Maybe I Have It

Apparently, FS doesn’t have the laptop to test out in store.  I’m guessing they don’t get a lot of demand for a $1500 laptop.  That meant a lot of surfing and research to find out what was out there and what was the best deal.  First, where to buy.  That basically came down to either XoticPC or Malibal.  Prices were near identical but the options were a bit different – I went for the former.

I figured a simple search of 17″ laptops would be good but no, that gives me a list of like 30 laptops.  Gives you an idea of the market these folks run.  Anyhow, I checked the options between the Asus and the Sager (or Clevo P170) and while the Asus was $50 cheaper, it had next to no upgrade options.  The Sager has a RAID option and I can change the GPU if I want to down the road.  For now though, simple machine with a fair bit of power.  Here are the specs:

Sager NP8170 / Clevo P170HM
– SAGER Sale!!! – $100 OFF When you spend $1500* or more! (*excludes accessories, shipping, non Sager items & taxes)
Confirmation of discount will be provided after Order Processing. + Sager Price Protect & Chance for Xbox 360 Giveaway!

– 17.3″ FHD 16:9 “Glare Type” Super Clear Ultra Bright LED Glossy Screen (1920×1080) (SKU – S1R506)
– NO Professional Monitor Color Calibration
– No Spare 3D Glasses
– Standard Dead Pixel Policy
– 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM, 2.2-3.1GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache) (SKU – S2N224)
– -Stock OEM Thermal Compound
– ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD6990 2048MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 $100 OFF (SKU – S3R151)
– No Video Adapter
– 16GB – DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (4 SODIMMS) (SKU – S4R757)
– Sager Branding
– Custom Fitted Laptop Back LCD Skin (A Surface) [Choose from our designs or your own Graphic or Logo (Details of design made after order)]
* Will add 5-13 business days on order

– 500GB 7200RPM (Serial-ATA II 300 – 16MB Cache) (SKU – S5R207)
– None Standard
– HDD Raid Settings – OFF
– 6X Blu-Ray Read/8X DVDRW Super Multi Combo Drive – Special! (SKU – S7P557)
– No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
– No Back Up Hard Drive
– NO External USB Optical Drive
– No Floppy Drive
– Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
– No Back Up Software
– None Standard–
– Intel® Advanced-N 6230 – 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module + Bluetooth (SKU – S8R111)
– No Network Accessory
– Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
– No TV Tuner
– Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio – Included
– Basic Black Business Case – Included
– Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
– No Car Adapter
– None Standard*
– No Dock/Hub/Adapter
– Integrated Fingerprint Reader
– None
– No External Keyboard or Mouse
– No Notebook Cooler
– No Thanks, Please do not Overclock my system (Overclocking will add 3-6 business days to build time)
– No Operating System Redline Boost
– ~Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Installed (64&32-Bit CD Included) w/ Drivers & Utilities CD’s + Microsoft Office Starter 2010 – Included with OS Purchase
– No Office Software
– No Software Bundle
– LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty Lifetime -24/7 DOMESTIC Based- Toll Free Telephone Tech Support (Labor Warranty through Xotic PC)
Includes FREE Shipping Both Ways for Warranty Repairs (SKU – X9R009)

– 1 Year – Two Way Ground Shipping Coverage for Warranty Repairs (Canada) (Must be Combined with LIFETIME Ltd Labor* 1 Year Parts Warranty)
– Standard Production Time
– No Xotic PC Gear

As you can tell, I don’t much care for 3D gaming or movies and I did opt in for a custom skin job.  Final price is 1808$ + shipping.  A tad more than I was aiming for but overall, still under 2K and should give me top of the line mobile gaming for 3 years, then an option to upgrade the CPU and GPU as I need (since the CPU bridge supports i7 extreme).  I’ll put in the final order tonight and find a skin image to work.