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Pros: -Powerful i7 and 285m. Boots fast, and runs Blops at full settings with ease. I was very impressed with the sound. It's quite good, especially for a laptop.
-Battery life is better than I had originally expected (about 2-2.5 hours on low power modes with wireless off). The price is great for what you get. It's also lighter than I had expected, though it's obviously still heavier than smaller laptops.
-Haven't tried the turbo mode for the cpu, but the turbo mode for the fan works great when you really need the extra cooling. Hasn't come in handy yet, but it's nice to know it's there. Most of the time it runs fairly cool though.
-The keyboard is also very nice.
Cons: -The mouse touchpad is a tiny bit unresponsive. At default settings you have to use your entire finger for movement to register, not just your fingertip. Maybe I was just spoiled by my old HP's touchpad, but I had to crank the sensitivity up nearly all the way in the control panel in order for it to respond the way I'm used to, and it's still a bit iffy at times. Not a big problem, especially since you use a portable mouse for games, but it's something to take into consideration.
-Not 1920 x 1080. I don't mind, but others might. The upgraded model of this laptop with 1920x1080 costs another $100 bucks with the same specs, but you might as well just buy the GT680r then since it's only a couple hundred more than that and has better specs.
-Bloatware. Not too much of it, but there's a decent amount of stuff running on startup that comes preinstalled.
-Would be nice if the keyboard were backlit.
-The charger is pretty big (though not 360 status as some say), but this is to be expected.
Other Thoughts: -Everything is much shinier than I thought it was from the pictures. It looks nice, but the area around the keyboard and mouse (the areas you tend to touch the most) can pick up fingerprints easily. The lid is glossy as well, but isn't as print-prone.
-Stickers. Why are there so many on this thing? They take up what seems like 75% of the area next to the mousepad. I plan on taking most of 'em off once I work up the courage.
-The orange accent lights aren't completely necessary and drain the battery, but it's cool to have them, and they're easy enough to turn off (one button). You can also change through a couple of lighting modes which is neat, the most interesting being one that adjusts the lighting on the lid depending on the level of sound coming out of the left and right speaker.
-Overall, it's a great laptop. You can spend the extra 4 or $500 to get the gt680r if you need/want the extra power, but this laptop was more than fast enough for my college/gaming needs.
This review is from: Foxconn Destroyer AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Bios has a bunch of options for OC'ing. You can save OC/BIOS settings to different profiles in the BIOS which is useful when you want to test some different OC settings without having to remember exactly how you had the settings before.
Runs cooler than my older mobo which shorted out on me, so the heatpipes seem to work pretty well. I haven't tried it without the included heatpipe extension installed though.
Cons: The power LED's on the board overpower the ones on the fans in my twelve-hundred and ZeroTherm Nirvana. Not a real con, but try not to look at them for too long lol.
I don't think that all the utilities that come with it re 64 bit compatible.
Other Thoughts: One review I read said that the GTX 280 didn't fit on his board because the retention brackets wouldn't lock on to it. I don't know whether they changed the design slightly since then, or whether his board or card were a bit odd, but my 280 fits on just fine.
Comes with a bunch of random stuff, like a 120mm fan, dog tags, and a plastic mobo tray which may be useful if you need to take your mobo out and work on it.
Oh yeah, it comes with temporary tattoos too haha
This review is from: SAMSUNG Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model SFD321B/LFBL1
Pros: Works fine. Floppies are still useful for recovery and very basic storage in some cases.
Cons: It's slooooooowwwww, and has essentially been outdated for quite some time.
Other Thoughts: For the price, you might as well get a floppy drive. You never know when you might need it.READ FULL REVIEW