Sager NP5160 review – Notebook with i7-2630QM
Sager’s NP5160 became one of the notebook manufacturers to come out with Intel’s newest Sandy Bridge core i7-2630QM processor. The Sandy Bridge core i7-2630QM is a quad core 2.0 GHz processor with decent performance for high end computing and gaming. Sager NP5160 notebook comes with 4 GB of hard disk and a relatively smaller 320 GB Hard disk in its basic configuration. Notice that the Sager NP5160 refers to the series and the components are cutomizable. So you can choose a better processor, higher memory or a larger disk by paying Extra. This review refers to the Sager NP5160 in its most basic configuration.
Other most distinguishing feature of the Sager NP5160 includes the support for the USB 3.0, which will allow you to transfer data at 10 times the present USB 2.0 data rate.
As part of the Sager NP5160 review, we present the most important parts of the BASIC configuration. Again, we want to remind that the Sager NP5160 is a reconfigurable notebook. We will cover this in the pricing section. For now here are the quick facts
– Intel Sandy Bridge core i7-2620qm, quad core 2.0 GHz processor
– 4 GB RAM and 320 GB hard disk again, in basic configuration
– 15.6 inch LCD screen at 1366 x 768 resolution.
– nVIDIA GeForce GT 540M GPU , 1GB GDDR3 / Embeded Intel HD Graphics
– USB 3.0
– DVD Drive ( optional Blu Ray at higher price)
– Wired and wireless networking
– Windows 7 Home premium edition
Pricing and Options
With this basic configuration, Sager NP5160 comes at a very competitive price of $879, making it possibly one of the very few, if any, sandy bridge based notebook available in market for under $900. Notice that this many of the i5-460M based notebooks are being offered at prices close to this. Starredreviews, therefore recommend this notebook in its basic configuration.
As you may have noted a relatively small hard disk of 320 GB looks a little too small when paired with the quad core processor. Sager provides an option of upgrading to higher RAM, higher higher disks, and the prices are as follows
– 6 GB hard disk in place of 4 GB – extra $45 ( If you need 8 GB, you pay extra $70)
– 500 GB – pay extra $20 ( there are other options too)
– Blu Ray reader – extra $80
– i7-2720QM ( 2.2 GHz) processor – extra $160 ( for i7-2820QM, you pay extra $350)
From the pricing details it is clear that the basic option, provides the best value for the money. It is easy to shoot up the price to $1K and beyond by taking up the additional option. But, you should not hesitate it, if that is something you need it for sure.
Sager’s NP5160 needs a serious look, if you are looking for a high end machine at an affordable price.