15.6" UltraNote II - Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Matte - Haswell i5 4210M - 4GB RAM - 128GB SAMSUNG 840 SSD - 802.11AC - GIGABIT Port - NO O/S @ PC Specialist £473 delivered using £15 discount code CS36E
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15.6" UltraNote II - Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS Matte - Haswell i5 4210M - 4GB RAM - 128GB SAMSUNG 840 SSD - 802.11AC - GIGABIT Port - NO O/S @ PC Specialist £473 delivered using £15 discount code CS36E

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Found 28th Oct 2014
Hi all,

Was thinking of splashing best part of 2 grand on a new top end 980m laptop from msi, asus or gigabyte/aorus.

Having tested steam in home streaming via gigabit ethernet I am very happy with the performance so have thought I would rather build an ultrabook and put the savings towards an Nvidia GTX 980ti to go in my rig in the new year. Now i can game from my conservatory as TV connected to gaming rig is used for cartoons these days!

My requirements were as follows
- 15.6" Full HD IPS Matte (1920 x 1080)
- 128GB SSD
- i5 Haswell
- Slim chassis
- Gigabit port
- 802.11AC
- No O/S - I have win 7 and 8.1 already - Saves me £80
- No discrete graphics card sucking power and emitting more heat / fan noise. (For AAA games i will stream from my main rig)

So here is my ultrabook specs. I can't believe how cheap it is for what I have on there. Would be interested if someone could find a similar spec for cheaper.

UltraNote: 15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED Backlit Widescreen (1920x1080)
Intel® Core™i5 Dual Core Mobile Processor i5-4210M (2.60GHz) 3MB
4GB KINGSTON HYPER-X IMPACT 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (1 x 4GB)
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS MEDIA ACCELERATOR 4600
120GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 410MB/sW)
UltraNote Series: 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7260 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
UltraNote Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH) (Up to 7 Hours)
1 x UK Power Lead & 65W AC Adaptor
ULTRANOTE SERIES UK KEYBOARD
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Webcam INTEGRATED 2.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty 3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Standard Build - Approximately 6 to 8 working days

Total Cost £488 - £15 off discount code PRO25 = £473 delivered.

Update: I recommend £9 thermal paste upgrade and £5 silver 12 month warranty upgrade (It is part of my quote), but omitting these makes it even cheaper. You can add another 4GB RAM (for dual channel performance for £31) over the phone once you have ordered to update it.

Update 2: Received on 6 Nov and have uploaded my unboxing video.
Link is youtu.be/qre…omc

Update 3: PRO25 code has expired, use CS36E - Credit to TheShadowWalker

Update 4: Have uploaded another video opening up the laptop to look inside
youtu.be/zGe…8C8

Review on TechRadar here techradar.com/rev…iew
- siliconbits

113 Comments

Original Poster

I also started a thread in the PCS Forum. Click here.

No OS as you mention in description but its a major point people will miss
needs highlighted

Two things - 1) No operating system on this so the price of that needs to be factored in, and 2) To state the price as being £504 requires you to illegally obtain a £15 off voucher code, so putting £519 with possible £15 off is much better practice!

That said, this is a great price if.youre happy with Linux!

Original Poster

brilly

No OS as you mention in description but its a major point people will … No OS as you mention in description but its a major point people will missneeds highlighted


I will add that in cheers!

tomwatts

Two things - 1) No operating system on this so the price of that needs to … Two things - 1) No operating system on this so the price of that needs to be factored in, and 2) To state the price as being £504 requires you to illegally obtain a £15 off voucher code, so putting £519 with possible £15 off is much better practice!That said, this is a great price if.youre happy with Linux!



My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite right to be cautious.

Only let down is that the memory will be single channel unless you buy another stick of ram.

douglas13

That escalated very quickly !!



He had it coming really, almost as bad as downloading a car..

steluca5

My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite … My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite right to be cautious.


Care to elaborate?

steluca5

My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite … My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite right to be cautious.



My friend is too.

No dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics, not even a basic one?

I'm pretty sure you'd be better off spending £30 on a 20m HDMI lead & 20m USB extension cable and just hook up your current PC to the TV if all you want is to game from the couch/living room...

