Is this laptop a good deal?

I'm considering ordering this laptop, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312434
The price range is good and it has 2 gigs dedicated ram with the a8 processor, I don't really know that much about computers but on paper this looks good. I do some gaming like diablo 3, guild wars 2 etc and I also want to run some music production software like protools, vsts etc. Is this laptop too good to be true, also i've read that this uses crossfire technology even tho they dont list it in the specs. I also found this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314016 and am trying to justify spending the extra 100 dollars. Any advice or other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. The first PC with the A8 is not a super deal and isn't going to play those games that well.

    The second PC isn't bad with it's discrete graphics and should run GW 2 on low settings.

    Check this out. It is much better than both for $550.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-inspiron-15r-core-i7-laptop/35236.aspx?config=43227
  2. JD88 said:
    The first PC with the A8 is not a super deal and isn't going to play those games that well.

    The second PC isn't bad with it's discrete graphics and should run GW 2 on low settings.

    Check this out. It is much better than both for $550.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-inspiron-15r-core-i7-laptop/35236.aspx?config=43227

    Actually, the A8 DOES have a dedicated card, the 7670m, which is different from the 7640G.
  3. Thanatos Telos said:
    JD88 said:
    The first PC with the A8 is not a super deal and isn't going to play those games that well.

    The second PC isn't bad with it's discrete graphics and should run GW 2 on low settings.

    Check this out. It is much better than both for $550.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-inspiron-15r-core-i7-laptop/35236.aspx?config=43227

    Actually, the A8 DOES have a dedicated card, the 7670m, which is different from the 7640G.


    I was just looking back and noticed that. The question now is which is better, the 7670m in dual graphics with the A8 or a 7730m. I actually think the Lenovo might be more powerful but I'm going to research it.

    I typically prefer just about anything over Dell but I still think the Dell is probably the best overall machine with the i5, backlit keyboard, additional RAM, and probably nicer chassis. It's also $50 more though.


    UPDATE: According to Notebook check

    A8 with 7670m (Lenovo)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7640G-HD-7670M-Dual-Graphics.81172.0.html

    7730m(Dell)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7730M.72678.0.html

    The Lenovo performs better in Diablo 3 and slightly better in synthetic benchmarks. Given it's price point, I would go with that since gaming is a big concern.

    I do wonder if Guild Wars 2 would benefit from the extra CPU power from the i5 though before the GPU became a bottleneck. There really isn't any way to know.
  4. JD88 said:
    Thanatos Telos said:
    JD88 said:
    The first PC with the A8 is not a super deal and isn't going to play those games that well.

    The second PC isn't bad with it's discrete graphics and should run GW 2 on low settings.

    Check this out. It is much better than both for $550.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-inspiron-15r-core-i7-laptop/35236.aspx?config=43227

    Actually, the A8 DOES have a dedicated card, the 7670m, which is different from the 7640G.


    I was just looking back and noticed that. The question now is which is better, the 7670m in dual graphics with the A8 or a 7730m. I actually think the Lenovo might be more powerful but I'm going to research it.

    I typically prefer just about anything over Dell but I still think the Dell is probably the best overall machine with the i5, backlit keyboard, additional RAM, and probably nicer chassis. It's also $50 more though.


    UPDATE: According to Notebook check

    A8 with 7670m (Lenovo)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7640G-HD-7670M-Dual-Graphics.81172.0.html

    7730m(Dell)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7730M.72678.0.html

    The Lenovo performs better in Diablo 3 and slightly better in synthetic benchmarks. Given it's price point, I would go with that since gaming is a big concern.

    I do wonder if Guild Wars 2 would benefit from the extra CPU power from the i5 though before the GPU became a bottleneck. There really isn't any way to know.



    Yea my main concern was the a8 processor i've always used intel in the past. Also i've heard that crossfire graphics on amds are problematic, if this is the case can't i simply use the 2gig dedicated card it comes with?
  5. DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    Thanatos Telos said:
    JD88 said:
    The first PC with the A8 is not a super deal and isn't going to play those games that well.

