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My search for a gaming laptop has finally ended + UMPC collection

Ever since I moved to Korea, I’ve been missing my PS3/PS4 and all the gaming sessions I used to have with my friends back in SF. Here, everyone is busy and no one has time to just come over and play a few games. So I’ve been left to my PC games. Unfortunately my main laptop (a Thinkpad X240) comes with a woefully inadequate integrated Intel graphics card for gaming. Thus this whole year I’ve been searching for the right gaming laptop. Something that would play dota, I recently started getting into the dota championships and found out you can go to rivalry.gg/matches/dota-2-betting and bet on your favorite dota teams.

And I think I’ve finally found it. I was looking for a 17inch gaming laptop, preferably with Nvidia Gsync, so I did a few hours of research to dig into all these laptops, and found all the issues:

Razer Blade Pro: Thin and great design, but has heating issues, like other thin gaming laptops, plus too expensive.
Aorus X7 Pro: Very powerful for its size including SLI graphics, but again, seems to have heating issues, and too expensive.
Alienware 17: this was one of the strongest contenders because it had a good display, good design, price is reasonable, sound is good, except it was missing Nvidia Gsync… and that may seem like a small picky issue, but it matters when all these laptops are so close in competition. Oh, and the RAM maxes out at 16GB. Hmm.. not that futureproof.
MSI Dominator GT72: Also a very strong contender, good keyboard and speakers and Gsync, but has some minor heating issues and display is not that great.
Lenovo Y70: Cheap, but the GPU is a generation behind, plus no Gsync, so nay.
Acer V Nitro: Cheap, thin, good design, but just not powerful enough, and no Gsync either.
HP Omen: I appreciate HP for making a thin, light gaming laptop, but no 17 inch screen size and lack of expandable RAM is a no no.
Sager NP9773: Sager/Clevo/Gigabyte laptops have incredible specs including a full desktop processor, but the build quality of the chassis is just mediocre.
Boutique makers (OriginPC,Maingear,Puget,FalconNW,AVADirect,Digital Storm,Cyberpower,Ironside,etc) are nice and you can customize literally everything, but the prices are outrageous and they use modified Clevo/Gigabyte chassis, so similar mediocre build quality.

So… notice that I’m leaving one major PC manufacturer from this list. In the end, I decided on:

Asus ROG G751
Asus ROG G751

Yes, the Asus ROG G751. Why? Because all the reviews I read of this laptop seemed to indicate little to no weaknesses at all. Great cooling, no heat issues, great display (w/Gsync), great keyboard, great design. Everything is good, except for mediocre speakers and the bulk (8.6lbs), but thats to be expected of gaming laptops anyway. I do also have a Creative E5 USB DAC/Amp and Sound Blaster Roar 2 speakers, so sound shouldn’t be an issue.

All in all, the Asus seems to be a perfect gaming laptop.
On a side note, my UMPC collection is almost complete.

So far I have:
-Sony Vaio UX280 – Win XP
-Sony Vaio P – Win 10
-Fujitsu U820 – Win 7
-Fujitsu UH900 – Win 10
-Open Pandora – Linux
-OQO Model 2 – Win XP
-Toshiba Libretto W100 – Win 7
-HTC Shift X9500 – Win XP
-Samsung Q1UP – Win XP
-Viliv S5 – Win XP
-Vulcan Flipstart – Win XP

Non-UMPC:
Dell E4200 – Win Vista
Fujitsu P1630 – Win 7
HP Envy 14 Beats – Win 10
Lenovo Flex 20 – Win 8
Razer Edge Pro – Win 8
Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14 – Win 10
Lenovo Thinkpad X240 – Win 7
Asus ROG G751 – Win 10
Mac Mini – OS X Yosemite

Total: 6 Win XP, 1 Vista, 4 Win 7, 2 Win 8, 5 Win 10, 1 OS X, 1 Linux

All of these I reviewed on my youtube, and all of them run some version of Windows XP or Vista or 7. I am closing in on getting a Vulcan Flipstart (after months of scouring eBay). Then I’ll only be missing a few, the Asus R50A (hard to find), and a few other Korean/Japanese ones, Gigabyte M705, Wibrain, Raon Digital Everun, Hanbit Pepperpad, Kojinsha, Sharp D4, etc.
But I can say now I have the vast majority of UMPCs in my collection 🙂

edit: I now have the Vulcan Flipstart in my collection which runs Windows XP and is the only UMPC with less than 1GB that I have which means it will stay on Windows XP :). Review will come up eventually.

