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post #1 of 6
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Please be realistic with me but I would like some well thought out opinions as well as real hands on experience.

It is nearing Christmas and Santa (wife) said maybe I can get a nice laptop for a present from his little elves' Christmas bonus.

I am small business owner and like 15.6" laptops. I'm also a gamer, not hugely mobile, hell look at my sig rig, she gets my digital attention for sure.

I am eyeballing a Malibal Lotus 15" with the following specs (in a photo below) as my preliminary build.

My price tag is #1350 because I dont want to blow her Christmas bonus on a laptop. That is not nice at all. I could easily build a 3K laptop no problem but im not a dick to Santa Wife.

Battery life doesnt really concern me. The bulk of my work is in Data Centers where AC power is 100% available 99% of the time i'm there. Though a little extra is a bonus when not gaming.

I do a lot of document work as well as gaming on my main sig rig but the prospect of a Laptop to do some well.... lighter gaming loads with great performance is a welcomed idea.

Anyways check this out for now and let me know what you think. I have a few questions I will post before the screenshot below.

1. Is malibal any good? (Review are one thing, member opinions here hold more weight and value to me)

2. How is customer service in the long run?

3. Do these weight a lot? (not a matter really)

4. Dimension wise how are these in size compared to say.... a Asus G53 series?

5. Dead pixels on your mailibal when and if you ever purchased one? The pixel warranty is a joke waste of money. Bad pixels usually always developed way later for me.

6. Anything else I need to know about these?

7. If not this brand what brand is a good alternate based on these types of hardware and laptop base designs, I think they are all Clevo designed? ?? ??

***Note - I skimped on RAM and HDD because they overcharge like crazy on those parts. I will add an SSD in lieu of HDD, 256GB Crucial M4 more than likely. I will also add my own DDR3-1600 8-16GB for far cheaper. No OS is included, I have 7 Ult sitting in a box doing nothing. And so on.

Lastly for now - THANKS!!!!

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post #2 of 6
I say get the better thermal paste, it makes a huge difference. Get a Bluray drive, you'll want one down the road. And get at least a two year warranty. Trust me on this, my warranty expired the other day and I wish it was still protected. Adds a bit more ease of mind when you take it around town. biggrin.gif That and adds a bit of resale value should you need to resell the machine for any reason. If you can add at least the warranty, that would be the best bet in all honesty.
     
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post #3 of 6
is intel 6300 or Bigfoot Killer an option?

I'd say either of them are worth the upgrade over the 6230.

both are 3x3, the Bigfoot is usually considered better for games, and ping times, while the Intel is more like other stuff. Hard to explain

3x3 is the main advantage though.
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post #4 of 6
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Umm I think the Bigfoot and higher end Intel is an option. Can you explain 3x3? I mean which card uses what antenna setup? Im not up to speed on the wifi cards as well as some others here for sure.

And yeah I will add the two year warranty upgrade for sure. Or is 1 year an extended plus the one year factory = 2 years okay? I think that 2 years is realistic and shouldn't be that much of an expense vs. security blanket.

I was thinking of just adding my own thermal paste, IC diamond is what I use anyway and have tubes of it. Unless its a Pain the A$$ on these laptops for some reason is it really worth paying them $40 for? Just asking, if it is, I will.
Edited by Tangoseal - 12/11/11 at 9:23pm
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post #5 of 6
more data streams.

This is the best explaination i could find
http://www.networkworld.com/newsletters/wireless/2011/030711-wireless1.html
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In the MIMO world of 802.11n, you see data sheet descriptions of APs like 2x2, 2x3 and 3x3 MIMO. "N x n" refers to the number of transmitting radio/antenna pairs and the number of receiving radio/antenna pairs in an 802.11n device. A 2x3 MIMO product, for example, has two transmitting radios and antennas and three receiving radios and antennas.

The greater the numbers of radios/antennas at each end the more spatial streams you can have and -- in theory -- the greater your throughput should be.

The maximum number of diverse data streams is limited to the lowest number of transmitting and receiving radios and antennas. For example, a 2x2 MIMO AP could send a maximum of two streams. Similarly, the max a 2x3 MIMO AP could send is also two. Opinions on the impact of the third antenna on the receiving side in a two-spatial-stream system differ. Some say that the third antenna just adds cost to the system. Others contend that it contributes to performance improvement because it gives you better diversity and, thus, signal gain.

Assuming your router is fairly recent, it should be beneficial to you.
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Thank you very much. I have a Netgear WNDR3700. It is a top of the line router as far as Netgear is concerned. I am going to look up the specs. But I am going to opt for the higher end Intel anyways because other places might have great high quality WiFi as well to take advantage of.
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