HP re-entering the gaming laptop market?

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  1. Patriots2001

    Patriots2001 Notebook Enthusiast

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    According to softpedia.com HP is rumored to be working on a Gaming laptops.

    Article:

    According to a new tip provided by @evleaks, "HP is gearing up to launch a gaming laptop that aims to compete with Dell’s Alienware lineup.
    According to sources familiar with the matter, the device will come equipped with an Intel Core i7-4712MQ CPU and boasting one of NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 860M graphic cards.
    So far, details about the device have been quite scarce, but I can also tell you that the speakers will run up sides of the keyboard and there’s going to be configurable lighting controlled by built-in software.
    The leak mentions HP should be ready to launch the product on the market this fall and if priced right it could stand a chance at stirring customers away from the Alienware bunch.
    A few months ago, Dell updated the Alienware 17-inch and 18-inch models, adding NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M / 860M and Radeon R9 M290X GPU options. The gaming notebooks also bring about Intel Core “Haswell” i7 processor, 1080p displays, up to 32GB of RAM memory and traditional drives plus optional mSATA solid state storage."

    HP Gaming Laptop with Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M in the Works

    I was a bit skeptical at first. But I did more research, and I saw that Computer upgrade king who has a working relationship with HP posted this on their website:

    Upcoming HP 17" Gaming notebook:

    Product info: HP is set to release a brand new 17" Gaming Laptop with the latest Intel and NVIDIA technology. This new powerful gaming laptop will be released later this year

    Specs
    Item Condition New
    Handling Time (Days) 2
    Display 17.3" Full HD
    CPU / Processor Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor
    Graphics Card nVIDIA 800 Series Dedicated Graphics Card
    Weight 10 pounds

    Estimated Availability: October 01, 2014

    Starting at: $1,600.00

    http://cukusa.com/upcoming-hp-17-inch-gaming-laptop.html
     
  2. JamesBl

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    Hm.. I hope it has something unique to it.
     
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    HP have a lot of work to do, they have let their standards slip over the last few years. The quality control is just not there, I have opened multi products of the same model only the find several faults. Depending on model some of HP keyboards are really poorly designed. Display panels uses are mostly sub-par.

    Dells Alienware are pretty solid design, pretty much we'll thought out for a main stream consumer releases.

    HP really have to step it up. I know they have some good parts in their inventory that are used on various models, they may need to combine some to these. Most critically they need to build a chassis that works, looks good, cools well, and a keyboard worth gaming on.

    Btw. Using a 860M in a 17" notebook is a waste of time, good for 15" notebooks although.
     
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    Well said.

    HP refuses to offer a top tier GPU in anything they make. This has been their way for years. So unless they up their game in this department, they really wouldn't be competing with Alienware.
     
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    860m? gaming? alienware? eh....

    Just bring the real envy back. ~

    The zbook does have the highest tier GPU :p, with a cute list price.
     
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    If they are using an i7 4712mq and 860m they probably should have gone with thin and slim instead of a 10 lb tank. As far as I know there is currently no thin laptop with the combo of the 4712 and a maxwell 860m, probably the most ideal combo to keep heat as low as possible while keeping performance comprobable. A 10 lb tank doesn't care about having the 4710mq+ and 870m+ though, so those cooler parts are wasted IMO.
     
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    ... with quality control...

    LOL. Granted. Their business lines tend to be top of class in many regards with a commensurate price.

    Consumer lines? Not so much. The best consumer notebook they ever made was the HDX 9000. But even that didn't have the top GPU. They went with an 8800M GTS instead of the 8800M GTX. All the while the HDX had a cooling system that could have handled the 8800M GTX.
     
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    The new Envy 15-q for 2014 (i7-4712HQ and 850M) which is just a slight refresh of the Envy 15-j from 2013.

    With the 15-q the processor which is a i7-4712HQ and a 850M with DDR3 (4GB), taking that into account and the news available, this is what I think HP are doing. Good chance they are grabbing the above motherboard and BIOS, modifying it slightly, and sticking GDDR5 on it.
    The 850M and the 860M are the exact same core, the later uses GDDR5 exclusively.
     
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    Except the ddr3 version of the 850m is actually 35% weaker than the 860m while the Gddr5 850m is only by around 10%
     
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    They are identical chips, only difference is clock speed and memory type.

    In any case what I am pointing out the so called gaming notebook will not be much better than an Envy 15-q which uses 850M. All that HP has to do is change the core clock speed and slap on some GDDR5 memory.

    Maxwell is no slouch, but is a pretty dismal effort never the less, for the class they are claiming to aim for.
     
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