The laptop is great overall, but it has it's downfall. The cooling system over-promised and under-delivered, as we were promised a great cooling system that would essentially make the heat unnoticeable. At first, it really is kept cool, at least until you use it for what it's for. Gaming. Within seconds you can hear the fans working. Within 30 minutes, you'll feel the heat. Now, having said that it really isn't that bad if you get a air-y buffer, like a laptop fan. Compared to what we were promised, it really is disappointing, but it does the job in the end.
The battery life is one of the other things that were over-promised and under-delivered. The specs will tell you it survives about 5 hours on battery, but of course this is always under the best scenario of the laptop merely being on. If you are actively using it, especially as a gaming laptop, it will last maybe 3 hours top. I once watched a show with low brightness and barely made it through. If you plan on using it without a plug, definitely get a portable battery and turn off your laptop between transit.
Those are really the only downsides to this laptop. Everything else is as promised and works beautifully. The screen is beautiful, the keyboard is smooth and fast, and the laptop itself is as promised. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]