PC Specialist (Clevo) 17.3 " HD Gaming Laptop, Haswell i7, 8GB Ram, SSD, GTX  765M £879
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PC Specialist (Clevo) 17.3 " HD Gaming Laptop, Haswell i7, 8GB Ram, SSD, GTX 765M £879

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Found 2nd Sep 2013
Seems a great Spec for the price, delivery takes 14 days though as built to order.

Chassis & Display
Optimus Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD LED Widescreen (1920x1080)

Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Mobile Processor i7-4700MQ (2.40GHz) 6MB

Memory (RAM)
8GB KINGSTON HYPER-X GENESIS 1600MHz SODIMM DDR3 (2 x 4GB)

Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11

Memory - Hard Disk
120GB KINGSTON V300 SSD, SATA 6 Gb (450MB/R, 450MB/W)

2nd Hard Disk
1TB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)

DVD/BLU-RAY Drive
4x BLURAY ROM, 8x DVD ±R/±RW & CYBERLINK SOFTWARE

40 Comments

Top spec machine from a top company!

I think it's a good price as far as laptops go for specs and quality, but I could never spend that kind of money on a laptop. Desktop all the way.

If only I had the cash...

Good spec for the price, if you aren't bothered about the portability of a laptop, i would recommend buying a desktop gaming PC instead. You could easily build a monster PC with £800 that would murder this laptop.

Jacko1983

Good spec for the price, if you aren't bothered about the portability of … Good spec for the price, if you aren't bothered about the portability of a laptop, i would recommend buying a desktop gaming PC instead. You could easily build a monster PC with £800 that would murder this laptop.



Bit violent

For those specifically looking for a degree of portability, its also worth checking the Dell Outlet for deals. I got a cracking spec "laptop" for £640 after 5% code and including delivery.
17R 7720 - 17" 3D screen, 32GB SSD, 2x1TB hard drives, 2GB graphics card. I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around 2:20pm and then disappears pretty soon after so gotta be quick!

Nice spec

Whilst I do think using the Clevo "configurator" is a good way to get exactly what you want, I'm having trouble seeing the "deal" element here. This is just the regular price when you select those options (no recent price drop, voucher or special etc).

revdesol

Bit violent ;)For those specifically looking for a degree of portability, … Bit violent ;)For those specifically looking for a degree of portability, its also worth checking the Dell Outlet for deals. I got a cracking spec "laptop" for £640 after 5% code and including delivery.17R 7720 - 17" 3D screen, 32GB SSD, 2x1TB hard drives, 2GB graphics card. I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around 2:20pm and then disappears pretty soon after so gotta be quick!



Hi do you have a link to the stock page?

revdesol

I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around … I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around 2:20pm and then disappears pretty soon after so gotta be quick!


Yeah, Dell Outlet refreshes its stock around 3AM and 3PM each day, so if you're looking for a new computer from there, keep checking for the stock update from around 2AM and 2PM. I have a desktop for gaming so wanted a nice portable laptop - picked up the highest spec XPS 12 for only £610 the other day.

kkh786

Hi do you have a link to the stock page?


outlet.euro.dell.com/Onl…dfh
Edited by: "Shokz" 3rd Sep 2013

Was looking for a 17 inch laptop recently because Apple discontinued, Samsung and Asus seem to only sell in mainland Europe with their 17 inch models. But we settled for 15 inch instead. Pity. Do have some concerns over 1080p at that resolution. The Apple was 1200p

revdesol

I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around … I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around 2:20pm and then disappears pretty soon after so gotta be quick!

kkh786

Hi do you have a link to the stock page?



What he\she said.

Don't forget the 5% code, it essentially negates your shipping costs. I got mine searching on hukd but others have mentioned chatting to a sales advisor on the site and asking them for a discount, or telling them the code you have doesn't work.

