I'm currently underway to the store. It's a 2 hour train journey so I figured I might as well post a status update.
Called the retailer (Alternate) and they told me that I could either send the machine back by mail or actually go to the store and turn it over there with the ability to either get a replacement or a loaner for the time being.
However, what I'm afraid of is that, when the machine comes back from the service center, that the keyboard will still be warped, and that the audio distortion bug that has been plaguing other users will still be present despite the FW / SW updates.
Anyway, we'll see how it all turns out. I'm just admittedly a bit salty about my 3300 euro laptop giving me more trouble than any other machine I've bought before and at this time am even silently hoping that it is beyond saving so I can have my money back and invest it in another device, perhaps even with a bigger screen.
Bad QA for those battery. What happened is that the internal battery film layer got contact (suppose to separate it), or slightly punctured that will cause it to bloat it up when charged. Seen too much on phone batteries.
I've notice, the internal QA is pretty poor to be honest on the GX501. Exterior is fine but interior is full of fingerprints. ... this is not assembled by machine. Actually hand assembly without gloves.