Ultra powerful gaming hub
Overall User Rating (4.3 Out of 5 based on 226 ratings)
Overall: This series of laptop used to come with an Intel processor and integrated Intel HD graphics.
Thankfully HP got its senses back and switched to a discrete graphics from ATI. And ATI tastes best with AMD.
My first priority in buying a new laptop was the amount of VRAM that was available. And the place where you talk of powerful graphics, it's just a waste to speak of portability. But, weighing at nearly 3 kgs, this doesn't really bug you.
First off, this beast plays Crysis 3, UT3, at nearly 30 fps at most high settings. During that, if you decide to switch back to the desktop and then to the game again, there'll be a slight pause, but no glitches at all.
Corel Painter 12 with 20 large scale layers and Cyberlink Power Director on editing of 1080p video were gliding as if butter on hot toast.
The screen's contrast by default is too much, it'd be advisable to reduce it. The in-built Altec Lansing speakers are decent enough to fill a room with ambient sound. Don't expect a club atmosphere though.
According to Windows rating, every other hardware component of this machine scores well above 6, save for the HDD which has a rating of 5.9.
You'd be getting the Windows 8 single language edition preinstalled and it'd feel as if it were made for this PC itself. The touchpad's multitouch feature may require some practice though.
The HD cam stands true to the 'HD' part. And takes real good snaps in low light, considering that there's no flash.
The long and short of it -
1. Great laptop in an economical budget, will fare well for the mediocre gamer
2. Battery juices out 3 hours at max performance, which is quite good.
3. Great looks, considering it to be a heavy duty machine.
1. Not quite in favour of the touchpad.
2. For an extra 500-1000, HP could have put in a backlit keyboard.
3. Dual graphics switching is still a bit buggy on Windows 8, may fare well on Win 7.
4. The palm rest places could have been of a matte finish.
But, as a final verdict, if you can't go for Alienware now and want to play games or work on graphics intensive programs, go for this baby....!!
It won't disappoint you.
And by the way, I placed the order on 15th January at 1:50 AM, had this in my hands on 16th January, 11:00. I don't even know how I should be praising Flipkart. You guys would give the Flash a run for his money!