Editors Liked

  • Great design; Runs mostly cool; Powerful specs good enough to play current games at high settings; No bloatware; Lighting system is fun to play around with; Hybrid drive is fast enough to not miss SSD
  • Good overall performance. Cache drive boosts access speed. Highly customizable. Attractive gaming-oriented design
  • Solid build quality, Beautiful 1600 x 900 display, Excellent sound system
  • Cool design, "Good enough performance" for most serious gamers while on the road, AlienFX lighting is still awesome
  • Reasonably compact for a gaming laptop, Solid construction, Customizable lighting effects, Plenty of onboard ports
  • Sleek design; Vivid display with wide viewing angles; Customizable lighting; Solid performance and graphics

Editors Didn't Like

  • Rubberized body easily catches dust
  • Delivers less-than-optimal DX11 frame rates. Not fastest in every application. Display not full HD
  • Offers poor performance value, Lacks broad appeal
  • Still a horrible glossy screen, Still thick and heavy, Powerful, but not "best in class"
  • Gaming performance could be better at screen's native resolution, Display is reflective, Loud exhaust fans, Limited graphics-chip options
  • Runs slightly hot when gaming; A tad expensive