The boot time of a minute and a half is the time it takes for a fully loaded Windows installation to become usable. The time it takes for the desktop to appear on a fresh install with no software installed yet and the Quick Boot BIOS option activated is 30 seconds.
There have been reports of "grain" on the screen. This is a result of the anti-glare coating on the screen.
If after adjusting the color correction you still find the screen to be a bit too blue, try setting the red's gamma to 1.1.