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orangefurball

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About orangefurball

  • Title
    Member
  • Birthday 1996-04-09

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    e4t_sl33p_k1ll
  • Origin
    orangefurball

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Pennsylvania
  • Interests
    Gaming, PC junk, Android phones and tablets, cats
  • Biography
    I am who you are not.
  • Occupation
    PC repairs

System

  • CPU
    Intel Core i5 2310
  • Motherboard
    AsRock H61MV
  • RAM
    8gb DDR3 1600 MHz
  • GPU
    AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Ed.
  • Case
    Bitfenix prodigy (modded)
  • Storage
    120GB Samsung SSD, 64GB Corsair SSD, 1TB Seagate HDD
  • PSU
    Corsair CX500 (individual sleeved orange & gray)
  • Display(s)
    2 Dell S2340M IPS displays
  • Cooling
    Air...
  • Keyboard
    Razer Black Widow Ultimate BF4 Ed, Razer Tartarus keypad
  • Mouse
    Razer Naga Epic
  • Sound
    cheap speakers for now
  1. I like 10 keyless boards usually, but have been looking for a 60% board to take on the road. It'd be cool to get this one.
  2. I guess I should update the thread on what I ended up doing. I was able to negotiate a deal for a refurbished one to a price that I couldn't refuse. I do have to say that I am very impressed with the Alienware 13. I have been using it for the past few weeks and the gaming performance is very similar to my desktop (which is only a mid-range build anyway) and it plays any games that I throw at it Build quality - The laptops that I will be comparing the build quality to are the Lenovo Yoga 13 (original model) and the Macbook Pro Retina 13.3" (you can now see why I was so adamant on a 13" laptop). The build quality is somewhere between the two, closer to the Yoga. It is plastic, but the extra thickness makes it seem stronger than the Yoga. It doesn't come close to the Macbook, but not many plastic PCs do! I consider the build good and it seems like it wil stand up to a moderate amount of abuse. 8/10 Keyboard - Comparisons here have been done with the Yoga 13, MBPr, and my desktop mechanical keyboard. The keyboard is amazing. I was never able to type very well on the Yoga, not sure why, but the key travel was not favorable and the spacing was a bit off for me. It was usable, but not close to my good ol' desktop keyboard. This keyboard is somewhere between my desktop and the Macbook. I can touch type very easily and key travel is deep with really nice feedback. The key spacing is similar to the Macbook, even though the AW13 doesn't have chiclet style keys. 7/10 Trackpad - This is where the laptop begins to show it's PC-ness. I have yet to find ANY laptop with a decent trackpad, so I was not expecting much. It met my expectation. I guess I will leave it at that. Clocking is awkward and scrolling gestures fail every once in a while. I would say it's about the same as the Yoga trackpad. Definitely not as good as the Macbook trackpad. I carry a Naga around with me and tend to use that over the trackpad. 3/10 Performance - I touched on this before, but I can honestly say that this laptop does everything I ask it to do. I am what most would call a "filthy casual" and do not really do anything demanding. That being said, I was able to play League of Legends with everything turned all the way up quite comfortably. I never dropped below 60 fps which is good for me. I was also able to play Minecraft with the Feed The Best Monster modpack. It actually ran a bit better on the laptop than my desktop. I was also able to play ARMA 3, Modern Warfare 2, Battlefield 3, The Sims 3, and some other games. I plan on throwing more at it when I have the time! Regular PC tasks worked well of course, word processing is a breeze and browsing the internet is great. My only complaint is it's performance in 3D modeling software like Sketchup and Autodesk, but I was not expecting much in that department anyway. It works! 9/10 Misc - This laptop isn't really as flashy as people say. It has a few extra LEDs on it, but I would say it's about the same as having a glowing Apple logo on it. The cool part about this is that you can control the lighting, a great bonus add. I was able to make everything orange to match my desktop. Very fun! 8/10 Thickness - Being that I had "Ultrabook" class laptops before this, you would think that the thickness bothers me. It is really not that noticeable though. I'm actually a bit surprised at how thin it feels. It defiantly is not thin, but the thickness stops mattering after you start using it. The great key travel and powerful hardware makes it all worth it. 7/10 All in all the laptop gets a 7/10. If it had a better trackpad the rating would be higher, but it is a good buy in my opinion! If anyone has any questions, let me know.
  3. I'm convinced that people see the title and get their pitchforks out immediately. Skip over the paragraph and start typing out a response that is barely related to the question. Oh well, at least I got some responses. That's another thing to consider. It's 13 inches. It's not a 15 or 17 or even 19 inch beast that will weigh the same as a small sedan. I don't think I'll have a problem transporting it. Not only that, but once it is sitting on a table or desk, how thick or thin it is doesn't mean anything.
  4. Ok, to wrap up this trainwreck of a thread, I am going with the Alienware. Not because I want to have an alienware, not because I love Dell, but because it is a really good deal. For around $750 I get an i5-4210U , 8GB of RAM, and a GTX 860M. Compared to my desktop which is an i5-2310, 8GB of RAM, and a HD 7870. Now since none of my games really use that much CPU power, I decided to compare the 7870 to the 680M. The performance seems similar, which will work just fine (due to the lower res screen on the laptop) I'm still looking, but I think I have enough information to make a decision now. Thanks for the help.
