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Xotic PC NP9150: Striking Back At Kepler With Radeon HD 7970M

Can Xotic PC Provide More Value?

The gaming notebook market is divided between tier-one manufacturers, customer-direct distributors, and boutique builders. The biggest reason to buy from one of the first two options is a warranty on hardware that comes straight from the hands that built your machine. Most of them last from one to three years, and many can be extended right at the point of sale.

Custom notebook builders generally offer a larger range of component and software options, add-on peripherals, chassis customization, and enhanced technical support. Often, that comes at a price premium that enthusiasts are reluctant to pay. Yet, not every builder charges the same rate for its bespoke services.

Xotic PC is out to offer its customers the best of the custom-built market at the smallest markup possible, going so far as to add lifetime labor to the phone support offered by most of its competitors. Power users still get the manufacturer’s full range of warranty options, too.

Today we see if Xotic PC can really deliver on its value promises.

Xotic PC / Sager NP9150 Custom Component List
PlatformIntel FCPGA988, HM77 Express, MXM-3 Discrete Graphics
CPUCore i7-3820QM (Ivy Bridge) 2.7 GHz-3.7 GHz, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, 45 W Max TDP
RAMSamsung 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM, CL11, 1.35 V, Non-ECC
GraphicsAMD Radeon HD 7970M: 850 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-4800
Display15.6" FHD 16:9 Glossy Sager Screen (1920x1080)
Webcam2.0 Megapixel
AudioIntegrated HD Audio
SecurityBuilt-in Fingerprint Reader
Hard DriveIntel SSD 520 120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s
Optical DriveTSST SN-208AB 8x DVD Burner
Media Drive9-in-1 Flash Media Interface
Wireless LANBigfoot Networks Killer Wireless-N 1103 (3x3)
Wireless PANNone: Combo-card sacrificed for Wi-Fi upgrade
Gigabit NetworkRealtek RTL8411 PCIe 10/100/1000 Mb/s Ethernet
IEEE-1394Integrated IEEE-1394 Controller
TelephonyNot Available
Peripheral Interfaces
USB1 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0
Expansion CardNot Available
HDD1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
AudioHeadphone, Microphone, Line-In, Digital Out Jacks
Video1 x Single-Link DVI-I, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort
Power & Weight
AC Adapter180 W Power Brick, 100-240 V AC to 19 V DC
Battery14.8 V, 5200 mAh (76.96 Wh) Single
WeightNotebook 7.1 lbs, AC Adapter 1.8 lbs, Total 8.9 lbs
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
WarrantyLifetime Labor, One-year parts
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.