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15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED i7 Quad Core Processor 7700HQ 8GB Ram Graphics GTX 1060 - 6.0GB Boot 128gb SSD Storage 1tb £1278 @ PC Specalist
Chassis & Display Proteus Series: 15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080) Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core Processor 7700HQ (2.8GHz, 3.8GHz Turbo)FREE VR Game Bundle with sele… Read more
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Pcspecialist, UK based. Provider of bespoke gaming laptops. Great team.

Looks decent.
What is this company like in terms of warranty / after care?

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17.3" Optimus VIII i7-7700, Nvidia GTX 1050Ti & SSD & 8GB RAM - £868 @ PC Specialist
High-end laptop for less than £900, CANT GET BETTER SPECS FOR LESS MONEY THAT I CAN SEE Should be able to play most high end games on good settings Just specced:- Processor (CPU) - Intel® Core™… Read more
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Mr.No

Cold, why buy a laptop when you can pick up a pen, paper and calculator … Cold, why buy a laptop when you can pick up a pen, paper and calculator for next to nothing?



Pahaha did you honestly feel the need to look up an old deal I posted just to troll?? Pathetic and sad, no wonder you need a flash lease car to bolster your ego. Shall I do the same with your posts now?

Cold, why buy a laptop when you can pick up a pen, paper and calculator for next to nothing?

The_Hoff

Sorry, i do not.



​no problem, ordered anyway. thanks

kha327

i am thinking of ordering the one you suggested, just wondering if you … i am thinking of ordering the one you suggested, just wondering if you know of any discount codes? thanks



Sorry, i do not.

The_Hoff

Yeah it seems they will push 50ish FPS with the right level of … Yeah it seems they will push 50ish FPS with the right level of compromise. I'm pretty out of touch with the lower end of the market graphically :)RAM wise, I was speaking with reference to a nicer balance of build, not necessarily that its a requirement for gaming today. 16GB has been the sweet spot for some time.Something like this I think is a better buy:http://www.medion.com/gb/shop/gaming-laptops-medion-erazer-x7843-17-3-high-performance-gaming-laptop-130020268.htmlMore RAMMore storageBetter GPU2 Year parts warranty£150~ more, but £30 Quidco and perhaps some codes floating around. So could be nearer £100 more.



i am thinking of ordering the one you suggested, just wondering if you know of any discount codes? thanks
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Laptop 15" Nvidia 1050 Ti...£918 from PC specialist
I've been checking out prices of 15" gaming laptops with the newly released Nvidia 1050 Ti GPU. So far they've all looked a bit on the pricy side but I've just noticed that PCSpecialist have reduced t… Read more
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Down £20 now to £898.

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Probably a dead thread now, but here's a thorough review of the new Dell Inspirion 7000 with the Nvidia 1050 Ti GPU...

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Inspiron-15-7000-7567-Gaming-Notebook-Review.196454.0.html

The main thing to take from this review is the criticism of the poor quality, blue-tinged FHD TN display. There's no option to upgrade to a FHD IPS panel unless you pay for the 4K screen. Considering they want £1,099 for the laptop, I'd say Dell are taking the mick, especially when people like PCSpecialist will do a similar machine with an IPS screen for less money.

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Spod

The 970m is slightly faster, but don't forget that the 1050Ti uses less … The 970m is slightly faster, but don't forget that the 1050Ti uses less power than the 970m and the 7th generation "Kaby Lake" processor on this laptop is also more power efficient than previous generations, so anything still on sale with a 970m is going to run a bit warmer - which might be worth considering if it is literally going to be sitting on your lap.



I would in theory opt for a laptop with the older Nvidia 970M but they are still somewhat pricy. I did a very quick bit of Googling and this is typical at £1,165 (£247 more than the Optimus VIII)...

https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/NH.Q0SEK.002-Acer-Predator-G9-592-15.6_1919301.html

You can find a few 970M laptops on Amazon around the £800 to £900 mark but quite a few of these are refurbs or sold by individuals (usually called Richard). If I'm paying this much for a computer, I want it to be brand new from a bona fide manufacturer.

The 970m is slightly faster, but don't forget that the 1050Ti uses less power than the 970m and the 7th generation "Kaby Lake" processor on this laptop is also more power efficient than previous generations, so anything still on sale with a 970m is going to run a bit warmer - which might be worth considering if it is literally going to be sitting on your lap.

ganon

So how does this 1050ti compare to 970m?