Apologies to the OP for hijacking the thread

Jacko1983

Good spec for the price, if you aren't bothered about the portability of … Good spec for the price, if you aren't bothered about the portability of a laptop, i would recommend buying a desktop gaming PC instead. You could easily build a monster PC with £800 that would murder this laptop.



Thats a terrible comparison...

Even if a laptop is 27" and weighs 6-10Kg its still a darn sight more portable than ANY desktop you can ever build. You dont need to lug a screen, keyboard and other peripherals around with you just to make use of it and you cant use desktop on 'battery' power unless you plan to carry a UPS around with you? A decent one of those that could power even a mid range gaming rig for 2-3hrs is going to cost into the thousands and probably weigh more than you do.

I used to own a gaming laptop a few years back but I sold it off for something more mid range as I dont spend days or weeks away from home thus dont require one. A gaming laptop (or gaming grade laptop) is a luxury most people can forgo UNLESS they have a lot of disposable income then why the hell not?

I run an overclocked 3930k at home - I dont need £900+ gaming laptop. If im out and about, having something more portable like a 11.6-13.3" laptop would be more suitable, If not for the size/weight ratio then for the battery life. My laptop can easily do 6-8hrs on a single charge. I can browse the net, do and word processing i need, listen to music, watch videos and do a little gaming though albeit on low to mid-range settings.

I want this.......never be able to afford it

PcTechSpecialist

Thats a terrible comparison...Even if a laptop is 27" and weighs 6-10Kg … Thats a terrible comparison...Even if a laptop is 27" and weighs 6-10Kg its still a darn sight more portable than ANY desktop you can ever build. You dont need to lug a screen, keyboard and other peripherals around with you just to make use of it and you cant use desktop on 'battery' power unless you plan to carry a UPS around with you? A decent one of those that could power even a mid range gaming rig for 2-3hrs is going to cost into the thousands and probably weigh more than you do.I used to own a gaming laptop a few years back but I sold it off for something more mid range as I dont spend days or weeks away from home thus dont require one. A gaming laptop (or gaming grade laptop) is a luxury most people can forgo UNLESS they have a lot of disposable income then why the hell not?I run an overclocked 3930k at home - I dont need £900+ gaming laptop. If im out and about, having something more portable like a 11.6-13.3" laptop would be more suitable, If not for the size/weight ratio then for the battery life. My laptop can easily do 6-8hrs on a single charge. I can browse the net, do and word processing i need, listen to music, watch videos and do a little gaming though albeit on low to mid-range settings.



Sorry, my post was regarding this being a "gaming" laptop, which is great if you can afford it and will be commuting often or you don't have enough space in your house for a computer desk and all of the extras you need.

I was just saying that if you are buying this laptop for gaming and will only be playing it in your house, you would get a lot more for your money in buying a full desktop PC and a monitor.

revdesol

What he\she said.Don't forget the 5% code, it essentially negates your … What he\she said.Don't forget the 5% code, it essentially negates your shipping costs. I got mine searching on hukd but others have mentioned chatting to a sales advisor on the site and asking them for a discount, or telling them the code you have doesn't work.Apologies to the OP for hijacking the thread



I haven't seen a code about recently. I tried a few times with an advisor and got nothing back.

Subz85

I haven't seen a code about recently. I tried a few times with an advisor … I haven't seen a code about recently. I tried a few times with an advisor and got nothing back.



I bought my laptop last week, so this code might have expired by now, but the advisor said it was valid for any laptop / desktop in the "Home" section of Dell Outlet:

S6FCG13DCK6PD1

EDIT: Never-mind, just tried it out and got "We're sorry, the coupon code you have entered has already expired." - sorry about that.
Edited by: "Shokz" 3rd Sep 2013

Deal Vulture

Whilst I do think using the Clevo "configurator" is a good way to get … Whilst I do think using the Clevo "configurator" is a good way to get exactly what you want, I'm having trouble seeing the "deal" element here. This is just the regular price when you select those options (no recent price drop, voucher or special etc).


for which base model?
seems to be 1k using the review on link
no idea whats used

I'm using one of these now, vagely similar price and specs, identical chassis. The keyboard rattles a bit, but overall build quality is decent for what you're paying. I don't feel too confident using it for long gaming sessions though due to the heat (although speedfan says I'm safe enough).
Also, I would not recommend using a disk drive in this, stick with solid state. I put a HDD in the spare SATA slot, and it got worryingly hot whenever the machine was on (even with indexing off), I guess because of a lack of ventilation in the SATA compartments.