Edited by: "Flynn_Lives" 28th Oct 2014

Flynn_Lives

No dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics, not even a basic one?I'm pretty sure … No dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics, not even a basic one?I'm pretty sure you'd be better off spending £30 on a 20m HDMI lead & 20m USB extension cable and just hook up your current PC to the TV if all you want is to game from the couch/living room...



Or just buy a new TV instead...

steluca5

My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite … My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite right to be cautious.



Not on death row anymore though, right?...

Original Poster

nublets2k

Only let down is that the memory will be single channel unless you buy … Only let down is that the memory will be single channel unless you buy another stick of ram.


Never thought of that. Luckily I can change the configuration to 2 x 4gb for no price change. Good call mate.

Original Poster

steluca5

My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite … My friend is in Jail at the moment for using a voucher illegally, quite right to be cautious.



Let me guess, he cut the voucher out the magazine and gave someone a paper cut till they bled to death? What did he get? Should be ten years man slaughter if you ask me.
Edited by: "delahmed" 28th Oct 2014

delahmed

Let me guess, he cut the voucher out the magazine and gave someone a … Let me guess, he cut the voucher out the magazine and gave someone a paper cut till they bled to death? What did he get? Should be ten years man slaughter if you ask me.


Perhaps his fake vouchers had the queen's head printed on them?

not sure if this or lenovo u430 from curry's is better

Banned

delahmed

Let me guess, he cut the voucher out the magazine and gave someone a … Let me guess, he cut the voucher out the magazine and gave someone a paper cut till they bled to death? What did he get? Should be ten years man slaughter if you ask me.



Haven't you heard ? They call it culpable homicide, and it is 5 years and you could be out in 10 months.

This does look pretty tasty. Does anyone have legitimate issues with it other than the ram as previously mentioned and the lack of os?

Original Poster

BOC14

This does look pretty tasty. Does anyone have legitimate issues with it … This does look pretty tasty. Does anyone have legitimate issues with it other than the ram as previously mentioned and the lack of os?


I will ask PCS to change my config from 1 x 8GB to 2 x 4GB Kingston HyperX Impact. Dual channel is better than single channel. Price should be the same. Also the chassis is a Clevo W550EU, so plenty of videos / reviews online.

Flynn_Lives

No dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics, not even a basic one?I'm pretty sure … No dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics, not even a basic one?I'm pretty sure you'd be better off spending £30 on a 20m HDMI lead & 20m USB extension cable and just hook up your current PC to the TV if all you want is to game from the couch/living room...



Doesn't need a dedicated card for the OP's needs . The intel 4600 graphics is easily capable for his streaming needs. I've played hundreds of hours of Skyrim .Age of Wonders3,Wargame Red Dragon and now the new Beyond Earth comfortably using my laptop with no dedicated card ,and that's playing ,not simply streaming .Note to OP on this , try loading and playing the games direct first ,obviously if you want max settings on a FPS you need the streaming option .
Heat for the deal .

Original Poster

mardavrio

Doesn't need a dedicated card for the OP's needs . The intel 4600 … Doesn't need a dedicated card for the OP's needs . The intel 4600 graphics is easily capable for his streaming needs. I've played hundreds of hours of Skyrim .Age of Wonders3,Wargame Red Dragon and now the new Beyond Earth comfortably using my laptop with no dedicated card ,and that's playing ,not simply streaming .Note to OP on this , try loading and playing the games direct first ,obviously if you want max settings on a FPS you need the streaming option .Heat for the deal .


When i built my gaming rig 2 years ago, i used it for the first month without a discrete GPU (Asus 670 DCUII was not in stock in the UK) and I was very impressed with the number of games i could play smoothly in low / med resolution! I think that was HD 4000 iGPU. The HD 4600 should be even better. I will very likely play baisc games locally, but play the AAA titles streaming at Ultra 1080p settings.

Sorry to be the one doing this, but your title states a Samsung 128GB Pro SSD, - it is the non-pro version.

Cracking price for a speedy non-gaming laptop!

How is the build quality of this laptop? I am in the market for as fast as possible non gaming laptop and this looks to fit the bill BUT I don't know what this PC Specialist brand is, are they reputable?

Original Poster

Josh.

Custom pc building companies all use the same chassis. These are made my Clevo / Sager. The model you are interested in is the W550EU. A quick Google will give you reviews of this and some youtube vids.

