I had no intention of keeping the RAM, Disk, ODD, or OS so ignore those stats. Anyway, after I'd ordered it I then found some horror stories of how it comes with the evil UEFI BIOS replacement. If I installed linux, I'd need to short out pins on the motherboard to get it booting... hmmm...
|Easy to upgrade (original ODD + HDD below)|
Got it, clicked in 16GB of RAM, two Sandisk SSDs (one in a 2.5->ODD adapter), and it starts up fine. No screwing around with UEFI or GPT or anything, it even happily continued to boot from the RAID1 linux install I had on those SSDs (MBR not GPT!)
You need a torx screwdriver to take the mounting bracket off the factory fitted Sony DVD writer - no idea why they used torx (the drive is held in with a single Philips screw), but really - who takes laptops to bits and doesn't have a set of torx screwdrivers? The hard disk doesn't need a caddy or any special brackets, one screw holds the plastic cover on, then 2 screws hold the disk in place (Mine came with a WD branded disk). I think it's quite funny that the Win8 sticker is on the bottom of the laptop. It's almost as if they were embarrased about it!
It consumes 12-15W on the mains, fully charged, and idle
Moral of the story: don't believe everything you read on the Internet!