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PC Specialist - Optimus V 13 - FHD panel i7-4710MQ 2GB 860M 4GB Ram £637.00

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Also known as Clevo W230SS and Schenker XMG P304 Thought this would be a good time to post especially as there's a £15 off voucher around on line which is pretty rare for PC Specialist! - GG789 … Read More
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2y, 10m agoFound 2 years, 10 months ago
Also known as Clevo W230SS and Schenker XMG P304

Thought this would be a good time to post especially as there's a £15 off voucher around on line which is pretty rare for PC Specialist! - GG789

The site has been posted a few times recently but this has to be my favourite laptop from them (albeit slightly more expensive but ALOT better for gaming)

It doesnt come with an Operating system.
Ive just rang them up and got the 500gb HDD refunded £28 for those of you wanting to save more on a much faster SSD, i was actually able to upgrade to 8GB of ram for free.

Specs:

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 13.3" Matte Full HD LED IPS Widescreen (1920x1080)

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50GHz) 6MB

Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON HYPER-X IMPACT 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (1 x 4GB)

Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M - 2.0GB DDR5, 640 CUDA Cores - DirectX® 11
Free Item
Free Item
FREE £90 IN-GAME VOUCHER with GTX 650 / 750 /7000M / 8000M Series GPUs

Memory - Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)

Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)

Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING

Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack

Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® N-7260 (300Mbps, 802.11BGN) + BLUETOOTH

USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD

Battery
13.3" Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)

Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor

Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED

Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE

Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE

Keyboard Language
13.3" OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD

Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE

Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM

Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)

Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 11 to 13 working days

Now you can choose from the QHD screen and FHD matte screen, its the cheapest its been for an upgrade to the higher resolution but ive seen many problems online about compatibility issues.

Also comes with £90 Games voucher and Free Watchdogs as it is a 860m (better than last years 770m)

Reviews:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Clevo-W230SS-Schenker-XMG-P304-Barebones-Notebook.113676.0.html

Benchmarks:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-4710MQ+%40+2.50GHz

http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=GeForce+GTX+860M&id=2866
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#1
The ram's a bit of a let down, everything else is good.
#2
£30 more for 8gb or ring them asking to refund the HDD and ask to upgrade the ram to 8gb - they should do it for free
#3
Don't forget to get the Silver warranty rather than the Standard one for £5 extra.
Gives you 1 yr collect & return rather than just 1 month.


Edited By: kent93 on Jul 07, 2014 16:49: Delete
#4
Could it be bought without RAM and SSD? That'd be cool, make it cheaper :P
#5
Looks like a beastly spec for the price.

Edited By: K1LLER HORNET on Jul 07, 2014 18:21: update
#6
Good little video on what to expect gaming wise:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hPupBNMwJg
#7
Killer specs and price. Then again I don't know many people who enjoy gaming on a laptop. Guess you could just use the HDMI out and plug it into a TV.
#8
top company bought a laptop of yhem custom built about 4yrs ago n are based in Holmfirth
#9
It's a very good price for the spec, but the build quality is OK, rather than outstanding. Think Dell inspiron as a reference point.
#10
Got mine today and EXTREMELY Happy with it!! Simple to pop the SSD in, create a bootable Windows 7 USB drive then install all the drivers that are available directly from PC SPEC. Gaming performance is incredible! So far its played everything ive thrown at it high settings +. Just noticed also that the QHD panel is on offer for the same price as the FHD so maybe worth a shot!
#11
Hey guys, what's the battery life on this?
#12
Misread the fps graphs, yeah this doesn't seem too bad, ive never had a custom building laptop before, so what's the expected battery life on this?
#13
I currently get around 4/5 hours watching videos browsing etc
#14
joealdus
I currently get around 4/5 hours watching videos browsing etc
thanks joealdus, anything you don't like about this ? and what do you think about the QHD, i would definitely go for the QHD if it was matte!
#15
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.
#16
joealdus
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.

Great, glad its working out for you! The HDD and RAM has 2 SODIMMS and upgradeable right? ahh im torn between QHD and HD now :/
#17
Thats correct yes! Hmm its a toughy... Do i regret not getting it myself? Hmm kinda but thats just because of the wow factor but not sure its really worth having such a high resolution on such a small screen!
#18
pangj
joealdus
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.

Great, glad its working out for you! The HDD and RAM has 2 SODIMMS and upgradeable right? ahh im torn between QHD and HD now :/
joealdus
Thats correct yes! Hmm its a toughy... Do i regret not getting it myself? Hmm kinda but thats just because of the wow factor but not sure its really worth having such a high resolution on such a small screen!


Hey mate,

I've just bought this and it's on the way. After your months of ownership, any feedback/comments so far? Hopefully this will last 4-8 years for me. Has your battery settled down and can last almost 6 hours?

My spec is similar to yours apart from that I got the QHD+ Screen. Can't believe prices are still similar 4 months later. Thought tech prices drop down pretty quickly haha. Thanks.
#19
TheShadowWalker
pangj
joealdus
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.

