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- The SSDs work really well and with some configuration Linux is functioning perfectly with the PCIe SSDs. The PCIe SSDs can be configured in RAID0 or 1 and the're very fast. On top of that the GPU and CPU are fantastic. For the price it's about the best you're going to get - an i7 with fantastic hard drives (a 1TB HDD as well to boot).
Really impressed by the performance of the PCIe SSDs, CPU and GPU.
- The US keyboard is frustrating to get used to although that's because I'm used to tactile feedback on mechanical keyboards - I'll be using a second monitor in future.
The Heroes of the Storm while nice if you enjoy that game I wasn't aware that it came "HotS" styled and I'm a Dota player so that's an oversight on my part, the aesthetic is fine though and I'm more than happy to ignore it.
The WiFi chip is terrible - it's a "Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter" and it's just awful. The signal it gets just drops, it's not long ranged at all and just in general a terrible wireless network adaptor. I'm using a USB WiFi as a necessity because of how terrible the Qualcomm Atheros chip is. This is not an issue I've ever had with the Intel network adaptor in my Dell laptop. Really bad choice here, considering the really great tech in this laptop I'm surprised by how shockingly bad said chip is.
The battery life isn't brilliant (my less-than-half-price Dell laptop lasts about twice as long) with around 3h30m on full charge - but that's to be expected considering it's a gaming machine - most users will have it plugged in all the time.
Last and I guess only a minor irritant - it comes with a CD/DVD drive. There is absolutely no need for this in 2017, it's a waste of space and I don't think I've used a DVD since about 2004 (13 years). They are obsolete and I would rather that space was used to either reduce the size of the laptop or give it some more battery.
Published on: 16 October 2017