Summary: Another BIG con is that the warranty sticker. There is no way you can upgrade HDD or mem without breaking it. My laptop had a bluescreen last week and refused to boot. After booting from CD there is NO hdd found. Hours later it can boot but do you expect me to trust that HDD? But I can not change it though I am aware that it might be faulty because that would void the warranty.
Pros: Great performance/price ratio. At this price this might be the best rig you can get.. 8G DDR3 1600 mem taking only one slot provides the option to upgrade to 16G dual channel, unlike some model out there having 12G (8+4) installed (why??) Compared to GT70 which is the intel version, this has a VGA port which you will need if you are going to connect this to a projector and give a talk or presentation (GT70 doesn't have it). Also a BD drive could be useful. Good audio ...
Cons: Win 8 problem has been discussed in other comments. While you could install Win 7 on it, the screen brightness won't change after drivers are installed. Copy everything in other thoughts and past into txt, rename it as a .bat file (eg, brightness.bat). Run this file as administrator. Acknowledgement goes to filippo333 from UK on MSI forum.
Cons: Mouse and Keyboard didn't respond after turning it on for the first time. I had to plug in my own mouse for the mouse pointer to show up, and I had tried something I learned from other "bad mother board issues" from my past experience and closed the lid and reopened it for the keyboard to respond. Once I got through all the required windows 8 setup junk, I put the provided driver disk in and updated all the drivers. The mouse still didn't work. every time the laptop w...
Summary: This laptop is the pinicle of computing in its class. It came with a free copy of Crysis 3, and with good reason, a lag-free playthrough on Ultra settings stood as a perfect assurance of this computer's quality and power. I would highly suggest it to anybody who is pondering on purchasing it.
Great design, foolish combination of processor and graphics.
C. Hardy, Amazon
11 September 2013
Summary: I was very excited about this laptop. Luckily the screen came defective with several dead pixels and I was able to return it for a refund. I was a former Asus G74SX owner with 560m GTX. Hoping with this laptop I would have much better performance, but I was disappointingly wrong. Pros: I loved the laptop feel and design. Screen was great; color, size and contrast. Keyboard color and feel was awesome as well.
Summary: It can play all current games on high settings, even newer generation games, so i was told; however, It cannot without dropping by 30 frames per second. I felt duped into believing the GX70 hype; the hype that claims the GX70 can run Crysis 3 at maximum settings. That is, until, I discovered that a had a downloaded a faulty System Control Manager (SCM) from the CD GX70 came with--SCM is used to crossfire the APU and the GPU.
Summary: This is an amazing laptop for the price, Pros: Pure AMD so no Intel/Nvidia tax GPU is amazing on this thing eyefinity on a laptop (because why not?) The sound system is amazing on this baby The screen is also amazing The fan on this thing can be a little loud with turbo fan on but max the volume while gaming, you won't notice. Battery life is also nice (around 5 hours.