Great, glad its working out for you! The HDD and RAM has 2 SODIMMS and upgradeable right? ahh im torn between QHD and HD now :/
joealdus
Thats correct yes! Hmm its a toughy... Do i regret not getting it myself? Hmm kinda but thats just because of the wow factor but not sure its really worth having such a high resolution on such a small screen!


Hey mate,

I've just bought this and it's on the way. After your months of ownership, any feedback/comments so far? Hopefully this will last 4-8 years for me. Has your battery settled down and can last almost 6 hours?

My spec is similar to yours apart from that I got the QHD+ Screen. Can't believe prices are still similar 4 months later. Thought tech prices drop down pretty quickly haha. Thanks.

Hi, to be honest, I have absolutely no problems with the laptop whatsoever, it has definitely been the most perfect device I have ever bought, I pretty much use this laptop as my main PC now, so its actually constantly plugged into a monitor, in terms of GPU, so far, I have been able to run everything in max settings, most demanding game I have played recently is probably tomb raider, and it just looks great. Definitely pleased with the laptop, and I am hoping this will last as long as 8 years as well, and I definitely do not plan on buying a new system to replace anytime soon, (although I am looking for a laptop which is lighter and more portable atm), I stayed with the 1080p screen, and the screen is awesome, colours are great, and the viewing angles -no complaints.
In terms of battery life, since I use this as my main pc, it's usually always on charge, but I did test it when I first received the laptop, and I got about 5-6hours from it (IIRC...), so again, no complaints with it. Considering the price of the laptop (~give or take 750), its amazing for the price, this would easily cost over 1000 if it was bought from brand.

In conclusion, great device, no regrets.
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pangj
TheShadowWalker
pangj
joealdus
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.

Great, glad its working out for you! The HDD and RAM has 2 SODIMMS and upgradeable right? ahh im torn between QHD and HD now :/
joealdus
Thats correct yes! Hmm its a toughy... Do i regret not getting it myself? Hmm kinda but thats just because of the wow factor but not sure its really worth having such a high resolution on such a small screen!


Hey mate,

I've just bought this and it's on the way. After your months of ownership, any feedback/comments so far? Hopefully this will last 4-8 years for me. Has your battery settled down and can last almost 6 hours?

My spec is similar to yours apart from that I got the QHD+ Screen. Can't believe prices are still similar 4 months later. Thought tech prices drop down pretty quickly haha. Thanks.

Hi, to be honest, I have absolutely no problems with the laptop whatsoever, it has definitely been the most perfect device I have ever bought, I pretty much use this laptop as my main PC now, so its actually constantly plugged into a monitor, in terms of GPU, so far, I have been able to run everything in max settings, most demanding game I have played recently is probably tomb raider, and it just looks great. Definitely pleased with the laptop, and I am hoping this will last as long as 8 years as well, and I definitely do not plan on buying a new system to replace anytime soon, (although I am looking for a laptop which is lighter and more portable atm), I stayed with the 1080p screen, and the screen is awesome, colours are great, and the viewing angles -no complaints.
In terms of battery life, since I use this as my main pc, it's usually always on charge, but I did test it when I first received the laptop, and I got about 5-6hours from it (IIRC...), so again, no complaints with it. Considering the price of the laptop (~give or take 750), its amazing for the price, this would easily cost over 1000 if it was bought from brand.

In conclusion, great device, no regrets.

Yay! I'm super excited to receive it now. I'm also mostly planning to use it as a desktop replacement connected to 2 monitors, with the odd coffeeshop visits here and there. So here's to hoping that it lasts at least 8 years! The only thing I'm worried about from reading reviews is the build quality.

1. People say that the lid flexes, it's quite weak. Some people had the screen damaged when they had the laptop in their backpack as their books pushed against the lid and hence the screen. Is this true, is it that bad or is it sturdy enough? People are even afraid to put anything on the lid at all as they say it's credit card thin.

2. Also is the touchpad really as crap as they say it is? Or is it good enough just not perfect.

3. And the speakers after the Soundblaster software is installed, does it sound decent?

Thanks.

Here's my spec for around £650 ish

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 13.3" Glossy QHD+ IPS LED (3200x1800) (Special Offer)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50GHz) 6MB
Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON HYPER-X IMPACT 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M - 2.0GB DDR5, 640 CUDA Cores - DirectX® 11
1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7260 HMC (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
13.3" Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language
13.3" OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days
#21
TheShadowWalker
pangj
TheShadowWalker
pangj
joealdus
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.

Great, glad its working out for you! The HDD and RAM has 2 SODIMMS and upgradeable right? ahh im torn between QHD and HD now :/
joealdus
Thats correct yes! Hmm its a toughy... Do i regret not getting it myself? Hmm kinda but thats just because of the wow factor but not sure its really worth having such a high resolution on such a small screen!


Hey mate,

I've just bought this and it's on the way. After your months of ownership, any feedback/comments so far? Hopefully this will last 4-8 years for me. Has your battery settled down and can last almost 6 hours?

My spec is similar to yours apart from that I got the QHD+ Screen. Can't believe prices are still similar 4 months later. Thought tech prices drop down pretty quickly haha. Thanks.

