Sager 3880 Pricing
Sager releases the 3880 which replaces the 3790, a well taken performance machine for the crowd with mobile/battery needs.
Intel® Pentium® M 1.6/1.73/1.86/2/2.13/2.26 GHz (533FSB)
2048KB On-die L2 Cache
Intel® 915PM chipset + ICH6M
DDRII 400/533 SDRAM (2 DIMM required for Dual Channel)
2048KB On-die L2 Cache
4MB Flash ROM BIOS
- Hard Disk Drive
PCI Local Bus Interface
Detachable 2.5” 9.5mm Hard Disk Drive
Supports Ultra DMA HDD for High Speed Access
- Built-in 4-in-1 Card Reader
15.4” WXGA Glare-Type / 15.4” WSXGA+ / 15.4” WUXGA
128MB DDR SGRAM
nVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 6600
DVD or CD-ROM Drive
Detachable 24X CD-ROM
Interchangeable with 8X DVD-ROM, 24X CD-R/10X CD-RW, DVD/CD-RW, DVD±R/RW Combo drive
Built-in 6ch Azalia Sound System (with 6 external speakers output without Ext. decoder)
S/PDIF Digital output
SRS WOW support
1 Built-in Microphone
4 Built-in Speakers
PCMCIA 3.0 Standard Compliant
1 Type II PCMCIA Slot
Integrated Touchpad With Scroll Up/Down key
A4 Sizes Keyboard
Windows 95 2 Hot keys
Integrated with Hot Keys for LCD Brightness, Suspend, Panel/CRT Display
2 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Web Browser.
Infrared Communication, FIR, SIR and ASK Compliant
1 VGA CRT Port
3 USB 2.0 Ports
3 multi-function Audio Jacks
1 16c550 Compatible Serial Port
1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
1 RJ-11 Modem
1 IEEE 1394 Fire Wire
1 S-video TV-Out
1 Lithium-Ion Battery (12Cell)
Full Range Auto-Switching 100V/240V AC Adapter
System Management Mode (SMM)
Suspend to HDD / DRAM
Full features of SMI Power Management, Doze, Sleep, Suspend/Resume Mode
14.12”w x 10.5”d x 1.5”h
7.9Lbs With Battery
Intel PRO/Wireless 2195ABG 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi
Built-in Digital Video Camera
7 screws removed and you have the panel off to access the hard drive which just slides out. 5 screws to remove the panel for the RAM. The battery is quick release requiring no screws to remove and replace with a spare battery when on the road.
There are a veriety of LCDs used and the best we have for info on them is:
WXGA: ChunGhwa CLAA154WA01A
WSXGA: LG LP154W02<A1> or unknown LTN154P1-L02
WUXGA: Sharp LQ0DZA0045 or LQ154M1LW02
Pictured is the WSXGA LCD
The system comes default with the NVIDIA 128Meg GO6600 and is not a socket type. Our test model came with the default settings of 300/600 according to powerstrip. We overclocked it to 399/798 which actually as high as you can virtually move the bars up lol:
It shows a jump in performance over the 3790 stock vs stock, but the most surprising outcome is how much this thing can be overclocked. We were seeing a 25%+ gain in video benchmark performance with the overclocking as you will see in these charts:
Far Cry AA:none AF: 2x
Far Cry AA:4x AF: 8x
Here's Sager's comment on overclockng and the utilities involved:
|Sager does not endorse or discourage the usage of Third-Party Tweaking Software purchased by End-Users and encourages End-Users to make evaluation of such Third-Party Software themselves before installing. However, if any support issues arise on a system, the End-User will be required to remove the Third-Party Tweaking Utility Software in order to reinstate the “Sager Factory Default Settings.” Sager will not support any issues that are not reproducible under the “Sager Factory Default Settings” without the presence of Third-Party Tweaking Utility Software.
The battery default is a 12 cell and no word of if there will be a 6 cell option for sure. The 12 Cell causes the unit to stand up from its base legs but doesn't cause any stability issues.
We tested the unit right out of the box after a full charge (no conditioning or cycling) and DVD playback was just barely under 3 hours. This is with a loaded test model containing the 2.1GHZ and the 100G 5400rpm hard drive. Everything enabled and installed so it's a true test that end users should see equal or greater result to. Nothing was dimmed and the sound was at a level multiple people in a room would watch a DVD at.
The battery is quick release requiring no screws to remove and replace with a spare battery when on the road. It is a single battery setup though so any swapping will require you to shut the computer down first.
The cmos camera is built into the trim of the LCD panel. It's a 300K USB 2.0 Bisoncam (or in our test unit). It's the same camera found in other Sager models such as the 9860 which runs live video @ 640X480 and can integrate with your favorite video conference program.
Here's a couple of snapshots from the built in camera in Windows XP:
The kb is the same as used in many of the models such as the 4880 and the 7620. Pretty solid, but not like the 9860.
The way we test is to run video and CPU programs in a loop to get reach the highest temp and noise levels. The 3880 while idle or running normal programs is extremely quiet to the point we can't really get an accurate reading. While the max noise level is the same as the 7620 we would have never guessed it because the pitch isn't noticeable.
Big jump in sound quality over the 3790. The 4 speakers provide a really high quality sound "for a laptop". It's not as good as the 9860 with the subwoofer, but it's well above most laptops out there and will keep most people watch a DVD movie actually watching it instead of thinking how bad their laptop speakers suck... that is if you use the speakers, I'm a headphones kinda person myself.
I think they have a very solid performaing machine here that they could have (and still may) clock higher (the GPU). The 3790 was loved by many and this is based off it giving some battery life for performance and things such as speaker quality.
Sager 3880 Pricing
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