PC Specialist Optimus VI 15.6" 1080p IPS, i7-4720HQ, GTX960M, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 120GB SSD £889.98 (possible £13.35 quidco) @ Laptops Direct
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PC Specialist Optimus VI 15.6" 1080p IPS, i7-4720HQ, GTX960M, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 120GB SSD £889.98 (possible £13.35 quidco) @ Laptops Direct

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Found 20th Jul 2015
So I've been eye-balling the laptop market for the past couple of months looking for a machine capable of both development work and playing new games. The 960M looks like the standard to be able to play the latest games at my budget (<900).

The rest of the specs are as standard, Full HD IPS LED, the beasty 4720HQ, 12GB of RAM (will definitely be switching the 4GB to an 8GB), 1TB HDD for the media and games, 120GB SSD for the OS should be just enough. This is the greatest I've found at my budget price and thought I'd put it to the test of the community.

Key specs:
Screen size - 15.6 in Matte LED IPS Full HD 1920 x 1080
Processor - Intel Core i7 4720HQ - 3.6 GHz
RAM - 12 GB (1x8GB, 1x4GB 1600MHz HyperX Impact)
Maximum Supported Memory - 16GB
Hard Drive 1 - 1 TB HDD
Hard Drive 2 - 120 GB SSD
Empty optical drive bay
Operating System - Windows 8.1 (64-Bit)
Graphics - Nvidia® GeForce™ 2GB GDDR5 GTX 960M
Dimensions (W x D x H) - 385mm X 268mm X 28.5mm
Weight - 2.5KG

Additional Features:
Backlit Keyboard
2.0 MP FHD Webcam
Bluetooth
WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps)
Gigabit LAN
Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader (SD / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC / RSMMC)
Fingerprint Scanner
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
4 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x Mini DP output
1 x VGA Port output
Warranty - 3 year warranty

Custom built direct from PC Specialist is £946 with (marginally) cheaper RAM and inferior WLAN at 433Mbps.

Listing Price
was £1022.97
now £879.98 (13% off)

Marketing Description (believe it has model errors in it):
"The Optimus VI GT15-960 XS is one of the latest gaming laptops to come from PC Specialist, the UK’s largest custom PC & Laptop manufacturer. It’s packed full of the latest and greatest hardware so you can immerse yourself in your favourite games straight out of the box. Building its reputation on exceptional value for money, the Cosmos series offer a combination of powerful components to deliver outstanding performance but without the hefty price tag.

Powered by a quad core 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4710M processor and a 2GB NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 960M Graphics, the Optimus VI GT15-960 XS enables you to breeze through your daily work, enjoy playing the latest games, or watch the latest movies on its dazzling 15.6 inch matte Full HD (1920 x 1080) display.

Discover desktop-class gaming on a notebook with GeForce GTX 960M. Driving great gameplay at high settings on 1080p resolutions, packed with inspired graphics technologies, and BatteryBoost for improved battery life you can game longer, unplugged.

The Optimus VI GT15-960 XS comes with 12GB HyperX IMPACT 1600MHz RAM alongside a speedy 120GB Kingston SSD and a huge 1TB (1,00GB) storage drive, offering plenty of space for your games, photos & movies.

Thanks to the perfect blend of features, the Optimus VI GT15-960 XS delivers an amazing experience whether you’re working, playing or relaxing. All PC Specialist Laptops are covered by a 3 Year Standard Warranty package and their award winning UK-based Customer Service Team.

Warranty / Miscellaneous 3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Years Labour)"

20 Comments

Original Poster

possible quidco 1.5% £13.19

custom build for same specs but inferior RAM and WLAN quote:

http://i.imgur.com/RGv2FSb.png

Edited by: "malkin94" 20th Jul 2015

i bought acer vn7 791g with same spec (but 17.3 " full hd ) for £850 from tesco (including all cashback etc.)

Original Poster

Rathore

i bought acer vn7 791g with same spec (but 17.3 " full hd ) for £850 from … i bought acer vn7 791g with same spec (but 17.3 " full hd ) for £850 from tesco (including all cashback etc.)



