Re: Part 15. 8890 1 week later...
How is the RAIDing when it comes to running games? Have you
done a CD image of your game CD's and run them off the HDs? I have been wondering if RAIDing is worth the extra money.
Also, I have to say this whole keyboard thing I have been reading about would probably piss me off enough to send the thing back. If I'm going to spend $2,500+ on a computer I don't want a keyboard flopping around. I know my limits of frustaration and I would probably be fighting the urge to slam the whole thing against a wall after spending that kind of money.
As fra as a second optical drive... I'll be getting the DVD-RW and another DVD-ROM drive... for the sole purpose of renting DVD's and copying them... I have a friend who has been copying DVDs like they're going out of style... good enough reason for me.
Anyway... I hope more people think of doing this sort of thing with the experience... it's a good idea... I could stand to see higher res poictures and video, but beggers can't be...
|Originally posted by ayasin
Well I've had the 8890 for a full week now. By in large I'm very pleased with my purchase. Overall the keyboard is the only really annoying issue. I can't use it at this point because it bugs me so much. I'm eagerly awaiting the keyboard fix that Sager has promised. I thought it might be interesting to review my order and step by step tell if I would make the same decision given the opportunity to do it again and why.
21 Sager 8890-C Notebook: 8890
765 Display: 16" SXGA LCD/128MB ATI 9600 PRO
This was one of my bigger concerns when the laptop came. At this point I'm adjusted to it. The quality that this screen provides I believe makes up for the loss of real estate as compared to the UXGA on my Dell Inspiron 8000. I'm a developer so that's saying alot.
724 Color: Standard Black
The color of the laptop is nice. I don't think I'd want it painted because I need my equipment to look professional.
553 Processor: 2.8GHZ P4 800FSB W/ HT
I selected this processor over the 3.2 because I was coming from a 1GHz PIII and didn't think that the price vs. performance would be worth going all the way. I feel right now that I made the right choice in this regard.
849 RAM: 1024MB 400DDR Dual Channel (2-512MB)
A must have for a developer. I was bumping the ceiling of my 512 MB in my other laptop constantly. In this case however I have plenty of breathing room. I can even leave the dev environment open and go play a game for a while.
842 Main Hard Drive: 60GB 7200RPM
844 Bay 2 Hard Drive: 60GB 7200rpm with bracket
846 Raid: Hardware Raid 0 configured with OS pre-install
I wanted lots of space and putting these two drives together in a RAID 0 config gave me exactly that...huge space and really fast speed. These drives FLY.
683 Bay 1 Media Drive: 8X DVD/24X10X24 CDRW Combo Drive
After seeing how big the recorded TV shows can be, I might have gone with the DVD R/W option here.
372 Bay 2 Media Drive: No
I don't have any need for another drive as I don't do drive to drive copies.
470 Bay 3 TV Tuner/Hard Drive: NTSC TV Tuner and Remote
The remote isn't very useful to me. I keep my external keyboard right in front of the laptop so it covers the reveiver (the receiver is around the left front area).
365 Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Given the option to reorder I would not have the OS preinstalled. I've had to make several changes and I'm not really happy with the way that things are set up (I never am...but I wanted to hit the ground running). Additionally this is a recovery version not the full version.
355 Case: Basic Black business case
Get another one. I haven't actually tried (I'm using the laptop right now or I would) but I get the feeling it wouldn't actually fit. If it DID fit there would be no padding for the laptop. The bag is free, but you pretty much get what you pay for in this case.
372 Extra AC Power Adapter: No
I would have gotten one or two of these if I had it to do over again. I would leave one on my desk in my office, carry one in a bag (not all the time) and possibly one downstairs in the living room. The brick is quite bulky and once I have it positioned on my desk I don't really want to move it.
372 Port Replicator: No
Just a USB replicator so I passed. No regrets here.
372 Spare Battery: No
There's no need for this. It's not hot swappable so no regrets here either.
852 Bluetooth: Integrated Bluetooth
Haven't used it yet...I'll let you know.
618 MP3 Player: No MP3 player or RAM
I want the 6 in 1 card reader so I'm waiting.
356 Warranty: 1 year warranty, lifetime
I doubt I'll extend this. I'll put that money towards an upgraded motherboard next year.