Exhibiting excellence with powerful gaming features
Overall User Rating (4.2 Out of 5 based on 151 ratings)
Overall: First of all, the laptop's BIOS is not locked. This laptop have UEFI which is like a more advanced version of the BIOS. Please refer to the Wikipedia article on UEFI to know more. So, in UEFI to enable booting from other medias you would need to turn of the feature called "Secure Boot" and then select the bootable device as "CSM OS". CSM stands for "Compatibility Support Module" and CSM enables the UEFI to boot from "traditional" Os like Windows XP, 7, DoS and Linux distros. Although the implementation of UEFI has many advantages, I see this as a move to force the user to use the preloaded OS. In this case, Windows 8. Also, if you re-partition the hard disk, the software warranty of this laptop will be void. That's Microsoft won't support you in case of any technical issues(?). However, I found Windows very irritating, stupid and ..oh lord, I'm falling short of adjectives ! Got rid of it within 2 hours since I powered on the laptop and reloaded the laptop with Ubuntu 12.04. Even unity feels way better after using Windows 8. About the Laptop: Pros: 1. Nice specs 2. The screen is Anti reflective HD LED 3. Build Quality is satisfactory 4. 4 USB ports 5. I found the Keyboard layout and Touch pad placement very convenient. 6. Surprise backpack Cons: 1. The build quality of Optical Drive tray is questionable. If you daily open and close it at least once, chances are high that it will break(?). 2. No indicators for CAPS ON & NUMLOCK 3. Slightly HOT when compared to the Intel based laptops.