|Andrew Rabert - 02/02/2014
Wow, I'm appalled at the shady thing XOTIC PC did. They removed my original review! It doesn't contain foul language and is uniquely informative in that it mentions how the laptop works well with Arch Linux. Even if screen quality isn't a concern, think twice about ordering from a company that removes unfavorable reviews.
The original review (2 out of 5 rating):
While I do get pretty great performance in both Arch Linux and Windows 8.1, this laptop is not worth it. Even after paying for the higher quality screen, I'm stuck with a screen that looks like trash. On dark backgrounds, there is an egregious amount of backlight bleed visible. After seeing this, the laptop was promptly returned to have its screen replaced. When I got the repaired laptop back, backlight bleed was still visible. In fact, the bleed was worse than it was when I originally sent it! Unless you plan on keeping this laptop plugged into a monitor all the time, avoid it!
|Ammar Mir - 11/02/2013
Excellent laptop and great bang for your buck. Had it shipped to Pakistan and it arrived in perfc condition thankfully :) The cooling system is great and the control over he fan speed, albeit lmited is useful. The gtx 770m handles games perfectly. The machine is solidly built although it does collect dust a little easily. Still, very happy with both the machine and my experience at Xoticpc.
|michael galos - 10/31/2013
Like a reviewer before me, I am coming from an old M11x rev. 3 and an ASUS G60vx - Not a bad piece of hardware in it's day.
I'll only touch on a couple of the main aspects.
APPEARANCE & FEEL : 8.5 out of 10
Sager/Clevo, as per usual, has taken the minimalistic approach for the NP8235. It has the typical all black, no frills design which I'm a fan of despite coming from Alienware. The top of the lid is of the textured plastic sort. It feels somewhat dull, even a slight rough. Upon further observation, it gives no flex when pressure is applied to anywhere on the case. Keyboard is a bit more noisy than some out there, definitely more than my old M11x, or my friend's M14x, however the travel, feedback and accuracy in my opinion are perfectly acceptable. The touch pad has the same textured plastic covering it, a fingerprint reader below it flanked by 2 standard style buttons found at the bottom for your left and right clicking pleasure. No flexing when pressure is applied, nor do the buttons feel like you would push them through the laptop itself. I like the speaker over-the-keyboard design as well.
I take no points away for the keyboard not being backlit, after all.. I ordered it knowing this. It's merely this textured plastic that I don't entirely agree with. It's easy to scuff up with some dust or dirt and it takes a damp cloth (wet ones) to clean it off entirely without leaving a sort of ghostly trace of dust. It is, however, very anti-fingerprint. No smooth, glossy surfaces to deal with at all.
LCD : 10 out of 10
Excellent. Really. I wouldn't use it for photo/video editing (without the upgrades) but for what it is, it's fantastic. I can view perfectly from the extreme right or left, and even decently from below if I'm laying down and it's up on my desk. Usually I use a projector for my movie-watching but I figured I'd see how the Sager would do. I was expecting acceptable but, it's actually damn good. No light-bleed. No dead pixels. Vivid color for matte, brighter than it needs to be, excellent clarity and sharpness.
GAMING : 9 out of 10
Plays everything in my library on ultra or max or extreme or whatever preset description each game titles it's settings.
Here's a few I ran with FRAPS.
Black Ops 2 60's
Assassin's Creed III 30's
Borderlands 2 70's
Max Payne 3 40's
Saint's Row The Third 40's
Alan Wake 40's
The fans like to spin up for no reason at idle. All the Clevo's I know of do it. For some it may annoy. It doesn't bother me at all. It just reminds me that the fans are working, lol.
OVERALLl : 9.2 out of 10
I know I've sounded pretty straight-to-the-point about some observations but, fact is, this is a really impressive machine for a budget. It's hard to beat it, period. I expect to be my desktop replacement for quite some time before upgrading again. Well done Sager, now just find a different texture for your plastics please.
|Brandon Heidmann - 09/27/2013
This Sager NP 8690 is an incredible machine. I bought mine in 2010 with the ATI 5870 graphics, i7 dual core processor, 4gb ram, Win 7, and a high-def screen. It is September 2013 and I STILL use this thing to play high-end games on high settings! All the FPS engines like Unreal for COD play on the highest settings, and ARMA II and ARMA III play on high with all the enhancements turned on (only view distance is limited by onboard memory). Splinter Cell blacklist was on high and looked incredible.
The laptop still runs faster than any of my family or friends' machines.
Cons: Dismal battery life, max of an hour. My battery is shot and won't hold a charge for more than 30 seconds, so only enough to move it from one side of the room to the other. Also, it is bulky and heavy so not very portable. Other than that, still runs great! I WILL buy another once I can no longer play current games, but game requirements haven't been going up too much lately, so I'm good!
Best investment in a computer ever! Plus it doesn't come with any bloatware - nice and clean.
|Colin Yost - 07/14/2013
Wow. All I can say is wow. For the value this is the best purchase i've ever made. Configuration:
Basic 4th gen 17-4700 quad core
120 GB SSD
700 GB 7200 rpm secondary drive
Upgraded 95% gammut screen
and\(free) upgraded wifi card.
ONLY bad side is windows 8 annoyances (my choice anywho) and the 2-3 hour battery life.
and HOLY TATS this game plays far cry 3 on max with _25 FPS!! DISPLAY IS VIVIDLY REALISTIC! looking at picture that i've previously seen on other displays I now see new colors and shades I never knew were there! Fast as hell switches to any prgram almost instantly! Read/write times are astonishing and the laptop build quality is definitely above average! Springy keyboard with GREAT cooling fans. Can barely feel any heat when pushing this thing to the max! I will be back in the future XoticPC/Sager!
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