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Post Date: 2011-12-17

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    Posted: 17 Dec 2011 at 7:03pm
Unboxing:
On Monday  Dec 12'th after a long day of work and a painful bus ride home i checked my laptops order status for the billionth time, seeing that it was still in stage one i let out a sigh hoping that it would at least get here by Christmas... Confused not 5 minutes later there was a knock at my door, and i found a UPS guy guy standing outside with a large package... after signing for it, i brought it inside to, well... open it!



Imagine my surprise to find a brand new digital storm laptop! at first i thought it was a mistake, because online i was still in stage one. Drooling



I immediately plugged it in and turned it on. I had some trouble getting with the hard drives in a RAID array, i sent an email to alex and no more then 20 minutes later he sent me an email back with steps i took to fix it the problem. Awesome I ran a windows setup and when it asked for a product key my heart skipped a beat. i tore through the box and all its countenance looking for the key. i felt like such an idiot when i found it under the computer! Oops
 

The Laptop:


(i got the lights at bust buy)

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Chassis Model: Digital Storm x17 Laptop (Model: 8170)
Display: 17.3 Inch (16:9) (Resolution: 1920 x 1080) (Glossy Surface) LED-Backlit Display
Processor: Intel Core i7 2860QM (2.5 GHz Turbo Mode to 3.6Ghz) (Quad Core) (8MB Cache)
Thermal Compound: Premium IC Diamond CPU and GPU Thermal Compound (Reduces Thermal & Laptop Noise)
Memory: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz
Primary Hard Drive: 500GB Hybrid 7200RPM with 4GB SSD (SATA 3Gb/s)
Secondary Hard Drive: 500GB Hybrid 7200RPM with 4GB SSD (SATA 3Gb/s)
Optical Drive: DVD/CD 8x Multi-Drive (Writes and Reads DVDs, CDs)
Wireless Card: Intel Advanced-N 6230 Wireless LAN Module
Video Card(s): AMD Radeon HD 6990M 2GB
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Warranty Plan: Life-time Expert Customer Care with 3 Year Limited Warranty



My Review:

I've had almost a week to play around with the laptop... and so far i love it! you can tell because it took me a week to finally tare myself away and wright this review.

pros (things i like):
The laptop just looks amazing,
i get 250+ framerate in TF2,
(i haven't bought any newer games because untill now i couldn't play them, i  will update this when i do.),
The laptop turns on in about 10 seconds,
i can log on and start programs with the swipe of my finger.
I haven't  seen any of the temps get above 50f
its very silent compared to other laptops i've owned.
DS support is amazing
It shipped before they even started building it Wink
It also came with a bag
Battery lasts about 2 hours of gaming, or 6 when doing misc stuff.

cons (things that could be better):
The touch pad has a 'grainy' texture but i don't really mind since i use a mouse,
The power cord sticks out the back, i kinda wish it was on the side, or at an an angle,





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  Quote DST4ME Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Dec 2011 at 8:52pm
Thanks for the review, please be sure to keep updateing it as time goes on, so we get a good idea of what the ownership is like

I like how you pimped it out

Edited by DST4ME - 17 Dec 2011 at 8:53pm
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Dec 2011 at 8:55pm
Thank you for the great review and feedback! Glad to see that you're up and running and enjoying the unit. Awesome
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  Quote Convicts_Cranium Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 17 Dec 2011 at 10:38pm
The lights are a wonderful touchBig%20Smile
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Dec 2011 at 12:18am
Yes, I too love the lights. I'm actually considering putting some on my 2nd monitor after seeing this Big%20Smile

Congrats! Awesome
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  Quote axleman1011 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 18 Dec 2011 at 6:03pm
i was playing saints row the third (not a bad game, i give it a 7.5 out of 10 but thats a story for another day) and after 2 hours of smooth gameplay i closed it and realised that i had forgotten to close TF2, and it was running in the background the whole time! there was no point in the game that i experienced any lag!

although i dont know the exact framerate... is there any way to find out other then running fraps in the background?
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  Quote axleman1011 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 6:58pm
Ok, its been a wile because ive had a LONG list of games to play through, but ive got some FPS numbers to share...

In Saints row the third at MAXIMUM settings i get 74 FPS

In The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim at MAXIMUM settings with the skyrim 4k HD overhaul, HD water, HD faces, and better shadows mod i get 66 FPS

In Deus Ex: Human Revolution at MAXIMUM settings i get 60 FPS (because the game limits the frame-rate to 60 FPS)

In Metro 2033 at MAXIMUM settings i get 30 FPS (i haven't seen it go above 30, maybe they limit it to 30?)


Edited by axleman1011 - 25 Jan 2012 at 8:27pm
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  Quote penceton Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 2:56pm
Love hearing the laptop reviews!

AWESOME pics and review! :)
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 3:03pm
Awesome! Thanks for the FPS numbers. Awesome
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  Quote Sgt.Moore Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Feb 2012 at 6:21pm
With all the damn shuffling around the Army does with me, I think I'm about to get myself a laptop... looks great !!!
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  Quote axleman1011 Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 22 Feb 2012 at 8:36pm
Originally posted by Sgt.Moore

With all the damn shuffling around the Army does with me, I think I'm about to get myself a laptop... looks great !!!


while i cant recommend this laptop enough i should warn you, its rather heavy, i should find a scale and get an exact weight, but if you want a laptop better suited for being carried around you might try the x15?
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  Quote Bobby Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 May 2012 at 9:41pm
axleman,
 
Thank you for the review and the pictures. Based on your review, I have ordered this laptop. I'm glad you are happy with it. I also appreciate you took the time to post frame rates for the various games.
 
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  Quote Tidgxor Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 May 2012 at 9:47pm
Originally posted by Bobby

axleman,
 
Thank you for the review and the pictures. Based on your review, I have ordered this laptop. I'm glad you are happy with it. I also appreciate you took the time to post frame rates for the various games.
 
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  Quote BethanyH Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Aug 2012 at 12:56pm
hey :-)

I had noticed this question of yours on another review, and I'd like to know how this worked out for you, because I'm interested in this as well.  Were you able to order the system without any logo or sticker applied to the lid, and if so, did it arrive correctly? Thanks!

Originally posted by axleman1011

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and a question for alex, would it be possible to get one without any logos or anything on the back of the screen like it shows in the gallery?
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Aug 2012 at 1:41pm
Sure, we can definitely do this. Please make sure you place the order with this special request in the "Special Comments" area, AND, make sure you email (Management@digitalstormonline.com) with your order details as well.
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  Quote BethanyH Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Aug 2012 at 2:13pm
Originally posted by Alex

Sure, we can definitely do this. Please make sure you place the order with this special request in the "Special Comments" area, AND, make sure you email (Management@digitalstormonline.com) with your order details as well.


Thanks for the reply, Alex. I thought ya might.
I still would like to hear how that worked out for the OP, though. Hopefully he'll catch this and respond. :-)
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  Quote Alex Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 23 Aug 2012 at 2:21pm
Yes, axleman1011, please send me an email (Alex@digitalstormonline.com) and I can have this sent to you.
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