Hi, to be honest, I have absolutely no problems with the laptop whatsoever, it has definitely been the most perfect device I have ever bought, I pretty much use this laptop as my main PC now, so its actually constantly plugged into a monitor, in terms of GPU, so far, I have been able to run everything in max settings, most demanding game I have played recently is probably tomb raider, and it just looks great. Definitely pleased with the laptop, and I am hoping this will last as long as 8 years as well, and I definitely do not plan on buying a new system to replace anytime soon, (although I am looking for a laptop which is lighter and more portable atm), I stayed with the 1080p screen, and the screen is awesome, colours are great, and the viewing angles -no complaints.
In terms of battery life, since I use this as my main pc, it's usually always on charge, but I did test it when I first received the laptop, and I got about 5-6hours from it (IIRC...), so again, no complaints with it. Considering the price of the laptop (~give or take 750), its amazing for the price, this would easily cost over 1000 if it was bought from brand.

In conclusion, great device, no regrets.

Yay! I'm super excited to receive it now. I'm also mostly planning to use it as a desktop replacement connected to 2 monitors, with the odd coffeeshop visits here and there. So here's to hoping that it lasts at least 8 years! The only thing I'm worried about from reading reviews is the build quality.

1. People say that the lid flexes, it's quite weak. Some people had the screen damaged when they had the laptop in their backpack as their books pushed against the lid and hence the screen. Is this true, is it that bad or is it sturdy enough? People are even afraid to put anything on the lid at all as they say it's credit card thin.

2. Also is the touchpad really as crap as they say it is? Or is it good enough just not perfect.

3. And the speakers after the Soundblaster software is installed, does it sound decent?

Thanks.

Here's my spec for around £650 ish

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 13.3" Glossy QHD+ IPS LED (3200x1800) (Special Offer)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50GHz) 6MB
Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON HYPER-X IMPACT 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M - 2.0GB DDR5, 640 CUDA Cores - DirectX® 11
1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7260 HMC (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
13.3" Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language
13.3" OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days

Thats pretty much my build too, except i went for 8gb Ram instead, and i added thermal paste ( which I also recommend you do unless you plan on doing it yourself, it'll keep your cpu and gpu cooler which would mean longer life span) Since you recently ordered, im sure they could change that for you(if you want). I also asked to remove the HDD as well, (that saves you another 39£) since I had my own SSD. (I definitely recommend an SSD, it's worth the investment, no lie.)
In response to your questions, the lid is pretty thin, definitely not credit card thin, even lifting the lid open i can hear plastic bending (just a slight click, nothing major) although i can't exactly feel it bending.. if that makes sense.. I have never really carried it out in a backpack before, but I have bought a nicely cushioned laptop bag, and I wouldn't put this into a backpack with heavy books and other things that could scratch or damage the laptop anyways. So I guess I could recommend buying a carry case for the laptop.

Touchpad is not crap, it's far from the best, but usable, I always use a separate external mouse anyways (just buy a logitech one thats around £15, its pretty low profile, so you could put it in the same carrying case if necessary), so yeah, i have not come across any problems using the touchpad.

Speakers, yes, you need the creative soundblaster app installed (don't go without it!) I had trouble getting this to work , but you need to install the app first, and then the drivers.
Without the soundblaster app, the speakers and the headphones are pretty useless, everything will be quiet and tinny, you have to use the app to get some sort of bass going, but since I have it working now, I completely forgot there was a problem to begin with.

So, these are all problems that you can easily deal with to be honest, the trouble was getting everything working as they should(which really isn't much trouble at all) I recommend downloading all the installs, then after installing each one, just restart, and repeat. (don't do what I did-install every application and then restart at the end) This way will just minimise any issues I reckon..

Edit: my mistake, I read wrong, you did opt in for thermal paste, good choice!

Edited By: pangj on Nov 19, 2014 01:41
#22
pangj
TheShadowWalker
pangj
TheShadowWalker
pangj
joealdus
No problem! Not really.. Probably battery when gaming intensively as it does around 1/2 hours. I got the matte FHD and it's absolutely beautiful, the matte is a no brainer but kind of regret not having the QHD just because you can scale it down to 1600x900 and games would run sweet. Very happy with the build quality.

Great, glad its working out for you! The HDD and RAM has 2 SODIMMS and upgradeable right? ahh im torn between QHD and HD now :/
joealdus
Thats correct yes! Hmm its a toughy... Do i regret not getting it myself? Hmm kinda but thats just because of the wow factor but not sure its really worth having such a high resolution on such a small screen!


Hey mate,

I've just bought this and it's on the way. After your months of ownership, any feedback/comments so far? Hopefully this will last 4-8 years for me. Has your battery settled down and can last almost 6 hours?

My spec is similar to yours apart from that I got the QHD+ Screen. Can't believe prices are still similar 4 months later. Thought tech prices drop down pretty quickly haha. Thanks.

