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Great Laptop, Worth Every Penny!
on August 26, 2012
I spent a lot of time researching and comparing laptops before settling on this product. Initially, I was reluctant to choose this particular model due to the lack of reviews here on Amazon as well as other sites. However, other similar MSI products had great reviews so I decided to take the plunge and go with this model based on MSI's overall reputation for dependability and quality.
I'm not a hardcore gamer and have general knowledge of computers. However, I wanted something with a little extra under the hood in case I wanted/needed it. Meant to replace an aging laptop, I use this laptop for my everyday computing needs as well as gaming. So far, it has handled everything exceptionally! Intitial startup was painless and I found little in the way of preloaded bloatware. Everyday startup is fast and this baby more than handles my everyday computing needs.
Gamewise, the only thing I've had time to run on this rig so far is Sid Meier's Civilization V. Clearly not that graphic intensive, however it more than adequately handles the highest graphic settings with ease. Nothing in the way of lag or hesitation has been noted.
Much ado has been made about the size of similar laptops. While big, I don't find it as obnoxiously big as others have suggested. The reality is this is a gaming/desktop replacement rig...not an ultrabook. If you're looking for something small and light, you're barking up the wrong tree by researching this type of laptop. It's big for a reason, but its size is manageable and it's transportable. I'm able to fit mine in a standard size backpack. The AC/DC adapter is a beast though...it's as big as a brick!
One of my main concerns was heat displacement and this rig can get rid of some heat! This model stays pretty cool during everyday computing. When things start to get warm gamewise, there's a fan boost option that kicks in another fan. The second fan increases fan noise however I don't find it to be overly excessive or distracting. The second fan more than adequately displaces heat when needed. Due to the amount of heat it displaces, I'd highly suggest getting some type of portable lapdesk.
The only shortcoming I've found so far is speaker sound quality. Like many laptops, sound is "tinny" however nothing headphones or external speakers can't fix.
All in all, I'm pleased with this laptop. It's pricey, however most gaming/desktop replacements are. It does everything I need it to do and there's still a little left in the gas tank in case I need it to do more.