    The second PC isn't bad with it's discrete graphics and should run GW 2 on low settings.

    Check this out. It is much better than both for $550.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-inspiron-15r-core-i7-laptop/35236.aspx?config=43227

    Actually, the A8 DOES have a dedicated card, the 7670m, which is different from the 7640G.


    I was just looking back and noticed that. The question now is which is better, the 7670m in dual graphics with the A8 or a 7730m. I actually think the Lenovo might be more powerful but I'm going to research it.

    I typically prefer just about anything over Dell but I still think the Dell is probably the best overall machine with the i5, backlit keyboard, additional RAM, and probably nicer chassis. It's also $50 more though.


    UPDATE: According to Notebook check

    A8 with 7670m (Lenovo)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7640G-HD-7670M-Dual-Graphics.81172.0.html

    7730m(Dell)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7730M.72678.0.html

    The Lenovo performs better in Diablo 3 and slightly better in synthetic benchmarks. Given it's price point, I would go with that since gaming is a big concern.

    I do wonder if Guild Wars 2 would benefit from the extra CPU power from the i5 though before the GPU became a bottleneck. There really isn't any way to know.



    Yea my main concern was the a8 processor i've always used intel in the past. Also i've heard that crossfire graphics on amds are problematic, if this is the case can't i simply use the 2gig dedicated card it comes with?



    I doubt it. I'm not too familiar with how dual graphics work on a laptop, but my guess is that which unit is running when is determined in the Bios due to power saving features. Using the 7670m alone would also be weaker than the 7730.

    On the other hand, the laptop has good reviews on Newegg so it might work perfectly and deliver a lot of performance for not much money. That's what AMD designed this system to do. It really is an interesting concept.
  6. JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    Thanatos Telos said:
    JD88 said:
    The first PC with the A8 is not a super deal and isn't going to play those games that well.

    The second PC isn't bad with it's discrete graphics and should run GW 2 on low settings.

    Check this out. It is much better than both for $550.

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/dell-inspiron-15r-core-i7-laptop/35236.aspx?config=43227

    Actually, the A8 DOES have a dedicated card, the 7670m, which is different from the 7640G.


    I was just looking back and noticed that. The question now is which is better, the 7670m in dual graphics with the A8 or a 7730m. I actually think the Lenovo might be more powerful but I'm going to research it.

    I typically prefer just about anything over Dell but I still think the Dell is probably the best overall machine with the i5, backlit keyboard, additional RAM, and probably nicer chassis. It's also $50 more though.


    UPDATE: According to Notebook check

    A8 with 7670m (Lenovo)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7640G-HD-7670M-Dual-Graphics.81172.0.html

    7730m(Dell)
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-7730M.72678.0.html

    The Lenovo performs better in Diablo 3 and slightly better in synthetic benchmarks. Given it's price point, I would go with that since gaming is a big concern.

    I do wonder if Guild Wars 2 would benefit from the extra CPU power from the i5 though before the GPU became a bottleneck. There really isn't any way to know.



    Yea my main concern was the a8 processor i've always used intel in the past. Also i've heard that crossfire graphics on amds are problematic, if this is the case can't i simply use the 2gig dedicated card it comes with?



    I doubt it. I'm not too familiar with how dual graphics work on a laptop, but my guess is that which unit is running when is determined in the Bios due to power saving features. Using the 7670m alone would also be weaker than the 7730.

    On the other hand, the laptop has good reviews on Newegg so it might work perfectly and deliver a lot of performance for not much money. That's what AMD designed this system to do.


    Honestly I don't mind spending the extra 50 if it's worth it like I said i was trying to convince myself on the one that was 600 but this dell seems like a really good deal.
  7. DankNasty said:


    Honestly I don't mind spending the extra 50 if it's worth it like I said i was trying to convince myself on the one that was 600 but this dell seems like a really good deal.


