Welcome to the NotebookReview Forum Spotlight, a biweekly series where we highlight the hottest and most important topics in our forum. The NotebookReview forum is the largest Internet forum dedicated to the discussion of notebook computers, including Macs and tablets. You can sign up for free by clicking here.
Cloud-Based Gaming with Google Stadia
Don’t feel like forking over the cash required for a new gaming PC? Thanks to Google’s new Cloud-based gaming platform, Stadia, you might not need to. Information is scarce on how this service is supposed to work. It’s rumored that the service may be free, but you’d have to pay for the games. You’ll certainly need a fast, low-lag Internet connection to stream the games.
There’s no word on when new details will be available, but I’d expect to see something by the time E3 2019 rolls around.
Solutions to Transport Huge Gaming Laptops
The fastest gaming laptops on the market can often approach 10 pounds and require two power bricks. The MSI GT75 Titan Pro is one such machine. So, what’s the best way to transport one of these monsters? A large bag designed for an 18.4-inch notebook is one possibility.
For more comprehensive protection, something like the Pelican 1600 can be well worth the cash. Forum member @Bobbert9 customized one of the latter with red handles and MSI’s gaming shield log. I think it looks great!
See more photos and other suggestions on transporting huge gaming notebooks in this thread.
Trends in Laptop Design That You Hate
Sometimes you just need to let it out, and that’s exactly what our forum members are doing. Now on its 44th page, it’s a multi-year rant of annoyances and other complaints of what’s wrong in notebook design. I’ve compiled a short list from the last several pages …
- Excessive attention on thin-and-light designs.
- Poor cooling solutions, notably on gaming notebooks.
- Non-user-serviceable parts.
- Lack of decent port selection, especially on thin-and-light notebooks.
- Putting too many ports on one side of the notebook versus the other.
- Non-standard display resolutions (outside of 1080p/4K)
- MicroSD card readers instead of full-size card readers.
Air your grievances!
How Many Processes Should Be Running?
The Windows Task Manager (press Ctrl + Alt + Esc to open it) will show you how many processes are running on your Windows PC. (Look under the Performance tab – you may need to click More Details at the lower right on a Windows 10 PC.) I have 209 running, but is that a lot?
According to our forum members, there’s no consensus on what’s “normal”. On my PC, I have lots of development software and other programs running all the time. One commenter said factory Windows 10 installations may show more processes running since they typically have all the standard features of Windows 10 enabled. If you do a clean install of Windows 10, you can potentially speed up your PC quite a bit. Try the excellent NBR Windows 10 Clean Installation Guide.
Gaming Notebook Watercooling Project
Speaking of huge gaming laptops, one project by a forum member @bennyg deserves special mention. The project? Fully water-cool a Clevo P370EM gaming laptop.
The prototype is up and running, and there are plans to make the water cooling detachable from the laptop for portability. The thread is well worth a read.