Original Poster

Order update.
--------------------
Ordered on 27-10-2014 @ 23:57
Build completed on 29-10-2014 @ 09:17

joshtbh

How is the build quality of this laptop? I am in the market for as fast … How is the build quality of this laptop? I am in the market for as fast as possible non gaming laptop and this looks to fit the bill BUT I don't know what this PC Specialist brand is, are they reputable?



For the money you won't get comparable specs. However, if you're looking for decent sound out the laptop speakers or high build quality, i'd look elsewhere (i've bought two laptops from them in the past, sent one back...)

delahmed

Order update.--------------------Ordered on 27-10-2014 @ 23:57Build … Order update.--------------------Ordered on 27-10-2014 @ 23:57Build completed on 29-10-2014 @ 09:17



Any review on the laptop mate? I'm thinking whether to get this or go all out and get a specced out 15.6" defiance on their site. Thanks.

Original Poster

TheShadowWalker

Any review on the laptop mate? I'm thinking whether to get this or go all … Any review on the laptop mate? I'm thinking whether to get this or go all out and get a specced out 15.6" defiance on their site. Thanks.



Received on 6 Nov and have uploaded my unboxing video here

delahmed

Received on 6 Nov and have uploaded my unboxing video here



Looks wicked mate. I'd appreciate if you could let me know how you get on with it after awhile. From the reviews people mention that the fan is loud and it gets really hot. Thanks for the video

Original Poster

TheShadowWalker

Looks wicked mate. I'd appreciate if you could let me know how you get on … Looks wicked mate. I'd appreciate if you could let me know how you get on with it after awhile. From the reviews people mention that the fan is loud and it gets really hot. Thanks for the video


Im going to do a benchmarking video which will feature crystaldisk, 3dmark, unigine, fraps and steam local vs steam in home streaming. Probably do the video tomorrow and upload by monday.

and by the way the fan at max is loud but no worse than any other laptop i have ever had. On idle, its silent. Even when watching films it is silent or in home streaming ultra 60fps - no probs! But unzip something huge or decode a video file and use up 100% cpu and you can hear the fans! I hate loud laptops and this is fine. Heat wise Left palm / wrist area and WASD area is as warm but i have to leave it there for a moment
to actually feel anything so its just a bit higher than body temp. right side is cold. Fan is on the left side too. It is PWM too. So it runs in medium when virus scanning and loud when running 3dmark. but if i have the volume on a little bit, its hard to hear the fans too much.I can stick a temp monitor for CPU and add that to my benchmark vid i guess....
Still very happy with this laptop, would recommend it.
By the way the Intel AC7260 2x2 MIMO is a beast! I get 650Mbps link speed and copying files locally across my house is sick! The Asus RT AC87U might have something to do with it, but its in a another room and two walls away and 5Ghz works great!

p.s. HD4600 performance.
I played Bioshock 1 on highest settings and 1080p and got 20fps which wasnt too bad. It wasnt choppy at all. If i knock the res down to 1366 (which is 2 notches down from 1080p) but keep it on high settings i get 60fps (v sync on).
Also tried Ban Bang Racing, and again on max 1080p, i got 30fps so game played at half speed, but taking it down 2 notches it went to 60fps and played nice. I couldnt tell the difference in PQ.
Finally streamed Splinter Cell Blacklist from my main rig whilst connected to AC wireless using 5Ghz and a few walls away and about 10m and it was smooth with ultra settings! I dont even need the gigabit port. I have 200+ steam games, so may try some of the more challenging ones locally and see what it plays like. V impressed so far.
I
Edited by: "delahmed" 9th Nov 2014

PRO25 code is expired but the laptop itself is still available. Seems like a decent deal, not many laptops these days have 1080p IPS screens at this price range, plus being able to remove the Microsoft tax saving £79 is pretty good.

