Let’s Talk About THICC Laptops

by birtanpublished on September 20, 2020

All right so we're rolling into the year 2020 and one of the laptop trends that we've seen over the past few years is that high performance devices are getting thinner and lighter and just more portable which is great I think that's what people have been wanting so

It's great that laptop manufacturers and technology has allowed us to make these relatively portable devices yet still retaining great performance out of them but there are still a lot of companies out there that make these big like super

Thick desktop replacement thick boy devices so companies like Acer Asus MSI and this is one made by gigabyte this is the ars 17 these are significantly bigger than like a regular laptop I say regular but just like the kind of trendy

Thin and light performance machines and these tend to be better performing than thin and light devices but I always thought this like a month ago and every time I ran a benchmark and just kind of tested it out I always felt like yes it

Was better but is it really worth it like does the extra weight and size actually provide a better experience than something that isn't so big and heavy and that's what this video is about so to give this some context

I guess we'll talk about this laptop real briefly there's two things in the AR 17 that make it unique the first is the keyboard it's one of the better maybe even the best mechanical keyboard I've seen in a laptop and in order to

Implement a keyboard like this you do need a device that's relatively thick and the other thing that makes this device special is its performance it is a very very powerful laptop in fact this is the best performing laptop that I've

Tested this year except for that weird Alienware area 51 that used the desktop components inside a laptop chassis but when it comes to just regular laptop components this is the fastest one I've seen this year so the keyboard is

Definitely unique I've tried a lot of the mechanical keyboards that are available on laptops and the vast majority of them are cool and they're like kind of fun to play with and fun to try but none of them really stuck out as

Being a keyboard that I would actually want in my personal device this one is different I really like how the keys feel and how it but you have to get used to how the

Entire keyboard is sunken in a little bit so if you look at how the keys sit relative to the palm rest the whole keyboard is sunken in like a traditional laptop keyboard they have to do this so that the keys don't punch into the

Screen when you've closed the lid and I feel like this positioning takes away from that mechanical keyboard feel but the overall keyboard is clicky and has a good tactile response when you press the keys in terms of performance so this

Machine is running the 99 80 HK which is unlocked and the r-tx 20 80 it is incredibly powerful now to achieve that kind of performance I had to set this computer to the max possible settings and the max possible forints and the

Fans have to be cranked up to this it is very loud to the point where if you're playing games you actually have to have your headphones like slightly louder than normal to drown out the fan noise now you don't have to play your games

And you don't have to have the system at that kind of fan noise but that's what it takes to get the most out of this particular laptop so this kind of fan noise is not unique to the ars 17 a lot of the thick boy performance laptops

With overclockable CPUs and really powerful GPUs require really loud fans to hit that kind of performance and it just begs the question of is it worth it like are the gains that you get building a system like this or purchasing a

System like this really worth it over something that's just much more modest and I actually think that these big-boy laptops are starting to become not really worth their investment like these things are twice as loud maybe even

Three times as loud and they're twice as thick and you're certainly not getting double the performance of something that's a lot thinner and lighter manufacturers are getting better at cooling thin and light laptops properly

And some companies are even under vaulting their CPUs right out of the factories you just get better temperatures from day one and it's just the idea of a big thick laptop has just it's become less appealing to me over

The years is the gains that you get from this are not as prominent as they used to be now you do get a way better port selections you're getting three you species Ethernet an SD card slot you're just

Getting all the ports but it comes at a pretty significant weight increase over something like this now I know a lot of my audience are interested in these bigger and more powerful devices and it's obviously not for me but for the

People that do have a preference for these bigger heavier machines what is it that you do with it like I'm so interested to know what it is that you guys are drawn to in these more powerful machines ok the screen it's a 17 inch

Screen it is dimmer than some of the other 17 inch screens we've seen on this channel but it is more color accurate if that's important to you but it's still a 1080p screen so which ties into the whole thing about performance like these

Are still 1080p screens I don't feel like the extra kick and performance that these systems provide really translates that nicely in terms of just actual performance in games unless you're someone that plays like graphically

Intense open-world games like witcher 3 the internals are easy to get to you have access to your two ram slots your three drives your Wi-Fi card and you can see the battery that gives a roughly 4 hour battery life which is not great but

In a system of this size in this calibre it's kind of expected but overall this system is very powerful it is literally the most powerful laptop based device that i've had on my channel this year but it is quite heavy and very loud when

You're trying to get the best possible performance also it requires 2 AC adapters to achieve that best performance you can run this system off of one AC adapter but doesn't clock nearly as high so you have to adopt the

Double adapter life but my advice is that if you're interested in these big thick boy laptops check out these thinner ones first and you just get like 80 85 percent of the performance for like half the weight

So yeah just be aware of what of what the what the market is like if you're interested in the big guys alright hope you guys enjoyed this video thumbs if you liked it subs have you loved it see you guys next time

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