Sager NP8170 review: A gaming laptop for the geeks
Sager is a computer manufacturer known primarily to gamers for its high-end gaming laptops. One of the most popular Sager laptops on the market today is the np8170 with a 17-inch display and some pretty impressive tech specs.
Design, ports and features.
Sager laptops are not extremely popular with gamers from a design standpoint. That’s mainly because the design is simplistic and a bit rough around the edges. Despite that, the np8170’s design isn’t necessarily unattractive, being simplistic and professional at the same time.
Sager’s new model is elegant, classy, but it could look a little more attractive if it had a few curves. Also, the np8170 is a bit chunky and its weight isn’t exactly travel-friendly.
Ports are numerous and cleverly placed so as not to clutter up either side of the laptop. On the right side you have the headphones, the microphone, an optical/digital output and an additional audio output with a USB 2.0 port, while on the left side there is the card reader, three USB ports, Ethernet and CATV input.
Keyboard, touchpad and screen
The keyboard is, like the entire laptop, solid, but quiet. The chiclet style is nice, and the keys are well placed and spaced for plenty of comfort. The touchpad is Synaptics and supports multitouch. There are also separate left and right metal buttons, separated by a fingerprint reader, a nice touch if you ask us, and a welcome change from the usual toggle bar.
The 17.3-inch Full HD display with LED-backlit technology and a resolution of 1920×1080 offers extremely clear images, with brilliant colours, contrast and excellent brightness. Viewing angles are also more than decent for a laptop with a 17-inch screen.
Performance, graphics and battery life
If the Sager np8170 suffers a bit in terms of design and elegance, in terms of performance it is one of the most powerful laptops on the market. The 2nd generation Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M with 2GB DDR5 will ensure that you can play all the new games with the highest quality and speed.
As far as battery life goes, the 8-cell 77WHr should give you a decent runtime of at least three and a half hours, even when the laptop is running high power usage.
In conclusion, the Sager np8170 is one of the most interesting gaming devices available today, the level of performance and value for money negating issues of design and elegance.
And yes, this may not be the best or slimmest of all gaming rigs on the market, but it is one of the fastest, and if speed is what you need, you’re hardly going to do better than a Sager.