delahmed

Im going to do a benchmarking video which will feature crystaldisk, … Im going to do a benchmarking video which will feature crystaldisk, 3dmark, unigine, fraps and steam local vs steam in home streaming. Probably do the video tomorrow and upload by monday.and by the way the fan at max is loud but no worse than any other laptop i have ever had. On idle, its silent. Even when watching films it is silent or in home streaming ultra 60fps - no probs! But unzip something huge or decode a video file and use up 100% cpu and you can hear the fans! I hate loud laptops and this is fine. Heat wise Left palm / wrist area and WASD area is as warm but i have to leave it there for a moment to actually feel anything so its just a bit higher than body temp. right side is cold. Fan is on the left side too. It is PWM too. So it runs in medium when virus scanning and loud when running 3dmark. but if i have the volume on a little bit, its hard to hear the fans too much.I can stick a temp monitor for CPU and add that to my benchmark vid i guess....Still very happy with this laptop, would recommend it.By the way the Intel AC7260 2x2 MIMO is a beast! I get 650Mbps link speed and copying files locally across my house is sick! The Asus RT AC87U might have something to do with it, but its in a another room and two walls away and 5Ghz works great!p.s. HD4600 performance.I played Bioshock 1 on highest settings and 1080p and got 20fps which wasnt too bad. It wasnt choppy at all. If i knock the res down to 1366 (which is 2 notches down from 1080p) but keep it on high settings i get 60fps (v sync on).Also tried Ban Bang Racing, and again on max 1080p, i got 30fps so game played at half speed, but taking it down 2 notches it went to 60fps and played nice. I couldnt tell the difference in PQ.Finally streamed Splinter Cell Blacklist from my main rig whilst connected to AC wireless using 5Ghz and a few walls away and about 10m and it was smooth with ultra settings! I dont even need the gigabit port. I have 200+ steam games, so may try some of the more challenging ones locally and see what it plays like. V impressed so far. I



Thanks man. I'm thinking of NOT going for FULL HD to save £56. Don't really see the need for it as I'm not really using it for gaming, just need it as a reasonable everyday laptop. So thinking of this:

Chassis & Display
UltraNote: 15.6" Matte HD LED Backlit Widescreen (1366x768)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Dual Core Mobile Processor i5-4210M (2.60GHz) 3MB
Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON SODIMM DDR3 1333MHz (Will live chat them to see if I can get 4gb x 2)
Graphics Card
INTEL® HD GRAPHICS MEDIA ACCELERATOR 4600
Memory - Hard Disk
250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
Thermal Paste
ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND (£9)
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7260 HMC (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Battery
UltraNote Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH) (Up to 7 Hours)
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Warranty
3 Year Silver Warranty (1 Year Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour) (£5)
Dead Pixel Guarantee
1 Year Dead Pixel Guarantee Inc. Labour & Carriage Costs (£19)

Total: £513

Oh yes, I'd be grateful if you can let us know how does battery life fair for medium use, browsing etc. Thanks

Edited by: "TheShadowWalker" 10th Nov 2014

TheShadowWalker

Thanks man. I'm thinking of NOT going for FULL HD to save £56. Don't … Thanks man. I'm thinking of NOT going for FULL HD to save £56. Don't really see the need for it as I'm not really using it for gaming, just need it as a reasonable everyday laptop.



Actually even if you are not a gamer, the full HD screen is better for productivity, and is also higher quality (IPS) with better viewing angles. Worth it for £56 in my opinion, competing laptops with similar screens run at £700+

Codify

Actually even if you are not a gamer, the full HD screen is better for … Actually even if you are not a gamer, the full HD screen is better for productivity, and is also higher quality (IPS) with better viewing angles. Worth it for £56 in my opinion, competing laptops with similar screens run at £700+



Thanks Codify. I wasn't really sure how cheap this is. Haven't research about laptops for such a long time.

Only thing left I'm looking at before ordering is:
1. Is the 1 year dead pixel guarantee needed for £19? Why this isn't covered under usual warranty is beyond me.
2. The battery life for light - medium use. From reviews on the net it only says almost 4 hours from the 7 hours advertised (which is a big difference).
3. Difference between kingston vs kingston Hyper-x? They're only £2 difference in cost.
4. Is the standard thermal paste enough to use for awhile? I'm actually replacing the thermal paste with AS MX-4 on my Alienware m11x soon (it's 4 yrs old) so I can always replace it myself if I find the cooling insufficient.

Right now price comes up to about £553

PS. This is a bit devious=>
When I have 2gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb Samsung SSD is £56 difference.
BUT, when I have the 8gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb SSD is £66 difference.

