- good (but not great) build quality.
- No schmaltz styling – no glam monster looks, just a plain solid design.
- Many customization option. Noteworthy are the excellent 90% Gamut Color, very high contrast and very good brightness FullHD (+185$) and the GPU upgrade – GTX 675M / GTX 680M and Radeon 7970M for very reasonable price.
- backlit illuminated keyboard.
- Aggersive pricing – best or one the best performance per price ratio.
- Easily upgradable. You can take it apart quite easily and add things yourself.
- Two HDD bays. If you want to add, for example, a SSD drive, you can do it without removing the DVD or default HDD.
- Good battery running times when surfing with WiFi even when equipped with the high power consuming GTX 675M.
- Verity of connection ports, including 3 USB 3.0 ports, display port, HDMI, DVI, eSata, infrared and more.
- Currently, when configured with the Radeon 7970M, there is no way to disable AMD’s ‘Enduro’ graphics switching system which causes a significant performance hit when gaming due to poor switching mechanism, switching back to the integrated GPU while gaming.
- High noise levels – also compared to other laptops.
- Good temperatures. Some competitors make it better.
- Base configuration includes no OS which might add to the cost for some.
- The build quality isn’t the best of the high end gaming laptop. For example, the Alienware m17x-r4 has a better build quality.
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Direct Competitors and Alternatives:
Dell Alienware m17x-R4 (17.3″)
MSI GT60 (15.6″), MSI GT70 (17.3″)
Asus G75VW (17.3″)
Samsung NP700G7C (17.3″)
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