Getting a strong value out of building your laptop is what we believe in at Amdology. It is accompanied with lots of advantages and disadvantages. Ranging from being able to build a laptop to your needs, to just plain old low quality plastics. Building a custom anything, be it PC or Laptop, brings you closer to that electronics hobby which we all love. To many, pre-built custom laptops are more appropriate than non-custom laptops. Mainly because they come with lots of advantages. Determining your budget and level of performance from that budget is important when customizing your Laptop. You don’t want to spend a load of cash on an Alienware when another brand could do it just as well. Moreover, color, size, and warranty may be all that you want, which is why you love the pre-built system they can provide. Technical support, brand association, customer reviews and savings are all associated with pre-built systems.
Various laptop builders associate their services with different items. Design, artwork, services and warranty, are all related to these companies. There are a lot of laptop building companies to choose from, thus access to a wide variety of products. In research that we carried out, we looked at models, warranty options, services coverages and other defining factors.
We did the research for you on some of these companies, and below is what we found.
With their pricey but quality laptops, Xotic PC allows you to pay monthly for their products. As per their mission, they ensure top quality assembly and products in their laptop systems. This is to assure their laptops’ durability to their customers. The Xotic PC lifetime platinum upgrade policy guarantees anyone who buys their products that they will be able to upgrade their products. Even if you purchase up to date laptops, they assure you upgrades capabilities for they can be out of date with time.
They provide upgrade services at lower cost as part of their upgrade services policies. For this, you must have bought the laptop from them.
Though the cheap upgrade services, it is the customer’s responsibility to ship their laptop to and from the upgrade facilities. If a customer wants an upgrade of a costlier item, as to what is available, the extra cost is charged to them. Assembly, components and products testing, benchmarking and configurations are all offered free of charge. Other services which they offer free of charge include software, chassis cleaning, firmware and driver updates, fan cleaning and installation of free operating systems and new recovery disks at customers’ will.
Sager NP5855 (CLEVO N855HJ) is the cheapest laptop at $729.00 with ACER PREDATOR 21X (GX21-71-76ZF) being the most expensive at $8,999.00
From the time it was founded, Xotic is one of the largest systems integrators with a relationship with all computer component and software companies. Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Microsoft and many others are the big businesses that make Xotic a big success. Most highly regarded computing solutions in the industry are from this company. This is for people with high-performance machines with the most reliable components needs.
Their inspection process, revolutionary integration, and QA testing make sure that every laptop is carefully scanned for defects, etc. During testing, the laptops undergo a lengthy burn-in process, a rigorous quality control inspection, full operating system optimization, which are all provided free of charge. To cater to each of their customer’s demands, Xotic provides a wide range of laptops
Alienware offers three brands of gaming laptops, the Alienware 13, the Alienware 15, and the Alienware 17. Most of its technologies are from Dell which makes it very strong.
Alienware’s new 13.3-incher is the first gaming rig on the market with an OLED display. It has bright displays, with ultra-high-contrast blacks.
Along with its 2560 by 1440-pixel OLED touchscreen, the laptop is beefed up. An already set up Alienware 13.3 has a to level configuration with a 2.8 GHZ Core i7 16 gigs of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and a NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. All these properties help the machine blast through benchmarks both general and graphical in nature. All these features help the machine run every game. There is no given game which does not look exquisite on the Alienware’s screen.
Though the overall look of the machine is not appealing to some, its screen is gorgeous which makes me assume that some gamers don’t care about looks. In my opinion, if gamers were interested in looks, then Alienware would stop modeling their cases and invest in expensive keyboards.
To start with, there are plenty of hard edges on the 13, there are very few right angles. The laptop has seemingly been hacked away at, starting at the corners, which have apparently been trimmed back. The trimming is an attempt to shave off some weight. When closed, the top juts out over the bottom like an inverted trapezoid. This draws more attention to its two-tone design that features a big grille vent at the rear. The laptop looks more like something you would put your laptop on.
Alienware makes a big deal about this laptop being VR ready, attributing to its beefy GPU. When you put this machine under any kind of a strain, video gaming for example, it generates a lot of fan noise and keyboard directed heat. I think Alienware knew that the customer wouldn’t be focusing on heat and noise, rather they would be wearing headphones and waving around the air. With VR world, you would not even have to look at the computer.
Many gaming laptops feature NVidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, which offers excellent performance in modern games for a decent price. Sager NP6852 is left out in this. However, even a moderately priced gaming laptop is an investment. Trade-offs meant to hit lower price targets include lesser parts, namely; CPU, storage, and display quality.
The Sager NP6852 comes with NVidia’s GTX TI, which lowers its price with a more affordable GPU. This laptop has a 15.6” screen @ 1920 by 1080 IPS Matte Display, Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 graphics and 16GB DDR4 2400MHz memory.
Since the laptop is based on Clevo N850HK1, it arrives in Clevo’s generic packaging. Two closed cell Styrofoam pads keep it secure, and the separate compartment just for the 120v adapter.
