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Comparing 2 Laptops?

by kyledkushner / March 9, 2017 8:02 AM PST

Hello,

I just noticed on Newegg today that there’s a sale on an MSI gaming laptop that appears to be a steal. I was hoping someone could compare the specs of the 2 machines and tell me if they’re the same. From what I can see, they are. The only difference that I can find is that the MSI also has an SSD, and a $100 rebate? If so, this is a no brainer. However, the sale ends tomorrow, so I'll have to act fast if the specs truly are the same. I'm just concerned that I'm missing something. Thanks in advance.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234299&ignorebbr=1

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834154292&ignorebbr=1

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Not the same
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 9, 2017 8:14 AM PST
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It's clear to me you have not used a machine with SSD so there it is. The one with SSD will win you over.

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SSD
by kyledkushner / March 9, 2017 8:25 AM PST
In reply to: Not the same

I own a machine with an SSD. However, that's not my question. I'm asking if the specs for the 2 machines are the same with the exception of the MSI having an SSD as well as a HDD. Clearly if the specs are equivalent and I'm not missing something, then the MSI would be the obvious choice. I'm simply trying to make sure that these 2 machines have the exact same specs before I purchase the MSI. I'm trying to avoid buyers remorse.

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I agree so far.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 9, 2017 8:36 AM PST
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I will give the nod to Asus since we got 5 years out of my sons first ROG and now in year 2 of his second ROG. Not too many MSI's around here.

Can you point out any other spec difference? I didn't find any.

Did you hit notebookcheck on those units?

I would just to check for display quality and HOT HOT HOT SPOTS.

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Tough Decision
by kyledkushner / March 9, 2017 9:06 AM PST
In reply to: I agree so far.

Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, I can't even find the model on notebookcheck. It seems every manufacturer has a model number, but then there are 10 iterations of that model. Even looking up a review of this exact machine seems impossible. I keep getting the top of the line iterations of the model with the GTX 1070. I don't know what to do... It's hard to deny essentially getting a free 128GB SSD, and $100 rebate for what appears to be the exact same specs. However, you bring up a good point about the screen. Can't find any info on it though.

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What you find
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 9, 2017 9:32 AM PST
In reply to: Tough Decision

Is that the maker will not change the screen unless it's a big change. That is, the 1080 screen is the same from one to another. And same for UHD.

I'd look for similar MSI/Asus with the CPU, GPU as the match and not worry about the HDD/SSD.

There are some units with hot spots that had me pass and keep shopping.

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Good Thought
by kyledkushner / March 9, 2017 9:42 AM PST
In reply to: What you find

That's a good point. However, the CPU and GPU are the same for both the MSI and the ASUS. Not sure about the hot spots on the two. I'll see if I can find anything out in terms of the display.

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READ THE PRODUCT REVIEWS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 9, 2017 9:52 AM PST
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The MSI ones repeat over and over AUDIO issues that you have to fix with a driver. At least it's just that. But why doesn't it arrive ready to use?

The ASUS reviews talk about HOT areas at the top of the keyboard even with a cooling pad.

In this round, even though I like the ROG unit, I think MSI gets the nod.

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