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63 of 63 people found this helpful
on 26 February 2012
I have had no issues with this laptop as of yet - having had it for coming up to three weeks. I have no qualms with the resolution, sound etc. which have been mentioned on other reviews (some on other websites). If this is a laptop you don't plan on having generally hooked up to A/C power you may be in a little trouble though - as I've noticed that the battery seems to drain quite quickly - although I do use it pretty heavily. No worries about the sound, perfectly high quality - and I listen to music and game A LOT. Took me about 15/20 minutes to set it up. The product arrived in just six days - packaged securely. I also have no issues with the keyboard, but this may just be because I do a lot of typing, it took me a couple of hours to get used to but that's all. It runs perfectly - quickly and quietly and with more than enough areas to connect up your webcams, mice, phones etc... although I don't have many new games as of yet (waiting for my next payslip!) I have found it has run games up to 2010 with perfect smoothness on high/ultra settings. Don't let the fact that the screen is glossy deter you either - I was slightly put off at first, but it looks basically like a non-glossy unless it's off! And I'm sat right next to a window as I type this. It's the most I've ever spent on anything so far - and I don't regret it slightly, I'm normally really fussy - and I haven't got a single issue with this product.
Can I just invalidate the person who says that it doesn't have a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 540m graphics card? Because mine certainly has one, I have uploaded photos as proof. Can I also say that the pattern which you can see on the back in those pictures isn't half as obvious as it is in the pictures!
Edit: [17/05/12] Just to let you all know that it's perfectly fine for playing games, I have recently bought Napoleon Total War, Age of Empires III and Dead Space 2 for it, all of which run on high/ultra settings at a minimum of 30FPS. However, with Total War - )which is admittedly fairly well known for being intense graphics/processor-wise) it tends to get quite hot on the left hand side. So I'd be fairly cautious when playing it for long durations of time on intense games such as Total War. Other than that, no problems so far!
Edit: [08/06/12] I'm not sure if it's just me - but I've found the keyboard to be a little flimsy, with some keys popping up every now and then, it's easy enough to adjust them, but it's still frustrating.
Edit: [13/06/12] I'd use some software such as Speedfan to monitor the GPU heat, just so that it doesn't overheat. The hottest mine has got is 95C whilst playing Minecraft (for some reason this game's very GPU/CPU intensive), I think these things can reach about 105C. I've taken measures to reduce the temperature, and so it normally sits at around 85C now, even whilst playing games like Fallout New Vegas on Ultra settings. Whilst doing normal tasks - the temperature ranges between about 35-60C - so nothing out of the normal. I think the (somewhat inconvenient, yet also in some ways convenient) placement of the battery charger also partly contributes to the GPU heat though, as the charging port is rather near where the GPU is. Still functioning completely well - with no hiccups as of yet. VGA cable input works completely fine - as I occasionally hook it up to my TV.