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Pros: EDIT/UPDATE: Read in "Other" ...
I like how the shipping box cleverly reads "go ahead, review me". Oh believe me Lenovo/NewEgg, I will.
My first impressions of the laptop were immensely positive. That changed drastically (read in Cons).
- SSD worth every penny (as is the core i7)
- RAM is DDR4, and 10GB of it makes multitasking a breeze
- The GPU handles games like I can't even believe. I know the 960 is not the "top-o-the line card", but I can hardly complain, given it wasn't my primary focus in the purchase. I played The Witcher 2 on "High" settings, which is absolutely stunning. I don't game much, but I can't believe this laptop can even handle that level of graphic intensity.
- Sound quality is excellent for a laptop, although I take issue with marketing the under-chassis speaker as a "subwoofer" which by definition implies a speaker that produces low bass frequencies (It simply cannot - false advertising here).
- Aluminum chassis is excellent design; opening/closing the screen doesn't feel flimsy, although its hard to open without fingernails. All in all, the design reminds me of a Ferrari, with the handsome dark brushed metal and red aluminum highlights.
- the touchpad is nice and large; fantastic response, makes using windows 10 much more intuitive.
- Cooling system APPEARED to be of good design (that changed)
- The red LED backlit keyboard feels great, but there doesnt seem to be much difference in brightness intervals
- They threw in a matching Lenovo gaming mouse supposedly valued at a lot of cheddar for a mouse, HAH! See what I did there? But I will write a separate review for that.
- I love that no CD-drive bay is in the thing. Considering how valuable real-estate is in a laptop, I am happy to see it go. Good riddance I say. Also like the inclusion of a matching portable DVD burner - nice touch there.
Cons: Less than a week of having the thing up and running, the fan has begun making an absolutely RIDICULOUS sputtering noise, for no reason whatsoever.
Its loud, obnoxious, sporadic and blatantly unacceptable.
Let me just reiterate:
It is LOUD.
It is OBNOXIOUS.
It will make you want to burn your shiny new laptop in the FIREPLACE.
Other less significant cons:
- The 15" screen looks nice, but is covered by a simply awkward plastic, milky film. The film diminishes the otherwise beautiful screen below, although I have seen YouTube reviews which advise how to take it off.
- The exhaust vents on the rear appear to be plastic. Since almost the entire design is aluminum, I cannot comprehend why they made that decision. Realistically, I would not recommend putting this laptop in a messenger bag with the vents facing down, as I predict they are susceptible to breaking easily that way. Again, terrible design oversight.
- The bottom chassis can and will get scalding hot during intense gaming and other CPU/GPU heavy operations if not properly aerated. Definitely treat it less like a casual portable system and more like a mobile desktop that requires ample cooling and airflow during such operations (obvious and expected).
- If considering expanding/adding another HD/SSD, the chassis is not designed with easy access in mind. I was going to, (have before many times) but reconsidered on this model, primarily after reading a how-to guide online that mentioned "plastic snaps that can be broken" if not done correctly.
Other Thoughts: EDIT/UPDATE: I've owned the laptop for about a month now. Originally I wrote some fiery remarks about this machine. While I remain skeptical, I decided to keep the laptop. Since I bought a year warranty with it, I have some extra security should something go wrong.
The noise being emitted from the fans hasn't returned since the first incidence, so I want to see how it performs for another month. I have until January to change my mind should something change, and I hope nothing does, because all in all its a great machine so far.
I added 2 eggs for now...
Pros: ..he would have Alfred order the Trooper from newegg.
First off, the thing looks styled after Batman's Tumbler. Awesome. Coupled with the asus z87 wifi magnetic card stuck to the side, mine looks like it has bat ear coming off the back. Fantastic aesthetic.
Second, Ive already used the rubber handle numerous times during the build process as a solid gripping point to maneuver efficiently, which was a priceless experience. Also, I just like the idea of my pc being easy to carry. Ive had to transport my prior pc many times during moves and it was always a pain in the rear.
I love the space for building, the cable management is perfect, it looks better IRL than any pictures/videos ive seen. One the newegg video review I thought the front facade looked cheap, but I was completely wrong. Quality materials. I love the tactile rubber coating on the metal. I also love that there is no window fan. It looks so much cleaner than other cases for this reason.
There may be more expensive cases out there, but nothing comes close to the bang for the buck as this case. I could go on forever about the features, but lets just say its worth every penny.
Cons: Although Im in love with this case there are shortfalls.
- The BEEP noise that adjusts fan speeds is absolutely ridiculous and obnoxious. It sounds like your mom's microwave oven from the 80's. Bypass this problem by hooking up the hard drive fans to your mobo.
The utility compartment in the bottom front is the most useful and innovative part of this case to me. WHY DONT ALL CASES HAVE THIS?! (the con is coming) I found myself accessing this compartment more times than I can count during the build, and I like that I wont have to rummage in some forgotten corner of a closet in the future when the time comes to revisit the build.
Unfortunately the plastic tensile latch that snaps the lid down broke, and that was pretty frustrating. I hope in future builds they upgrade this to metal components. Fortunately mine still closes. Just keep that in mind and open/close it carefully.
When my order arrived from newegg, I was concerned when I saw the package, thinking they had shipped me the wrong case. Apparently Coolermaster never changed the look of the packaging to match the windowed case, (as opposed to the dated mesh side) and that concerned me enough to almost call newegg right away without even opening the box. Minor gripe, but still I think Coolermaster should have changed the packaging accordingly.
Finally, just a bit of advice from my frustration - mount your SSD(s) before installing the PSU and save yourself some headache.
Other Thoughts: In some ASUS/Newegg video out there, JJ from ASUS discusses reversing the ceiling fan from exhaust to intake. At first I was inclined to disagree, but with this particular case, I believe thats an effective and reasonable solution if you keep your hard drive fans in the factory perpendicular setup. Because otherwise you have no intake fans pulling air inside! Even though heat rises, I think that controlling the airflow is a powerful enough solution to manipulate the heat path in the compact environment, and I want to make sure cold air is blowing over my ram and mobo components.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I dont know that I would ever buy a non-modular psu ever again. Once youve used something like this in a build, you never want to use anything else.
The cables were sleeved extremely well - no obnoxious red and yellow exposed wires, and plenty connection types for the average to enthusiast level build.
After running a game for several hours, I put my hand behind the psu fan - imagine my surprise - there was barely any heat whatsoever coming off this thing. The fan is ultra quiet.
Although getting a rated psu is more expensive, IMHO its in your best interest. Not only will it last a long time, it is much more efficient at pulling and cleaning power, which means all your parts inside are running happy.
Before buying, I used a "Psu calculator" website to figure out my power requirements. Do that.
My enthusiast build (including a heavy duty gpu and high power firewire card) estimated a 500 watt power draw, including some space for headroom. But having 750 watts gives me peace of mind that I have plenty of space for overclocking and future additions.
Cons: none so far, although ive been grazing the reviews concerned about the RMA's . Hopefully I can dodge that bullet.
Other Thoughts: I am grateful that it came with molex connectors for my firewire card and case/lighting/fan connections.
Incidentally, molex must be the most abysmal connection type ever conceived. I cannot stand working with molex. /end soapbox.