SkyFire IV (MSI GE40 Barebone), Gaming Laptop, 14" , i5-4210M, GTX850M 2GB DDR5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, NO OS, £504 @ PC Specialist
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SkyFire IV (MSI GE40 Barebone), Gaming Laptop, 14" , i5-4210M, GTX850M 2GB DDR5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, NO OS, £504 @ PC Specialist

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Found 15th Jun 2014
Chassis & Display
SkyFire: 14" Matte HD+ LED Widescreen (1600x900)
Processor (CPU)
Intel® Core™i5 Dual Core Mobile Processor i5-4210M (2.60GHz) 3MB
Memory (RAM)
4GB KINGSTON SODIMM DDR3 1600MHz (1 x 4GB)
Graphics Card
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 850M - 2.0GB DDR5 Video RAM - DirectX® 11
Memory - Hard Disk
500GB SERIAL ATA II 2.5" HARD DRIVE WITH 8MB CACHE (5,400rpm)
Memory Card Reader
Integrated 2 in 1 Memory Card Reader (SD, MMC)
Thermal Paste
STANDARD THERMAL PASTE FOR SUFFICIENT COOLING
Sound Card
Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Bluetooth & Wireless
GIGABIT LAN & WIRELESS 802.11N CARD INC. BLUETOOTH 3.0
USB Options
2 x USB 3.0 PORTS + 1 x USB 2.0 PORT AS STANDARD
Battery
SkyFire 14" Series 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Power Lead & Adaptor
1 x UK Power Lead & 90W AC Adaptor
Operating System
NO OPERATING SYSTEM REQUIRED
Office Software
NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
Anti-Virus
NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Keyboard Language
INTEGRATED 11.6"/14" MSI UK KEYBOARD
Notebook Mouse
INTEGRATED 2 BUTTON TOUCHPAD MOUSE
Webcam
INTEGRATED 3.0 MEGAPIXEL WEBCAM
Warranty
3 Year Standard Warranty (1 Month Collect & Return, 1 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Insurance
1 Month Free Laptop Insurance inc. Accidental Damage & Theft
Delivery
STANDARD INSURED DELIVERY TO UK MAINLAND (MON-FRI)
Build Time
Standard Build - Approximately 11 to 13 working days

29 Comments

add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines durability, my experience of Barbone's is that they are poorly built with cheap batteries that suffer from terrible memory effect

antonywhite37

add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines … add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines durability, my experience of Barbone's is that they are poorly built with cheap batteries that suffer from terrible memory effect


I thought the battery problem was all gone?

Personally I'd consider paying a bit more to get the FHD screen as I have a machine with 1600x900 already and the resolution can be a bit of a pain in some things.

I can see You can choose 2nd Hard drive. So will they fit 2 X2.5" hard drives into 14inch laptop case?

Original Poster

The 14" SkyFire can accept either:

1. 1 x hard drive and 1 x optical drive.
2. 2 x hard drive and no optical drives.
3. 1 or 2 mSATA drives and 1 x optical drive or hard drive.

http://s21.postimg.org/504frr18n/GE40_2_OC_009_US.jpg



antonywhite37

add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines … add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines durability, my experience of Barbone's is that they are poorly built with cheap batteries that suffer from terrible memory effect



That is TRUE.

Gaming. On a 14 incher..........okay...:|

GTX 850M is an awesome card, even in DDR3 trim.

If you're going to get a rebranded OEM device like this, spec it up! I wouldn't get less than 1080p with Wireless AC, but I'm holding out for the next generation of Intel chips.

Elevation

Gaming. On a 14 incher..........okay...:|



Why not? I have a 15 inch gaming laptop. If I am away from my HDTV at home I often plug into whatever else is where I am and output to that too.

I think this machine just needs some good additions, I might add a little more RAM and then an SSD, I would want an optical drive as well but many people could probably forgo it entirely.

The problem with speccing it with more and more bits like I said and adding the cost of an OS (which to be fair you may already have) is that it edges it closer in price to some other machines like this one which has a bigger screen and higher resolution: ebuyer.com/632…742

So really, it depends what you want from the machine. If you have an OS, don't want a disc drive and don't feel you want more memory, it's a good deal.

LapTop's are meant to be light weight and easily transportable for long distance on human shoulders. Still don't understand why people prefer LapTops for games.

vulcanproject

Why not? I have a 15 inch gaming laptop. If I am away from my HDTV at … Why not? I have a 15 inch gaming laptop. If I am away from my HDTV at home I often plug into whatever else is where I am and output to that too.I think this machine just needs some good additions, I might add a little more RAM and then an SSD, I would want an optical drive as well but many people could probably forgo it entirely.The problem with speccing it with more and more bits like I said and adding the cost of an OS (which to be fair you may already have) is that it edges it closer in price to some other machines like this one which has a bigger screen and higher resolution: http://www.ebuyer.com/632111-pc-specialist-cosmos-ii-x580-gaming-laptop-pcs-l657742So really, it depends what you want from the machine. If you have an OS, don't want a disc drive and don't feel you want more memory, it's a good deal.



Probably because it's over £500 - more than you could pay for a 15" screen and from those rather weak specs the only vague justification for charging half a grand would seem to be the fancy graphics card - which if you (generally speaking) know anything about graphics cards and the sufficient space and cooling they need you wouldn't be buying a laptop for the purpose of hardcore gaming.

Elevation

Probably because it's over £500 - more than you could pay for a 15" … Probably because it's over £500 - more than you could pay for a 15" screen and from those rather weak specs the only vague justification for charging half a grand would seem to be the fancy graphics card - which if you (generally speaking) know anything about graphics cards and the sufficient space and cooling they need you wouldn't be buying a laptop for the purpose of hardcore gaming.



