during normal use, like word processing, this laptop doesn't get hot. The fan runs all the time so it keeps it from building up heat. I remember my old dell I8100 would turn into a laproaster after being on for awhile and just being idle. While gaming is another story. I have the NV card and my GPU has gotten up to 100C. Of course I am using hand modded newer drivers than the POS ones AW is using for the NV card.
you get used to the fan a bit, sort of like a desktop noise, eventually you tune it out. As a previous laptop owner it was loud at first.
I have one dead pixel, don't know what I am going to do about it yet.
If anyone has done any Bios work it may be good to try to get AW give us the resourses to make a Eye control tool. They have been saying they will get the new NV driver out for awhile and still the 44.83 driver is on the site when 52.16 is WHQL.
From what I have been reading, there is a possibility that the ATi card has a bit more washedout look to it before you do some hand tweaking to it. The ATi card is good more most games except anything OpenGl or Quake III based. if you mostly play the Jedi Knight games, Wolf, of half life the NV card is the better route for the time being. New mobile cards are on thier way as we speak so just get one and plan to upgrade.