Thoughts On Sager Quality

Discussion in 'Sager and Clevo' started by tpm12, Jan 9, 2006.

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  1. tpm12

    tpm12 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I bought a Sager in 2003, NP8800 series, as a desktop replacement. I was concerned because I had never heard of them but because noboby else could touch the specs for the price I took a chance. Well within a year I had to get the motherboard replaced and now that the warrenty is up I am getting the same problems and I can't even get into windows...it just cycles through the boot-up. I am now in the market to get another notebook and Sager has a some very nice selections but I am leery about buying them again...you know "fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me". Anybody have any thoughts on Sager quality and reliability?
     
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Welcome to NotebookReview.com's forums, tpm. Thanks for posting your experience. :)

    About Sager Quality - I have owned my 15.4" Sager NP-5320 (Pentium M) since October of '05. Flawless operation so far, no problems regarding quality, heat, etc.

    Compared to a mainstream notebook, such as an HP (which are the best mainstream notebooks in my opinion), this one is a notch above the rest. There is no flex in the lid - made of aluminum, very durable and sturdy, plus it looks nice. The chassis is stiff as a board - no flex there either. I enjoy typing on the keyboard. It is a bit 'clickety', but offers a good experience.

    When I tap the plastic, there are no hollow or vibrating sounds as you might get on a cheaper notebook.

    The display - a bit above average for the most part. I like the contrast and sharpness, but brightness leaves a bit to be desired. It is about average there. Nobody is going to double-take at this display. It's not bad by any measure, just needs a brightness boost.

    Hardware - good components used, reliable.

    Remember, Sager does not 'make' any of their notebooks - they are rebadged Clevo's - Sager just customizes them and sells them under a different name. ;)

    In the hardware foum, we have a small questionare - the "What Should I Buy FAQ" - if you could copy + paste, then fill it out, we can recommend a Sager to you. :)

    Chaz
     
  3. Lunee

    Lunee Notebook Enthusiast

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    This is just the stuff I need to hear to convince me to actually BUY one.. ;-)

    //Fabian
     
  4. Albsterama

    Albsterama Notebook Consultant NBR Reviewer

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    Just got my Sager 9750 this week. My impression is that its a SOLID machine in comparison to my Dells. I have owned a 7000 and still own a 7500 and 8200 and by far, the build on the Sager is much better.

    The LCD is firm but smooth. There are no misfit parts or bad gaps. There are also no plastic creeks that I can find. The keyboard is awesome and with nice feedback.

    The only quam is that the USB2.0 ports appear to be mounted upside down and the left palm are is slightly warm from the 7800GTX underneath it.

    So far, I am impressed with the build and quality but it's early days still...only 4 days of ownership.
     
  5. tpm12

    tpm12 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well I would like to hear some more from you guys that now have Sager...I like mine; when it worked. I need to get another laptop and continue to like the specs for the price Sager offers but I still have a bad taste from the first one.
     
  6. Albsterama

    Albsterama Notebook Consultant NBR Reviewer

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    ..don't blame you at all. i've not had any bad experience and i owned all dells until now. will do a review of my 9750 in another forum (with the same username) prolly next week. so far my 9750 has been more than exceptional...:love: it !

    I should point out that anothe oddity is the WUXGA screen is 61Hz and NOT 60Hz so you have to make sure the games such as BF2 is configured with 61Hz otherwise it will crash all the way back to the desktop. I can't comment on the 4750 or the other earlier series since this is my first Sager.
     
  7. xAMDvsIntelx

    xAMDvsIntelx Notebook Deity

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    That's strange - a screen with a 61Hz refresh rate, eh? I've also heard claims about Apple screens having a 62Hz refresh rate as well. The industry standard is 60Hz, however, so I wonder why these makers decided to make their screens with a higher refresh rate. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Albsterama

    Albsterama Notebook Consultant NBR Reviewer

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    i know...we had so many reports of BF2 crashing on startup about 2 weeks ago and we were bewildered for a little while until one of the guys said "hey the refresh is 61Hz and not 60Hz in the .ini file !"
     
  9. drlouis

    drlouis Notebook Enthusiast

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    me too. very happy with the quality/durability of my 3790. and I also had my hard drive go south just a little over a year from original purchase. I plan to buy a sager for my next computer if that tells you anything.
     
  10. vtech8686

    vtech8686 Notebook Guru

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    Sager..... is Clevo.... so they should be good
     
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