So if you decide to spend more money for them by upgrading RAM, they decided you should pay another Tenner to upgrade your SSD for the "privilege". Great.... God knows where else they do this in the configuration as they don't really state the Upgrade Costs.


Edited by: "TheShadowWalker" 10th Nov 2014

Is it possible to have a touchscreen 1080 with ips for similar?

TheShadowWalker

Only thing left I'm looking at before ordering is:1. Is the 1 year dead … Only thing left I'm looking at before ordering is:1. Is the 1 year dead pixel guarantee needed for £19? Why this isn't covered under usual warranty is beyond me.


I didn't go for that. PCS say they comply with ISO standards for dead pixels which allows a very limited number of dead pixels. If there are any dead pixels they should be detectable when you first switch on the monitor - in which case you can just return it within the 14 day Distance Selling Regulations window for a refund. You'll need to pay the return postage but it will probably be less than £19.



TheShadowWalker

2. The battery life for light - medium use. From reviews on the net it … 2. The battery life for light - medium use. From reviews on the net it only says almost 4 hours from the 7 hours advertised (which is a big difference).


PCS have sold different models under the Ultranote name over the years. The current processors are the latest Haswell refresh i3/i5/i7s which are optimised for energy consumption. Paired with the Samsung Evo SSD which is very power efficient, and Windows 8.1 which has a lot of power optimisations, I wouldn't be surprised if battery life is longer than any reviews you might have seen from a couple of years ago. 7 hours would be stretching it though, that's Macbook territory, not many laptops get anywhere near that.



TheShadowWalker

3. Difference between kingston vs kingston Hyper-x? They're only £2 … 3. Difference between kingston vs kingston Hyper-x? They're only £2 difference in cost.


Not a huge deal of difference, but for just £2 I'd go for the Hyper-X, likely to be the same speed but perhaps more reliable in the long term, plus better cooling



TheShadowWalker

4. Is the standard thermal paste enough to use for awhile? I'm actually … 4. Is the standard thermal paste enough to use for awhile? I'm actually replacing the thermal paste with AS MX-4 on my Alienware m11x soon (it's 4 yrs old) so I can always replace it myself if I find the cooling insufficient.


Again, I don't think thermal paste would make a huge difference - various reviews have stated that toothpaste, lipstick, vaseline and nappy rash cream are almost as good as some expensive thermal compounds. But people do rave about the MX-4 and some people claim it can lower temps by 8-10 degrees which would definitely be noticeable, and would mean a quieter and cooler laptop.
I'd be suspicious that PCS could just use standard paste without telling you (how would you know the difference?). You can buy a whole tube of MX-4 for £4 on Amazon so if you are confident you could just change the paste yourself rather than paying £9.

TheShadowWalker

When I have 2gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb … When I have 2gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb Samsung SSD is £56 difference. BUT, when I have the 8gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb SSD is £66 difference.


Or looking at it another way: If you have the SSD selected it costs you £41 to upgrade from 4GB to 8GB RAM, but if you have the standard 500GB HDD it costs you just £31 to go from 4GB to 8GB RAM.
You could do what I'm doing - stick with 4GB and buy another 4GB stick yourself from Amazon for £33. RAM is easy to upgrade, plus you get the benefit of dual-channel performance, rather than a single 8GB stick.



Edited by: "Codify" 10th Nov 2014

neal

Is it possible to have a touchscreen 1080 with ips for similar?


Not from PCS. Generally 1080p touchscreens at 15+ inches are hard to find at a decent price range.
You could try the Lenovo Flex 2 - £599 from Amazon when paired with an i5-4210U processor and 8 gigs of RAM, as low as £340 if you go for a Pentium processor and a smaller 14" screen. Reviews look pretty badthough.
Edited by: "Codify" 10th Nov 2014

TheShadowWalker

Only thing left I'm looking at before ordering is:1. Is the 1 year dead … Only thing left I'm looking at before ordering is:1. Is the 1 year dead pixel guarantee needed for £19? Why this isn't covered under usual warranty is beyond me.

TheShadowWalker

2. The battery life for light - medium use. From reviews on the net it … 2. The battery life for light - medium use. From reviews on the net it only says almost 4 hours from the 7 hours advertised (which is a big difference).