Very close, the 970m just edges it

http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1050-Ti-Mobile-vs-Nvidia-GTX-970M/m223242vsm17319

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-970M-vs-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti
(note: the above isnt the mobile version of the 1050ti)

These are good tread if deciding between the two, compare the gaming benchmarks shows the 970m can still give a good punch, look at the resi evil 7 ultra fps
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti-Notebook.168400.0.html
notebookcheck.net/NVI…tml

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PC Specialist black friday deals are up! £569 GTX 1050Ti Gaming PC, £15 off voucher, reduced GTX980M gaming laptop
Seems PC Specialist have gone live with their Black Friday deals. Black Friday £15 off code: BFPCS Gaming PC... Intel Core i3-6100 Dual Core Processor 8GB HyperX FURY DDR4 Memory 4GB NVI… Read more
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Are there any good deals for gaming PC bundles under £500???? cant find any

i3. brilliant for games. NOT !!! great for tetris. maybe

this is not black friday deal its a rip off deal, i dnt now why not people search or luk around b4 they post

More cores and threads are starting to matter these days, and minimum framerates (often overlooked) especially benefit; Witcher 3 and Fallout 4 are good examples, although the latter is admittedly a poorly optimised game. i3s are good starters, but i5s should really be the aim for a truly capable (Intel) gaming rig.

That gaming laptop is awful value compared to the Argos gtx 1060 £855 laptop, trounces this
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Desktop CPU + 1060 Laptop - customisable from £1128 @ PC Specialist
Great offer for a desktop class CPU and GPU in a laptop. Make sure to remove Windows to save £89. You will not find better specs anywhere for this money.
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I wouldn't buy a barebones laptop, and definitely not with desktop components.
- Battery life is going to be close to Zero (if you press the ? it says " The realistic average run-time is 1.5 to 3 hours").
- Cooling is poor as desktop components needs more cooling.
- Barebones laptops are massive (height 35.7mm, 3.4Kg)
- Warranty repairs are not ideal as sometimes seller tell you to contact brand directly.

But that's my personal opinion

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CampGareth

In that case what you need is a *portable* laptop, not a 3.5kg laptop … In that case what you need is a *portable* laptop, not a 3.5kg laptop with a 0.9kg power brick.Let me tell you my story. It's the start of university, I get a tonne of money and decide I want to replace my aging desktop (2007 C2D in 2012). I thought I'd be moving all the time, going back to my parents home on weekends, visiting friends and bringing along a computer. That meant I wanted a laptop (because laptops => portable, right?) and I wanted it fitted with the best GPUs because why the heck not. So I got a Clevo P370EM for £2k. The GPUs were £700 each so that's where the money went.I should have loved it but instead I hated it, not for the build quality, simply because it was noisy and heavy. You could always hear the high pitched whine of the fans, it was constant, no way the 300W going in was going to leave without loud fans. It was incredibly irritating. That power brick brings me onto the weight, 5.8kg for the laptop and brick. I lived a 30 minute walk from university and over a 4 year course I brought in my laptop twice. Each time I nearly injured myself doing it, messenger bags put weight in bad spots on your body, mostly the collar bone.I still needed something for day to day university but I wanted power, so I spent another £1k on an 11.6" Clevo W110ER with a 35W ivybridge quad core and a GT 650M. Not the beefiest laptop in the world but it weighed just 1.8kg and had a 200g brick. It got 6 hours battery life compared to the 2 of the bigger laptop. It at the time ran every game I threw at it though some required medium settings. It actually fit in my bag and it didn't kill me to carry it. I would even have been happy using it as a desktop replacement if it could actually drive my main monitor (Intel's HD 4000 wasn't quite HDMI 1.4 compatible, more like 1.2 due to a low clock speed, so couldn't hit 2560x1440 or anything above 1920x1200).I spent the next 4 years regretting buying the big laptop. Why oh why didn't I just buy a desktop, moving flat with one would be fine, after all the laptop got nearly as big as one with all the padding it required. I watched its market value plummet because who wants laptop GPUs. I heard it whine away for years. It limited the number of monitors and connected devices I could have. The whine was so irritating that instead of running it at full load for video encoding I bought a separate cheap desktop (i5 3470 iirc) to run those tasks because with the stock intel cooler it was *so* quiet.TL;DR Muffinss, take it from someone who regretted buying a big laptop for every year of its existence. Do not buy one. They are the worst thing ever because they're not a high performance laptop. They lose the right to be called a laptop when they weigh more than 2.5kg. Instead they're just rubbish overpriced desktops, brother only to Alienware. Get a 13 or 15" with a 960M or better. They exist, they're cheap and you won't regret them.


Things aren't like that anymore, you can get 1000 series nvidia gpus in thin laptops now. I had a 980M 17 inch before and that thing was easy to take around everywhere with me.

Not everyone has a 30 min walk to and from uni.

Muffinss

Depends on your usecase tbh. If you need a laptop so you can for example … Depends on your usecase tbh. If you need a laptop so you can for example go round a friends house easily with it or something like that then I would say going for a desktop processor is not a bad idea.



In that case what you need is a *portable* laptop, not a 3.5kg laptop with a 0.9kg power brick.

Let me tell you my story. It's the start of university, I get a tonne of money and decide I want to replace my aging desktop (2007 C2D in 2012). I thought I'd be moving all the time, going back to my parents home on weekends, visiting friends and bringing along a computer. That meant I wanted a laptop (because laptops => portable, right?) and I wanted it fitted with the best GPUs because why the heck not. So I got a Clevo P370EM for £2k. The GPUs were £700 each so that's where the money went.