  5. Hmph, I pushed the button and nothing happened. LMG better get on that
  6. Holy cow, someone who isn't just bashing a product for no reason. Only took 3 pages to actually find a well thought out and actually helpful response. I would gild you if I knew how that worked. Thank you for the help. Like I said, I was really stuck between the two being how similar the price and specs were. I will probably go with the alienware. I do like carbon fiber though c: I usually buy my laptops refurbished, and I recommend it to anyone who is going for a laptop. It's just usually a better deal. with models switching as often as they do, getting a refurb doesn't always mean getting a crappy, used laptop. I've always had good luck with them. Well, it IS a gaming laptop. Most companies have a "gaming" division that has a slight markup because it is for gaming.
  7. I'm not asking whether or not I should get a gaming laptop. I have already said why I want a gaming laptop and my opinion will not be swayed. I know the downfalls but I also know my personal use case. Thank you for the response nonetheless.
  8. Thanks, the only thing that seems nice about their desktops are the look, but I would rather DIY it and make it my own Gaming laptops tend to be thick, this was what I was expecting anyway. I know what you mean, but there isn't really much customization on lower priced laptops from other companies either. At this point... I am pretty much stuck between the base Alienware 13 or the Lenovo Y40-70 for only $700
  9. I was asking about laptops, and I haven't had any issues with Dell's tech support in the past. I was looking at MSi, but my last experience with their laptops was the Wind U100 netbook (which was one of my favorite almost useless computers) If I was looking to buy a desktop, I would listen to this video. Thank you though Thank you for actually reading my post! The laptop pricing seems pretty competitive tbh Sounds like it should be RMAed. Definately not something he should be dealing with. Is this known to be a widespread issue? I'm not asking about desktops, I already built my own. Any recommendations? I'm not looking for a beast, just something that lets me game on the go. I do most of my gaming on my desktop anyway. I am not talking about desktops. I have a desktop. I am not looking for a new desktop. The gaming laptop is just an extra computer to game on the go. That being said, I used to have an ASUS G60VX gaming laptop before I built my desktop, so I know the drawbacks. I'll try this out. I was going referb, no point in buying brand new if I am not going to use it every day. That's a pretty subjective opinion. I have no issue with Dell, I even said so in my original post. That's what I thought. Good to hear. I have no issues with plastic laptops. If I wanted a metal one I would be spending more, but it's just not worth it. Well there is his problem. Thanks, I'll check those out. Compared to some other laptops, they are pretty low key. Not a big deal for me though! That seems to be more about desktops. Thanks for the info! If anyone wants to make any more posts in here, please make sure it is about laptops. I am part of the build-your-own-desktop-don't-give-money-to-AW master race, but I am referring to laptops. Already have a desktop. Thanks!
  10. Hello everyone! Wasn't sure where to put this. Serious talk time; what is so bad about Alienware? (Specifically laptops) I have a gaming desktop that I am happy with, but I want to get a laptop to game on when I'm not at home. As I look through the choices, it seems I'm faced with only a few brands that are reputible. One of those is Alienware. Now for whatever reason, my brain is preprogrammed to skip over Alienware and make a sly comment about he poor quality/price of their computers. Then it hit me... The laptops seem halfway decent. Build quality seems OK, specs are pretty good, and the extremely limited amount of Dell products that I have owned have been perfectly fine. So now I have to ask. What is the problem with Alienware? The laptop I have been looking at is the Alienware 13 with an i5-4210U, 8 gigs o' ram, 500gb hard drive, and an 860M (2GB VRAM) for around $750-$800. This leaves me with enough budget room to pick up another mouse and 10 keyless mechanical keyboard for the road. Doesn't seem half bad. Thoughts?
  11. Hm, seems the ChromeOS recovery tool doesn't have the Acer C710 listed. That's a problem.
  12. Aha! Thank you, like I said I'm new to Chromebooks and am just fixing this for a friend.
  13. So I posted this on the Chromebook Forums and recieved no response over the last few days. Hopefully someone here knows what I have to do! Thanks everyone! Hello all! I'm new to Chromebooks, having only messed with the OS at some stores. I am much better with Windows or OS X so pardon my newness. I am fixing a Q1VCZ for a friend, he shorted out his motherboard and had a broken LCD. So I replaced the broken parts and it turned on fine. I then reattached the SSD and booted, and now I have a kernel panic on boot. I have attached it. If I need to reinstall Chrome OS, where do I find the build and instructions? I know that Chrome OS backs up everything automatically so that shouldn't be an issue. Thanks everyone. edit: I can enter the BIOS by hitting F2, so I think this is definitely a corruption of the OS or drive.
  14. I like the front facing speakers, I am currently using an M8 so I'm a big fan of them. Would love to try the Z2 out, I loved the Z1. I also love dbrand, back when I had a Nexus 4, they were one of the first skin companies with a wood skin. They also were the first to cut out the NEXUS branding, allowing it to shine through. All in all they are one of the best skin companies around.
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