To touch on gaming performance
We really like NVIDIA's Optimus technology. There's no two ways about it. It switches seamlessly between the integrated Intel GPU and the discrete GT 310M, and the latter performs great in gaming titles. We saw FPS spikes in HL2 of well over 70FPS at the machine's native resolution, and at no point in time did either title lag at all. Gameplay was perfectly smooth throughout, so even thought this machine promises portability, it's also plenty capable of handling modern day first-person shooters.