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Marines game too. A military dad interested in gifting his son with a notebook under $2,500 capable of gaming and networking came to the NotebookReview forums looking for suggestions. Forum contributors strongly suggested the Razer Blade for its solid build and powerful gaming abilities, as was the Dell XPS 15, Sager NP8658-S, and the Alienware 1500. Although one former Marine with experience warned to stay away from Alienware, saying it is “nothing more than a Dell with the Alien Head Logo and some nifty designs,” also with poor support.
Citing shortcomings in the ThinkPad X230T’s 1366 x 768 resolution, one student user hit the forums to ask advice on a suitable replacement with better resolution, but also matching features, including: full touch and pen support, backlit keyboard, space for multiple replacement drives, docking station, fingerprint reader, and replaceable battery with 7-plus hour life.
The Toshiba Portege Z20t was suggested for great battery life, but it lacks docking and sufficient replacement drive options. The Fujitsu T935 was identified as a best possible replacement despite the fact hinge design doesn’t match up to previous products. Resolution upscaling suggestions were also made as a possible work-around to keeping the laptop and solving the central issue.
User Neolitz, in the market for a gaming laptop with a budget of roughly $1,500, came to the forums seeking assistance in narrowing down the choices. An affinity for MSI brand laptops led to recommendations for the MSI GE72 6QD, but other choices were tossed around—including the Dell Inspiron 15-7559, Lenovo IdeaPad Y700, or a refurbished Dell Outlet Alienware 15 R2 (with an extended warranty).
User Tishers posted some helpful advice for fellow Toughbook owners on how to improve wireless performance, by soldering on two Tagolas antennas below the trim of the laptop lid. “Most laptop antennas are designed by people who are not RF engineers,” Tishers said. “Using a properly designed antenna can make a tremendous difference in wireless connectivity.” Additional tech discussion ensued, covering best methods for extending bidirectional signals.
A shopper in search of a 15-inch to 17-inch notebook in the $750 budget range capable of high-quality 3D rendering on V-Ray and drawing with Revit discovered that small budgets don’t necessarily equate to “impossible.” Dell was the name most frequently touted by responders, followed by HP and Lenovo (with emphasis on Elitebook W series and Thinkpad W and P series, respectively). Systems with quad core CPUs were strongly suggested to handle the workload.
Alienware celebrated 20 years with the release of a new line of products at E3 2016. Among the products announced were the new Aurora and Alpha desktops, 13 OLED laptop, and a tether-free VR backpack. A volley of forum comments ensued, many expressing disappointment. User Game7a1 said, “[The 13OLED] is still the same laptop as before.” User VoodooChild said, “If they give us another MacBook wanna be, I am getting off this hype train once and for all.”
Equivalent in cost, the Gigabyte p35x and Sager 8658 appear to have similar specs. In light of the unsure arrival of Pascal for mobile in the near future, and the desire for a good gaming computer NOW, the question was posed: Which one of the two – Gigabyte or Sager – is better built?
According to responses, effective cooling and an aluminum chassis (in comparison to noted overheating issues with the Gigabyte) make Sager a better option. Discussion also covered the fact that Sager offers more RAM slots for future upgrades, which appears to make the decision an easy one.