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Pros: Audio hardware wasn't actually bad.
Great laptop, really nice, really powerful. Even faster than my watercooled desktop PC due to its SSD C: drive.
When casually browsing the web, it barely gets warm even when on a soft surface such as a bed or carpet.
Battery life is sufficient.
The secondary 1 TB hard drive is nice. For a laptop, I don't think I'll ever run out of storage space.
Cons: The keyboard is a little weird. The Home & End keys are accessible by either turning off num lock or using Fn-PgUp/Fn-PgDn. The arrow keys don't have space around them so it is too easy to accidentally press other keys even though the laptop is big enough for a bigger keyboard to alleviate this issue. Some keys squeak slightly. There is no key/switch to disable the touchpad so it is difficult to type because my palm often mouseclicks interrupting my typing.
Wifi temporarily drops out frequently intermittently briefly. It has done this with the 5 different wifi networks I've tried. I think it is more reliable on the 5 GHz networks.
drivers not properly installed on the OS preinstalled on the hard drive. Most of them you have to reinstall to get everything working right.
Other Thoughts: Audio hardware wasn't actually bad.
I had called ibuypower tech support and explained that I reinstalled the audio driver, but I had mistaken the Sound Blaster Cinema software for the audio driver. It isn't. The sound blaster install is in addition to the Realtek driver.
After messing with those drivers, it had seemingly begun to work on its own after having completed submitting an RMA, so then it was no longer necessary to send it in.
With at 17.3" screen, I couldn't fit it in most of the bags/laptop cases I had; had to buy one designed for such a huge laptop. The Case Logic VNB-217 is pretty nice.
Pros: Really nice looking, a very high performing laptop.
Cons: No functioning audio hardware. Sound Blaster Cinema not detected in the device manager or by the Sound Blaster Cinema utility. It tries to play audio out of the Realtek hardware which is not connected to the speakers or any audio outputs.
Other Thoughts: I got it today and will be sending it back for repair or replacement.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Mine has been dependable for 4 years, even though I have it at 51°C and continually in use pretty much 24x7.
Cons: none for me
Other Thoughts: The other reviews that I saw worried me shortly after I bought mine, but it has never failed me. Next month I will have had it for 4 years and it has been in nearly continuous use and at a relatively high temperature. I had bought it for $193 at the time.
I may be replacing it soon due to the need for even more capacity.