Hi, to be honest, I have absolutely no problems with the laptop whatsoever, it has definitely been the most perfect device I have ever bought, I pretty much use this laptop as my main PC now, so its actually constantly plugged into a monitor, in terms of GPU, so far, I have been able to run everything in max settings, most demanding game I have played recently is probably tomb raider, and it just looks great. Definitely pleased with the laptop, and I am hoping this will last as long as 8 years as well, and I definitely do not plan on buying a new system to replace anytime soon, (although I am looking for a laptop which is lighter and more portable atm), I stayed with the 1080p screen, and the screen is awesome, colours are great, and the viewing angles -no complaints.
In terms of battery life, since I use this as my main pc, it's usually always on charge, but I did test it when I first received the laptop, and I got about 5-6hours from it (IIRC...), so again, no complaints with it. Considering the price of the laptop (~give or take 750), its amazing for the price, this would easily cost over 1000 if it was bought from brand.

In conclusion, great device, no regrets.

Yay! I'm super excited to receive it now. I'm also mostly planning to use it as a desktop replacement connected to 2 monitors, with the odd coffeeshop visits here and there. So here's to hoping that it lasts at least 8 years! The only thing I'm worried about from reading reviews is the build quality.

1. People say that the lid flexes, it's quite weak. Some people had the screen damaged when they had the laptop in their backpack as their books pushed against the lid and hence the screen. Is this true, is it that bad or is it sturdy enough? People are even afraid to put anything on the lid at all as they say it's credit card thin.

2. Also is the touchpad really as crap as they say it is? Or is it good enough just not perfect.

3. And the speakers after the Soundblaster software is installed, does it sound decent?

Thanks.

Here's my spec for around £650 ish

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 13.3" Glossy QHD+ IPS LED (3200x1800) (Special Offer)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4710MQ (2.50GHz) 6MB
Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON HYPER-X IMPACT 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 860M - 2.0GB DDR5, 640 CUDA Cores - DirectX® 11
1st Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD /Mini SD/ SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless/Wired Networking
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7260 HMC (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
3 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
13.3" Optimus Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH)
Power Cable
1 x UK Power Lead & 120W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language
13.3" OPTIMUS SERIES BACKLIT UK KEYBOARD
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 7 to 9 working days

Thats pretty much my build too, except i went for 8gb Ram instead, and i added thermal paste ( which I also recommend you do unless you plan on doing it yourself, it'll keep your cpu and gpu cooler which would mean longer life span) Since you recently ordered, im sure they could change that for you(if you want). I also asked to remove the HDD as well, (that saves you another 39£) since I had my own SSD. (I definitely recommend an SSD, it's worth the investment, no lie.)
In response to your questions, the lid is pretty thin, definitely not credit card thin, even lifting the lid open i can hear plastic bending (just a slight click, nothing major) although i can't exactly feel it bending.. if that makes sense.. I have never really carried it out in a backpack before, but I have bought a nicely cushioned laptop bag, and I wouldn't put this into a backpack with heavy books and other things that could scratch or damage the laptop anyways. So I guess I could recommend buying a carry case for the laptop.

Touchpad is not crap, it's far from the best, but usable, I always use a separate external mouse anyways (just buy a logitech one thats around £15, its pretty low profile, so you could put it in the same carrying case if necessary), so yeah, i have not come across any problems using the touchpad.

Speakers, yes, you need the creative soundblaster app installed (don't go without it!) I had trouble getting this to work , but you need to install the app first, and then the drivers.
Without the soundblaster app, the speakers and the headphones are pretty useless, everything will be quiet and tinny, you have to use the app to get some sort of bass going, but since I have it working now, I completely forgot there was a problem to begin with.

So, these are all problems that you can easily deal with to be honest, the trouble was getting everything working as they should(which really isn't much trouble at all) I recommend downloading all the installs, then after installing each one, just restart, and repeat. (don't do what I did-install every application and then restart at the end) This way will just minimise any issues I reckon..

Edit: my mistake, I read wrong, you did opt in for thermal paste, good choice!

Haha, I'm adding on the MX-4 thermal paste myself. I have some lying around and from the videos, it does not look hard at all to get to the heatsink. Also, if you do select MX-4 upgrade on PCS, they only upgrade the thermal paste on the CPU but not the GPU! So you might as well do it yourself anyway.

I tried getting them to remove the hard drive but they don't do it anymore. They say they need it for testing before it being shipped :(. I already have bought separately an 250GB SSD Evo and will buy another 4GB Ram stick in Black friday sales soon so I'll have 8GB dual channel RAM (2x4GB sticks) :)

Sounds good mate! My laptop is in building stage now. Still worried about the Lid whilst having it in a backpack, as when I'm travelling on the plane or just walking around Uni on the way to the coffeeshop. May I ask which cushion case you got?

And apart from that you've had no other problems with it whatsoever? Screen LED backlight bleed? Dead pixel (not sure whether to get dead pixel guarantee, I opted for the QHD+ Screen)? Are the fans quiet for browsing, word, pdf, some chrome tabs open in a coffeeshop?

Thanks for taking the time to reply and the tips! :)
#23

Haha, I'm adding on the MX-4 thermal paste myself. I have some lying around and from the videos, it does not look hard at all to get to the heatsink. Also, if you do select MX-4 upgrade on PCS, they only upgrade the thermal paste on the CPU but not the GPU! So you might as well do it yourself anyway.

