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Pros: -Portable very thin gaming laptop


-Solid build quality

-Sleek appearance (compared to bulkier stereotypes, you wouldn't think this laptop could game).

-Sharp screen with good viewing angles and colors

-1080P packed into a 14" screen for great pixel density

-Solid keyboard (I use a cherry blue mechanical - and
this laptop types just as well)

-Ethernet connector

-Minimal bloatware ("Smartmanager" is a very nifty tool)

-Comes with a nice leathery-appearing protective sleeve

Cons: -For a Haswell, battery life isn't the greatest

-Some flex near G/H keys, but doesn't affect function

-As a trade off to the 1080P packed inside a 14" screen,
fonts can be small and harder to read

-Speakers harder to hear with fans on full blast, but I wear headphones when i game

-Wish the stock power cord were longer, but easy to swap out for a longer extension cord (make sure power ratings are sufficient 10Amps @ 125Volts)

Other Thoughts: I don't think there any laptops on the market as of today with a combination of all the pros listed above. I was really close to buying either a Razer Blade 14 (read about screen not being the best for all-around purposes, I'm sure it's fast for gaming) or a Macbook Pro Retina (awesome build quality, but not really native windows machine for gaming) - I'm so glad I bought this instead. It also has pretty good value @ $1400 compared to the aforementioned. I play mainly Dota 2 and I can run pretty much near max settings (everything set to high with AA on, render quality at 75%) and average above 60 FPS, except with crazy group battles where FPS can drop into the 40's to 50's. However, Dota 2 isn't as graphic intensive as other titles, so games may not be as fast on this laptop at 1080P. Perhaps a 765M instead of 760M would have been sweeter. Overall, very satisfied with this purchase, easy 5 stars.

Thermaltake Frio Overclocking-Ready Intel Core i7 (6-core ready) & i5 Compatible Five 8mm Heatpipes Dual 120mm Fans Intel & AMD Universal CPU Cooler CLP0564 - Retail
  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Phenom II X4 955 BE OC to 3.8 GHz: core temps 39C Idle, 51C under load, held steady after 15 minutes of Prime95 at lowest fan speed settings; temps dropped to 47C at max fan speed settings and held there at 20 minutes of prime95. Using both fans for "push-pull" configuration. Max core temp was 48C after a few hours of gaming. Also used Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound. At minimal fan speed settings, the fan(2x) noise were not noticeable over both of my chassis fans(ANTEC three hundred black chassis)

Cons: Annoyingly loud fans if you crank up the speeds to max. Will need to remove motherboard to install the cooler if your computer chassis/case doesn't have a hole cutout for rear access. Luckily, I'm using ANTEC three hundred black case, which has rear access.

Other Thoughts: Make sure your motherboard has two 3-pin power connectors if you plan on using both fans. The fan power & fan speed cords are neatly wrapped together with plastic mesh, but I ended up getting rid of the mesh wrap so that I could route the fan speed adjuster outside of the chassis through the side ventilation holes in my chassis.


vu n.'s Profile

Display Name: vu n.

Date Joined: 04/23/06

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 11/27/10
  • Last Review: 10/07/13
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