Everything I asked for
After reviewing other products I stumbled upon this build-your-own computer, and I've got to say, i have no regrets on dropping the 1500 for it. The computer is everything i will need for anything for the foreseeable future. I have recommended this product to anyone who asks. My build: RGB Hard Gaming Mousepad Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa Core NVIDIA® GeForce® 1060 Windows 10 Home 15.6" Full HD 144Hz IPS Anti-Glare Touchpad Color: Gunmetal Gray Memory (RAM): 16GB DDR4 2400MHz (8GB x 2) SSD Drive: 128GB M.2 (opted for no secondary) 2.5" Hard Drive: 250GB SATA III SSD Keyboard Type: Blue Thermal Cooling Solution: Cool Laboratory Liquid Ultra CPU & AS5 GPU Thermal Compound Upgrade Pros: The overall aesthetic is impressive. The bezel is great compared to other laptops. It is worth noting, the keyboard extends millimeters from the edge and the individually programmable keys are also a nice touch and have the effects: Monocolor, Breathing, wave, reactive, rainbow, ripple, raindrop, marquee, spark, music, user, and gaming mode (WASD & arrow keys highlighted). If you brought the gaming/high performance computer to Starbucks it would be unlikely to get many stares. Opening the laptop takes minimal effort, no need to use two hands to open. Fan and keyboard noise are something to be considered with the laptop, but not unexpected. Gaming, the fan noise is noticeable but overcame with a pair of headphones. When not gaming the laptop is silent. Off to login in seconds. The hardware value and ease of setup are beyond what you would find elsewhere. The monitor feels secure with little wiggle-room and the same goes for the keyboard press test. I am unsure how to perform an in-depth operating system test however I can say that i consistently received 60+ fps on all max draw distances, anti-aliasing settings, and just about very other setting I could find. Cons: The heat. Under prolonged heavy strain the area above the keyboard can become hot enough to want to recoil when turning on the Max Fan button near the power button. Which also takes aprox 1 second to turn on. Same goes for the power button. Considerations: I read other reviews concerning fingerprints being left on the keyboard and do not see this computer having the problem. The option to disable the tackpad is possible by double tapping the upper left corner (indicated by small tackpad light) Mechanical keystroke noise may not be outright intrusive to some, however if typing or editing a paper for hours on end it may become quite noticeable.