TheShadowWalker

3. Difference between kingston vs kingston Hyper-x? They're only £2 … 3. Difference between kingston vs kingston Hyper-x? They're only £2 difference in cost.

TheShadowWalker

4. Is the standard thermal paste enough to use for awhile? I'm actually … 4. Is the standard thermal paste enough to use for awhile? I'm actually replacing the thermal paste with AS MX-4 on my Alienware m11x soon (it's 4 yrs old) so I can always replace it myself if I find the cooling insufficient.

TheShadowWalker

When I have 2gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb … When I have 2gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb Samsung SSD is £56 difference. BUT, when I have the 8gb RAM option selected, the upgrade from 500gb HDD to 250gb SSD is £66 difference.



Thank youuuuu!!!!! I know we haven't met, but you're a legend!

With regards to the SSD, I just think it's a bit mischievous on PCS parts to make it more expensive of an upgrade when we're already paying them more on another component upgrade. Anyway, that's what I plan on doing. Just get the standard 2gb, all in comes to £499.

Do you think 16gb RAM is simply overkill? I just thought since it's a lifetime warranty on the RAM, why not. Thought I'm not too sure if I'll see any real-word difference? The Kingston Hyperx 1600mhz is about £99 on ebay for 2x8gb whilst the 2x4gb is £63 on Amazon. Thanks.

Original Poster

Ill quickly weigh in with my comments having owned this pc for a few days now.

1. I have 0 dead pixels. They do put it through a 48 hour burn in before they send it off so they may replace it during testing. im happy though. and 1080p screen is amazing compared to the other 2 15 inch laptops in the house. worth the 50 quid IMO. If you did get dead pixels and want to return it, it is £35 from what i read in the Ts & Cs.
2. Like a mobile phone, charge it to 100% and then take power out and power cycle down to 0% and then charge again and rinse and repeat 5-6 times and then it should be good. A lot of people dont do this and leave it stuck to the power for a year and then complain the battery is crap. Im on my third charge now..... with 20% brightness and medium sound, it takes a while for the battery to die! I havent done any tests just yet but it will last more than 5 hours just surfing the web. 100% brightness is ridiculous on this screen - so bright! Ive been surfing the web for an hour so far on battery and it has dropped to 90% ..... yet to hear the fans kick in. complete silence here!
3. Get the kingston Hyper-x - dont know why but at only £2 more it must be better.
4. This is really important, i was going to skimp on this until i emailed mysn.co.uk and they said the following...

On the forum thread, one of the members mentioned the thermal paste … On the forum thread, one of the members mentioned the thermal paste option. Just to clarify this, from the Clevo factory (who manufacturers the Ultranote chassis for PCS and the B513 for us) the CPU heatsink comes with a stock thermal pad. We use MX-2 on all our laptops after removing the thermal pad, in some cases it gives up to 5C better temperatures! Is you do decide to purchase from PCS rather than us, I would 100% recommend paying them to use MX-4 rather than the stock thermal pads that come from the Clevo factory!



I would reccomend 4GB RAM minimum. I will be buying a 4GB RAM on black friday / cyber monday to get upto 2 x 8GB dual channel. 4GB is ample for surfing the web but with 8GB, you can run a VM with comodo or sample Win 8.1 / Win 10 / Ubuntu 14 as VM. Comodo VM for sandbox web browsing is possible on 4GB though. You may struggle with 2GB. 4GB is ok for win 7 and 8.1 and 16GB is overkill unless you run multiple VMs or use most of it as a RAM disk (which is not worth it if you have SSD).

1080P touchscreen is rare but the biggest showstopper for me is all touchscreen is glossy, the 1080p screen is matte and its beautiful, no glare whatsoever! i have a glossy laptop at home (my dads) and i can see myself in the reflection so its annoying. Also touchscreen is a gimmick and you will hardly use it.... similar to 3D mode on your smart TV.

I should be doing a few more videos with benchmarks for SSD, graphics and battery tests this week so keep an eye on my youtube channel.

