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  1. #21
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    Overclockers and scan in the UK sell Gigabyte P series stuff. No idea what their policy on shipping abroad is.

    Plenty of US Ebayers will send you one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTK View Post
    Not even Amazon UK has any of the P model Gigabyte laptops. Still, if I did find one, the delivery costs would go through the roof, so I think the Lenovo Y510P plus an SSD and caddy is the way to go. Amazon UK does sell the caddies but it might be tricky to figure out which one will fit.
    Lenovo has a terrible reputation for reliability. General rule of thumb for a Lenovo laptop is however much you save buy going with a Lenovo, you'll spend at least that much in the first 12 months having the bloody thing fixed... and their customer support sucks big, hairy ones.

    Rebadged Clevos are a good choice buuuut the after-sales support is really hit and miss, depending the company you buy it from...

    For reliability it's hard to go past Asus and MSI but their gaming lines cost a fortune... probably a good thing their kit is so reliable because their aftersales service has a massive turn around time. It's good and they rarely quibble about things but it can take a while to get your gear back. Samsung kit is almost as reliable, has a better turn around time but finding what you want can be an issue because they don't make purpose built 'gaming laptops' nor do they advertise them as such.

    Also, if you want portability when it comes to shipping rather than day-to-day 'in-the-backpack' deal, you could look around at some of the custom desktop builders who specialise in machines built for regular LAN party use.

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    I appreciate the advice but it came just too late to be of use. I bought the Lenovo laptop and it arrived yesterday. I've already set it up to boot from my desktop SSD, on which I have most of my programs. The people who sold me the drive caddy (hddcaddy.com) had some helpful instructions on how to mount it in the laptop. Once it was connected, poor old Win7 was completely lost in this new system until it installed new drivers for everything. I had to install Intel and Nvidia graphics and network drivers separately, and from that point on it became basically indistinguishable from my desktop computer. I rearranged some connectors in my desktop as well so that I can insert the system SSD into the hotswap tray, and once I got my files and games transferred that pretty much makes the desktop and laptop the equivalent of two bodies with one brain to share between them. I'm still undecided on whether I want to go through the trouble of upgrading the whole shebang to Windows 8.

    I haven't heard anyone else on Lenovo's supposedly terrible reputation, but I guess I can keep you posted on how this particular laptop holds up. It's working pretty well so far; it took a bit of tinkering to get it to boot up in Win7, because I had to turn the BIOS from UEFI to legacy mode in order for it to recognise the Win7 SSD. Otherwise, no technical problems to speak of.

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    My Gigabyte delayed shipping until hopefully Monday. Problem is someone will need it by before Tuesday. Got shipped a day late and very slow. Snowstorms did not help either.

    Did get my SSD upgrade for desktop which I can do tomorrow still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LTK View Post
    I appreciate the advice but it came just too late to be of use. I bought the Lenovo laptop and it arrived yesterday. I've already set it up to boot from my desktop SSD, on which I have most of my programs. The people who sold me the drive caddy (hddcaddy.com) had some helpful instructions on how to mount it in the laptop. Once it was connected, poor old Win7 was completely lost in this new system until it installed new drivers for everything. I had to install Intel and Nvidia graphics and network drivers separately, and from that point on it became basically indistinguishable from my desktop computer. I rearranged some connectors in my desktop as well so that I can insert the system SSD into the hotswap tray, and once I got my files and games transferred that pretty much makes the desktop and laptop the equivalent of two bodies with one brain to share between them. I'm still undecided on whether I want to go through the trouble of upgrading the whole shebang to Windows 8.
    Allow me to compliment you on this cool desktop/laptop hybrid combination, it's a great idea! I wouldn't have thought of it :)
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    your old laptop & GoG =
    Last edited by bad guy; 09-12-2013 at 11:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L_No View Post
    Allow me to compliment you on this cool desktop/laptop hybrid combination, it's a great idea! I wouldn't have thought of it :)
    Thanks! It turned out to be fortunate that I didn't buy a laptop with an extra internal SSD because if I had, it's less likely that I would have been able to swap it out for my existing SSD. I don't really see a compelling reason to upgrade to Win8.1 either, even though my dad nags me about not having Secure Boot on Win7. Also, it seems like Microsoft has taken a cue from Google in Win8.1 and now uses your Microsoft account password to unlock the system, which doesn't seem like a very good idea...

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    That was the one annoying thing updating to Win 8.1. All I thought I was doing was reentering my hotmail login for the store. Then I find out it takes over as the login for the PC itself.

    Luckily you can revert back to a Windows login.


    Get our laptop today. Get an evening to install and play with it before it will be traveling. Can do some initial impressions. Won't have time to get the SSD yet. Can do that in a few weeks.

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    Those Gigabyte laptops look amazing, exactly the laptop I would buy if I was looking to get a new laptop!

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    So apparently the latest and greatest drivers from NVIDIA breaks the video card.

    I had to use windows driver update to get the latest drivers.

    Did not have time to put an SSD card in place of the DVD drive, but looks real easy with included caddy.

    Been awhile since I have owned anything bigger than a netbook and at first this seemed big. There are big bevels on the screen but the width is due to getting the keyboard + numpad in there. Probably could fit a 17 inch screen in it.

    I did not have a lot of time to play many games with it, but everything looked just as great or better than my $200 Asus monitor. Quick test of WoW and Hearthstone is all the time I had.

    Slim profile and weight are worth it. If I got anything bigger I feel it would be to big for easy portability or couch computing.
    Keyboard types well.

    The chassis laid flat on all 4 legs and did not notice any bend in the middle as some of the first runs of this laptop have had problems will. Something to keep an eye on it.


    After New Years I can do a more proper review when I have more time with it.

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