I tried getting them to remove the hard drive but they don't do it anymore. They say they need it for testing before it being shipped :(. I already have bought separately an 250GB SSD Evo and will buy another 4GB Ram stick in Black friday sales soon so I'll have 8GB dual channel RAM (2x4GB sticks) :)

Sounds good mate! My laptop is in building stage now. Still worried about the Lid whilst having it in a backpack, as when I'm travelling on the plane or just walking around Uni on the way to the coffeeshop. May I ask which cushion case you got?

And apart from that you've had no other problems with it whatsoever? Screen LED backlight bleed? Dead pixel (not sure whether to get dead pixel guarantee, I opted for the QHD+ Screen)? Are the fans quiet for browsing, word, pdf, some chrome tabs open in a coffeeshop?

Thanks for taking the time to reply and the tips! :)

Oh i see, good choice, I asked them through chat and through the phone whether they put the thermal paste on the cpu and gpu, and they told me they did! I either heard a fib from them or it might be true, (I dunno, I hope they pasted on both the cpu and gpu!..)

I actually take back the sound i heard from the lifting the lid, I was sort of holding it right near the centre where the camera is when I was lifting the lid and only then did it kind of make a slight creek, though its really not a problem, but I was also gribbing it slightly harder than usual as well, so i completely take back the issue with the lid, for it, it honestly poses no problems.

Oh right? ahh that sucks, well, you can just put it into an external case and use it for extra storage I guess :)

the case I got was direct from amazon when they used to stock it, and its more like a laptop bag as opposed to those neoprene cases, anyways, its here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005E0DKN0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
I purchased it when i bought the laptop a couple of months ago for £10.48, i would recommend this bag because the brand and the light weight feel and the overall quality of it, it also has metal clips on the side (it took me forever to find a case with it and for such a low price), which should make it sturdier than plastic ones if you were to use the strap with it.

No backlight bleed, and no dead pixels (i took the risk and didn't purchase it, and if I had a dead pixel, I would have returned it with some excuse one way or another, I feel like I shouldn't need to pay extra for the screen that they give me since it is part of the laptop anyways), I stayed with the 1080p ips screen, and it's definitely the best screen I have used on a laptop. I didn't opt for the QHD+ even though the special deal was on at the time purely because (IIRC, correct me if im wrong) it's glossy, for compatibility reasons, and that the 1080p screen is amazing as it is, (and I agree..)

Fans are quiet, pretty much non-existent when doing browsing or word or even using computing programmes, but when opening all my saved tabs at the same time(have about 20 constantly), the fans would go on for a about 30 secs at most just to get it all loaded up, it's literally only ever on when it needs to be, and I have to say the cpu is powerful, no complaints whatsoever, loads everything in seconds, and with ssd, from cold start, it boots in 9 seconds, (with your evo ssd, it'll be even faster)


Edited By: pangj on Nov 19, 2014 19:12
1 Like #24
pangj

Haha, I'm adding on the MX-4 thermal paste myself. I have some lying around and from the videos, it does not look hard at all to get to the heatsink. Also, if you do select MX-4 upgrade on PCS, they only upgrade the thermal paste on the CPU but not the GPU! So you might as well do it yourself anyway.

I tried getting them to remove the hard drive but they don't do it anymore. They say they need it for testing before it being shipped :(. I already have bought separately an 250GB SSD Evo and will buy another 4GB Ram stick in Black friday sales soon so I'll have 8GB dual channel RAM (2x4GB sticks) :)

Sounds good mate! My laptop is in building stage now. Still worried about the Lid whilst having it in a backpack, as when I'm travelling on the plane or just walking around Uni on the way to the coffeeshop. May I ask which cushion case you got?

And apart from that you've had no other problems with it whatsoever? Screen LED backlight bleed? Dead pixel (not sure whether to get dead pixel guarantee, I opted for the QHD+ Screen)? Are the fans quiet for browsing, word, pdf, some chrome tabs open in a coffeeshop?

Thanks for taking the time to reply and the tips! :)

Oh i see, good choice, I asked them through chat and through the phone whether they put the thermal paste on the cpu and gpu, and they told me they did! I either heard a fib from them or it might be true, (I dunno, I hope they pasted on both the cpu and gpu!..)

I actually take back the sound i heard from the lifting the lid, I was sort of holding it right near the centre where the camera is when I was lifting the lid and only then did it kind of make a slight creek, though its really not a problem, but I was also gribbing it slightly harder than usual as well, so i completely take back the issue with the lid, for it, it honestly poses no problems.

Oh right? ahh that sucks, well, you can just put it into an external case and use it for extra storage I guess :)

the case I got was direct from amazon when they used to stock it, and its more like a laptop bag as opposed to those neoprene cases, anyways, its here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005E0DKN0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
I purchased it when i bought the laptop a couple of months ago for £10.48, i would recommend this bag because the brand and the light weight feel and the overall quality of it, it also has metal clips on the side (it took me forever to find a case with it and for such a low price), which should make it sturdier than plastic ones if you were to use the strap with it.

