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GTX 970M (fast for gaming)
Cons: 48Hz (huge negative)
No way to disable Optimus.
Gold in color.
Other Thoughts: I have been waiting and waiting for a 15 inch 4k upgrade that wasn't significantly heavier/bigger than my macbook pro retina.
The first surprise was that the thing is a very odd/non-normal color being gold despite newegg showing black images.
That in-itself was bad enough but the main issue is that upon getting the laptop configured I found that the display is only 48Hz. This is not mentioned anywhere in the specs and is a pretty significant issue especially in something marketed as a 'gaming' notebook. I believe part of the reason for this is due to the optimus graphics which by the way is impossible to disable and get the GPU to drive the display directly.
The 48Hz and/or optimus causes issues for those of us who want to run linux but also in windows as I find dragging windows around is often laggy (low frame rate) or a huge delay (likely due to the non-60Hz refresh rate).
Needless to say this laptop was a huge disappointment.
I was pretty happy with the gaming performance but the 48hz and desktop use just ruined it for me.
IMHO any laptop or display that can not do industry standard 60Hz should be advertised as that being the case in big bolded/colord letters. They don't mention it on this one even in the detailed specifications.
Pros: Good range
Batteries last a long time (1+ year)
Good keyboard layout.
Trackball works good.
Cons: Nothing. Yup nothing.
Other Thoughts: I have owned 4 or 5 of these over the years for my various HTPC setups. So far they have worked great. These usually go for $40-50 and outperform even $80 ones I have bought. Out multiple years and muptiples one I can honestly say none have died on me and i rarely have to replace batteries. I am overall very happy with these.
I would recommend these over more expensive/heavier models which didn't last as long.
Small form factor.
Hardware accelerated video decoding.
Cons: Could be a bit faster
Other Thoughts: This worked great on a trusty (14.04) install of ubuntu with xbmc. Plays 1080p h264 (high bit-rate) files with no problems with audio over HDMI. Video is accelerated using VAAPI to offload decoding to the GPU, worked for every file I tried.
Even without GPU decoding on mplayer2 it was fast enough to play high bit-rate 720p bluray rips. All in all well worth the $150. Slapped a SSD and 4 GB of ram and with a wireless keyboard/mouse (IOGEAR GKM561R) it makes a great HTPC able to handle everything I throw at it for under $300 completed. It boots quite fast with the SSD and with a full ubuntu install can be used for doing browsing and other stuff, etc...