This new BIOS is GREAT news. I'm going to hang onto mine in that case. I'll try to do some pics for you tonight Shaolin. It's a great laptop except for the pause. Here's a few quick impressions in comparison to my desktop.
My desktop is a AMD 1800+, 1GB RAM, GeForce 4 TI4200. The graphics on the 1712 far surpass the 4200. Textures I didn't know existed show now, lighting is amazing, and everything just looks so much better. I'm getting around 40-50 FPS in America's Army and 100 FPS in Jedi Academy. All details set to highest at the highest res. It runs very smooth (except for the pause from HD).
The screen is amazing. I have one dead pixel but I'm going to be exchanging it as soon as they have more in stock. Screen is very bright. A little bit of banding at the top from the LCD lamps I imagine (but it's not bothersome). Screen is huge. Much bigger and brighter than my 17" Dell CRT.
It's built very solid. No noticeable keyboard flex. I think it looks pretty nice as well. Solid silver casing. I haven't experienced and heat issues. The warmest it's gotten so far is 48C and that's after 5-6 hours of gaming. The vent on the right hand side blows warm air onto my hand when I use an external mouse. It's not very bothersome though. If you're left handed you'll definately appreciate this. It would be nice if they had the vent on the left, but it's no biggie.
It's not too loud but you'll definately notice when all the fans are running. It's still quieter than my desktop.
I generally hate touchpads but the touchpad on this is not so bad. I use an external mouse but I notice myself drifting to the touchpad after a few minutes when surfing the web.
Those are my initial thoughts. I benchmarked it with 3dmark2001 and Aquamark. I dont have the exact results in front of me right now, but it was something like 11800 for 3dmark and 24000 for Aquamark.