No backlight bleed, and no dead pixels (i took the risk and didn't purchase it, and if I had a dead pixel, I would have returned it with some excuse one way or another, I feel like I shouldn't need to pay extra for the screen that they give me since it is part of the laptop anyways), I stayed with the 1080p ips screen, and it's definitely the best screen I have used on a laptop. I didn't opt for the QHD+ even though the special deal was on at the time purely because (IIRC, correct me if im wrong) it's glossy, for compatibility reasons, and that the 1080p screen is amazing as it is, (and I agree..)

Fans are quiet, pretty much non-existent when doing browsing or word or even using computing programmes, but when opening all my saved tabs at the same time(have about 20 constantly), the fans would go on for a about 30 secs at most just to get it all loaded up, it's literally only ever on when it needs to be, and I have to say the cpu is powerful, no complaints whatsoever, loads everything in seconds, and with ssd, from cold start, it boots in 9 seconds, (with your evo ssd, it'll be even faster)


AWESOMEE!!!! :D

Yeah they don't upgrade the thermal paste on the GPU, only CPU. It's mentioned all over their forums and the Notebookreview forums as people were complaining in the point of paying an extra £9 then. So if you ever have temp problems, have a go at repasting the GPU.

I'm guessing all of my concerns have been alleviated. Thanks for the laptop bag link, I'll check it out. That's what I thought about the dead pixel guarantee, why the heck is it not part of the warranty. I took the risk too and hopefully all will be OK. I was torn between Full HD and QHD too, but then I'd like to have the extra real estate and if it's too glossy, I could always put a Matte Screen Protector on :). It's only £6 extra for QHD! It was too tempting to resist haha.

Good to know that it's quiet during idle, lasts almost 6 hours, 2kg, and very powerful! It's like the laptop I've been dreaming for my whole life. It should arrive in another 7 days I think. Thanks for answering mate :)
#25
pangj

Haha, I'm adding on the MX-4 thermal paste myself. I have some lying around and from the videos, it does not look hard at all to get to the heatsink. Also, if you do select MX-4 upgrade on PCS, they only upgrade the thermal paste on the CPU but not the GPU! So you might as well do it yourself anyway.

I tried getting them to remove the hard drive but they don't do it anymore. They say they need it for testing before it being shipped :(. I already have bought separately an 250GB SSD Evo and will buy another 4GB Ram stick in Black friday sales soon so I'll have 8GB dual channel RAM (2x4GB sticks) :)

Sounds good mate! My laptop is in building stage now. Still worried about the Lid whilst having it in a backpack, as when I'm travelling on the plane or just walking around Uni on the way to the coffeeshop. May I ask which cushion case you got?

And apart from that you've had no other problems with it whatsoever? Screen LED backlight bleed? Dead pixel (not sure whether to get dead pixel guarantee, I opted for the QHD+ Screen)? Are the fans quiet for browsing, word, pdf, some chrome tabs open in a coffeeshop?

Thanks for taking the time to reply and the tips! :)

Oh i see, good choice, I asked them through chat and through the phone whether they put the thermal paste on the cpu and gpu, and they told me they did! I either heard a fib from them or it might be true, (I dunno, I hope they pasted on both the cpu and gpu!..)

I actually take back the sound i heard from the lifting the lid, I was sort of holding it right near the centre where the camera is when I was lifting the lid and only then did it kind of make a slight creek, though its really not a problem, but I was also gribbing it slightly harder than usual as well, so i completely take back the issue with the lid, for it, it honestly poses no problems.

Oh right? ahh that sucks, well, you can just put it into an external case and use it for extra storage I guess :)

the case I got was direct from amazon when they used to stock it, and its more like a laptop bag as opposed to those neoprene cases, anyways, its here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005E0DKN0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
I purchased it when i bought the laptop a couple of months ago for £10.48, i would recommend this bag because the brand and the light weight feel and the overall quality of it, it also has metal clips on the side (it took me forever to find a case with it and for such a low price), which should make it sturdier than plastic ones if you were to use the strap with it.

No backlight bleed, and no dead pixels (i took the risk and didn't purchase it, and if I had a dead pixel, I would have returned it with some excuse one way or another, I feel like I shouldn't need to pay extra for the screen that they give me since it is part of the laptop anyways), I stayed with the 1080p ips screen, and it's definitely the best screen I have used on a laptop. I didn't opt for the QHD+ even though the special deal was on at the time purely because (IIRC, correct me if im wrong) it's glossy, for compatibility reasons, and that the 1080p screen is amazing as it is, (and I agree..)

Fans are quiet, pretty much non-existent when doing browsing or word or even using computing programmes, but when opening all my saved tabs at the same time(have about 20 constantly), the fans would go on for a about 30 secs at most just to get it all loaded up, it's literally only ever on when it needs to be, and I have to say the cpu is powerful, no complaints whatsoever, loads everything in seconds, and with ssd, from cold start, it boots in 9 seconds, (with your evo ssd, it'll be even faster)


Oh one more question if you don't mind. Has your laptop shown any signs of wear? Like the laptop on the right in the beginning of this video (the palmrest and touchpad) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EQqnjA-G5k
You can see the painting coat wearing off and apparently the touchpad becomes smoother and shinier.

