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Pros: * beautiful screen - good color and contrast through full brightness range
* fast boot!
* full (if squished) number pad
* comfortable and quiet keyboard (the lights are fun but hardly essential)
* less than half the cost of a similarly equipped Mac
Cons: Screen/lid is very thin and flexible. I bought a nice bag and I'm not careless with my stuff, so this is not a problem for me. It seems tougher overall than the MSI my Sister got a year or so ago, and her's is still in great shape.
Oddly placed delete key :)
Other Thoughts: IMPORTANT UPGRADE NOTE: Another reviewer said that adding an SSD would void the warranty, and there IS a sticker covering one of the screws warning about that. I called MSI Support (I talked to John, very helpful) and asked about it, and they said it's not a problem at all, and they expect people to take full control of their gaming laptops. Just to be safe he opened a ticket with reference number in case it ever became an issue. He said the sticker might be there more for other countries, but in the US swapping and upgrading hardware is expected and doesn't void the warranty.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED
Pros: super cool!
Cons: enormous! Fits fine in my mid tower (Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX) but there's only room for one side fan because of the Zalman. I could mount a fan on the outside of the case if I needed it, but so far everything stays super cool so I'm not worried.
Other Thoughts: My i7-3770S Ivy Bridge 3.1GHz never breaks a sweat with this thing. It might be overkill, but that's how I like it. Take your time with the install - read and study the instructions VERY closely because there are important details about the orientation of small parts.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Rosewill CHALLENGER - Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Three Included Fans - 1 x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1 x Top 140mm Fan, 1 x Rear 120mm Fan - Two More Optional Side 120mm Fans Supported
Pros: airflow, # of expansion bays, size
Cons: very thin metal, but who cares if you aren't using it as a stool?
Other Thoughts: This keeps my GTX 285 MUCH cooler than my last case. Airflow is the best I've ever had. You can replace the stock fans to make it quieter, but it's really not too bad. Space is a little tight for cables, but totally doable. Use a modular power supply if you can. I don't have one and it still worked out.READ FULL REVIEW