Jacko1983

Sorry, my post was regarding this being a "gaming" laptop, which is great … Sorry, my post was regarding this being a "gaming" laptop, which is great if you can afford it and will be commuting often or you don't have enough space in your house for a computer desk and all of the extras you need.I was just saying that if you are buying this laptop for gaming and will only be playing it in your house, you would get a lot more for your money in buying a full desktop PC and a monitor.



Well this for a gaming laptop isnt too bad, its not the best by far as its obvious a few corners had to be cut to deliver the product at that price. Schenker XMG A523 - a spitting image of this laptop score 60fps in battlefield 3 on high settings, Going by the benchmark results of the graphics card Id say this laptop is definitely high end but not on the 'ultra/ludicrous'-end of the playing field.

If you check the bench scores the GTX765M performed quite admirably.

If i wanted a proper gaming laptop id spend a lot more then this.

How do you build something for £800 better than this or maybe the question I should be asking is could a novice build one? I keep going on these sites configuring gaming rigs and they come to well over 2k.

furbix

How do you build something for £800 better than this or maybe the … How do you build something for £800 better than this or maybe the question I should be asking is could a novice build one? I keep going on these sites configuring gaming rigs and they come to well over 2k.


Buy the components separately and put them together yourself.

furbix

How do you build something for £800 better than this or maybe the … How do you build something for £800 better than this or maybe the question I should be asking is could a novice build one? I keep going on these sites configuring gaming rigs and they come to well over 2k.



You have to remember that the laptop is using mobile parts. I don't believe you need an i7 to be honest. A lot of people use the i5 3570k which is around £180. For a graphics card, the HD 7870 is enough for 1080p gaming at maxed out settings at the moment, apart from the likes of Crysis 3, and only costs around £170. Then get 8GB of 1600MHz Ram for £50, a case for £30-£100, motherboard around £70 and a 1TB HDD for £60 odd. I would recommend getting a PSU such as the Corsair GS 600 just to be safe. I wouldn't skimp out on a cheap PSU.

That's around £600 for something that will outperform this laptop by miles. But then again you are sacrificing portability. And yes, anyone can easily build a PC. It involves screwing 1 or 2 things and then plugging everything into the motherboard.

Shokz

I bought my laptop last week, so this code might have expired by now, but … I bought my laptop last week, so this code might have expired by now, but the advisor said it was valid for any laptop / desktop in the "Home" section of Dell Outlet:S6FCG13DCK6PD1EDIT: Never-mind, just tried it out and got "We're sorry, the coupon code you have entered has already expired." - sorry about that.



I went for the XPS 12 anyway. There' s a lot of talk about Haswell but at £400+ difference between the highest spec (i7 3687U) and the i7 4500U version of the Haswell I think I can live with the 5hrs battery vs 7-8hrs.

How are you enjoying yours anyway?

Back to the OP there's always compromise when it comes to these things, you could go for a power hungry beast of a desktop but if you prefer to sacrifice a bit of performance for portability then this looks like it will fit your needs. The Haswell chips at this level though dont seem to improve battery life all that much and by the look of the review it will get pretty toasty.

Heat from me, looks like it will tick all the boxes for some people.

Looks proper cheapo.Think ill give it a miss and keep looking.

sanjitghosh

Top spec machine from a top company!