I told PCS to not put any stickers on it (eg. the HDMI, nvidia, i7 stickers, etc) as I prefer a cleaner looking laptop. But I hope the palm rest paint coatings won't wear out. Thanks.
#26
I very much doubt the laptop will last 8 years. In such a small enclosure the gpu is likely to need a replacement sooner than that or any of the USB or other connectors in the motherboard are likely to fail after a few years. The chassis offers value for money, you can't have good quality and cheap price with a laptop there is a compromise and the proof of that is the trackpad, keyboard (as you mentioned) and the speakers (with or without the software installed). Good value for money laptop but not something that will last 8 years
#27
TheShadowWalker
pangj

Haha, I'm adding on the MX-4 thermal paste myself. I have some lying around and from the videos, it does not look hard at all to get to the heatsink. Also, if you do select MX-4 upgrade on PCS, they only upgrade the thermal paste on the CPU but not the GPU! So you might as well do it yourself anyway.

I tried getting them to remove the hard drive but they don't do it anymore. They say they need it for testing before it being shipped :(. I already have bought separately an 250GB SSD Evo and will buy another 4GB Ram stick in Black friday sales soon so I'll have 8GB dual channel RAM (2x4GB sticks) :)

Sounds good mate! My laptop is in building stage now. Still worried about the Lid whilst having it in a backpack, as when I'm travelling on the plane or just walking around Uni on the way to the coffeeshop. May I ask which cushion case you got?

And apart from that you've had no other problems with it whatsoever? Screen LED backlight bleed? Dead pixel (not sure whether to get dead pixel guarantee, I opted for the QHD+ Screen)? Are the fans quiet for browsing, word, pdf, some chrome tabs open in a coffeeshop?

Thanks for taking the time to reply and the tips! :)

Oh i see, good choice, I asked them through chat and through the phone whether they put the thermal paste on the cpu and gpu, and they told me they did! I either heard a fib from them or it might be true, (I dunno, I hope they pasted on both the cpu and gpu!..)

I actually take back the sound i heard from the lifting the lid, I was sort of holding it right near the centre where the camera is when I was lifting the lid and only then did it kind of make a slight creek, though its really not a problem, but I was also gribbing it slightly harder than usual as well, so i completely take back the issue with the lid, for it, it honestly poses no problems.

Oh right? ahh that sucks, well, you can just put it into an external case and use it for extra storage I guess :)

the case I got was direct from amazon when they used to stock it, and its more like a laptop bag as opposed to those neoprene cases, anyways, its here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005E0DKN0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
I purchased it when i bought the laptop a couple of months ago for £10.48, i would recommend this bag because the brand and the light weight feel and the overall quality of it, it also has metal clips on the side (it took me forever to find a case with it and for such a low price), which should make it sturdier than plastic ones if you were to use the strap with it.

No backlight bleed, and no dead pixels (i took the risk and didn't purchase it, and if I had a dead pixel, I would have returned it with some excuse one way or another, I feel like I shouldn't need to pay extra for the screen that they give me since it is part of the laptop anyways), I stayed with the 1080p ips screen, and it's definitely the best screen I have used on a laptop. I didn't opt for the QHD+ even though the special deal was on at the time purely because (IIRC, correct me if im wrong) it's glossy, for compatibility reasons, and that the 1080p screen is amazing as it is, (and I agree..)

Fans are quiet, pretty much non-existent when doing browsing or word or even using computing programmes, but when opening all my saved tabs at the same time(have about 20 constantly), the fans would go on for a about 30 secs at most just to get it all loaded up, it's literally only ever on when it needs to be, and I have to say the cpu is powerful, no complaints whatsoever, loads everything in seconds, and with ssd, from cold start, it boots in 9 seconds, (with your evo ssd, it'll be even faster)


Oh one more question if you don't mind. Has your laptop shown any signs of wear? Like the laptop on the right in the beginning of this video (the palmrest and touchpad) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EQqnjA-G5k
You can see the painting coat wearing off and apparently the touchpad becomes smoother and shinier.

I told PCS to not put any stickers on it (eg. the HDMI, nvidia, i7 stickers, etc) as I prefer a cleaner looking laptop. But I hope the palm rest paint coatings won't wear out. Thanks.

Sorry for the late reply, i didn't get a notification about this message, that's not happened to mine, but really wouldn't be surprised if it did, its like that with probably most laptops thats coated with paint, only ones that wouldnt is the aluminium lappys. Although I can't really say much atm, since its literally constantly plugged into an external monitor with a wireless keyboard/mouse, but yeah, over time, it would definitely wear out, it happened to my brother's Acer laptop, he's used it for about 2/3 years. I probably wouldn't worry about it, and if you did, just make sure it doesn't touch your skin, or something, cause i think its the oils from our skin that causes it to rub off etc.
Keep me updated with your laptop! would love to know some tips or tricks i don't already know :)
#28
manicdepressed
I very much doubt the laptop will last 8 years. In such a small enclosure the gpu is likely to need a replacement sooner than that or any of the USB or other connectors in the motherboard are likely to fail after a few years. The chassis offers value for money, you can't have good quality and cheap price with a laptop there is a compromise and the proof of that is the trackpad, keyboard (as you mentioned) and the speakers (with or without the software installed). Good value for money laptop but not something that will last 8 years

