|Originally posted by ixian
Annnndddd I just got it!
I'll be doing a full review in a couple of weeks on my site, www.maximumgamer.com - maybe a mini review here later today.
It booted right on up, went through the little Windows setup procedure (I got mine with XP Pro), then bang, right into windows. It appears they (Sager or PCT) already did the Windows registration bit, or at least I haven't seen it yet.
First thing it did was ask for the driver to the Wireless-G adapter, which comes on a floppy in the box. I popped it in (probably the only time I will use the floppy ), it found it, and immediately started searching for my wireless-G network. It found it after about 30 seconds, and asked for my key (I use WEP, as should all wireless users). Put it in, and bang, I'm connected to the net. Downstairs I get about 75% signal, 34mb througput - certainly fast enough. At this point I started downloaded the many Windows updates that are out - it comes with SP1 installed, but there have been many fixes since then. Currently, it's downstairs on my kitchen table now.
Layout: I like the way it looks, the blue/grey color scheme is really nice. The LCD is VERY nice - yes, I would have loved that extra inch in the 8890 but that's not to imply this one is bad. The viewing angles are, as advertised, incredible - I can see perfectly from the side. This will be a good screen to watch DVD's on a plane on.
Keyboard is very nice, responsive. I'm missing the numpad from the 8890 but that's all. I like how the laptop is tilted when it's set down - makes it very easy to type on. I hate the touchpad mouse but that's no slight on Sager in particular - I hate all touchpad mice. Second thing I did was hook up my Logitech USB mouse.
It's VERY quiet when the fan is off. The fan has so far stayed off for the updates, and even the quick DVD I threw in to test. When it comes on (once during boot), it was like a soft sighing noise, a little uncanny but not annoying. I expect it'll mostly be on when I'm playing games and have the volume cranking anyway. For comparision, it's not any louder than my desktop.
I'm liking it. It's actually not that heavy - I can see toting this thing around airports, which I will be doing in a couple weeks. I like it. It's a good, "more portable" 8890, which as I mentioned earlier is what I probably needed all along.
Hope you get yours soon!