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Pros Perfect performance Good looking Good price for such a gaming laptop The screen and sound is great for entertainments.
Cons The heat! The FN and CTRL key problem
Summary The laptop was almost perfect. I ordered it on sunday, and ncix shipped it on Tuesday. The service and speed of NCIX stuff was really good. I got the laptop for 10 hours now, and i really enjoyed using it. It has great performence, great design, and a good price. A really annoying problem is the heat. The fan wasn't anooying like what other customer have talked about, it is completely fine. But the heat made the whole surface of the laptop pretty warm when you are running games and the air that flowed out of the fan was pretty warm as well. However, i strongly recommand this laptop for such a good price.
Pros sturdy build & HQ construction materials fast cpu, gpu & 7200rpm HDD screen is great for gaming and work price is very low for what you get surprisingly light & portable
Cons keyboard: Fn key in bottom left, smaller backspace & right shift to accommodate number pad the keyboard has intermittent flex in it - causing some key's to jam up it runs cool internally (ie cpu & Gpu temps) - but the case gets hot be prepared to superglue the rubber feet when they fall off
Summary for heavy work applications it is as fast as any desktop i've used - handling multiple large PST files easily & CAD also. i play bfbc2 on it as well - high settings 2x/4x aa/af 1650x1080 it runs in the mid 30 fps average. putting everything to medium settings except textures provides 60 fps average I expected with a glossy screen this laptop would be difficult to use for work in a well-lit environment. Its actually just fine - i guess the technology must have improved in recent years.
This review was modfied by poster @ 06-04-10 11:35 PM
Pros Build quality, Powerful components, tons of value.
Cons Noise, flex and other inconveniences
Summary Very fast and very capable laptop.
PROS : Quick boot times Powerful components High quality screen Numbpad included Brushed aluminum
Cons : Keyboard flex Vent exhausts on right (on mouse hand) Noisy dvd drive as well as noisy when stressed FN and CTRL keys are reversed
Overall : 4.5 out of (rounding down to 4)
Build quality feels and looks solid, the red and black styling suits a gaming laptop. Battery life is estimated at about 1.5 hours of gaming, but honestly, I always play with the laptop plugged in. The core i5 and mobility 5850 provide an excellent combo for any gamer and have no problem delivering smooth frame rates with some eye candy. All games I have tested have been playable on the highest resolution available (1680x1050). I would recommend this to anyone looking for a value oriented, yet VERY capable gaming laptop. This this can deliver and I have yet to find a game that this thing can't provide smooth frame rates in.
Games tested: Left 4 dead 1/2 World of warcraft Starcraft 2 (beta) Mass Effect Torchlight
Pros Attractive looking, Excellent video card, quick, price.
Cons speaker sound quality, very bright power light, ctrl key location, battery sticks out
Summary Most people read reviews looking for negitives, so I will focus more on them; however don't get me wrong, this is an amazing laptop, I do not regret purchasing it at all, and am more than satisfied with my purchase. However, what I would change about it is:
For the first day of use, the right speaker (between power button and heat sink) had a rattling noise. This vanished after a day (possibly due to heat melting some glue or something?) But from my research, I've heard others hearing of this problem.
The power button has a very bright blue LED, and I often use the laptop at night with the lights off and the screen dimmed. I placed a very small strip of electrical tape over the power button, and am no longer 'blinded by the light.'
For a gaming laptop, I found it silly that they placed the function key where the control key is (bottom left.) Being used to games where the control key is usually in that location, it will take some effort to adjust to the new keyboard layout.
And finally, the battery does stick out of the rear of the laptop by about an inch.
But as I said, the laptop really hauls, it's lightning quick, starts up in ~15sec, has adequate battery life, and kicks the pants off any of my friends' rigs.
I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable gaming laptop.
Cons -Some may not like the Red trim -Right Shift, Right Enter, , and Backspace are all shrunk down to accommodate number pad -Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN - I have had problems with this card in another laptop before, though none yet.
Summary For $1200, all I can say is WOW!
This rig handles demanding titles like Battlefield Bad Company 2 on max settings (1680x1050, 8xAA, 16xAF, HABO and VSYNC, All on HIGH) with 59 FPS easy, ON BATTERY!
This is definitely a great desktop replacement laptop which is still portable enough to carry around and even couch surf with.
The fan may drive some people crazy due to the fact that is is usually on all the time.
I recommend this laptop for anyone looking for something uber powerful, but don't want to shell out $2000+
Pros great parts, solid gaming. This is a $2600 gaming-Fantastic Price, I priced the same hardware on Alienware and it was $3000.00 Sure you’d get a better build, but that’s not worth $1800 -very sharp looking case for the price -Stong LCD Hinge -Great Touchpad -4-in-1 CardReader -HD5850 1G GDDR5 -DDR3 Ram -fairly good build, but could be a little better -9 cell battery comes standard -minimal bloat ware
Cons -keyboard is slightly shrunk down to accommodate number pad along with a strang placement on the function key. I’m fine with it, but I’ve read comments from others saying they don’t like it -Runs hot. I’ve read some people have overclocked the processor, my advice based on the the location of the CPU sitting beside the GPU is don’t unless you want a paper weight, or a lighter. -no hardware switch to turn off the mouse pad during gaming. It’s a gaming machine, it’s really difficult to play a game if you occasionally brush the mouse pad and screw up your aim. At the very least there should be a simple soft switch widget to shut if off just before you get into a game. -no hardware control of the volume. Again, it’s a gaming machine, don’t make me back out of my game to adjust the sound, or use the function key sound control that is entirely unresponsive.
Summary I love this machine, it's wonderful. Sadly I'll need to wait to write a more full review, but I thought I should mention that I've been shipped a lemon. It happens, right? I've got a call in with NCIX to get this swapped for another one, but even though I have a dud, I'd still recommend this machine.
update after replacement:
I’ve had this now for 2 weeks, the first one I had was a dud. The RMAd version is spectacular. I’d probably recommend a lapcool type fan device as it runs pretty hot and it’s probably a good idea for longevity, but for the most part it’s got a good fan on it. I can run Crysis on it on medium settings and it does ok. Considering the fact that I don’t think anything is still as taxing as Crysis I think that’s pretty impressive. Sadly Games for Windows installs some patch that slows this laptop right down. MSI has no recent patches so as of this writing no one is addressing whatever they’re doing. Also Fallout 3 will not run, crashes over and over again. Having said that I’ve got about 20 other relatively new games that run perfectly at high resolutions including C&C 3, Supreme Commander, Modern Warefare (with everything turned all the way up and at 1680x1050) superb!
This review was modfied by poster @ 05-13-10 01:50 PM
Summary Ok, this laptop is nice. i mean, really nice. the only thing i dont like about this laptop is the "FN" key placement. they could've switched the CTRL to the FN key (this is my personal opinion, some user might actually like this layout.) Ok, they keyboard kinda tend to make some funny noises, especially when i kinda press the left ALT key abit hard, theres a squeky (more like a popping out sound) it kinda scares me. anything else, its fine. There are some bloatware, asusual. well thats pretty much about it. oh yea, for those who doesnt know, the video card is not like the desktop 5850, its more like a slower 5730 dekstop. and battery life, even though its a 9 cell battery, when i crank it all up, and play, it only last about 1 to 1 1/2 hour... giving 5 stars cause it met all my expectation, (except the keyboard) pretty happy with it.
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