PC Specialists Optimus IV X17 reviews and prices: 17.3" Laptop computer

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This laptop is a good all rounder.

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8.5 out of 10 based on 13 reviews.
PC Specialists Optimus IV X17 with Intel Haswell Core i7 i7-4700QM 2.4 GHz Quad Core Core Processor, 8GB of Memory and 1000GB Storage on Windows 8 64-bit. Built-in disc drive, 5.5 hours of battery See full product description

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Brian, Often on the move

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
The SSD gives a very quick start, nice keyboard and good performance
Bad points:
Poor sound and Windows 8
Overall rating 8.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jan 2014

Alex, Music, gaming or video fan

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
- Amazing performance for gaming, video and image editing and general other use. Plenty of umph through the graphics card for playing games at ultra settings
- Great screen - bright and clear, makes games a joy.
- Nice keyboard
- No bloatware
- Excellent value for money, there wasn't another laptop on the market that came close to offering these specs for this much money.
- I was worried about the fans being noisy but it really isn't noticeable, the laptop stays pretty cool even under stress.
- Reassuringly hefty! Well built.
Bad points:
- Onboard speakers lack depth and bass.
- Touchpad can be unresponsive.
- DVD drive is a little shonky - doesn't seem to fit flush against the .
- The battery isn't great, but then you wouldn't buy a 17" gaming rig for that would you?
Overall rating 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 9.0
Size and weight 9.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Jan 2014

Adam, Luton Music, gaming or video fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Powerful computer able to easily meet my needs. PC specialist technical support very helpful guys. The one fault one this was poor sound quality but this is fixed with a driver the PC Specialist guys very kindly include in a disk with the laptop. Would highly recommend to some one looking for a decent gaming laptop, this was very well priced
Bad points:
Not the sleekest looking machine, but your paying for what's inside, which more then makes up for it

Quite heavy, you might not want to drag it round on your shoulder all day, but not terrible
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Design 6.0
Size and weight 7.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 12 Aug 2013

Carl, General home user

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
A great laptop

Top notch gaming performance - BF4 runs at 35-40FPS on High Detail at 1080p resolutions

Fast in all applications

A lot of laptop for your money - unmatched performance at this price point.
Bad points:
Fan can get a little noisy but it's to be expected

Speakers not the best

Battery life could be stronger when idle.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 10.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Mar 2014

Tom, Ascot Music, gaming or video fan

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Fast and efficient laptop. Great for the games I play at higher graphic qualities. Fairly quiet but the fans will get louder during higher intensity use (unnoticeable while wearing headphones).
Bad points:
Plain looking but it's what's in the inside that counts.
Overall rating 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Design 8.0
Size and weight 8.0
Performance 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Dec 2013

Matthew, Business user

Score 4.0/10
Good points:
Sturdy build, more like a desktop than a laptop.
Bad points:
Slow, certainly not to the performance the hardware suggests. I will be returning mine and buying a better version. It would realistically be worth the value of a budget laptop not its current price of a high end laptop.
Overall rating 4.0
Battery life 10.0
Design 7.0
Size and weight 6.0
Performance 3.0
Value for money 1.0
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Confirmed purchase: 04 Sep 2013

Product Features

Screen size (Inches) 17.3
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Operating system Windows 8 64-bit
RAM (Gigabytes) 8
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 1000
Number of cores Quad Core
Processor brand Intel
Processor series Haswell Core i7
Processor number i7-4700QM
Processor speed (Gigahertz) 2.4
Number of USB ports 3
Connections VGA
Connections Bluetooth
Connections HDMI
Built-in disc drive Yes
Card reader Yes
Battery life (Hours) 5.5
Weight (kg) 2.7
Graphics card brand nVidia GeForce
Graphics card model number GTX 765M
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Manufacturer's Description

The Optimus V X17 is one of the latest Haswell laptops to come from PC Specialist, the UK’s largest custom PC & Laptop manufacturer. It’s packed full of the latest and greatest hardware so you can immerse yourself in your favourite games straight out of the box. Building its reputation on exceptional value for money, the Optimus series offer a combination of powerful components to deliver outstanding performance but without the hefty price tag.

Powered by a 4rd Gen Intel Core i7-4700QM processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 765M Graphics, the Optimus V X17 enables you to breeze through your daily work, enjoy playing the latest games, or watch the latest movies on its dazzling 17.3 inch full HD non-reflective screen. The stylish laptop also features NVIDIA® Optiums Technology, which switches between the on-board GPU and the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M Graphics Card automatically for extra performance or increased battery life.

The Optimus X17 has a trick up its sleeve though and houses a 120GB Kingston SSD alongside a huge 1TB storage drive. Solid State Drives (SSDs) are a rare commodity in laptops and offer even faster performance across the board as well as dramatically reducing loading times, meaning you’ll get more work done, faster!

Thanks to the perfect blend of features, the Optimus V X17 delivers an amazing experience whether you’re working, playing or relaxing. All PC Specialist Laptops are covered by a 3 Year Standard Warranty package and their award winning UK-based Customer Service Team.

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