all this is a very respectable APU. It does just fine with most tasks. I was lucky and got a new one for $90! :D
Pros: -28nm Maxwell Architecture running at 60W on stock.
-This MSI card has Samsung memory chips on it.
-Quiet even on full load
-No Power Connector Required
-GeForce Experience profile optimization makes BF3 and 4 run great
-Excellent cooling system
-Dual BIOS (One EFI)
-Very good overclocking capability (see thoughts)
Cons: Wish it had 192-bit memory width but that's not really a con.
It's about as powerful as a 7850/650 Ti Boost/660 in some benchmark scenarios, and all of those cards go fairly cheap on the used market.
Other Thoughts: Without re-flashing the BIOS or altering the Power Tables I achieved a +225 Core Clock and +600 Memory overclock using MSI AfterBurner. So glad Samsung memory is on this board. Even being pre-oc'd I had a lot of room to scale. My LiteCoin mining rate is 305 KH/s. This is excellent using less than 75 Watts AND no BIOS modding that some are doing with these maxwell cards. I'm happy with the rate and not messing with the power table. For comparison sake my GTX 770 was doing 320KH/S using a whole lot more power. Great solution for mining efficiency and mid-entry level high gaming.READ FULL REVIEW
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