Fun fact: All of the UMPCs I listed above all come with 1GB of RAM or more, so they can all potentially run Windows 10 (provided I can find working drivers of course). I’m probably going to upgrade all the Atom UMPCs which run Vista to Win 7, and keep the rest (A110/Via/Core Solo) on Win XP. I might upgrade some of them to Windows 10 if the drivers for Win 7 work for them.

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Upcoming/current gadgets list

Upcoming gadgets I’m excited about

Wearables
Google glasses
Meta glasses
Vuzix M100
LG G Watch
CogitoWatch
Huawei watch
Withings Activite
GlassUp
Memini
Pebble Watch
Neptune Pine
Moto 360
Lumus DK40
Creoir
Smarty Ring
Nike fuelband
Fitbit
Razer Nabu
Jawbone Up
Martian watches
Omate
Meta Watch
Misfit wearables
Kiwi wearables
Epson Moverio BT200
Zeiss Cinemizer
Sony HMZ-T3
Gameface Mark IV
Recon JET
Epiphany
Avegant Glyph
Optinvent ORA
Smart Googles
Telepathy
Nymi
Myo Armband

Cameras / Displays
Looxie HD Explore
Contour cameras
Garmin VIRB Elite
Sony Action Cam
GoPro
Jigabot
Lytro
FollowFocus Shifter
Rhino stabilizers
Aericam DSLR stabilization system
Ghost stabilizer
TurboAce
iFlow
Zipshooter
Cineik
Lynny Lens
Sail video system
Swivl
Giroptic
Lomo Instant Camera
Petzval Lens
SoloShot 2
Sony QX100
Ca7ch
Dos Owls Odin
Lifelogger
Narrative
Monitor 2 go
Touch Pico projector
Asus MB168B portable display
S1 Pocket projector
Asus Widescreen MX2990Q
Asus 4K monitor
Samsung 4K monitor
Viewsonic 10 point multitouch display
Viewsonic smart display
Sony 84″ Ultra HDTV
Sony 4K projector

gaming/computers/tablets/phones
Nvidia Shield
Origin PC
Steam Boy
Nvidia 3D vision2
Modbook Mac Tablet
Razer Edge Pro
Razer Christine
HP Omen
Razer Blade
Aorus X7
Asus ROG
Sony HMZ T3
Vuzix Wrap 1200DXAR
Vuzix Star 1200XLD
MS Surface 3
Tango PC
Asus Taichi
Lenovo Horizon tabletop PC
Ouya
Gamestick
PlaystationTV
Alienware Alpha
Nexus 7
MiPad
Wikipad
Vivo Xplay
Fiio X5
Smartisan
Meizu MX3
Parrot Asteroid
Archos Gamepad 2
Steam Machines
MadCatz MOJO
Leap Motion
Moga controller
Handy Phone
Yotaphon 2
Nokia Lumia 1020
Jolla
iStick

VR/AR/Drones/Robotics
Oculus Rift
VisusVR
Eyesight Tech
Virtuix Omni
Reactive Grip
MS Kinect 2
Creative Senz3D
Asus Xtion Pro
InAir
KorFX
Cyberith Virtualizer
PrioVR
ControlVr
Sixense STEM
Double Robotics
Revolve Robotics
Willow Garage
Turtlebots
Pepper/Nao bot
Kobuki
Romo
RoboMe
Ollie
Jibo
Bitcraze copter
Xcraft
Hovis Genie
BrickPi
GoPiGo
Razer Hydra
Parrot Drone AR2
Zano drone
Parrot Bebop Drone
Parrot Jumping Sumo
Parrot Rolling Spider
Hex copter
HexoPlus
EasyAerial
Helipal
Pocket Drone
Airdog
Draganfly X6
Quadropter
DJ Phantom 2 Vision Plus
Beam Plus
Budgy Bot
MIP

Connected / Home objects
iFind
SmartSpace
iControl
Nest
SmartThings
Homey
Niwa
Doorbot
Kevo
Skybell
Spark
Lockitron
Belleds
August Smart Lock
Canary
Ayla
Arrayent
Archos Smart Home
Piper security
Automatic
Dropcam
Sentri
Electric objects
Tempescope

Other
Hendo Hoverboard
Autographer
Tile App
Square
Aurora Dream
SherlyBox
Lima
Pencil
Fender Custom Shop
B&O Beolab 14
Whill
Ollo clip
Slingbox
Coin
Pegasus 3D printer
Form Labs 3D printer
Kudo 3D printer
Micro 3D printer
3D Doodler
Darkly Labs Laser printer
SCIO sensor
Dacuda sensor
Structure Sensor
Navdy
Ponomusic
Earin earbuds
Aurisonics
SlingBox M1
Bragi wireless earbuds
OMONE floating speaker
Clearview invisible speaker
Rocket Skates
Outdoor Tech