It might not last 8 years say, but obviously as long as we can maintain it, I actually find the keyboard to be really nice to type with, its the trackpad thats not the greatest, and the speakers are fine with the software. I have it placed on an laptop cooler whenever the GPU is used, will this help? (genuine question)

Edited By: pangj on Nov 24, 2014 03:08
#29
pangj
TheShadowWalker
pangj

Haha, I'm adding on the MX-4 thermal paste myself. I have some lying around and from the videos, it does not look hard at all to get to the heatsink. Also, if you do select MX-4 upgrade on PCS, they only upgrade the thermal paste on the CPU but not the GPU! So you might as well do it yourself anyway.

I tried getting them to remove the hard drive but they don't do it anymore. They say they need it for testing before it being shipped :(. I already have bought separately an 250GB SSD Evo and will buy another 4GB Ram stick in Black friday sales soon so I'll have 8GB dual channel RAM (2x4GB sticks) :)

Sounds good mate! My laptop is in building stage now. Still worried about the Lid whilst having it in a backpack, as when I'm travelling on the plane or just walking around Uni on the way to the coffeeshop. May I ask which cushion case you got?

And apart from that you've had no other problems with it whatsoever? Screen LED backlight bleed? Dead pixel (not sure whether to get dead pixel guarantee, I opted for the QHD+ Screen)? Are the fans quiet for browsing, word, pdf, some chrome tabs open in a coffeeshop?

Thanks for taking the time to reply and the tips! :)

Oh i see, good choice, I asked them through chat and through the phone whether they put the thermal paste on the cpu and gpu, and they told me they did! I either heard a fib from them or it might be true, (I dunno, I hope they pasted on both the cpu and gpu!..)

I actually take back the sound i heard from the lifting the lid, I was sort of holding it right near the centre where the camera is when I was lifting the lid and only then did it kind of make a slight creek, though its really not a problem, but I was also gribbing it slightly harder than usual as well, so i completely take back the issue with the lid, for it, it honestly poses no problems.

Oh right? ahh that sucks, well, you can just put it into an external case and use it for extra storage I guess :)

the case I got was direct from amazon when they used to stock it, and its more like a laptop bag as opposed to those neoprene cases, anyways, its here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005E0DKN0?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00
I purchased it when i bought the laptop a couple of months ago for £10.48, i would recommend this bag because the brand and the light weight feel and the overall quality of it, it also has metal clips on the side (it took me forever to find a case with it and for such a low price), which should make it sturdier than plastic ones if you were to use the strap with it.

No backlight bleed, and no dead pixels (i took the risk and didn't purchase it, and if I had a dead pixel, I would have returned it with some excuse one way or another, I feel like I shouldn't need to pay extra for the screen that they give me since it is part of the laptop anyways), I stayed with the 1080p ips screen, and it's definitely the best screen I have used on a laptop. I didn't opt for the QHD+ even though the special deal was on at the time purely because (IIRC, correct me if im wrong) it's glossy, for compatibility reasons, and that the 1080p screen is amazing as it is, (and I agree..)

Fans are quiet, pretty much non-existent when doing browsing or word or even using computing programmes, but when opening all my saved tabs at the same time(have about 20 constantly), the fans would go on for a about 30 secs at most just to get it all loaded up, it's literally only ever on when it needs to be, and I have to say the cpu is powerful, no complaints whatsoever, loads everything in seconds, and with ssd, from cold start, it boots in 9 seconds, (with your evo ssd, it'll be even faster)


Oh one more question if you don't mind. Has your laptop shown any signs of wear? Like the laptop on the right in the beginning of this video (the palmrest and touchpad) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EQqnjA-G5k
You can see the painting coat wearing off and apparently the touchpad becomes smoother and shinier.

I told PCS to not put any stickers on it (eg. the HDMI, nvidia, i7 stickers, etc) as I prefer a cleaner looking laptop. But I hope the palm rest paint coatings won't wear out. Thanks.

Sorry for the late reply, i didn't get a notification about this message, that's not happened to mine, but really wouldn't be surprised if it did, its like that with probably most laptops thats coated with paint, only ones that wouldnt is the aluminium lappys. Although I can't really say much atm, since its literally constantly plugged into an external monitor with a wireless keyboard/mouse, but yeah, over time, it would definitely wear out, it happened to my brother's Acer laptop, he's used it for about 2/3 years. I probably wouldn't worry about it, and if you did, just make sure it doesn't touch your skin, or something, cause i think its the oils from our skin that causes it to rub off etc.
Keep me updated with your laptop! would love to know some tips or tricks i don't already know :)

Thanks, I will do! Still waiting on my laptop though. 7th working day now and it just changed to Testing! Woud most likely get it on Friday hopefully. I hope there won't be any problems with it that I don't end up having to RMA it.

Edited By: TheShadowWalker on Nov 24, 2014 14:23: update

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