I should have loved it but instead I hated it, not for the build quality, simply because it was noisy and heavy. You could always hear the high pitched whine of the fans, it was constant, no way the 300W going in was going to leave without loud fans. It was incredibly irritating. That power brick brings me onto the weight, 5.8kg for the laptop and brick. I lived a 30 minute walk from university and over a 4 year course I brought in my laptop twice. Each time I nearly injured myself doing it, messenger bags put weight in bad spots on your body, mostly the collar bone.

I still needed something for day to day university but I wanted power, so I spent another £1k on an 11.6" Clevo W110ER with a 35W ivybridge quad core and a GT 650M. Not the beefiest laptop in the world but it weighed just 1.8kg and had a 200g brick. It got 6 hours battery life compared to the 2 of the bigger laptop. It at the time ran every game I threw at it though some required medium settings. It actually fit in my bag and it didn't kill me to carry it. I would even have been happy using it as a desktop replacement if it could actually drive my main monitor (Intel's HD 4000 wasn't quite HDMI 1.4 compatible, more like 1.2 due to a low clock speed, so couldn't hit 2560x1440 or anything above 1920x1200).

I spent the next 4 years regretting buying the big laptop. Why oh why didn't I just buy a desktop, moving flat with one would be fine, after all the laptop got nearly as big as one with all the padding it required. I watched its market value plummet because who wants laptop GPUs. I heard it whine away for years. It limited the number of monitors and connected devices I could have. The whine was so irritating that instead of running it at full load for video encoding I bought a separate cheap desktop (i5 3470 iirc) to run those tasks because with the stock intel cooler it was *so* quiet.

TL;DR Muffinss, take it from someone who regretted buying a big laptop for every year of its existence. Do not buy one. They are the worst thing ever because they're not a high performance laptop. They lose the right to be called a laptop when they weigh more than 2.5kg. Instead they're just rubbish overpriced desktops, brother only to Alienware. Get a 13 or 15" with a 960M or better. They exist, they're cheap and you won't regret them.

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Spod

Strange that the power adapter drop-down gives you the option of a 330W … Strange that the power adapter drop-down gives you the option of a 330W power brick - but only with a GTX 980M, which isn't actually an option with this model! Headline price is somewhat disingenuous at £1128 because the standard drive is only a 500GB 5400RPM spinner and RAM is only 4GB. If you are spending over a grand on a high-spec laptop capable of some decent gaming you are going to want more than those defaults. Charging extra for a dead pixel guarantee and better quality thermal paste is cheeky as well.


Meh 8gb ram and a biwin 480gb ssd adds like £100.
You dont go for those 2 extras then!
I think the power brick thing is really weird like wat lol
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CampGareth

Well, rule of thumb is the CPU is not the bottleneck for gaming. Plus … Well, rule of thumb is the CPU is not the bottleneck for gaming. Plus this laptop is a kilo heavier than its mobile brethren, more expensive, and a centimeter thicker.Don't get me wrong, I love that Clevo make chassis that can take a desktop processor. Then I took a good look at portability and realised that if it's above 2kg it's effectively pretty close to a desktop (i.e. wouldn't carry it around, if traveling with it I'd take extra care, get a shipping company or huge luggage on a train etc).So instead of buying this style of laptop to replace my P370EM (dual GTX 680Ms, i7 3740qm) I just built a workstation. Dual sandybridge xeons (16 cores @ 3GHz + hyperthreading) and a GTX 970 for a similar price (about 1k) but so much more CPU power than a desktop laptop.


Depends on your usecase tbh. If you need a laptop so you can for example go round a friends house easily with it or something like that then I would say going for a desktop processor is not a bad idea.
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Defiance III - GTX 1060 Laptop - Customisable £1078 delivered @ PC Specialist
Cheapest laptop with a 1060 that I've found. Remove windows obviously :P Change the default storage. You can get the biwin 480gb ssd for the same price.
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canitrunbattlefield

oO I bought it! 1060, 240gb ssd + 1tb hdd 8)Got a question about Windows … oO I bought it! 1060, 240gb ssd + 1tb hdd 8)Got a question about Windows - so, being a cheapskate and a noob, I opted for 'No OS' to save the 80 pounds..Now, 1) How do I install a fresh Windows OS onto this blank machine? I've always had pre-installed laptops and never ventured into such l33t world...What I've gathered so far, is to download the Windows ISO onto USB stick and install it, and just type in licence key from one of these deals: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/windows-10-professional-oem-14-65-opium-pulses-2504977Will that be it? I'll need Nvidia 1060 driver too of course...2) With a Skylake i7 and GTX 1060, should I go for Windows 7 (which I'm using and happy with, and M$ is going to support Skylake till 2018), or Windows 10 (read all the bad auto-update / privacy invasion etc, but surely at some stage the new games won't be compatible with WIndows 7?)



​theyll install everything just not activate windows. if you buy a key from opiumpulses youll be good

oO I bought it! 1060, 240gb ssd + 1tb hdd
Got a question about Windows - so, being a cheapskate and a noob, I opted for 'No OS' to save the 80 pounds..

