not sure if i got lucky or if the articles out there are hyperbole, but I just got my customized 15 i7 and its amazing. I have not had any issues with it being warm (in fact it seems cooler than all the other laptops I have used). As far as being loud, its BS. If there wasnt articles out there pointing it out, I would have never noticed. The sound is faint and doesnt seem annoying or abnormal. As far as battery goes, its amazing even using adobe suite and many other apps open at the same time. Wanted to put it out there to those thinking of buying. I would say proceed WITHOUT caution. While I might be the only one, I would be extra careful about the articles out there that say otherwise. I am extremely happy with my purchase and imagine you will be too.