Originally Posted by Froz3n
How is the 3760? I am thinking of possibly getting it in June before my next term of college.
For example, installing Office 2000, full installation, usually takes me about 5-10 minutes, depending on the computer. On this 1.6Ghz centrino (ac power), it took me about 55 seconds.
The screen is probably the feature I love most. If you decide not to go with a 3760, still try to get a 15" widescreen super-glossy. It's BEAUTIFUL!!
I had mine pre-installed with XP Pro, and it ran great right out of the box. I did have a few problems I had to kink out. Here's a list of software/driver-related problems I've had since I got it:
- I ran Windows Update, and installed nearly every available patch. Yeah. Don't do that. One in particular - the KB article refers to USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 - will make standby/hibernate not work. I unistalled that particular patch and they worked again. If you need to know which one, I guess I can go find out.
- I can't get the CheckMail program (which powers the Email LED) to work. Yes, I've tried everything. The funny thing is, all drivers came pre-installed except for that one. I installed and set it up, and still nothing. I don't really care, 'cuz an email LED is useless to me. It would be cool if I could configure it to do something else, like alert me that I have a Sager Forums Private Message...
- Intel Enhanced SpeedStep does not come preinstalled, and I think the driver is hard to find. Either that, or its on the CD and I didn't look hard enough. I just googled it and found one. The driver reference here is Q330512. The manual tells you download it from Microsoft, but Microsoft says you must "contact support" in order to obtain it (which costs as far as I know). As I said, I googled it and found it. If someone needs me to post it in "Drivers" I will certainly do that. (Just PM me). All this work, just so your processor uses a GV3 driver instead of Windows XP's built-in... Hmm... I didn't even realize procs had drivers till now.
And that's all the problems I've had. Well, I can get the wi-fi to connect to my linksys router at home, but not an ORiNOCO WaveLAN router at work, but I'm working on that right now, actually. As many have mentioned before me, wireless is very touchy. The antenna is great though - I was using it in my car (wife was driving of course) and I got all kinds of wireless network availabilities. I tried some, but of course MAC and WEP authentication are pretty standard these days.
I probably should mention that it's true - the speakers in the 37xx laptop line really suck. I mean - they are laptop speakers, so give them some credit, but I was hoping for slightly better. The built-in microphone kinda sucks too. I'll be using it for Video Conferencing, but certainly not anything that requires good sound. The camera is cool, though!
Applications I've tried so far (and these work super-duper):
(if you can't tell - I'm not only a geek, but an artist and a musician)
Adobe Photoshop 7
Adobe Illustrator 11
Macromedia Flash MX
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX
Cakewalk Sonar 1.3.1
Propellarhead Reason 2.5
No benchmarks yet, cuz I don't see a demand for them. Let's just say that the 1.6Ghz Centrino is really fast for such a small machine. Apparently, as fast as 2.4 - 2.6Ghz Pentium 4M.
I haven't had a chance to install any games except Jedi Outcast, and that's no measure of how good the Radeon 9600 is. Full settings, and it ran and looked beautiful. I'll be trying UT2003 and Splinter Cell later this week. (Just for fun - this is my "work" laptop )
And those are first impressions for the Sager 3760. If you are a college student and looking for a powerful MOBILE laptop, go with this one! If you are just looking to replace your desktop and don't care about moving it around much, go with something else like the 8790 or 5690. But for you people who actually use a laptop in their laps - I highly recommend this one.
EDIT: Forgot to also mention - the FN and CTRL keys are in a dumb location. CTRL should be the furthest key to the left; instead, the FN is. I keep trying to hit CTRL-V,C,X and Z, but end up hitting FN-V,C,X and Z. I wonder if I can switch/reprogram them w/o voiding warranty...
Much better pictures are coming soon to this thread.
And now for final comments -