Now,
1) How do I install a fresh Windows OS onto this blank machine? I've always had pre-installed laptops and never ventured into such l33t world...
What I've gathered so far, is to download the Windows ISO onto USB stick and install it, and just type in licence key from one of these deals: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/windows-10-professional-oem-14-65-opium-pulses-2504977
Will that be it? I'll need Nvidia 1060 driver too of course...

2) With a Skylake i7 and GTX 1060, should I go for Windows 7 (which I'm using and happy with, and M$ is going to support Skylake till 2018),
or Windows 10 (read all the bad auto-update / privacy invasion etc, but surely at some stage the new games won't be compatible with WIndows 7?)

Some good specs for the price but I have never heard of this company! Amazing you can get a quad core i7 at that price though! I think the people voting it down are noobs who don't know how much this processor is worth.

Heat from me even though I won't be buying it.
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Muffinss

Sucks man, I had a clevo 980M 4720HQ and it got really hot but never … Sucks man, I had a clevo 980M 4720HQ and it got really hot but never overheated.



This was an 8800m sli...was a beast back in its day (approaching a decade ago) but chassis just couldn't handle it. Went with a 750m a few year back down to the fears the old one gave me but regretted not getting something better.

Don't use my gaming rig due to house move and not fitting anywhere so a 1060 is in my sights at some point. £1k is a great starting price but just not got all the other specs I'd need to justify going for this.

Maybe next year.

Muffinss

It's cold because people don't understand how laptops are more expensive. … It's cold because people don't understand how laptops are more expensive. Even though this is still a decent price for a desktop.



​I'm quite tempted to go for one with a 1070, it seems so cheap compared to what it would cost for something not quite as good a month ago!
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Optimus VII Pro [Clevo N150RD] (15,6'' FHD IPS non glare, i5-6440HQ, 4GB RAM [upgradeable], 120GB SSD [1x SATA + 1x M.2 free = upgradeable], GTX 965M, Wlan ac + Gb LAN, 62Wh, FreeDOS) for £660 @ PCspecialist
Hey guys. You get the Optimus VII Pro (= Clevo barebone N150RD) with the following configuration for £660 @ pcspecialist.co.uk. The specifications: 15.6" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080… Read more
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verbumSapienti

the Nexoc review you linked to has different cpu, gpu, ram and hdd - … the Nexoc review you linked to has different cpu, gpu, ram and hdd - hardly comparable (and not same barebone)


It is the same barebone.

the Nexoc review you linked to has different cpu, gpu, ram and hdd - hardly comparable (and not same barebone)

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test (other configuration, but same barebone): http://www.notebookcheck.net/Nexoc-G515-II-Clevo-N150RD-Notebook-Review.153041.0.html

some feedback:
pcspecialist.co.uk/for…php?49163-Review-of-15-6-quot-Optimus-VII-Pro
pcspecialist.co.uk/for…php?49336-Optimus-VII-Pro-review
pcspecialist.co.uk/for…php?48672-The-15-6-Optimus-VII-Pro

video: youtube.com/watch?v=vExo10b0vxY

CPU:
http://ark.intel.com/de/products/88962/Intel-Core-i5-6440HQ-Processor-6M-Cache-up-to-3_50-GHz
cpubenchmark.net/cpu…php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-6440HQ+%40+2.60GHz

GPU:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-965M.134120.0.html

https://abload.de/img/dilbertqru5mrzssl.jpg
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NVIDIA® SHIELD™ Tablet K1 £149 inc delivery @ PC Specialist
Available now with free delivery. Specification Snapshot: NVIDIA ShadowPlay NVIDIA GameStream Micro USB 2.0 Port 4K Ultra-HD Ready NVIDIA® Tegra® K1 2.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor Android 5.0TM Lollipop… Read more
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While this is clearly not a deal of any kind I have to say my name is on one of these come May release. With a decent 5Ghz router you can stream games direct from your PC in 1080p 60fps, now whats not to like about that!?

Stealth_Fox

I've had one for a year or so and it's a good all around tablet IMHO. … I've had one for a year or so and it's a good all around tablet IMHO. It's a little narrower than some but works well for stuff like Marvel Unlimited, Kindle, Netflix, etc as well as working brilliantly for games. I've had stuff up to Dreamcast emulators running on it without much issue.



​Thanks...will give it a look

SleepyChris

Are these totally game-centric or do they make decent cheap Android … Are these totally game-centric or do they make decent cheap Android tablets? ... or do I need to ask Google?



I've had one for a year or so and it's a good all around tablet IMHO. It's a little narrower than some but works well for stuff like Marvel Unlimited, Kindle, Netflix, etc as well as working brilliantly for games. I've had stuff up to Dreamcast emulators running on it without much issue.

