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Scan launches first own-brand gaming laptops

Scan launches first own-brand gaming laptops

Scan's Graphite gaming laptops span a wide range of specifications, although there's not an AMD CPU in sight.

Computing retail giant Scan has officially announced that it is to target a whole new market with its pre-built systems, launching its first ever gaming laptop products.

The own-brand laptops, sold under the company's 3XS brand, are initially available in three distinct variants under the shared Graphite branding. The first, aimed at gamers who need power on the go, is the LG5. Weighing 1.8kg and featuring a compact 11.6" 1366x768 LCD display, the system packs Nvidia's Optimus technology for switching between the integrated graphics found in the Intel Core-series processor and a dedicated GeForce GT 650M 2GB DirectX 11-capable GPU. 8GB of RAM is included as standard, along with a 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive.

As part of the 3XS range, Scan is offering heavy customisation of all three laptop models. As a result, the LG5 can be ordered with a choice of Intel Core i3 3110M, Core i5 3210M, Core i5 3360M or Core i7 3612QM processor, standard Intel HDA or Creative SB13000 sound, and up to a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive or 480GB Corsair Force Series 3 SSD.

The compact LG5 is joined by the mid-range LG10. Significantly heavier at 3.1kg, the LG10 boasts a 15.6" 1920x1080 screen and a choice of GeForce GTX 670M 1.5GB, GeForce GTX 675M 2GB, GeForce GTX 680M 4GB or an AMD Radeon HD 7970 2GB graphics chip. 8GB of RAM is included as standard, with 16GB available as an added-cost extra. Available processors are the Intel Core i5 3210M, Core i5 3360M, Core i7 3610QM and Core i7 3920XM.

Interestingly, the LG10 includes room for additional storage: as well as the single 2.5" bay for up to 750GB of spinning-platter or 480GB of solid-state storage, the system comes with room for an mSATA-connected SSD of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB.

Finally, the LG15 is Scan's top-end model, with a 17.3" 1920x1080 display and the same processor and memory choices as its 15.6" LG10 counterpart. As before, mSATA drives are supported, along with two 2.5" drive bays which Scan splits between solid-state and spinning-platter drives - allowing buyers to choose both, if they so desire.

All models are available to order now, with prices starting at £600 for the LG5, £1,066 for the LG10 and £1,260 for the LG15, from Scan's microsite.

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Bungletron 17th September 2012, 12:10 Quote
Looks half decent, price and spec is great, when are you going to get one of these to review? Is this a Clevo chassis?
Mongoose132 17th September 2012, 12:52 Quote
Looks remarkably decent, just need a review to determine whether the rest of it is any good :p
Paradigm Shifter 17th September 2012, 13:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bungletron
Looks half decent, price and spec is great, when are you going to get one of these to review? Is this a Clevo chassis?

Almost certainly.

Not as much in terms of customisation as PC Specialist, who I've just had a very good experience of buying from. Prices are about equal, though, so it'll be swings and roundabouts.
matee 17th September 2012, 13:44 Quote
They do look like Clevo / Sager notebooks.
http://www.sagernotebook.com/
Can't blame them, they are known for their good quality. Sor those who dont know this company its what Alienware used pre-Dell, Origin PC uses and maaaany others. Good stuff.

EDIT: and this is what PC Specialist uses also.
GeorgeStorm 17th September 2012, 13:57 Quote
No harm in a little more competition, quite like the look of the smallest model.
LightningPete 17th September 2012, 14:11 Quote
But since scan is very much in with the bit.tech crew one thing is missing: review/preview and benchies? Not a lot of negativity for scan related articles, the first laptop is a paltry 1366x7xx resolution, surely in the days of HD and what not the basic resolution would be something of 1680x1050 etc. Maybe im just being a pesimist. But 600quid and adding 8gb of ram (as its the cheapest way to bolster the appearance of the laptop) rather than investing in a screen to see the full benefits of the nvidia chip would be a more unique selling point, presuming the price is less than 700GBP. I for one would spend a 100quid to see a better and clearer game on a laptop if it was to be a prime/portable gaming rig.
>>LP

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Shirty 17th September 2012, 14:36 Quote
Scan is popular with Bit-tech, CPC and their readers because many of us have had very good experiences buying from them. Hence they are consistently voted as the #1 online retailer for geeks.