Link please, from what I can see, it's not the same spec (No SSD, only 60, last gen 860M, even 940M in some deals) unless it's closer to a grand. they're selling 591g for 750 but no other available. Would also avoid acer...

Processor's good but gfx card and memory a bit underwhelming for this price range. Lenovo have a similar model for £899.99 but with 16gb ram and the 4gb variant of this gfx, however that one doesn't have the SSD only a 1TB hybrid drive, however the game changer is that there's also £100 cashback with it effectively making it £799.99.

...Waits for someone to post it as a deal.

EDIT: Didn't vote either way
Edited by: "PittancePincher" 20th Jul 2015

Original Poster

PittancePincher

Processor's good but gfx card and memory a bit underwhelming for this … Processor's good but gfx card and memory a bit underwhelming for this price range. Lenovo have a similar model for £899.99 but with 16gb ram and the 4gb variant of this gfx, however that one doesn't have the SSD only a 1TB hybrid drive, however the game changer is that there's also £100 cashback with it effectively making it £799.99....Waits for someone to post it as a deal.EDIT: Didn't vote either way



Damn you have the same thoughts as me! Was eyeing the lenovo Y50 (guessing this is the one you're on about) up for quite some time (probably around a week before I decided against it), mainly because of the £100 cashback and it's stylish looks. The looks however are at the expense of 2nd HDD capability, poor TN HD panel (couldn't find reviews to confirm if this had changed in the most recent revision) and the size at the expense of overheating problems. I really wish I wanted that laptop, but from reading all the reviews I just couldn't do that to myself. I've read that the overheating quickly affects performance. Battery is also only 4 cells.

And hey, 12GB is not underwhelming for most, I will be upgrading to 16, but most people will do gaming on 12GB without needing any more!

Edited by: "malkin94" 20th Jul 2015

malkin94

Damn you have the same thoughts as me! Was eyeing the lenovo Y50 … Damn you have the same thoughts as me! Was eyeing the lenovo Y50 (guessing this is the one you're on about) up for quite some time (probably around a week before I decided against it), mainly because of the £100 cashback and it's stylish looks. The looks however are at the expense of 2nd HDD capability, poor TN HD panel (couldn't find reviews to confirm if this had changed in the most recent revision) and the size at the expense of overheating problems. I really wish I wanted that laptop, but from reading all the reviews I just couldn't do that to myself. I've read that the overheating quickly affects performance. Battery is also only 4 cells.And hey, 12GB is not underwhelming for most, I will be upgrading to 16, but most people will do gaming on 12GB without needing any more!



8gb is all that is needed for gaming.

Original Poster

I've inquired on laptops direct as to the exact WLAN card present as I believe it is the better 867Mbps card. No response yet but should appear on their page when there is.
Edited by: "malkin94" 20th Jul 2015

Just purchased my second Optimus 13" laptop from here. Sold the first one (gtx 760 ) on and got myself a cheaper 10.1" Asus transformer Trio (i5) but just wasn't working out for me.

Very happy with the build quality and price vs performance of both. I've always gone with 2gb ram and no ssd as found it cheaper to add these myself.

malkin94

Damn you have the same thoughts as me! Was eyeing the lenovo Y50 … Damn you have the same thoughts as me! Was eyeing the lenovo Y50 (guessing this is the one you're on about) up for quite some time (probably around a week before I decided against it), mainly because of the £100 cashback and it's stylish looks. The looks however are at the expense of 2nd HDD capability, poor TN HD panel (couldn't find reviews to confirm if this had changed in the most recent revision) and the size at the expense of overheating problems. I really wish I wanted that laptop, but from reading all the reviews I just couldn't do that to myself. I've read that the overheating quickly affects performance. Battery is also only 4 cells.And hey, 12GB is not underwhelming for most, I will be upgrading to 16, but most people will do gaming on 12GB without needing any more!



I was going to go for the top tier Y50 with 4k display and 512gb SSD & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB, but I'm going to wait for the new i7 quad cores or Skylake before deciding.