Waiting for an x1 version

Are these totally game-centric or do they make decent cheap Android tablets? ... or do I need to ask Google?
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Pc Specialist Lafite II 13.3" Full HD - intel i7, 250GB SSD - £599
Special offer for clicking through a review link from techRadar Spec is: Intel® Core™ i7 Dual Core Processor i7-6500U (2.50GHz, 3.1GHz Turbo) 8GB Ram INTEL® HD GRAPHICS 510 [Pentium] | INTEL® HD GRA… Read more
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brilly

urg lost my replyas its a review model you cant change the specyou can … urg lost my replyas its a review model you cant change the specyou can customise your own though, if you create spec of op its 661 - with i5 its 582so saving a little under 10% buying through this link



Apologies, when I said 5th gen I was referring to the original Lafite (which I think anthonywhite37 was referring to)
The CPU was customisable until recently, and now it only has the option of Pentium

Got the missus one of these for xmas. Couldn't find an i7, 8gb ram, 256 gb ssd ultrabook for less at the time. Nice screen, backlit keys. Thin and light. Can't fault it.

Was pleasantly surprised to find it plays Diablo 3 on low. 50-70 fps at 1200x720. and just about holds 30fps at 1920x1080.

Battery only lasts about 2 hours on Diablo but 10-11 hours working/browsing.

drasim

You can't customise the CPU with the 5th gen anymore by the looks of it


urg lost my reply

as its a review model you cant change the spec

you can customise your own though, if you create spec of op its 661 - with i5 its 582
so saving a little under 10% buying through this link

drasim

You can't customise the CPU with the 5th gen anymore by the looks of it


you can if you are making your own but as its a review model its fixed
if you spec your own with i5 its 582
speccing the review spec gives 661 so a little less than 10% off really


Edited by: "brilly" 14th Jan 2016

antonywhite37

May as well save 40 and get the 5th gen Intel almost same performance … May as well save 40 and get the 5th gen Intel almost same performance single channel graphics memory make this a no for me



You can't customise the CPU with the 5th gen anymore by the looks of it
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PC Specialist Optimus VII 17" -i5 6300HQ, 16GB Ram, GTX960M, FULL HD, 1TB WD, 256GB M.2 2280
The 17.3" Optimus VII Chassis & Display Optimus Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920x1080) Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™ i5 Quad Core Processor 6300HQ (2.3GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo) Memo… Read more
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linhang90

More and more softwares will be devoloped to make effective use of more … More and more softwares will be devoloped to make effective use of more than 4 threads. Yes some low end i7 ones may not be as good as this i5.. But then they dont cost this much. Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with quadcore too just saying lol



I am very doubtful of (games) using more than 4 threads (in fact they rarely use even that much) as simply said they use the graphics card and in this system graphics card is the bottleneck so in some sense there is no point in putting an i7 into it. (I would really be surprised if you found a game which there would be any difference.)

Posting reviews of products you actually own and know something about is useful, but repeating general things people say in different situations without any understanding is simple whineing and is worse than useless (it is counter productive).

Ebay may offer good prices but in many cases when something goes wrong (and eBay items have a tendency for stuff going wrong more often than not) you are often screwed, having to pay Shireoaks for shipping and waiting for a month or two without machines. (there are exceptions but they usually don't offer that good prices).

This is customisable machine which you can tweak a bit to your liking (for example upgrading to that i7 you are so keen on...) at a reasonable prices and I believe it is useful to let people know of it.

It may not get a lot of heat (because of ****** like you) but it will help people looking for such machine having more choice.

So heres some heat.

If with no so called "whinging" there would be no reviews or opinions on earth..when pointing sth out ..it doesnt mean ur whinging. The heat this thread gets says everything. Surprised its not minus..

Plenty on ebay my friend

linhang90

Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with … Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with quadcore too just saying lol



So instead of just whingeing about it, how about you post a machine of equal or better spec at this price - with a 4 core i7 that performs better than this i5?


Edited by: "Spod" 29th Dec 2015

More and more softwares will be devoloped to make effective use of more than 4 threads. Yes some low end i7 ones may not be as good as this i5.. But then they dont cost this much. Yes this is a brill processor but At this price i'd expect an i7 with quadcore too just saying lol
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15.6" Optimus VII Core i5 & GTX960 Gaming Laptop £607.00 @ PC Specialist
Cheap gaming laptop if you configure it right! My config choice to get you away would be: i5-6300HQ 8GB RAM GTX960m No HDD, instead a 256GB M.2 2280 SSD (this laptop has upgrade space for two 2.5 in… Read more
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BigHec

I noticed the same thing! Pretty sure I tried MPI56 last night but I'll … I noticed the same thing! Pretty sure I tried MPI56 last night but I'll give 57 a go when I'm home from work. Thanks.



MPI57 doesn't work.

Astec123

The latest code that was posted here was MPI55The one before it was … The latest code that was posted here was MPI55The one before it was MPI54I think there's possibly a theme to it so worth tryingMPI56 or MPI57I've no idea where you put the codes in on their website.



I noticed the same thing! Pretty sure I tried MPI56 last night but I'll give 57 a go when I'm home from work. Thanks.