    Are you firm on that budget? There are some pretty good deals in the $700-800 range.

    I recently purchased this laptop:
    http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/y-series/y400/

    It is an outstanding machine.
  8. JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:


    Honestly I don't mind spending the extra 50 if it's worth it like I said i was trying to convince myself on the one that was 600 but this dell seems like a really good deal.


    Are you firm on that budget? There are some pretty good deals in the $700-800 range.

    I recently purchased this laptop:
    http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/y-series/y400/

    It is an outstanding machine.


    I wanted to stay around the $500 range, I play games but I am not a huge gamer. Also the second laptop i posted for $600 has the gt730m 2 gigs dedicated isn't that relatively good enough to play everything? I'd hate to miss a significant improvement by shorting it 100 bucks.
  9. Yeah, I mean it would be the best at $600. Originally I was thinking that the 730 was one of the carryovers from the 600 series. It is, but it is actually a 645 not a 630. That makes a big difference.

    Here are some benchmarks:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-730M.84681.0.html
  10. JD88 said:
    Yeah, I mean it would be the best at $600. Originally I was thinking that the 730 was one of the carryovers from the 600 series. It is, but it is actually a 645 not a 630. That makes a big difference.

    Here are some benchmarks:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-730M.84681.0.html


    Yea i've been looking at that site to compare benchmarks. I know i'm gonna sound like a noob for this but I don't really know what all that stuff means other than the further down on that chart the better the card and on the games the more greenery the better lol. When I looked at the dual channel graphics they wrote that the quality can range from hd3000 to GeForce GT 635M which is kind of disconcerting. The reviews are good tho like you said and that kind of makes me want to take a chance especially since new egg rarely gets reviews like that.
    Also I am not sure about the comparison between the quad core a8 vs the dual core i5.
  11. DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    Yeah, I mean it would be the best at $600. Originally I was thinking that the 730 was one of the carryovers from the 600 series. It is, but it is actually a 645 not a 630. That makes a big difference.

    Here are some benchmarks:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-730M.84681.0.html


    Yea i've been looking at that site to compare benchmarks. I know i'm gonna sound like a noob for this but I don't really know what all that stuff means other than the further down on that chart the better the card and on the games the more greenery the better lol. When I looked at the dual channel graphics they wrote that the quality can range from hd3000 to GeForce GT 635M which is kind of disconcerting. The reviews are good tho like you said and that kind of makes me want to take a chance especially since new egg rarely gets reviews like that.


    Plus the games you are playing are not super intensive. Diablo 3 will run well for sure. I would imagine Guild Wars 2 will also but you may have to keep the settings down.
  12. I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.
  13. DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)
  14. Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?
  15. DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.
  16. JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.


    Just one more thing before I pull the trigger it doesn't say on newegg or acer that this laptop is widi capable but i checked the processor on intels website it says that it is. Is that enough to go off of? Also the acer website says this laptop has 4 slots for ram upgradeable to 16 gigs while the newegg says 2 slots up to 8gigs.
  17. DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.


    Just one more thing before I pull the trigger it doesn't say on newegg or acer that this laptop is widi capable but i checked the processor on intels website it says that it is. Is that enough to go off of? Also the acer website says this laptop has 4 slots for ram upgradeable to 16 gigs while the newegg says 2 slots up to 8gigs.


    As far as I know, if it doesn't say widi on the laptop I would assume it isn't. My Y400 has a widi processor but no functionality.

    As for ram, I would go by what Newegg says. I don't know that you would ever need or want more than 8 anyway.
  18. JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.


    Just one more thing before I pull the trigger it doesn't say on newegg or acer that this laptop is widi capable but i checked the processor on intels website it says that it is. Is that enough to go off of? Also the acer website says this laptop has 4 slots for ram upgradeable to 16 gigs while the newegg says 2 slots up to 8gigs.


    As far as I know, if it doesn't say widi on the laptop I would assume it isn't. My Y400 has a widi processor but no functionality.

