Build sheet for reference: Operating System: Windows 10 Home Graphics Card: 8GB NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1070 Memory (RAM): 16GB DDR4 (1 Dimm) M.2 SATA or PCIe SSD Drive: 256GB M.2 Performance SSD 2.5" Hard Drive: 2TB Hybrid SSD 5400RPM I will preface any critiques below with the opening statement; I am blown away by this machine. At this price point, I'm in mild awe at the outstanding performance this rig has for both everyday ease of use, and gaming chops. I (currently) play Shadow of the Tomb Raider at ultra settings, with no tearing, artifacting, or loss of frame rate, and most impressively, the machine can remain at a comfortable temperature at the exhaust, bottom, and keyboard, with little coil whine common to the EVGA cards. The bloatware-free OS installation, paired with the SSD makes for absurdly quick startup and program execution. Now, the pros and cons of the design itself. Design/Aesthetics: This is a larger laptop, make no mistake. It's not going to win any slim or trim awards, but it has a simple, minimalist design, that thankfully foregoes the "gamer" aesthetic other brands like to force onto their rigs. The lid does have a tendency to show fingerprints, but the material makes cleaning them off almost effortless. The per-key lighting is gorgeous to look at, and the customization options available are fun to experiment with, if a bit counter intuitive when you first open the interface. The bezel, unfortunately, is quite a bit larger than many will like, measuring close to 1" at the top, and about 3/4" from the sides. This is a trade-off, though, for how robust the screen and lid feel, especially compared to lower-end laptops, that have a noticeable flex during normal opening/closing. The lid and bezel have very little flex, even under moderate pressure, the screen has no visible bleed, likely due to the size of the bezel, and the hinges and support bars have a very firm, tight feel. Likewise, the chassis has almost no appreciable flex or give under pressure, and no distortion while typing or using the trackpad. Speaking of typing, a few minor design choices that need to be addressed: The lit areas of the 1-9 keys. The illuminated part of the keys is the symbol associated with them, not the number itself, which is a bit frustrating at times, yet the numbers themselves are illuminated on the NUMPAD. Also something that takes getting used to, though not necessarily a design flaw, is the travel distance of the mechanical keyboard. The keys are smooth, with a great tactile feel to them, but the travel distance to fully pressed is quite a ways, and until you get used to them, you'll frequently find yourself stopping to fix typos. Part of the reason for this, I've noticed, is that the keys have multiple stages of travel, mainly noticed in the WASD keys, that is kind of like a progressive command. The harder you press the key, the more "fully" the command is recognized, allowing for intuitive control while gaming, but a bit of a learning curve for normal use. In all, this is a frankly impressive laptop, and will be near-or-at the top of my recommended list for powerful gaming machines.