Top positive review
17 people found this helpful
on 21 February 2014
This notebook definetly lived up to my expectations when I got it. The build quality is exceptional, and the performance will meet pretty much everyone's needs, except for the enthusiasts in hardware, however if that is the case you probably would be looking for a desktop or a (even) higher-end notebook.
Keyboard is responsive, altough I'm stil having to get used to chiclet style keys, as I only used regular membrane keyboards before. The keyboard also has a white backlight with 4 brightness settings, altough I only use them in maximum brightness it's a good feature to have. The full-size numberpad and the directional arrows are separate from the main keys, so they are quite easy to find and don't have the problem of accidentally pressing the wrong key. The trackpad performance is regular, only thing that stands out is that it's bigger than the avarege, but in no way it could replace a mouse.
I'm no expert in sound quality, but I find the speakers good enough for me and I still haven't used the headphone and microphone jacks to know how the sound controller performs. The screen quality is good enough for me, however I don't really work with photo/video editing and other applications that require color accuracy, so if it has a good viewing angle and it doesn't reflect too much light I'm happy. I believe this isn't an IPS display, but the viewing angles are quite wide, so that isn't an issue for me. Also something to note is that the display is not touch or 3D capable. Frankly I find that a good thing, but other people may think differently and actually use those features, so I might as well put it here.
As far as gaming performance goes, I still haven't tested very demanding titles, but so far I encountered zero problems running games in 1080p at near maximum settings (normally removing AA, since I don't see any huge improvement in quality). If it serves as a reference for some people, I get similar or better performace than my previous desktop wich had a i7-2600k, 8Gb ram and a GTX 660. The cooling system is very efficient and, while I haven't actually measured temperatures, the air coming out of the rear vents never got hot to the point I would be worried. Also regarding the fans, I find them very silent when not gaming, and at an acceptable noise whe demanded. Sometimes they decided to speed up for no reason when the system was idle and after a couple seconds return to normal, but in those moments the noise can be annoying.
Unfortunately the notebook doesn't have a SSD installed with this particular model, however the installed 750Gb hard drive comes separated in two partitions, with around 280Gb for the OS drive. I wasn't expecting that, and it was a more than welcome surprise for me. It comes with windows 8 out of the box, so if you want to upgrade it to 8.1 be prepared to make a ton of updates before that.
Below a brief summary of my review.
- Excelent performance
- Excelent cooling system
- Display with wide viewing angles
- Good enough sound quality
- HD comes with two separate partitions
- No SSD
- Quite heavy at almost 5Kg
- Doesn't come with windows 8.1 out of the box, so there's the inconvinience of having to update
Conclusion: Overall I'm very impressed with this notebook. A more accurate score would be 4.5 out of 5, but since I don't have that option, I find that it is closer to the 5 star mark since I was aware of the cons before buying and they don't reduce the experience, it would simply be an even better product if not for those facts.