I am wondering if anyone here owns one and has used it for playing the latest games. I know the benchmarks for the processor and the GPU are good enough, so that shouldn't be a problem. Just wanted to have a first-hand review.
BTW, 1600x900 on a 17.3": How would it look like? Good enough for gaming? The dimensions being 16.17"x10.67", would the black bars be inevitable?
I've never used one, hence no comments. However, as you stated the system will be fine for gaming and apps. As far as the screen goes, it's not a bad resolution. Your icons might be a little larger than on a full HD screen, but certainly not like on a WXGA screen.
As far as gaming goes, a lower resolution is sometimes better when your GPU isn't the most powerful. Lower resolutions are easier for the cards to rending in games, leading to higher frame rates when compare to similar systems with higher res screens. And as long as 1600x900 is the native resolution for the screen, there shouldn't be any black bars so long as you can select that resolution in game.
Oh and one more thing, if your planing to use it for lots of movies and music you may want to buy some speakers, as the ones that come with it are ok-ish if you only listen quietly and don't mind low quality music. It is a business orientated notebook after all.