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Pros: -Fast boot: less than a couple seconds from power to log in.
-RAM configuring in a 4x4 set up: I've rarely seen laptops offering more than 2 DIMM sockets.
-Incredible graphics quality: there has yet to be a game that I've installed that isn't smooth. No micro-stutters, no fps loss.
-Expansion slot: can add another SSD/HDD. A mirrored SSD would be ridiculous.
-Thunderbolt: This pretty much speaks for itself, it's kind of a sexy port to have.
Cons: -Partitions: Out of box, the SSD has partitions of 20/95/120, and the HDD with 465.5/465.6. I can maybe understand the necessity behind the HDD being broken up like that, but I'm just not able to wrap my head around the 95 (OS)/120 (storage). I could understand if there was a second OS, but this still baffles me a bit.
-Size/Weight: This one seems to be everyone's gripe. She's heavy. She's big. Really big. So much so that I can't fit her in my old pack, a Swiss Gear, unless I abstain from padded slot and use the space between where it's wider and more susceptible to damage. It's almost comically big, but it's got nice lines. Also, I want to point out, this is a desktop replacement/work go-between; my job necessitated mobility, but I wanted something that I could still game on without loss. So the size really isn't worth the loss of an egg.
-Mouse Pad: Seemed a little sluggish when first being used. Noticed a stutter as I was dragging it across the screen. After upgrading to 8.1, it seemed to stabilize for a while, but then decided it wanted to do what it wanted. Quick driver update fixes this.
Other Thoughts: -McAfee: Prefacing this one, I laughed a bit, but I'm still in a state of confusion. So, out of the box, it comes with a McAfee trial; every laptop comes with an AV trial, either Norton or McAfee or something. This isn't unusual, I figure I'd kill it as I was downloading whatever and use my preferred security.
I update to 8.1, however, and McAfee is gone. Doesn't boot with the OS, doesn't show up on the Programs and Features list, and it isn't listed under installed Apps. Nada. The only thing I get that even mentions a whiff of it, a day or two after upgrading to 8.1, I get a mention across the Start screen about McAfee being unable to start and "go to the Windows Store to search for something else."
-Windows 8: Okay, I know what you're thinking I'm going to say, but it's not the case. A lot of people have complained about 8, but none of those complaints actually have any wind behind them. The problem is it's that new, it's different, and people hate change.
It's faster than 7, uses less resources than 7, and by upgrading to 8.1, fixes a ton of issues that the OS has had since launch. Does it still have some problems, sure it does. However, so has every other OS; none of them were perfect, especially any Windows OS, because they're Windows!
This is the current industry standard; either adapt or live in a dream world where you can fish XP and 7 activation keys out of the cold ocean waters.
All in all, this is a great machine. The cons, in my opinion, are nominal to minor at best. Anyone with any competence in tech can handle them/fix them with little trouble. I definitely recommend this deck.