Joined on 05/17/13
Pros: -Build Quality: This laptop feels extremely sturdy. The metal material on the outside is pretty, however it easily attracts fingerprints. -Screen: I was initially worried the screen would be too washed out or faded, but coming from the awful TN panel on my old laptop, this screen is beautiful. It has vibrant colors, fantastic viewing angles, and gets very bright. Can't really complain. -Keyboard: It has great tactile feedback, caps-lock and num-lock lights, and red back lighting. What more is there to say? It's a great keyboard as far as laptops go. If you're not a fan of red the back lighting may be a con, but each to their own. -Sound: The speakers on this laptop is amazing. They're very loud and crisp, with a decent amount of bass. -Performance: Buttery smooth, as expected. My games run on high settings and this laptop is very fast and enjoyable to use.
Cons: -Mechanical Drive: While SSD on this laptop is great and speeds things up quite a bit, the larger drive is only 5400rpm. -No Internal Disk Drive: Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I prefer my computers have disk drives. Yes, this particular model comes with an external drive, however... it's really inconvenient to have to keep it connected for older games require disks to play. This probably won't be an issue for most people, but for me it is a bit of an annoyance. Other than that, I really don't have any major gripes with this computer (at least, not yet). If I do in the future I will do my best to update this review or write another.
Pros: I really like this laptop. The screen is decent, the keyboard has good feedback (although I wish it was backlit), and the touchpad is pretty good. It plays Sims 3 and all it's expansions on high-ish settings with no issues, which is one of the main reasons I purchased it. Also, the build quality on this laptop is really nice, which I honestly wasn't expecting. It feels very sturdy.
Cons: The only two cons I could think of are the short 3hr battery life (which is pretty much standard for laptops with these specs) and the 5400RPM hard drive. Even though the hard drive is supposedly "slow" the laptop still preforms very well and I don't think I'll be upgrading it.
Overall Review: Windows 8 is weird. It's tolerable after you set it up to behave more like Windows 7, but it takes some getting used to.
Pros: - Screen: It's not an IPS panel, but the screen is decent color-wise and has acceptable viewing angles. - Touchpad: This seems to be a common complaint with this laptop, but it works fine for me. My only gripe is that I will occasionally have trouble right-clicking, with the part designated as the right "button" at least. However, the whole touchpad can be depressed as a right click, which works very well for me. It's fairly responsive otherwise. - Keyboard: Aside from it not being backlit, it's pretty good. It has decent feedback and works well. Not much else to say here. - Build Quality: I was actually shocked at how nice the build quality of this laptop was when I first unboxed it. I was expecting it to feel cheap, but it feels well-built and sturdy. - Preformance: This laptop is snappy overall. The 2.5GHz i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and Nvidia 840m graphics make it for great for mid-level gaming. I play Sims 3 on it with all expansions/stuff packs on almost the highest settings with no issues, but more intense games will probably have to be played on medium.
Cons: - Hardrive: It's only 5400RPM. The laptop still works well, but the slow HDD definitely throttles it a bit. - Keyboard: Although it has good feedback, I still wish it was backlit.
Overall Review: Windows 8 is weird, but after I set it up to boot from the desktop and installed a program that gives me an actual start screen instead of that annoying app screen, it's tolerable.