Joined on 02/24/07
Price for Performance
Pros: * Super quiet. Seriously, the fans can hardly be heard * Great speakers. The sound fills up my office. * FAST gaming. Threw Civ5 Huge map, Battlefield 3 on all Ultra, and Skyrim with all settings maxed and it never even had a hitch. * Lighter than I thought it would be. Also much thinner than my older gaming laptops * Blu-Ray drive * Screen is of high quality matte finish * Track pad can be turned off with a button on the laptop itself, which is an surprising and huge plus * Fast SSDs * Great wireless card * More RAM than you'll ever need This thing is a beast. And there aren't even any dedicated graphics drivers out for the GTX 780m. When playing games on high settings the fans barely even have to start up. The Hybrid Power booster, which pulls excess power from your battery/adapter when you are plugged in, might be one of the reasons for this. It's also not nearly as bulky as an old MSI and Asus gaming laptop I have. For a 17" it can be portable.
Cons: * Price. But duh, you were expecting that * The keyboard is a little stiff (which is a plus), but that causes clicking. So you won't be typing silently in the night * Comes with Windows 8, and the PowerDVD software needed an update to play blu-ray. * The speed of SSDs is already so great, that I'm not noticing the advantages of having 3 put together in raid 0 configuration.
Overall Review: Once I got rid of the bloatware, Windows 8 wasn't bad. I considered formatting (which I usually do), but wanted to give Windows 8 a chance. It'll run *everything* you throw at it that's been released to date. Highly recommend for the enthusiasts out there. I've never seen a combination of speed, power, temperature control, quietness, and lightness all wrapped up in a single laptop. Well worth it if you have the excess money.