The Sager NP6852 features a black plastic chassis with a matte finish. Matte surfaces are great because they don’t attract fingerprints as easily as brushed metal or glossy plastic. However, the plastic used on the NP6852 doesn’t feel premium at all, unlike that of the Sager NP8156 and its brushed metal finish. The NP6852’s surface scratches rather easily and flexes quite a bit, and we worry this may endanger the laptop’s display. Four edge accents are running on the top cover—two on the sides, one on the top, and one on the bottom—which give the NP6852 a bit of gaming flare. In the middle of the lid, Sager has stamped its logo in reflective chrome.
The Sager NP6852 features a Full HD (1920 by 1080) 60Hz matte IPS display with excellent viewing angles. Up to three additional display can be connected via the two Mini Display ports and the HDMI port.
The Sager NP6852’s keyboard is almost identical to the NP8165’s keyboard; it uses scissor switches, it has a number pad and features customizable RGB lighting. There are three areas of RGB illumination: left, right, and number pad. There are also four different brightness levels. Unlike the NP8165, the NP6852 will flex when you type. Even with light strokes, the surface will bend backward. The NP6852 also has a similar trackpad. The trackpad is non-clickable and uses separate left and right click buttons.
The iBuypower Valkyrie CZ-17 ($1,399 list) is a large, purpose-built performance laptop. When buying it, there’s no doubt that you will be carrying a lot of performance hardware with you. It’s a true desktop replacement, with upgradable components, space for multiple hard drives, and a huge 1080p screen. If you need a big performance system for not a lot of money, then consider the Valkyrie a good choice for under $1,500.
The Valkyrie is an unsubtle, unapologetic gaming laptop. As such it is a huge mass of black plastic with lots of lighted accents including the keyboard, lid, speakers, and the system’s trackpad. The system measures about 2.5 by 17 by 12 inches (HWD) and tips the scales at 8.56 pounds. This is a strong system that will strain your back or the airline tray if you decide to travel with the system. This is larger in every dimension compared to the Editors’ Choice for entry-level gaming laptops, the MSI GX60 1AC-021US ($1,299 list). In the grand scheme of things, they’re both par for the course when it comes to moderately priced enthusiast gaming rigs.
The Valkyrie comes with a full-size backlit keyboard with numeric keypad. Like the MSI GX60, the Valkyrie has a few quirks: The Start button is to the right of the space bar instead of the left, and the placement of the numeric keypad pushes the arrow keys to the left in relation to the return key. Both will make you retrain your muscle memory if you’re used to standard desktop keyboards. The Valkyrie has a much shallower trackpad than the MSI GX60. This makes the trackpad easier to use during day-to-day use and with Windows 8 commands. However, the trackpad isn’t one of the better ones out there, registering mouse movements while we typed on the keyboard. Most gamers would be more comfortable using a USB 2.0 mouse for gaming sessions and day to day.
The Valkyrie CZ-17 comes with an Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, 8GB of memory, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX discrete graphics, and a 7,200rpm 750GB SATA hard drive. These components work together to give the system excellent marks on the multimedia tests.
Designed to be highly portable without sacrificing performance, their Pulse and Nomad series laptops are perfect for gaming. Their 15.6 Pulse 15, which has a 15.6” display and with NVidia GeForce GTX 1060, the cost starts at $2149. The purchase can be in the form of monthly installments of as low as $51 per month.
The Nomad 17 laptop is another gaming machine which they offer. The laptop comes with the NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 7” 4K or 120HZ 1080p G-SYNC. The cost of the laptop starts at $2199 which can be paid in monthly installments of as low as $53.
One caveat of these laptops is that they have superb build quality and design with excellent brightness control. Unfortunately, the Maingear Pulse has a few problems. These problems include the lack of room needed for some components like high-end processors and a dedicated graphics card.
The laptop’s score of 6,642 points in synthetic benchmark 3DMark’s Fire Strike test was in line with comparable GTX 970M-based computers. At Ultra graphics settings and a resolution of 1920 by 1080, the Pulse produced a frame rate of 73 frames per second (fps) in “BioShock Infinite.” For reference, games need a frame rate of at least 30 fps to play without visual slowdown. In practice, while the Pulse lacks an upgrade option to the higher-end GTX 980M, the 970M has the performance ceiling to handle graphically demanding PC games without issue.
Elsewhere, the Pulse has a similarly solid suite of specifications. The laptop’s Core i7 processor scores comparably to other Core i7-based laptops in our tests with processor benchmark Geekbench 3. Upgrade options for the Pulse are relatively sparse, but the laptop’s 1TB hard-disk drive and 256GB or 512GB solid-state drive offer a decent amount of storage for games. For cost-conscious users, the Maingear can also be built with a 1920 by 1080 display.
Furthermore, the Pulse owes it’s thanks to Maingear’s focus on design. With its dimensions of 10.5 by 15.4 by 0.9 inches and weight of only 4 pounds, the 15-inch Pulse is one of the lightest and thinnest gaming laptops.
By default, Maingear offers a one-year warranty on the Pulse. The company also offers support via phone, remote technician, email and via its website.
This concludes our overview of what these builders can deliver to their customer. Different laptop gaming technologies for different kinds of people who have different tastes and preferences. When you really want to build your own laptop, make sure that you order from a company which meets your demands to avoid regrets.
Overall, we recommend Xotic for your building and customization needs. They offer a great range of products, and their build quality feels superior.