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Pros: Aluminum finish and high-quality materials, Great built quality, Comfortable backlit keyboard, Anti-glare HD screen, Great ventalation. Excellent sound quality.
Cons: Touchpad click buttons take time to get used to, finish is tough to keep clean. Ultrabay additions are impossible to find. GPU performance throttled when on battery.
Other Thoughts: I purchased this laptop directly through Lenovo because I wanted a DVD burner instead of the second GPU, since I also use this laptop for work and wanted more versatility and better battery life.
First off, the build quality is excellent. The aluminum finish is very classy looking and doesn't look or feel cheap at all. The laptop chassis itself is actually thinner than my 5-year-old ASUS laptop, even though this packs a lot more. The bottom half is plastic, but still has the "brushed" look to it to match the aluminum. It feels pretty thick and durable. The bottom is well ventilated and the left side offers a huge exhaust fan to keep it moderately cool. I do notice that the bottom gets warm, but not HOT, which I'm used to.
The backlit keyboard is super comfortable to type on and it's probably the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. Compared to my ASUS, my typing is MUCH more accurate and I can type much faster with almost no errors. The backlit keys make typing in low light a breeze, and the backlighting can be turned off, or lit to a medium or fully bright setting by using the Fn+Space keys. I wish there was a low brightness setting instead of just a medium and high.
The screen is absolutely gorgeous and the picture quality is excellent. I have no complaints and glare is not an issue at all.
Performance-wise, it handles basically everything I throw at it. The i7 processor is snappy and I have no issues editing photos or videos, or gaming. Same goes for the single GPU. I'm able to run World of Warcraft at medium settings at about 75fps on average. I haven't tried any higher settings. I happened to notice that the laptop automatically throttles GPU performance when it runs on battery versus on power, and when I plugged in the power adapter, performance and frame-rates increased quite a bit. I was able to mostly fix this within the nVidia software and Windows power settings, but I question why it was set up that way to begin with.
My only complaint is the ultrabay. Great idea, but the problem is that you can't buy any of the items that go into it. The main reason I didn't buy this model with the dual nVidia SLI cards from Newegg, was because Lenovo wouldn't sell me a DVD burner separately and claimed that they are out of stock. I also had some trouble finding the second video card. My suggestion is to have it built to spec right away and plan on having it that way for good, because it won't be easy to find these items later on.
Overall, very happy with my purchase and I would do it again!
This review is from: GIGABYTE GM-M6880 Metal Black USB Wired Laser 1600 dpi Gaming Mouse
Pros: The mouse fits perfectly in my hand, and has a very smooth and fluid movement to it. Sensor is very accurate. Clicks are comfortable and use the perfect amount of pressure. DPI settings can be cycled between two modes which is nice. The two side buttons make web browsing much faster. The rubberized side grips are super comfortable and I can use this thing for hours and hours with no discomfort.
Cons: None at all.
Other Thoughts: I bought one of these for work (the previous version, same model) since I was using a generic HP piece-of-junk before. I work 40+ hours per week in IT and this thing takes a beating. This is the best mouse I've ever purchased and for less than $20 you cannot go wrong!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This mouse is quite comfortable and contours to my hand perfectly. Although it is entirely plastic, it feels durable and has a reassuring heft to it. I like that the wireless USB adapter can be stored in the battery compartment when not in use. This is also very helpful while traveling as you won't need to worry about losing it.
The sensor is very accurate and I don't notice any random jumping like I've noticed with other mice. The DPI settings are fully adjustable and can be set to your liking. DPI settings and mouse button "profiles" can be changed on the fly using one of the buttons and the LED lights.
The ability to use this mouse in either a wired or wireless fashion is excellent. Most of the buttons are well placed and comfortable to use.
The left and right click buttons provide excellent feedback and feel fantastic. The mouse wheel is extremely high quality and feels like a precision metal instrument. The mouse wheel also tilts left and right which makes for great start menu scrolling in Windows 8.
I find the battery life LEDs on the side to be very helpful. The fact that this mouse uses a rechargeable AA battery rather than a normal AA is excellent, and you can always replace it with a better one or use a regular AA if you wanted to. I use the mouse on power-saving mode with no issues and have been playing for two days now (about 4 hours a day, plus a couple hours at work if I decide to use it in the office), with 2/3 battery life left. Lower battery life could be due to the power settings you've chosen or the surface you're using the mouse on.
The included software to configure the mouse is quite good and there are a ton of features.
Cons: The plastic shell feels durable, however, I wish it had more of a rubberized surface, rather than a smooth plastic surface. The side grips are also hard plastic (imagine sandpaper, only made of plastic) rather than a smooth, comfortable rubber surface that I would expect to have. I don't really care for the fancy designs on the shell, but that's personal preference.
I found the weight of the mouse to be a bit heavy at first, but after about an hour of use, I got quite used to it and it is beginning to grow on me. The weight isn't an issue for me, but could be an issue for you if you're used to using a lightweight mouse. This is the heaviest mouse I've used to date.
The 3 buttons where your index finger would be are a little awkward to click on. Nearly all of the buttons offer little to no tactile feedback, and I'm not sure if I've actually clicked the button all the way down or not. I wish they used higher quality tactile switches like the ones that were used on the left and right click buttons.
I purchased this mouse mainly to use the hotkey buttons for World of Warcraft and Photoshop Lightroom, however, only 3 of the buttons actually register as buttons in the WoW Key Bindings memu. The rest of the buttons need to be mapped to a regular keyboard key using the Logitech software, and then the key needs to be binded in WoW. This is a huge con for me and is quite annoying. The buttons work fine in most other Windows programs, however, and the mouse configuration software they include is quite good.
Other Thoughts: I love this mouse and am mostly happy with my purchase, but the cons I described above make me wish that I hadn't spent $75. This doesn't seem like a $75 mouse to me, but it is a very good quality unit overall. I just wish the buttons would register as additional buttons in WoW, and it would be nice for the buttons to have some better mechanical feedback to them. The ability to switch between wired and wireless is great and the rechargeable battery is fine. The sensor is excellent and the mouse is super accurate and fluid. If you can find this for under $75, buy it!READ FULL REVIEW