Our look at a Sager-built laptop from PC Torque shows a desktop replacement notebook computer with the power to get things done. We’ll tell you about this powerhouse and the companies that support it.
As many of you might know, [H] Consumer doesn’t "review" personal computer systems; we evaluate the experiences they facilitate. We order the system the same as you would and weigh every aspect of the end-user experience. Not only does this give us a better idea of what hardware an end-user actually receives, it also allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of just how each company functions and treats its customers. As fast as PC hardware has become over the years, we think giving a personal computer "5 stars" based on how fast it ran a synthetic benchmark is simply irresponsible. We think service, support, and reliability are much more important factors in today's climate than speed. Fast is easily paid for, but purchasing and ownership satisfaction can be elusive.
Many things can happen between the time we purchase a system and when the evaluation finally gets published. Prices can change, new technologies can come to market, and product lines can be altered.
In this case, the company we bought the laptop from, PC Torque, is no longer in the business of selling laptops. However, Sager is still supplying laptops, and they are still available from other companies.
You would think this would be a problem for us, but there’s still some good information here. PC Torque resold Sager laptops, and other companies still do. We can still take a good look at the hardware, and should PC Torque reverse direction and sell notebooks again, this evaluation will show you what they are capable of. Furthermore, while PC Torque makes no bones about being a value-added reseller (in particular, they expand the support you can get with your purchase), the system assembly and the software integration is done directly by Sager, so you can expect the same product if purchased elsewhere.
We decided to go with a desktop replacement notebook because we wanted to compare it with our experiences with the Hypersonic Aviator CX7– we also wanted to see if a dual core Athlon 64 X2 would cause problems in the finicky guts of a notebook.
Our PC Torque-brand Sager 9750-C is a “desktop replacement” – a heavy laptop with a short battery life, but tons of power behind it. You could take it on a plane or to a coffee shop if you had to, but this is not the laptop for those who plan to do most of their computing from the road. These are typically for people who don’t want their computers to take a whole lot of space, meaning college students and anyone living in cramped quarters.
The computer cost us $2963 + $37.29 for shipping and handling. Because [H] Consumer and PC Torque are both located in Austin, we had to pay additional city and state sales taxes of $244.46. It’s obviously an expensive computer, but we paid for some very pricy components.