BigHec

Has anyone got a working code for these guys? Unfortunately the OP's one … Has anyone got a working code for these guys? Unfortunately the OP's one has expired.



The latest code that was posted here was

MPI55

The one before it was

MPI54

I think there's possibly a theme to it so worth trying

MPI56 or MPI57

I've no idea where you put the codes in on their website.

Has anyone got a working code for these guys? Unfortunately the OP's one has expired.

Picard123

The fans on those must sound like typhoons with all that heat to … The fans on those must sound like typhoons with all that heat to dissipate! Powerful specs though. You must like your games!



UPDATE:

Got my laptop from PC specialist (Octane 2: Intel 6700 + Nvidia 970m + DDR4 RAM) few weeks ago and did a stress test on it. Very impressed with the performance and the noise is much lower than what I expected. Same noise as my last laptop (Medion Akoya: Intel 3230m + Nvidia 640m) even when playing games (Dragon Age: Inquisition in Ultra settings) with external monitor mirroring at the same time. Does not get very warm, I think the 6th gen 14nm desktop CPU and the latest Nvidia mobile graphics is a good match for my needs. Brought the laptop at a friends house and played Dragon Age while waiting for dinner. Good times
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PCSpecialist - Optimus VI - 13.3 inch Laptop with 2GB Nvidia 860M graphics card - Customisable £500
A fully customisable laptop from pc specialist. There aren't many customisable laptops out there so it's pretty cool.
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Optimus_Toaster

Both are clevo w230ss



​I think that model is w230st not ss

rehanraza80

This model does not have 1440P screen option. perhaps you are using a … This model does not have 1440P screen option. perhaps you are using a different machine.


Both are clevo w230ss

I have this laptop and the screen is great - I got the 1080p IPS version - the screen is actually nicer than either of my desktop monitors which were £150 each. I got it with a quad i7, 16gb ram, 860m, 120gb ssd and a 750gb wd black drive. Bargain at £700 imo...

Optimus_Toaster

Mine doesn't seem to have any tint - that being said I have the 1440p … Mine doesn't seem to have any tint - that being said I have the 1440p screen which is gorgeous but a little too high res.



This model does not have 1440P screen option. perhaps you are using a different machine.

rehanraza80

I have one. It's good but not great. They are using nearly 5 year old … I have one. It's good but not great. They are using nearly 5 year old screen which has yellowish tint. Most of current gen games can be played a medium settings. And yea you need little research before posting. Adding up decent hw makes it 600+



Mine doesn't seem to have any tint - that being said I have the 1440p screen which is gorgeous but a little too high res.
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PC Specialist 15.6” Optimus Nebula £849
PC Specialist 15.6” Optimus Nebula Specification: Screen: 15.6″ IPS LED 1920×1080 Processor Type: Intel Core i7 4720HQ Hard Drive Supplied: 1TB Toshiba MQ01ABD100 Solid State Drive: 120GB Kingston Hyp… Read more
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if this was £750 i would take it

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Been looking for a gaming laptop within my budget for ages. This could be the one.....
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Defiance 17" laptop PCspecialist, 980m, i7 4720HQ £1350 @ pcspecialist
High spec gaming laptop for 1350, unfortunately only valid if you stay with exact spec. Any changes make the price jump up past £1500. Perfect for anyone who NEEDS a laptop, will handle anything you n… Read more
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kilboy

Hmm when you click to order it it doesn't have windows. Still a decent … Hmm when you click to order it it doesn't have windows. Still a decent price. Probably still saving £150 for the spec even adding windows on.


Didn't notice that.. although its not mentioned on the review so is quite possibly a mistake! would be worth emailing pc specialist if anyone was interested.

Hmm when you click to order it it doesn't have windows.

Still a decent price. Probably still saving £150 for the spec even adding windows on.

not sure how this is cold - can someone show me this spec for less??

TheGreatPoobarr

Still won't run Arma



Lol arma 3 - how to make you feel like you don't have a powerful enough comp.

At least £400 cheaper that a branded one. Nice. Does the gpu have 8gb dedicated?
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Pc Specialist Cosmos II 850 17.3" Laptop (I7 4710MQ, 8GB, 1TB, GT840m, Windows 8.1) £435 @ pcspecialist
Seems to be a very well specced laptop for the money. PC Specialist are a well known and respected brand resold by PC World. The CPU is very good and whilst the graphics card isn't amazing, you shoul… Read more
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As previously mentioned this deal has expired. It was for pre-built systems which PC Specialist had in stock for next day delivery and sold out of about 2 hours after I posted the deal.

I imagine once they build some more the deal will be back on so might be worth checking back in a week or so.

PC Specialists prebuilt systems are always cheaper then speccing it up on their laptop configurer yourself.

