See specs in sig. TV tuner works just as it should. Installation wasn't quite as easy as I had hoped due to my unsteady hands, fairly large fingers, and tiny tiny screws. Still not too much of a hassle.
The finger print reader has been working flawlessly
Added pics in post 3.
Build quality: Solid overall feel, very firm hinges on the lcd, definitely takes two hands to open. It doesn't look half bad in person either with a brushed aluminum cover and powerpro decal-thing. Metal strip around keyboard is a great touch.
LCD: amazing screen brightness, no dead pixels! Zero screen flex, no dimpling when pressing on the back of the lcd panel. no light leakage whatsoever, no "ghosting", extremely fast response. i have the glossy display and i can use the screen comfortably at notch 2 or 3 of 8 depending on the application.
Keyboard: very nice. best of the 3 laptops i have ever used. i dont like how the "fn" key is placed left of "ctrl" but i can get used to it.
Heat: never gets hot, but it can get pretty warm, especially the left palmrest. fan is going most of the time at default voltage, but since i undervolted the fan comes on less and my system runs 5-10 deg. Celcius cooler. fan blows out warm, not hot, air.
(quick tip: dont play oblivion with the machine in your lap if you are blocking the fan intake on the bottom... )
Speakers: pretty nice for laptop speakers. not tinny at all. more than loud enough for me, but i have excellent hearing.
Integrated 1.3MP camera: not very useful imo, but some may like it. it does the job
Touchpad: i am not really a fan of touchpads, but this one seems adequate. The buttons under the pad make a loud click when pressed, but i just configured the pad to use tapping so i dont have to use the buttons much. i usually use my usb logitech mx310 optical mouse. (a note that the touchpad settings and logitech mouse settings software kind of conflict, but you can solve everything by playing around with both a bit)
General observations: Blazing fast compared to my 2.6Ghz pentium 4 w/ hyperthreading desktop. I finished installing all of my software in a flash. Powernotebooks didn't waste my hd space with a bunch of bloatware... very minimal install just how i like it.
Gaming performance: Oblivion. The game defaults to high quality at a lower res, but i tweaked some settings and raised it to native res. followed a lot of the tweakguides: oblivion tweaks(found here http://www.tweakguides.com/Oblivion_1.html), lowered shadows, got short grass mod, 2x AA, bloom lighting. i get right around 20fps outside, 40-50 indoors, 15-20 in cities. not too shabby at stock gpu clock speeds (which i dont know off hand).
edit: now overclocked to 480/360 and using HDR instead of bloom+AA. All the above framerates have risen a bit higher.
Gaming Performance: HL2. Everything maxed. Never dropped below 60fps even in the heaviest firefights through the first 4 chapters. Averages around 100-120, just from observation (haven't used FRAPS).
Battery life: haven't used much off of AC. Will update later.
Benchmarks: No 3dmark yet. As i said, oblivion plays well and HL2 rocks. Maybe i will download 3dmark06 over dialup for the next 3 days...
Concluding thoughts: WOW a great laptop! Seems like i made a great choice with this one.
Pros: + Everything, especially LCD.
Cons: - "fn" key in wrong spot for me, but a very minor complaint.
UPDATE: Had my first dealing with the PowerNotebooks.com tech support. One of my sticks of RAM died on me. I emailed tech support and was pleased with the quick response. They had a replacement stick shipped out within a day and I sent back the defective module no problem.