Summary: After I swapped out the factory 750GB drive for a PNY XL8R Pro SSD, this laptop is phenomenal! It is incredibly fast, and reliable, which is to be expected with the scpecs of this machine paired with an SSD.
Pros: Fast CPU
Cons: This laptop is absolutely fantastic........After you swap out the hard drive that is shipped with it. The stock hard drive is so bad, that the OS would constantly freeze! Also, it took about a full minute to boot to the login screen!
Summary: For the price, this computer has its wonders. I've tried a couple games and some run better than others. Full max settings aren't possible all the time, but hey, for this deal and portability, I took it. Heck, I'm not one for max graphics anyway, so this thing works like a charm as long as it can play the games. And since it can play games, it does other things well.
Summary: This machine's performance has been a delightful surprise, and the "Scratch and Dent" is hardly noticeable, at least on my machine. Surprisingly capable as a gaming rig, handling anything less than the latest without a hitch.
Summary: I would avoid this at all costs, especially refurbed. I've had complete system/hard drive failure on 2 occasions before. On the 3rd, during a memtest, the screen flashed, all lights went out, and now I have a thousand dollar paperweight on my hands.
Summary: This is my second G46VW. My wife owns the first one with the i5 3210, this one comes with the i5 3230. 100mhz cpu speed increase is not noticeable, but the ability to install 1600 memory in the future because of this cpu will be fantastic. I debated the refurb for almost 2-3 months before taking the plunge. I am not regretful in any way, shape or form.
Pros: $650.00 for this laptop is a steal. Cooling is phenomenal, and the laptop runs flawless.
Cons: Windows 8 on a non touch-screen device is and always will be a joke. This is a refurb and it came with a few scuffs on the ruberized lid. Nothing too horrible, it just looks slightly, and I mean VERY slightly used. for $350 savings, it's not a big deal.
Summary: Could be a lot better, but laptop prices are still high compared to that of a desktop - though I can understand why (technology-wise due to the smaller parts and higher creation costs). Hopefully they can get some decent gaming laptops for a lot lower prices in the near future.
Pros: The price for "what you get" ($649), is not a bad deal at all. Unlike others, the screen is fine, not "grainy" as others call it.
Cons: Not a very powerful laptop, most definitely not a laptop you would want to play mmorpg's on, though a game such as minecraft would run fine, as well as any flash game.