Just bought a PC specialist laptop for over 1k and I have to say I am very disappointed with the quality. The keyboard is crap with no full size return key, can only get the end key with pressing End, the arrow keys go into the number pad so you can hit the arrow key rather than 0. The touchpad buttons are cheap and nasty and make an annoying clicking noise. Also the laptop sometimes doesn't turn on without the charger in even when battery is full. My advise is to strongly avoid the brand.

allthepugs

I always miss the ACTUAL deals



I wouldn't kick yourself too much, it was definitely a good deal- but I just don't think anyone should consider getting a 1600x900 screen in 2015 (imo).

antw

Avoid windows 8 at all costs



It will have a free upgrade to Windows 10 soon.

Agharta

Yes OP don't be silly as this deal was clearly for a canoe; I prefer an … Yes OP don't be silly as this deal was clearly for a canoe; I prefer an SSD in my canoes so no good for me.



Just so long as it's not a Seagate canoe or your swimming home
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Optimus V Exige - PC Specialist Gaming / Desktop Replacement Laptop (240GB SSD and a 1TB SATA in a Laptop!) £799 @ pcspecialist
Wowsers! All in a laptop...first deal to post so apologies if I did this wrong Below is the detailed specification for the 17.3" Optimus V. Chassis & Display Optimus Series: 17.3" Matte Full HD … Read more
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Also, the whole desktop vs laptop gaming thing is pretty much: if you can't get a desktop for whatever reason, get a laptop, otherwise just get a desktop. Some people live between 3 different homes and for them it's perfect. (myself included)

PC Specialist have great reviews pretty much all round actually, if you're in the market for a gaming laptop they have some great options, especially if you don't need an OS etc.

I ordered this on 7th April, expecting it to be dispatched in about 3 to 5 working days (as the website stated at the time of the order). I am now on the 7th working day and received a call from PC Specialist. Apparently, they only had the one chassis available, and when they got to building it for me they realised it was faulty. I asked why it took quite so long to figure all this out, and I was told they recently moved offices too, adding to the delay. The new spec I have been provided works out at more expensive, although apparently I am getting a slight reduction.

TLDR, I think the offer is off the table now.

cannot find that pcspecialist deal. do I need my time machine...

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royals

why did someone build it for you. my son built his gaming pc, i5 4690k … why did someone build it for you. my son built his gaming pc, i5 4690k and he only just 14, been building pcs since he was 11. For experience he built my gaming / work pc too



lol, perhaps because not everyone has been building PC's for the last 3 years or even wants to. I'm guessing you showed your son how to build them and helped/supervised him.

Some people want the challenge/pride/savings of building their own PC, some people just want to pay some money and have a PC handed to them that's ready to go.

Open your mind to the possibilities of different opinions
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Pre-built Gaming Desktop 'Minerva' PC (GeForce GTX 970, overclocked i5-4690k,16GB RAM, 2TB HDD, 120GB SSD, Windows 8.1) £999 delivered @ pcspecialist (with 3 years warranty and cheaper than buying all the exact same parts to build yourself)
Click on link to then choose the model on the top of the page called Minerva. Cheaper than building yourself. PC Specialist systems seem to review well too. I did a check on pcpartpicker and the ind… Read more
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Hi, not that it's much use but mine that I purchased at Xmas is working fine.

Iv been getting a lot of fan noise from my palit 970 that came with this when playing anything slightly demanding, anyone else who got it have the same issue? I'm not sure if im just not use to the reference cooler design as its my first one but it seems really loud. Im talking enough to hear it along side the T.V in the same room.

If its any help, I purchased the Minerva for Christmas and I'm very happy with it and its quiet & plays everything.

It's not bad if you really can't buy your own but I'd say the main issue I'd have is with the performance to price drop as well as as usual wanting to know which 970 we are talking about.

Just learn how to build your own, it will save you a fortune and you will get exactly what you want and you'll know the performance of it.

The ROG Ranger is a great motherboard second only for me to it's evolved brother the ROG HERO VII

The i5 4790k is again what I'd go for if I was after an i5 and will comfortably run every game on the market with only really the Battlefield Franchise drawing enough from it for you to take note.

If you really can't do that then this is a nice little gaming machine built specifically for that purpose.

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redondo5

Is the motherboard capable of taking multiple graphics cards?



Yes - 2 slots for SLI/Crossfire
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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
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 … Read more
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ceaton88

Firstly thanks for the detailed post as I am finding it increasingly … Firstly thanks for the detailed post as I am finding it increasingly difficult to find a 1920x1080 laptop for a decent price.To OP and all those who made a move on this lappy, how are you finding build quality after a few months ownership? Is there anything you could advise for a potential buyer that would be useful to know?Thanks


7 months later.... loving it! No issues so far. Silent unless playing games, then fan starts up. No flexing or backlight bleeding issues. Absolute steal at 450 mark.

delahmed

Did you pay £9 for the themral paste upgrade? My fan comes on during … Did you pay £9 for the themral paste upgrade? My fan comes on during games but hardly ever during surfing ...



Yes I got the MX-4 paste. It comes on when the laptop is idle let alone when I'm doing something.

I've also noticed the power adapter gets red hot (aka I can't hold it in my hand) when charging the laptop.

