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Pros, Cons, Neutral, Settings - Overall awesome with a dent in your bank account
on July 1, 2014
Breaking this review into four categories: Pros, Cons, Neutral, Settings
CONS: HOT, EXPENSIVE
Hot enough to burn you. Not on the keys/mouse which is good. After a little over 2 hours of gaming, but metal near the power button - only worth mentioning because years of gaming will make me nervous and a cooling pad might be in the future expenses.
Obviously you know the prices, that's why you're reading reviews. If you want to throw down up to $2600 you better get your moneys worth out of it. I game a lot and i work a lot. BUT I'm mobile; at work and at home. To me the money was justified, don't get me wrong, I cringed throwing this much money down to add the gaming expect of being mobile, but if you're going to throw down for a gaming laptop, make it top of the line - you want to use it for years, so might as well get the best mobile GPU to date, remember you can't replace the GPU.
PROS: GAMING, QUALITY, FAST
Like a beast. Runs Wolfenstein New Order, Boishock Infinite and Metro Last Night easily at the highest quality, no frame loss - I tweak the settings a bit, which I talk about below, but even at default settings they run flawlessly without any extra background programs running.
I'm lumping a few things into this category.
Screen. Very clear and crisp, great upgrade from last years model
Keyboard. Honestly took me a day or two to get used to, but very responsive and the backlit is great (no change in color but brightness is adjustable)
Trackpad. The mouse and buttons are pretty solid, I was surprised how easily FPS games are to play without an external mouse
Casing. It's metal which looks and feels awesome. It smudges a lot, so keep it clean, don't drop it and take good care of it, treat it like a woman, not your d***.
SSD. Period. Once combine a SSD with an i7 processor - you got smooth sailing; I can run video recording software, RDP and 3 VMs with power to spare!
NEUTRAL: BATTERY, TOUCH SCREEN, WINDOWS 8.1, SOUND
Gaming = 2 hours
Casual use = 6+ hours
I knew this going in, so i'm not going to bash it. When you game, leave it plugged in.
When you're casually using it, it's not bad, that's 6 hours of constant use, but days if you leave it idle or just close the lid
Meh. With Windows 8 its good, but it's a laptop not a tablet, I expected to use it more but I've only used it when I sit next to my Mac buddies with their "best laptop ever" attitude and show them gaming and a touch screen.
Honestly I'm a fan. 8.1 is a great step from the original. Been using it since beta and got used to it, just research some tweaks and there's nothing to complain about. I put this in neutral because it's personal preference for everyone.
Not bad, not great. Gets the job done.
Yep Razer (over)did it. Awesome resolution, but honestly it's a little too much. I'm in RDP half the day, which matches res, this means i have to read my email with a magnifying glass. I lowered my res down to 1920 X 1080 and modified my icon size. I can hardly tell the difference to be honest. This not only helps with battery life (especially in gaming) but makes applications readable.
Note: I saw a review of a loud AC - it's been very quiet and very cool. They must have received a defective one.