Gaming laptops are expensive and always have been. They are often a bit of a luxury buy and I was aware of that when I bought mine. I wanted a laptop for when I was away from my desktop, so it might as well have been one with gaming ability as well as long as it wasn't too big and heavy like the highest end machines are likely to be.

So you buy one because you can, and it's a nice supplement to avid gamers to be able to take a machine away from where you live to play modern PC games on then, even if the settings get turned down a bit.

For the spec then, it's a decent deal. If you think it's too expensive because nobody should game on laptops or pay that much money for one, that's just how you feel.

prisat

LapTop's are meant to be light weight and easily transportable for long … LapTop's are meant to be light weight and easily transportable for long distance on human shoulders. Still don't understand why people prefer LapTops for games.



Because taking the Desktop with you to a LAN or if you are going to be away from home for an extended period is a right ball-ache.

Also sometimes with the Deals that are on the price/spec of a laptop isn't that far of a desktop, but you get the lower power consumption, portability that goes with having a laptop.

Seem a respectible enough spec - if it's big screen you want, plug it into a telly - all you need is an HDMI cable, otherwise if you're on the road and need to check emails or do a bit of surfing it's perfectly adequate.

Operating system? - there's always Linux, but it all boils down to whether you can get the correct drivers for the chipset - and whether it provides the platform for your app of choice.

Lack of bundled software shouldn't be an issue - open source is now remarkably mature and the 'big hitters' are at least the equal of many 'paid for' bundles. (woud sooner have one of these than Office 365)

Voted hot 'cos it prpvides a decent base spec, but might not be the most obvious choice for someone with limited experience.

I will stick with my alienware M17 i7 4700mq, 16gb ram, amd r9 M290x 4gb graphics card. But nice laptop for the price voted hot.

good but you can get a Dell 7000 with i7, Full HD display, touch screen, 8gb memory, Windows 8.1, hybrid shdd, Gt750M 2GB... £628 on ebay - refurbished return but I can say it is as new as I bought mine there... 12 months dell warranty too.

Pspvita

I will stick with my alienware M17 i7 4700mq, 16gb ram, amd r9 M290x 4gb … I will stick with my alienware M17 i7 4700mq, 16gb ram, amd r9 M290x 4gb graphics card. But nice laptop for the price voted hot.


Why the unnecessary boasting?

I've always found gaming laptops to be dreadfully uncomfortable, even while using a mouse.

cbatbh

Why the unnecessary boasting?I've always found gaming laptops to be … Why the unnecessary boasting?I've always found gaming laptops to be dreadfully uncomfortable, even while using a mouse.



Because no-one else away from forums actually cared enough to get excited for him. Plus if he actually knew the computer, he'd know it's called an Alienware 17 (the 'M' was dropped from the Alienware range a couple of years ago).

antonywhite37

add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines … add ssd to this and it will fly, only concern to me would be the machines durability, my experience of Barbone's is that they are poorly built with cheap batteries that suffer from terrible memory effect



You can spec this machine with any disk at all and get the price way down (because buying a disk separately should be cheaper).

I'd also take the lowest processor (the Pentium) for a huge cost saving as with gaming machines, the GPU is normally the bottleneck rather than the CPU (and you can upgrade that) - that's why the Alienware M11x was such a potent compact machine.

My concern with this is the review I found for its predecessor the Skyfire 3
hexus.net/tec…17/
They say it reaches 90 degrees on load and "Given the thermal constraints of a 14in chassis, there's only so much high-end hardware you can pile into a portable laptop. The SkyFire III is clearly pushing the limits"
Its also remarked that the barebones chasis is like a netbook build. If you click on the photos on the shop site you can see that too. Looks are not everything but when you spend half a ton you would want it to feel quality.
Still I voted hot because its a ridiculously powerful graphics card for the price. As per above poster I would get it without drives or OS. I wouldn't drop to Pentium though, if you are really stuck at least go for the Haswell I3.
Whack in that Crucial 256gb SSD and this will burn through most games at high 1080p. Just make sure it doesn't melt on your lap! :-)

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hotto

Very nice for the price

leeomendes23

good but you can get a Dell 7000 with i7, Full HD display, touch screen, … good but you can get a Dell 7000 with i7, Full HD display, touch screen, 8gb memory, Windows 8.1, hybrid shdd, Gt750M 2GB... £628 on ebay - refurbished return but I can say it is as new as I bought mine there... 12 months dell warranty too.



It's okay, but you have to realise this machine is all about it's GPU.

850M is way, way, way faster than 750M. Nearly twice as fast.

vulcanproject

It's okay, but you have to realise this machine is all about it's … It's okay, but you have to realise this machine is all about it's GPU.850M is way, way, way faster than 750M. Nearly twice as fast.



so many downsides it doesn't really buy me only for the GPU to be honest...

This does indeed look like the MSI GE40 chassis. Nice.

£604 for an i7 quad and 1080p screen seems like great value.

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I'm looking at a gaming laptop for my son as his exam results have been excellent and that was the deal. He only plays TF2 and from what I can gather he seems to be more interested in trading than actually playing the game (I just don't get it). He also plays Minecraft.

I would like the machine to be future proof so that if he does get into other games I'm not buying again. I kinda think looks are more important to him and he'll just take my word for it that it's high enough spec.

I also want him to be able to use the laptop for homework and be able to actually carry the thing too (so 17inch screen is non starter).

Is this deal overkill? If not, what would be the sensible spec to choose.

Its gone now

skyfiree wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwooooooooooooo
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