Are they really good? I've been looking at a new, first gaming laptop and obviously my first visits were to Alienware, MSI, Mesh, etc and then I stumbled across these, they seem brilliantly priced, and although the laptops look basic, they are absolute grunting machines. What's their service like?

Joe90_guy

If only I had the cash...



They take card

I think portability to pop in and out of a rucksack to and from school, coffee shop etc may be a bit much but sometimes I can be bothered to go into my computer room and sit at my main gaming PC and like to just play on the sofa on a tray, footy on the main TV this is perfect. Keeps the missus happy as well if i'm at least in the same room albeit engrossed in shooting mouthy american kids in the head on BF.
Edited by: "sagman76" 3rd Sep 2013

Subz85

I went for the XPS 12 anyway. There' s a lot of talk about Haswell but at … I went for the XPS 12 anyway. There' s a lot of talk about Haswell but at £400+ difference between the highest spec (i7 3687U) and the i7 4500U version of the Haswell I think I can live with the 5hrs battery vs 7-8hrs.How are you enjoying yours anyway?



Yeah, the i7 3687U actually seems to be a little more powerful than the i7 4500U judging from benchmarks (plus, it runs at 2.1GHz - 3.1Ghz (3.3GHz) vs 1.8GHz - 2.7GHz (3.0 GHz)), it's just that the i7 4500U has a better integrated graphics card (20 EU's @ 1100MHz vs 16 EU's @ 1200MHz) and a lower TDP (15W vs 17W). The difference in battery life between the models is a shame though, since I'm actually upgrading from a four year old Alienware M11x that could manage 6 hours battery life when it was new, so this is a slight downgrade in that respect.

My laptop isn't actually arriving until tomorrow, but I've used a friend's XPS 12 extensively, which convinced me to buy my own. It's surprisingly useful in tablet mode, especially due to the good 1080p IPS screen and solid touch response - though I feel the lack of a digitiser is a missed opportunity. It makes Windows 8 feel actually worthwhile. I also love the feel of the keyboard - the keys are definitely plastic, but have an almost ceramic coating that makes them feel quite high-end. The trackpad is almost as good as a Macbook's (two finger scrolling is surprisingly good for a Windows laptop), which is pretty high praise (it's the thing I like most about Macbooks). The laptop itself is pretty light and feels extremely sturdy - from using my girlfriend's Macbook Air, I honestly prefer the feel of the XPS 12.

The only downsides I've come across so far is that once or twice, using the screen in portrait view in tablet mode (so great for reading websites and word documents) and then going back to laptop mode caused the screen auto-rotate to get confused, and the lack of a card reader makes no sense to me in a laptop these days. The omission of a HDMI port can be forgiven, as there's still a mini-DP port for which adaptors can be purchased for a couple of quid. Depending on your intended usage, the lack of an Ethernet port could be an annoyance too, but I haven't used an Ethernet cable once with my present laptop, and the profile of the XPS 12 honestly doesn't allow for such a bulky port to be included.

EDIT: Another downside, actually, is the fan; it's quite quiet and doesn't often turn on at all. It's a positive in some ways, but whilst having a go on Civilization V with touch controls enabled, the bottom of the laptop around the exhaust vent did get quite hot due to the non-aggressive fan profile, so you had to be mindful of where you held it. Due to the fact the case is carbon fibre, though, the rest of the case doesn't get very warm at all.
Edited by: "Shokz" 3rd Sep 2013

just beware of PC Specialists poor communication and very slow build times. I've had the optimus v 13.3 on order for over a month and the laptop is still sat at pre production status. They are slow to do just about anything. What's poor is the quoted build to delivery time at time of purchase is approx 13days.

radiocaf

Are they really good? I've been looking at a new, first gaming laptop and … Are they really good? I've been looking at a new, first gaming laptop and obviously my first visits were to Alienware, MSI, Mesh, etc and then I stumbled across these, they seem brilliantly priced, and although the laptops look basic, they are absolute grunting machines. What's their service like?



service is pants, kit is good. Just have to bear with them really. this is second order from them as they can't be beaten on cost. The SKYFIRE III is an MSI GE40 chassis and is cheap but gets silly silly hot.