    As for ram, I would go by what Newegg says. I don't know that you would ever need or want more than 8 anyway.


    Yea ram wasn't a huge concern but I figure the widi would be cool as my tv has it. I was able to look at some of the acer manufacturer drivers that are downloadable for that laptop but don't come installed and one was wireless display of course acer won't talk to you until you buy their product and newegg tells you to talk to the manufacturer..
  19. Yeah I would probably use it too. You could always shoot Acer an email and hope they reply quickly.
  20. Well I tried to get it last night "sold out" lol while I was checking out it got removed from my cart. I tried again this morning still sold out. Guess i'll have to wait.
  21. Alright. I'll keep my eye out for any other deals that might pop up. Good luck.
  22. JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.


    Just one more thing before I pull the trigger it doesn't say on newegg or acer that this laptop is widi capable but i checked the processor on intels website it says that it is. Is that enough to go off of? Also the acer website says this laptop has 4 slots for ram upgradeable to 16 gigs while the newegg says 2 slots up to 8gigs.


    As far as I know, if it doesn't say widi on the laptop I would assume it isn't. My Y400 has a widi processor but no functionality.

    As for ram, I would go by what Newegg says. I don't know that you would ever need or want more than 8 anyway.


    Oh hey I was looking at other stuff as I am unable to get my laptop right now and i was checking out your y400 (sick laptop). It should be widi capable i think the only requirements are the processor and it needs intel wifi which it says yours has(intel centrino) I think you should be able to download it off intels website and run it.
  23. DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.


    Just one more thing before I pull the trigger it doesn't say on newegg or acer that this laptop is widi capable but i checked the processor on intels website it says that it is. Is that enough to go off of? Also the acer website says this laptop has 4 slots for ram upgradeable to 16 gigs while the newegg says 2 slots up to 8gigs.


    As far as I know, if it doesn't say widi on the laptop I would assume it isn't. My Y400 has a widi processor but no functionality.

    As for ram, I would go by what Newegg says. I don't know that you would ever need or want more than 8 anyway.


    Oh hey I was looking at other stuff as I am unable to get my laptop right now and i was checking out your y400 (sick laptop). It should be widi capable i think the only requirements are the processor and it needs intel wifi which it says yours has(intel centrino) I think you should be able to download it off intels website and run it.


    Thanks, I'll check it out. I know I saw some forums where there were people complaining that it wasn't even though Lenovo said it was going to be. Honestly, I haven't really looked into it much since then.

    I'm loving the laptop so far. Right now, I'm looking into getting the second graphics card for the Ultrabay and test out SLI. Also, I've been able to overclock the stock graphics card from 790 MHz to 1150MHz which is is way past GTX 660m levels. With two of those, that would be an outrageous amount of graphical power in a 14" laptop that is this lightweight and portable. I don't even know of anything close design wise, much less price wise (under $1000)
  24. JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    JD88 said:
    DankNasty said:
    Brett928S2 said:
    DankNasty said:
    I'm still having trouble deciding can anyone possibly weigh in with some more imput.


    Hi :)

    I sell gaming laptops in my shops...

    At your budget, pretty much anything you buy will play games on LOW at best (some not at all)

    For a gaming laptop you NEED to add another $1000, or preferably build a gaming pc.... a LOT more gaming for a LOT less money....

    Sorry to be brutal, but those are the facts..

    All the best Brett :)


    I know the brutal truth im starting to lean towards the second one I posted, the specs seem really good for the price i know i wont be able to run crysis 3 on ultra or whatever but i5 with 2 gig geforce730m seems good and underpriced am I missing something?



    Nope, Nvidia is giving out a pretty good value with these new 700m series chips. Go for it.


    Just one more thing before I pull the trigger it doesn't say on newegg or acer that this laptop is widi capable but i checked the processor on intels website it says that it is. Is that enough to go off of? Also the acer website says this laptop has 4 slots for ram upgradeable to 16 gigs while the newegg says 2 slots up to 8gigs.