You can pick up a £15 code in most magazines in WH Smiths, just buy the NOV edition or have a sneaky look at the adverts.
Edited by: "delahmed" 10th Nov 2014

delahmed

Ill quickly weigh in with my comments having owned this pc for a few days … Ill quickly weigh in with my comments having owned this pc for a few days now.1. I have 0 dead pixels. They do put it through a 48 hour burn in before they send it off so they may replace it during testing. im happy though. and 1080p screen is amazing compared to the other 2 15 inch laptops in the house. worth the 50 quid IMO. If you did get dead pixels and want to return it, it is £35 from what i read in the Ts & Cs.2. Like a mobile phone, charge it to 100% and then take power out and power cycle down to 0% and then charge again and rinse and repeat 5-6 times and then it should be good. A lot of people dont do this and leave it stuck to the power for a year and then complain the battery is crap. Im on my third charge now..... with 20% brightness and medium sound, it takes a while for the battery to die! I havent done any tests just yet but it will last more than 5 hours just surfing the web. 100% brightness is ridiculous on this screen - so bright! Ive been surfing the web for an hour so far on battery and it has dropped to 90% ..... yet to hear the fans kick in. complete silence here!3. Get the kingston Hyper-x - dont know why but at only £2 more it must be better.4. This is really important, i was going to skimp on this until i emailed mysn.co.uk and they said the following...I would reccomend 4GB RAM minimum. I will be buying a 4GB RAM on black friday / cyber monday to get upto 2 x 8GB dual channel. 4GB is ample for surfing the web but with 8GB, you can run a VM with comodo or sample Win 8.1 / Win 10 / Ubuntu 14 as VM. Comodo VM for sandbox web browsing is possible on 4GB though. You may struggle with 2GB. 4GB is ok for win 7 and 8.1 and 16GB is overkill unless you run multiple VMs or use most of it as a RAM disk (which is not worth it if you have SSD).1080P touchscreen is rare but the biggest showstopper for me is all touchscreen is glossy, the 1080p screen is matte and its beautiful, no glare whatsoever! i have a glossy laptop at home (my dads) and i can see myself in the reflection so its annoying. Also touchscreen is a gimmick and you will hardly use it.... similar to 3D mode on your smart TV.I should be doing a few more videos with benchmarks for SSD, graphics and battery tests this week so keep an eye on my youtube channel.You can pick up a £15 code in most magazines in WH Smiths, just buy the NOV edition or have a sneaky look at the adverts.



Thanks brother delahmed and Codify. I've ordered using £15 OFF code CS36E from the Magazine.

All in: £494
UltraNote: 15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED Backlit Widescreen (1920x1080)
Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5 Dual Core Mobile Processor i5-4210M (2.60GHz) 3MB
Memory (RAM) 2GB KINGSTON SODIMM DDR3 1333MHz (1 x 2GB)
Graphics Card INTEL® HD GRAPHICS MEDIA ACCELERATOR 4600
Memory - Hard Disk 250GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
DVD/BLU-RAY Drive UltraNote Series: 8x SATA DVD±R/RW/Dual Layer (+ 24x CD-RW)
Memory Card Reader Internal 9 in 1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD: Mini, XC & HC/MS: Pro & Duo)
Thermal Paste ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY COMPOUND
Sound Card Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7260 HMC (867Mbps, 802.11AC) + BLUETOOTH
USB Options 2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 2 x USB 2.0 PORTS AS STANDARD
Battery UltraNote Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (62.16WH) (Up to 7 Hours)
Power Lead & Adaptor 1 x UK Power Lead & 65W AC Adaptor
Keyboard Language ULTRANOTE SERIES UK KEYBOARD
Operating System NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Notebook Mouse 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)
Dead Pixel Guarantee NONE
Insurance NONE
Delivery STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)

Only additional £56 for a Samsung 250gb SSD is cheap

Also, managed to get flubit to reduce the Amazon Kingston Hyper-x 1600MHz 2x4GB Kit from £63 to £56.

So total about £550 with a spare 2GB RAM I can put in my old laptop. I hope this will at least last me 4 years! Thanks guys!

PS. Sorry, I haven't kept up with tech these days. With this laptop I got the Samsung EVO SSD. Is there suppose to be a Pro version that is better? Is the one I got with only an additional £56 in costs good? Thanks in advance.

PS2. Delahmed. If you have the time/resources, would you kindly let me know if you can connect the laptop to a TV via HDMI and Monitor via VGA and have all three screens working separately (including the Laptop Screen). Thanks.


Edited by: "TheShadowWalker" 11th Nov 2014
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