Eurocom's Garbage Support & Co.

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  1. Addo

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    Hey Everyone!

    Things have built up with Eurocom, and I've finally decided to write a proper post detailing their subpar support and systems.

    I've bought this laptop, Eurocom Sky MX5 R3 back in 2017. I reside in Canada and it's tough to get a decent Clevo laptop around here. Initially, I wanted to have a Sager, but the possible shipment fees and taxes drove me away. I've purchased the laptop with a 2 year warranty and the following specs.

    CPU: i7-7820HK
    GPU 1070 GTX
    TP: IC Diamond
    Screen: 120 Hz 1080p

    I'll go over my sentiments to these one by one, but I'd like to initially voice my first impression. This is probably the noisiest laptop I've ever had to deal with. I've read complaints before purchase about the sound level, but I thought, hey it can't be that bad. Well, it was, is and never really changed ever since the purchase.

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    I dropped nearly 3 GRAND on this laptop. When you're shelling out this much money, you'd expect nothing but stellar experience. Eurocom definitely started off on the wrong foot here. But, when compared to what's coming next, this was just a minor inconvenience. I'll separate my issues in a few sections in increasing emphatic order.

    Expensive OEM Configuration
    I've added an additional 16 GB of RAM on my own as the OEM's upgrade configuration was DOUBLE the price. Same goes for the Samsung 960 EVO that I've added. Choosing those to be pre-configured on the laptop purchase would carry a hefty cost that can be avoided.

    High Noise Levels
    We've gone over this; it was bad but given I wear a headset almost always, I was able to mostly ignore it.

    Disappointing Thermals
    The thermal performance of this laptop is horrid. I was hitting 90-92 degrees on games like PUBG. As ****ty and un-optimized that game was in 2017, it stressed both CPU and GPU simultaneously. While this didn't hit the PROCHOT initially, they were concerning temps that I didn't like to maintain on such a high level. More on this later, as I've tried changing TP, thermal pads and undervolting.

    The Overclockable but Cant be Overclocked CPU
    Due to the horrible thermals, this laptop just simply can't be overclocked. You can't even hold 4-4.1 GHz (100 MHz above rated) without reaching PROCHOT. This was the 3rd letdown. I shelled out the extra money for the CPU, only to be be in vain.

    The PREMIUM Thermal Paste
    Eurocom charges an additional $58 for the GPU and CPU IC Diamond thermal paste SEPARATELY. This means, if you want this paste applied by the reseller, you'll shell out an additional $116! This would only set you back $25 if you apply it yourself.
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    The Keyboard Ghosting
    The keyboard suffered from ghosting on day 1. I couldn't RMA back then 'cause I really needed the workstation for my work and research. There are specific combinations that can't work together (pressing SHIFT + L + M together would only yield one character).

    A few months later, things on the thermal side started to get worse. I decided to buy your trusty old MX4 and and apply the TP myself. As I detached the heatsink, the horrid OEM thermal application unveiled itself. A bucket load of paste was applied unevenly on both the GPU and CPU. This doesn't always affect the temperatures, but whoever applied the paste was surely no expert.

    Once replaced, the thermals didn't really change.... That's when I started exploring more drastic measures. I've tried again with liquid metal and better thermal pads. Guess what, nothing really changed either on the long term. At this point, I was hopeless, but I still couldn't let go of my laptop to RMA just yet.

    The Garbage Support
    Fast forward a year later, I've graduated and have some time on my hands that I can spend away from my workstation. I opened up a support ticket. It was rather simple, an explanation of the thermal situation and a request for keyboard replacement. I"ll let the chat speak for itself. Read the following attached image.

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    Please check out the timestamps on this chat. The engineer intently ignored my inquiries twice. The first time, I urged him for a reply; the second time, he CLOSED the ticket.
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    In summary, keyboard can't be serviced for free and the support engineer decided that I have a very petty situation that doesn't require attention.

    The laptop is consistently hitting PROCHOT and thermal throttling. Obviously, my games stutter and suffer from severe FPS drops due to this.

    I'm done with you Eurocom. You expect people to pay the premium price for your laptops, but never live up to their expectations in terms of quality and support. Shame on you and shame on every other company that condones such practices.

    I apologize for the lengthy post, here's a tl;dr: terrible thermals, noise levels, overclockable cpu can't be overclocked, restricted warranty, keyboard ghosting and horrid support make for the worst experience I ever had with Eurocom.
     
  2. Vasudev

    Vasudev Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Spartan Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I'd rather pay taxes, shipping fees, anything needed and NOT deal with Eurocom. Don't get me started but basically, their customer service is appalling.
     
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  4. woodzstack

    woodzstack Alezka Computers , Official Clevo reseller.

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    He wasn't my customer though, but I'd help a fellow Canadian out if I could. What goes around comes around.
     
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  5. Addo

    Addo Newbie

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    I will, thanks!

    It's a shame that I genuinely love Clevo laptops, but it just needs the right OEM...

    Thank you for looking at this thread. I'll hit your DMs soon.
     
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    Even with taxes and shipping fees its still cheaper to buy spare parts/GPUs from anyone but Eurocom.
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  7. Notebookbackbreaker

    Notebookbackbreaker Notebook Geek

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    I just purchased a laptop from them yesterday. Hope they fulfill their side of things properly :/
     
  8. notstaamp

    notstaamp Notebook Guru

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    something i realized recently is that although these laptops are premiumly priced it is only for the customer not the seller
    although the laptops are expensive the seller doesn't make much money out of it (i might be wrong) but that's what i see
    so support is not something they want to do even big companies like apple dell samsung all outsourced their repair to (as far as i know) cheap labor companies but the difference is at least for apple they have their own call center so you get fast response on rma and other support
    not sure how as a community of gaming laptop enthusiasts we can change this but if anybody has a good idea please let us know
    in the past i was really angry when i spent $2000 on a computer and then get a crap support but now i can see that the seller doesn't make much money out of the $2000 so their response is less than desirable
    well just ranting :D
     
  9. Notebookbackbreaker

    Notebookbackbreaker Notebook Geek

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    While I do not know how much they might make, I am sure they are in it for the money. No one gets into this business for charity imho.
    If they have regrets, they can move onto other avenues. Any business needs to put ethics first, money automatically comes through long term relations and customer networks. Margins must be high because these ones don't sell by volume afaik.
    Anyway, good service is a mandate for any business if they are in it for the long haul.
     
  10. jc_denton

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    Reason for temperatures getting worse down the line, is mostly likely due to liquid metal bonding with the copper and diffusing into it over time. If you reapply LM on both surfaces it should be good again. Worth noting, when you use LM, the thermal pads might need to be replaced with slightly thinner ones. As LM hates even the tiniest of gaps.
     
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