Overall I really like the quality of the laptop (better than I thought it would be) but there are a few niggles that are spoiling the experience

Firstly thanks for the detailed post as I am finding it increasingly difficult to find a 1920x1080 laptop for a decent price.

To OP and all those who made a move on this lappy, how are you finding build quality after a few months ownership? Is there anything you could advise for a potential buyer that would be useful to know?

Thanks

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Jeronimo

Got the laptop back at the weekend and it's vastly improved. They … Got the laptop back at the weekend and it's vastly improved. They replaced the screen. There is still some bleed at the top of the screen but it's very minor. I don't think I would have noticed if this was the first screen I saw. The glaring fault of the first has made me a bit sensitive. Regardless, it's hardly noticeable and no reason to RMA it again.One complaint I do have is that the fan does come on quite often, even though the laptop is hardly being taxed. Minimum temperatures are around 50C and go up to 63C. Shame because otherwise it's almost perfect!



Did you pay £9 for the themral paste upgrade? My fan comes on during games but hardly ever during surfing ...

Got the laptop back at the weekend and it's vastly improved. They replaced the screen. There is still some bleed at the top of the screen but it's very minor. I don't think I would have noticed if this was the first screen I saw. The glaring fault of the first has made me a bit sensitive. Regardless, it's hardly noticeable and no reason to RMA it again.

One complaint I do have is that the fan does come on quite often, even though the laptop is hardly being taxed. Minimum temperatures are around 50C and go up to 63C. Shame because otherwise it's almost perfect!
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SkyFire IV (MSI GE40 Barebone), Gaming Laptop, 14" , i5-4210M, GTX850M 2GB DDR5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, NO OS, £496 @ PC Specialist
Chassis & Display SkyFire: 14" Matte HD+ LED Widescreen (1600x900) Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i5-4210M (2.60GHz and Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz for 2 active cores) Memory (RAM) 4GB KINGSTON SODIMM … Read more
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Battery life, anyone know?

hot for me. heckof a spec sheet

m14x74

I would fully expect a windows update or something in the touted Windows … I would fully expect a windows update or something in the touted Windows 9 to give full support to these new higher resolution screensNegatives... screen giving me headaches (but that is probably just me), can get warm on mains after long use... that's about it, i really can't think of any real negativesJust to put things into perspective, about 2 years ago when Sony were still doing their build to order units i ordered a 13" really high spec Vaio from them, cost me £2,200 and the machine died within 3 weeks (screen) so had a full refund and bought a build to order Alienware instead. The Alienware i bought was the highest possible spec i could get, but got VERY hot indeed on both mains and battery and was very very noisySo based on having a top spec Sony Vaio and a top spec Alienware as my last 2 machines i would defo rate the pc specialist machine very highly, really pleased so far, very light, very quiet and very fast !!



Hi M14x,

I'm looking to buy a laptop from PC specialists. I've read your messages and they seem positive. I was wondering whether you could comment on your laptop a few weeks on and has anything changed. I understand that you've bought a high spec laptop and mine wont be to the same spec but i was wondering what it was like with day to day tasks and occasional gaming (FM2015, when out).

Cheers.

I own this laptop & can vouch for the gaming ability.
The 850m is a great GPU, and the i5 4210m is very fast.
Mine has an SSD for faster loading times.
Battlefield 3 gets over 100fps at 1280x720 with mostly medium settings (no v-sync), and Battlefield 4 gets around 90fps at the same resolution with low to medium settings. As long as you don't max out the latest games, this will play just about anything.
14 inches is a good size for gaming as well - not too big, not too small. It has HDMI, just in case.

m14x74

I would fully expect a windows update or something in the touted Windows … I would fully expect a windows update or something in the touted Windows 9 to give full support to these new higher resolution screensNegatives... screen giving me headaches (but that is probably just me), can get warm on mains after long use... that's about it, i really can't think of any real negativesJust to put things into perspective, about 2 years ago when Sony were still doing their build to order units i ordered a 13" really high spec Vaio from them, cost me £2,200 and the machine died within 3 weeks (screen) so had a full refund and bought a build to order Alienware instead. The Alienware i bought was the highest possible spec i could get, but got VERY hot indeed on both mains and battery and was very very noisySo based on having a top spec Sony Vaio and a top spec Alienware as my last 2 machines i would defo rate the pc specialist machine very highly, really pleased so far, very light, very quiet and very fast !!



I see i see, oh wow, so this machine doesnt get too hot ? and the fans are not too loud? do you recommend me for the 1080p or the QHD sceen?
Thanks for replying back so far buddy
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PC Specialist - Optimus V 13 - FHD panel i7-4710MQ 2GB 860M 4GB Ram £637
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 … Read more
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pangj

Sorry for the late reply, i didn't get a notification about this message, … 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.
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manicdepressed

I very much doubt the laptop will last 8 years. In such a small enclosure … 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)

TheShadowWalker

Oh one more question if you don't mind. Has your laptop shown any signs … 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-G5kYou 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

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

pangj

Oh i see, good choice, I asked them through chat and through the phone … 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.