I've had my 1712 for 2 weeks now and I'll give a brief review of my experience. Granted I am not as knowlegeable as alot of members here, I'll add my thoughts. This is my first notebook BTW.
First of all let me say that the CPU is upgradable. It is a ZIF socket. The system guide shows how to preform the upgrade.
The screen is very nice and bright. I have one dead blue pixel about 2 in. from the top and 2.5 in. from the right. It doesnt bother me though.
The keyboard is, from what I know, just your average notebook keyboard. One thing that perplexes me though is that it has two backslash keys on it! One above and below the "Enter" key. I don't know if this is normal but it seems to me like they had extra space so they decided "Why not throw in another backslash key!"
Also the right "shift" key is less than half the normal size of one due to the fact that they cram in the arrow keys there. But none of that bothers me because I only use the left shift. (Bad typing habit) It is easy to get used to typing on it but I don't like using it to play video games on. So I went out and bought a 10 dollar keyboard just for that reason. Nothing beats the feel of a desktop keyboard. That is one thing I would like to see be changed on a notebook. The keys are just too flat and I like the indent feel of a regular keyboard.
Game playing: So far I have played 3 games: Warcraft 3, UT2k4, and FarCry.
War3 runs perfectly fine with the settings maxed. It is not a very graphic intensive game.
With the settings maxed in UT2k4 I get about 30-35 fps during heavy fighting. Not too bad...With the settings on medium there is an obious increase.
FarCry is a different story. I keep the settings on low and the resolution one setting below the 1280x1024 native. I tried playing with the settings on max but I only got about 4 FPS. It really is intended for high end desktop cards. Even with the settings on low the game is very playable and still is nice graphics-wise.
About heat: When I am playing and alt-tab out the GPU temp is around 80-85 celcius but within a minute it drops below 70. During just windows use it stays between 50-55 celcius.
Overall I am pleased with my purchase. I am anticipating the release of the new Bios to fix the power management issue.
I just have a couple of questions.
1) What third party program do you use to OC the GPU?
2) Is the firewall that comes with XP home good enough for my DSL connection or should I get some other software?
3) Adam says that the GPU is removable...Is it possible to purchase mobile GPUs and be able to swap it with the go5700? (not that I am interested in doing it now but in the future sometime when there is an advancement in technology)