Mine's more for graphics and programming so the extra ram is appreciated

Original Poster

PittancePincher

I was going to go for the top tier Y50 with 4k display and 512gb SSD & … I was going to go for the top tier Y50 with 4k display and 512gb SSD & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB, but I'm going to wait for the new i7 quad cores or Skylake before deciding.Mine's more for graphics and programming so the extra ram is appreciated



Aye, laptops are where 4K is already worth the money. I was considering it until I learnt that new games at 4K is not possible without SLI... Megabucks.

They look like nice machines. I may well get one if future iterations are received better (they will be upgrading this line for a while I believe).

I just want to pay for the best available now and then not buy another one for 2-3 years time.

Original Poster

PC specialist have got back to me confirming this model holds the superior WLAN card, WIRELESS INTEL® AC-7265 M.2 (867Mbps), will update original post

I am surprised people are still posting deals from Laptops Direct on here. Their customer service is bad. Just look around.

Original Poster

GodGoesWireless

I am surprised people are still posting deals from Laptops Direct on … I am surprised people are still posting deals from Laptops Direct on here. Their customer service is bad. Just look around.



3 Year warranty via PC Specialist which have excellent reviews and are incredibly responsive
Edited by: "malkin94" 20th Jul 2015

malkin94

3 Year warranty via PC Specialist which have excellent reviews and are … 3 Year warranty via PC Specialist which have excellent reviews and are incredibly responsive



Yeah I've heard good things about PC Specialist, I've been looking to order a laptop from them directly. 3 years warranty + 1 year collect and return for an extra fiver is a good deal.
Edited by: "ThreefingerSalute" 20th Jul 2015

malkin94

Link please, from what I can see, it's not the same spec (No SSD, only … Link please, from what I can see, it's not the same spec (No SSD, only 60, last gen 860M, even 940M in some deals) unless it's closer to a grand. they're selling 591g for 750 but no other available. Would also avoid acer...



tesco.com/dir…prd

i bought it beginning of this month. it has 128gb ssd and gtx 960m graphics card but 8gb ram which can be upgraded to 16gb. it was advertised as £899. but i got £40 refunded by tesco and £12 quidco cash back + bought it through santander 123 cashback card, so got £10 cashback. which made this laptop quite cheaper than others on the market with same spec.

Original Poster

Rathore

​http://www.tesco.com/direct/acer-aspire-vn7-791g-173-inch-laptop-intel-core-i7-8gb-ram-128gb-ssd-1tb-hdd-nvidia-graphics-black/395-3608.prdi bought it beginning of this month. it has 128gb ssd and gtx 960m graphics card but 8gb ram which can be upgraded to 16gb. it was advertised as £899. but i got £40 refunded by tesco and £12 quidco cash back + bought it through santander 123 cashback card, so got £10 cashback. which made this laptop quite cheaper than others on the market with same spec.



£40 tesco refund how?
£13 quidco also available

Original Poster

GodGoesWireless

Yeah I've heard good things about PC Specialist, I've been looking to … Yeah I've heard good things about PC Specialist, I've been looking to order a laptop from them directly. 3 years warranty + 1 year collect and return for an extra fiver is a good deal.



It's a fantastic offering and whilst pricing up custom builds I always opted for it. It's very competitively priced to custom buuild compared to prebuilts on the high street when you take away windows tbf. I would be going that route if I didn't have 10% off at somewhere that stocks this model.

basically i have been looking for acer vn7 791g laptop for quite sometime. it is £987ish everywhere else (ebuyer, laptopdirect) etc. i found the same laptop on lower price (£899) on tesco, but graphics card memory wasnt specified on tesco website. so enquired tesco/acer support, and they confirmed with me that it will gtx 960m with 4gb ram. but when i bought it, it was 2gb version so as a courtesy, they gave me £40 refund.

Original Poster

Rathore

basically i have been looking for acer vn7 791g laptop for quite … basically i have been looking for acer vn7 791g laptop for quite sometime. it is £987ish everywhere else (ebuyer, laptopdirect) etc. i found the same laptop on lower price (£899) on tesco, but graphics card memory wasnt specified on tesco website. so enquired tesco/acer support, and they confirmed with me that it will gtx 960m with 4gb ram. but when i bought it, it was 2gb version so as a courtesy, they gave me £40 refund.



Not bad, can't find 2gb 960 version anywhere atm though.
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