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Pros: I did a rediculous amount of research before making the purchase and at the time of the writing on this review this is probably the best value gaming laptop on the market. I'm don't mean value in terms of just being cheap, but you are able to get the higher end perforance for the lowest available price.
Has everything you could want in a Laptop
Fantastic Sound, even beyond laptop standards.
I haven't really dug that deep into it yet, however I think it might even have a built in TV tuner for you Media ppl.
By the numbers this has everything, if you're like me wanting to save a buck without sacrificing features then this is the laptop for you. It is basically normally laptop size. I have a PC at home that is huge, I want more portability. The laptop itself is average in my opinion, however its noticably quite heavy.
Only reccomended for tech savvy ppl, because it may be prone to issues.
Cons: -Runs hot. Would definitely want a cooler for any long term gaming session. It has the dual video so for regular stuff the performance is fine.
-Decent possibility you could get a lemon and need to return it.
- Tons of Bloatware
-Not a fan of boot optimizer (lenovo software). Booting from a regular drive it takes maybe 0:45-1:30 to boot normally, boot optimizer may or may not shave 15 seconds of that in my testing, and was inconsistant. I feel like it's just another Bloat slowing my boot.
-mSata is only Sata II. Still lightning fast with my Mushkin 128 msata SSD which is Sata III capable, but whatever. No screw provided and hard to find. I got one from a local computer shop free from a tech. Screw size is M2x3mm buy one online for $5.
**up until about 2 weeks ago there was no official NVIDIA driver for the video, only a Beta. This is no longer the case, and the driver has been working fine for me.
Other Thoughts: This laptop is a steal for the money in my opinion. An Alienware with the same specs I'm guessing is like $2-3k. This is a very diversely reviewed laptop. There have been issues (alot related to a fixed video issue). My first one was a total lemon. First crash in the first 10 minutes. I think it had hardware AND software issues. Definite crashing from overheating, and related to the previous mentioned video driver now fixed.
For an online seller, the RMA process was easy; couple days there, few days back and had my replacement.
Replacement runs perfect. Less heat, smooth running. RAM max is stated 8 GB however after some research I installed 16 GB with no issue.
First thing I did was boot to Windows 8 beta DVD, and load that OS to my SSD. Formatted other hard drive and downloaded latest drivers from Lenovo site. Might have to do some Google searching. Intel has special drivers for Win 8, everything else worked fine, and SWtor runs flawless at Max settings.
Pros: Fully compatible with my Laserjet 1536dnf combo printer. And good price. No issues with print quality and the construction of the cartridge itself seems fine. Can't comment on overall yield, I never count the pages with OEM or aftermarket toners. Also received in 2 days to the mid-west.
Other Thoughts: I've had mixed results with aftermarket toner, including some nightmares that cost me quite a bit that made me almost stop using aftermarket cartridges all together. If I had a $2000 printer, i'd definitely buy a warranty and use only OEM cartridges.READ FULL REVIEW