The replacement arrived last Thursday and works great. GTA Online with 20 players, Freemode Events, combat, dogfights, it just walks through everything.
Only 2 or 3 times in 10+ hours of gaming I've seen FPS drop for a couple of seconds, probably a background process starting up. My old N7010 had years of tweaking; I got the free Windows 10 upgrade this time last year. It passive cools with 100 tabs open, until a web page with bloated rotating adverts or embedded video starts up.
The GL702 fans shift massive amounts of air when gaming and the screen is locked to 75Hz. Internal temperatures barely get over 50°C and I'm playing with nearly default PC settings. I can probably turn down some of the visual effects and retain the amazing texture clarity. The user is shielded from much of the noise, like a driver shielded from engine noise. If you move your head behind the screen it's about twice as noisy! Great chassis design.
The upward facing speakers work brilliantly for music. You really get a stereo effect since the sound isn't bounced off the table, below your arms, like so many laptops. Left side can be covered by typing hand, if you start hunching too much.
Text looks amazing, I was so worried 1920x1080 would be hard even on 17" with correct sitting position. The contrast and fidelity between neighbouring pixels is sublime. 1600x900 on my N7010 looks big but the edges aren't as good. (ClearType defaults or sub-pixel grid or 1st gen i5 integrated graphics versus nVidia GTX I guess? Different DirectX version, maybe.)
BenMillard on Steam is me. Loving the new content in GTA5! Simple Freemode Events like longest wheelie are surprisingly fun. Did a couple of Import/Export as an Associate for a laid-back player I met by chance. Did all the Special Vehicle missions as Associate, too. Joined a couple of Lamar Lowrider DLC missions. Most of these were hard enough to be exciting but don't suffer to weirdly strict completion criteria of Heists. My screenshots from GTA5 on Steam.
Combat was something I hated on PS3 and mouse aiming is the biggest difference I wanted to try. It works great! Really, really happy to skip the pointless x86 console generation and get my twitch aiming back like Unreal Tournament from 1999.
Using earphones for now so the sound can be heard clearly over the fans. It's the air movement, not so much the motors, which my mind soon filters out like natural wind or rain noise. Letting the temperatures go higher and bringing some graphics features down is OK to make it quieter.