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Recoil II Pro

I have been having my Recoil II Pro for 4 months and it is absolutely an incredible laptop.

My specs:
- Intel® Core™ i7 Six Core Processor 8750H
- 20GB Corsair 2400MHz SODIMM DDR4
- NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 - 6.0GB GDDR5 Video RAM
- Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2 SSD
- ADATA SU800 M.2 2280 256GB M.2 SSD
- Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2.5'' SSD
- Cooler Master Mastergel Thermal Compound
- Killer Wireless 1550 M.2

Pros:
- stunning display; you'd be forgiven for thinking it is IPS (it is actually VA)
- amazingly thin bezzels
- amazingly thin laptop (no competitor as slim and as performant as this laptop in the same price range)
- very high performance
- lots of ventilation space, usually stays cool
- beautiful multi-colour backlit keyboard with a numeric keys pad
- no noisy cooling
- very good connectivity
- lots of storage options (I installed 3 SSDs in it)
- will work great with a multi-monitor setup (in my case: laptop monitor + 21:9 1080p monitor + 4K monitor)
- low price for a premium laptop

Cons:
- No Thunderbolt (I really hate this)
- No HDMI 2.0 (only 1.4)
- No DP1.4 (only 1.3 - not as important as getting an upgraded HDMI on this)
- Not sure what that USB2.0 is doing there
- I would have loved seeing some enhanced networking capabilities such as dual LAN ports or 10Gbpe Lan ports like that MSI laptop everyone talks about has
 

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Oussebon

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- Not sure what that USB2.0 is doing there
Mandatory USB mouse, obviously(!)

Kidding aside:

- stunning display; you'd be forgiven for thinking it is IPS (it is actually VA)
That's very interesting. Do you happen to know the panel model used?

And a lot of people ask about the keyboard on this laptop - the experience of using it and the noise from the keyboard. Do you have any comments?

Thanks for posting the review, there's some great and helpful stuff in there!
 
Yes, I know what panel mine has: http://www.panelook.com/N156HCA-EA1_Innolux_15.6_LCM_overview_28005.html .
However, it should be noted that PCSpecialist might be using another panel depending on stock and availability.

The keyboard is great. A bit noisier that your typical laptop keyboard though (due to being mechanical) so you might want to bear that in mind if you plan to use it for work or in some place with lots of people. Nonetheless, whether you are someone who is doing a lot of writting or someone who is gaming, this keyboard will be great for you. It also has a very premium feeling to it.
 

Tony1044

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Good review, thank you.

I am curious though why you think what is ultimately a consumer product would benefit from dual- or 10Gb- Ethernet?

10Gb kit is hideously expensive and most places reserve it for their core networks (servers) in a data centre. These same places tend to be very wary about allowing non-corporate owned kit on their networks, let alone their core.

Thinking it through, I could just about see a use case for dual NIC's if you're running a hypervisor/portable lab/demo unit (I do that) but even then, beyond being a learning experience, it's a bit of a stretch to see a useful use case.

Genuinely curious, as I always like to hear others uses and modes of working - not having a go
 
Good review, thank you.

I am curious though why you think what is ultimately a consumer product would benefit from dual- or 10Gb- Ethernet?

10Gb kit is hideously expensive and most places reserve it for their core networks (servers) in a data centre. These same places tend to be very wary about allowing non-corporate owned kit on their networks, let alone their core.

Thinking it through, I could just about see a use case for dual NIC's if you're running a hypervisor/portable lab/demo unit (I do that) but even then, beyond being a learning experience, it's a bit of a stretch to see a useful use case.

Genuinely curious, as I always like to hear others uses and modes of working - not having a go
I have a 10Gigabit network at home. That's the use :) I am aware that 10Gigabit is expensive (not too expensive to have it in MSI laptops apparently though - well, to be fair, that one is an expensive laptop). However, Dual Ethernet with pairing option could be a cheaper way to achieve multi-gigabit transfer rates. I do a lot of transfer from my laptop to my home server, including multiple backups per day, file transfer (sometimes tens of GBs at once), 4K streaming, file syncing etc.
 

Oussebon

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It's very expensive still. Very expensive. As far as I know the MSI laptop with the 10gbps network is their 'Titan' which sells for ~$4000 depending on the model (and it's only in some of the Titan laptops I think)

It's the top-end cherry on a top-end cake, not the kind of thing you buy for a casual £1500. They apparently also weigh 4.5kg.
 
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Tony1044

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I have a 10Gigabit network at home. That's the use :) I am aware that 10Gigabit is expensive (not too expensive to have it in MSI laptops apparently though - well, to be fair, that one is an expensive laptop). However, Dual Ethernet with pairing option could be a cheaper way to achieve multi-gigabit transfer rates. I do a lot of transfer from my laptop to my home server, including multiple backups per day, file transfer (sometimes tens of GBs at once), 4K streaming, file syncing etc.
I hear what you're saying - I run a home lab too with an HP DL class server and 10Gbit NICs (but run them at 1Gbit as a) that's the speed of the core switch that everything connects to, b) Nothing else on the network has >1Gbps and c) I don't actually do anything that requires 10Gbit).

But... servers at home/labs/etc - we are hardly a common use case when you're talking about home users. For one thing, how many home users have a switch that can do link aggregation? How many home users will want to shell out on CAT6 cabling? Not that many at all.

And most users connect their kit via WiFi anyway.

10Gb Ethernet is Enterprise class.
 

Bhasker

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Hi! I'm looking to buy this laptop for much the same specs as what you've listed but the price (ex. VAT) I'm getting is much higher. This may be rather obvious but did you happen to add additional memory and upgrade the RAM at the later date?

I'm sorry if this sounds like I'm prying... I just don't want to have missed a trick!

Thanks
 

ubuysa

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Hi! I'm looking to buy this laptop for much the same specs as what you've listed but the price (ex. VAT) I'm getting is much higher. This may be rather obvious but did you happen to add additional memory and upgrade the RAM at the later date?

I'm sorry if this sounds like I'm prying... I just don't want to have missed a trick!

Thanks
PCS's prices do change quite often because the cost of components that PCS buy in also change, often on quite short timescales. The price you see is for the spec you select, nothing else is added afterwards by PCS.

If you want to add additional storage (HDD/SSD) or RAM at a later date yourself you can, PCS have an open case policy (as long as you don't damage anything).
 
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