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Excellent, high performance media consumption laptop
on 30 April 2013
I purchased this laptop last month after scouring the internet for a long time to find something that suited my needs. Since this is a long-term and expensive investment, I read reviews on several machines, many from Dell (with whom I've had several bad experiences in terms of overheating), HP, MSI, and Lenovo.
Eventually, this review from NotebookCheck convinced me: [...]
I've been waiting to write a review since my plan was to put the laptop through it's paces. So here's an overview of my experience so far:
I wanted to buy a machine primarily for photo and video editing, as well as educational applications such as MATLAB, and one with a decent graphics card for occasional gaming. I believe the laptop shines in all aspects, and can play most of the latest gaming titles fluidly (40-60 FPS).
+ As you would expect from an i7 machine, the laptop is very responsive.
+ Battery lasts between 2 and 3 hours with WiFi usage, watching a film (using the built-in speakers), office tasks such as Word processing, programming or using Photoshop. However, if you continuously do one of these tasks for an extended period of time, it will discharge rather quickly around a maximum of 2 hours.
+ Multi-touch trackpad is a bonus, especially if you use Windows 8
+ Sound quality is marvellous, loud, and well-balanced. The subwoofer that comes is a wonderful extra.
+ The keyboard is very responsive and good to type on, but it can be a bit loud at times
+ The screen is MATTE, so it is easily usable in bright light.
+ The HDMI port works well, and I have been using it with a 22" Samsung LCD as a second screen
+ The graphics card is a GT650M, unlike the GT630M mentioned (this is a huge difference, though if you are unaware of the intricacies, it might seem like a small jump)
+ The aluminum body has a very nice feel to it, as well as the brushed plastic lid. Both are fairly finger-print-free, and neither the LCD nor the laptop body get excessively hot (on the outside) even while gaming. The maximum body temperatures I've experienced is 45 degrees Celcius.
+ The USB 3.0 ports are a nice addition, and work well with USB 2.0 devices.
+ The webcam is 720p and works well, even in low light.
+ The built-in microphone is good for Skype (however, the Windows 8 Metro Skype App does not work well with it).
- The USB ports are next to each other and towards the front of the laptop, so if you have extra wide devices, you might have trouble connecting them.
- The LAN port, while it works absolutely fine, can be a bit fidgety to remove.
- The charger is quite large so it'll take up some space if you want to carry it with you.
If you feel like upgrading the RAM or hard drive, all you have to do is remove on screw on the bottom and you'll have access to both. If you want to do something a bit more extreme and replace the optical drive with a second hard disk, then again, all you need to is remove one screw. I personally replaced the 1TB drive with an OCZ 256GB SSD from my old laptop (MASSIVE speed boost) and the Blu-Ray drive with the 1TB HDD.
Overall, it is a very well rounded multimedia machine that suits my needs perfectly. The pros are many, and as for the cons, I'm probably being nit-picky since they really don't effect usage. If you're looking for something that does what I've mentioned in the usage section above, I would highly recommend buying this laptop!
I hope I've covered everything in this review. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Happy shopping! :)