    As far as I know, if it doesn't say widi on the laptop I would assume it isn't. My Y400 has a widi processor but no functionality.

    As for ram, I would go by what Newegg says. I don't know that you would ever need or want more than 8 anyway.


    Oh hey I was looking at other stuff as I am unable to get my laptop right now and i was checking out your y400 (sick laptop). It should be widi capable i think the only requirements are the processor and it needs intel wifi which it says yours has(intel centrino) I think you should be able to download it off intels website and run it.


    Thanks, I'll check it out. I know I saw some forums where there were people complaining that it wasn't even though Lenovo said it was going to be. Honestly, I haven't really looked into it much since then.

    I'm loving the laptop so far. Right now, I'm looking into getting the second graphics card for the Ultrabay and test out SLI. Also, I've been able to overclock the stock graphics card from 790 MHz to 1150MHz which is is way past GTX 660m levels. With two of those, that would be an outrageous amount of graphical power in a 14" laptop that is this lightweight and portable. I don't even know of anything close design wise, much less price wise (under $1000)


    That laptop has upgradeable graphics? Sick. How much was yours? Im probably gonna end up talking myself into getting this now if new egg doesn't get this acer back in lol. Just on looks alone with the red keys on the black... sleek.
  25. I'm loving the laptop so far. Right now, I'm looking into getting the second graphics card for the Ultrabay and test out SLI. Also, I've been able to overclock the stock graphics card from 790 MHz to 1150MHz which is is way past GTX 660m levels. With two of those, that would be an outrageous amount of graphical power in a 14" laptop that is this lightweight and portable. I don't even know of anything close design wise, much less price wise (under $1000)

    I paid $750 for the base model and ordered it direct from the Lenovo website. I don't know of anywhere else that carries the Y400 model. Newegg has the bigger Y500.

    The thing about the base Y400 is that it comes with the Core i7 and 8GB of RAM for $750 while the Y500 is $800 for the same specs.

    Yeah, it has what they call an Ultrabay which is basically the slot that the optical drive fits into. You can take out the DVD drive and put in some other things, including a second graphics card for SLI. They have hard drives, extra fans, and other stuff that can go in there too.

    The second graphics card costs $230 though but that's not too bad considering your total cost would still be under 1k and your performance would be closer to that of a $1300 heavy gaming laptop.

    I really like just about everything about it. The entire inside part that you touch is a nice satin finish metal and the outside feels like a carbon fiber like material (It probably actually isn't carbon fiber.) The back-lit keyboard is really nice and the keys just feel good to type on, not cheap like some other laptops do.

    My biggest complaint is probably the screen which is really nice except it and the bezel around it are glossy and attract a lot of glare. Can't really use it in direct sunlight because of that.

    Its only 1366x768 but that's not too bad on a 14" screen. It looks detailed enough for me. Plus, you really wouldn't want to game at something like 1080 because the card couldn't handle it. (at least not one of them by itself)

    The speakers are the best I've ever heard on a laptop of any kind. They are very loud. My old Sony laptop wouldn't be loud enough to watch movies on it in the car with road noise. You could hear this thing loud and clear with all the windows down if you wanted to. I listen to rock and metal on it all the time while my $300 stereo system collects dust. Great for movies too with good bass. Way better than the lame "Beats audio" crap that is supposedly on the HP I got for my dad.

    Battery life has been way better than what I expected. I've actually been on it all day (5+hours) doing web browsing and typing a paper with the brightness turned up all the way and I just now plugged it in when it warned me it was down to 20%. A little of this might be because I replaced the HDD with a Samsung Pro Series 840 SSD.

    You can't really game on it much not plugged in though as the graphics card down-clocks itself to save power. I don't know if this can be adjusted but I don't ever do heavy gaming on battery anyway.

    Overall, this thing feels and looks like something that cost twice as much, except maybe that area around the screen which is glossy and maybe even a little budget looking but not a huge deal.

    One problem was that they shipped it from China and it took a little over two weeks to get here.
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