Joined on 05/01/14
So far, So Good
Pros: Light simple design, boot time is fast, runs cool, and is whisper quiet.
Cons: Surprisingly, it's a bit of a fingerprint magnet for this color and style. Also, someone else commented that the the aluminum skin on the back of the screen is thin and I concur. Here's hoping a carbon laptop skin will provide some protection from unexpected mishaps ; ) It has some bloatware, but nothing that can't be removed w/o consequence. Heat from the video card blasts out the upper left corner of the laptop. One night, it melted all the ice in my Rum & Coke in under 30 minutes while playing Batman: Arkham City. A few adjustments (including moving my beverage a little further away) and purchasing a Targus USB cooling pad took care of that issue. It's weird, but there's a sort of pixelation on the LCD screen I can only describe as an ultra fine mesh overlay. It's especially noticeable when reading certain text sized, viewing certain pics, and animated game graphics. Not a biggy, but you're definitely aware of it once it catches your eye. I didn't want to jump on the 'I hate the Windows 8.1 OS' bandwagon (I gave it a chance, honestly!) but yes, the Windows 8 OS cost the laptop one egg. Installing 'Classic Shell' made the OS more tolerable as I didn't want to invest time in a full OS uninstall/reinstall and/or vendor driver compatibility hunt. Finding out exactly what slimline bluray drive to purchase that'd actually fit in the empty bay is a bit of a pain. If someone could actually provide a make / model # in the Q&A section of this product page it'd be greatly appreciated. Not sure what the max amount of memory this unit can take (I'm guessing 12GB's?) as there are multiple sources giving different values. Again, if someone could provide an answer in the Q&A section, thanks.
Overall Review: It's a decent budget mid-level laptop and would recommend it to others.