Date Joined: 06/28/10
Pros: -Value: For the money, I doubt you can find a more feature-rich laptop
-Speed: This laptop goes from pressing the power button to ready to perform in under a minute (note: this is after removing the bloatware that came pre-installed)
-Performance: Running a web browser, an mp3 player, playing a .avi, with a 4 open chat windows and playing Civ 5? No sweat! The 2.2 GHz quad-core processor & Radeon HD 6470M handle it like a champ - even with the base 4GB RAM.
Weight: Surprisingly light for a 17.3" laptop.
Cons: Bloatware: Almost EVERY pre-built PC comes with it. Be prepared to spend about an hour and a half tracking it down and uninstalling. The payback is a lightning fast laptop.
Case material: The top lid just feels a little flimsy to me. It hasn't yet cracked, but I'm being delicate with it. If you intend to travel with it, a good, well padded laptop bag is a must.
Heat: If you decide to try what I did under 'performance' above, be prepared to use a laptop cooler. Running at or above 50 C is typical.
Portability: It's a 17.3" laptop, it's going to be bulky. Not heavy, mind you, but still a chore to lug around.
Overall Review: This laptop, despite the minor flaws, is still a great value for the money. If you can catch a Shell Shocker special for some good 4GB DDR3 laptop RAM, upgrading this laptop to 8GB will make this a true beast of a machine.