The optimus range are a step up and are all Clevo/Sager machines but run a bit cooler. Just note the battery life is poor but is expected to pick up with newer bios and driver updates.

radiocaf

Are they really good? I've been looking at a new, first gaming laptop and … Are they really good? I've been looking at a new, first gaming laptop and obviously my first visits were to Alienware, MSI, Mesh, etc and then I stumbled across these, they seem brilliantly priced, and although the laptops look basic, they are absolute grunting machines. What's their service like?



They are quality, bought a laptop 2 years ago i7 with a 6990m arrived within 7 days and only issue i had was hard drive dying.

The good thing about Clevo machines is that it comes with a good IPS screen standard (or as an option). Sometime buying from a big-name vendor, you get really bad panel (as I did when I got a HP Touchsmart Envy 15 and promptly returned it) and you won't know until you've seen it in store, or it arrives at your door.

Nice spec. I am "building" my own based on a Dell Outlet 17R 7720SE machine that I bought for just under £520 delivered. It "only" has a 2Gb DDR5 GeForce 650, so I don't think graphics card as good as the Clevo in OP. Had it less than a week, but first job will be to upgrade the RAM from 8Gb to 12Gb by swapping out one of the 4Gb sticks, and putting a 120Gb Crucal M500 mSATA drive in and moving windows on to it. 8Gb RAM stick = £46. mSATA = £95. Total = £661. If I find 12Gb too slow then I will spend another £46 on another 8Gb RAM stick.

That would then make it £707 for: 17" FHD, i7 quad, 2GB Nvidia 650 DDR5, 16Gb RAM, 120Gb mSATA, Bluray R/DVD-RW + 1Tb HDD. The HDD at 5400rpm obviously being the weak point (but the mSATA will help loads).

My Dell Outlet machine arrived without a single scratch. Looked like a cancelled order to me. No dead pixels (so far...).

It all sits on the very excellent Coolermaster Notepal U3 laptop support, with 3 adjustable and very quiet fans that plug into the USB and are making a very noticeable difference to the laptop exhaust temperature. I got that for £25 from amazon.
Edited by: "jakeblade" 4th Sep 2013

can someone tell me what components in this Clevo are user upgradeable? ie; can the processor and graphics card be swapped out for higher spec as more funds become available?

Graphics cards tend not to be swap-able.

revdesol

Bit violent ;)For those specifically looking for a degree of portability, … Bit violent ;)For those specifically looking for a degree of portability, its also worth checking the Dell Outlet for deals. I got a cracking spec "laptop" for £640 after 5% code and including delivery.17R 7720 - 17" 3D screen, 32GB SSD, 2x1TB hard drives, 2GB graphics card. I've been watching the site most days and it comes into stock around 2:20pm and then disappears pretty soon after so gotta be quick!



Might also want to look at dmxdimension.com/, it applies all the various discount codes you can get for dell, saved a few hundred back when I bought my laptop

strikesbac

just beware of PC Specialists poor communication and very slow build … just beware of PC Specialists poor communication and very slow build times. I've had the optimus v 13.3 on order for over a month and the laptop is still sat at pre production status. They are slow to do just about anything. What's poor is the quoted build to delivery time at time of purchase is approx 13days.



did you get your laptop in the end and how long from ordering did it take to recieve it? i gotta admit. they are really good priced but really slow to answer and to update and build. i ordered but if it takes any longer ill have to cancel and besides the good point of the price. all the bad and slowness is worth to some to pay a little bit extra to get it in around a week.

Pc specialist has **** customer service, trust me, don't bother

I managed to get a Cleveo 17" with the 680m for £900, the thing is a beast!

How good is the screen? Wanting to use it for graphic design work.
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