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Pros: Given that the machine's got an onboard 840M, a mid-range Nvidia GPU, you're not going to get especially impressive graphical performance; with that said, the strong i7 chip coupled with a solid 8GB of Dual Channel RAM makes this machine good at running low-demand games like League of Legends at it's native 1920x1080 resolution. When it comes to more demanding games and processes, like render-heavy video/photo editing and games like Battlefield 4, the machine will begin to struggle--but this a given for almost all laptops at this price range.
Though you shouldn't expect to run demanding next-gen games at high settings or perform extremely demanding tasks on this computer, you shouldn't expect the same of any laptop at the $800 price range.
Outside of this, the laptop is excellent. The fast processor makes for seamless multitasking between low-demand programs (so your typical tasks like internet explorer, word, etc), video streams beautifully on a native full 1080p screen and it'll play most modern games at mid settings. The laptop is also good at light video/photo editing, but don't expect to be moving gigabytes of raw video data in and out of the laptop with much ease.
For all practical purposes, the laptop is an excellent choice at this price-range. If you're looking for a high-end gaming/editing machine, I suggest moving your budget to the $1,100-1,400 price range--spending this little for tasks of that caliber will result in underwhelming performance.
Cons: There are two small issues with this laptop: the battery life is quite short given that it's a 4-cell battery powering strong hardware and the built in mousepad is, to me, a bit counter-intuitive. If short battery life is a deal-breaker for you, this is definitely NOT the laptop you'd want; battery life can be as short as 1 hour if you're running demanding programs.
The mousepad takes some getting used to. Though it's definitely not a deal-breaker, you'll probably find yourself buying a separate mouse for day-to-day use.
Pros: One of the greatest purchases I've made in accordance to GPUs for the following reasons:
-Runs cool, even on massive overclocks.
I oc'ed this thing's stock core clock with MSI's afterburner software to about 1.4GHz, the temps never exceeded 60 degrees C.
-It's a 680, so it delivers incredibly high-end graphics processing.
On my 3570K, I can play Far Cry 3 never dipping below 60FPS anywhere on the island, with maxed out settings. And my 3570's at stock clocks.
-The value is great.
For such a well built card, the price is much lower than competitor's prices, OC editions aren't a necessary buy because this card overclocks fantastically.
Cons: None whatsoever.READ FULL REVIEW