Personally not interested in laptops so meh, but as George said above, competition is always welcome.
Paradigm Shifter 17th September 2012, 15:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by LightningPete
But since scan is very much in with the bit.tech crew one thing is missing: review/preview and benchies? Not a lot of negativity for scan related articles, the first laptop is a paltry 1366x7xx resolution, surely in the days of HD and what not the basic resolution would be something of 1680x1050 etc. Maybe im just being a pesimist. But 600quid and adding 8gb of ram (as its the cheapest way to bolster the appearance of the laptop) rather than investing in a screen to see the full benefits of the nvidia chip would be a more unique selling point, presuming the price is less than 700GBP. I for one would spend a 100quid to see a better and clearer game on a laptop if it was to be a prime/portable gaming rig.
>>LP

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Getting anyone to offer more than 1366x768 or 1920x1080 is rare now. Some will do 1600x900, but the old widescreen resolutions like 1280x800, 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 have vanished. Which is a pity, as I vastly prefer 16:10 over 16:9.

Basically, high end laptops go 1080p so they can proudly boast "1080p" on there, while cheaper ones go 768p so they can claim "HD ready!" :(
law99 17th September 2012, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by LightningPete
But since scan is very much in with the bit.tech crew one thing is missing: review/preview and benchies? Not a lot of negativity for scan related articles, the first laptop is a paltry 1366x7xx resolution, surely in the days of HD and what not the basic resolution would be something of 1680x1050 etc. Maybe im just being a pesimist. But 600quid and adding 8gb of ram (as its the cheapest way to bolster the appearance of the laptop) rather than investing in a screen to see the full benefits of the nvidia chip would be a more unique selling point, presuming the price is less than 700GBP. I for one would spend a 100quid to see a better and clearer game on a laptop if it was to be a prime/portable gaming rig.
>>LP

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You say that, but it is a tiny screen. If that resolution becomes much bigger, it will be like looking at your laptop through the wrong end of a telescope.

Also, for portable gaming, larger resolutions aren't exactly going to help are they? Talking performance wise here.
l3v1ck 17th September 2012, 18:52 Quote
Shame it's just gaming laptops. That level of customisation from a company I trust would be nice for normal laptops too.
ripmax 17th September 2012, 19:25 Quote
A bit naughty of them to list the excluding VAT and not including VAT until you click more info.
FifteeeCal 17th September 2012, 20:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LightningPete
But since scan is very much in with the bit.tech crew one thing is missing: review/preview and benchies? Not a lot of negativity for scan related articles, the first laptop is a paltry 1366x7xx resolution, surely in the days of HD and what not the basic resolution would be something of 1680x1050 etc. Maybe im just being a pesimist. But 600quid and adding 8gb of ram (as its the cheapest way to bolster the appearance of the laptop) rather than investing in a screen to see the full benefits of the nvidia chip would be a more unique selling point, presuming the price is less than 700GBP. I for one would spend a 100quid to see a better and clearer game on a laptop if it was to be a prime/portable gaming rig.
>>LP

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1366x768 may not be the best, but at 11.6" it's plenty, you wouldn't want much more as it's only got a 650M, should allow for mostly max settings at that res. I'm more concerned with the quality of the panel. 1366x768 is fine by me if you got IPS.
ArthurB 17th September 2012, 20:52 Quote
Where are the high-res photos? Clicking the thumbnails does nothing. :(
DriftCarl 18th September 2012, 09:36 Quote
I would watch out for scan. it seems their database has recently been hacked. I have just started to get lots of spam mail to my scan email address trying to sell me all sorts of pills.
Paradigm Shifter 18th September 2012, 14:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I would watch out for scan. it seems their database has recently been hacked. I have just started to get lots of spam mail to my scan email address trying to sell me all sorts of pills.

They had some system trouble a couple of weeks ago, but I would have expected them to tell customers if something like this had happened, if only so we knew that (potentially) our personal information was compromised.

I've not noticed an upsurge of spam, however. I guess my spamfilter is doing it's job.
TWeaK 18th September 2012, 15:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
I would watch out for scan. it seems their database has recently been hacked. I have just started to get lots of spam mail to my scan email address trying to sell me all sorts of pills.

I use unique emails for just about everything and I haven't had any spam to my Scan email. I use my own domain and the email addresses don't actually exist but I have a filter set up that just directs them to my main address. If you're using gmail or some other service it could be that spammers have just guessed your email address.
law99 18th September 2012, 16:46 Quote
No Scam email here either, just Scan.
Lizard 18th September 2012, 20:00 Quote
Thanks for showing an interest in these laptops guys, as it sounds like there is some interest in a review I'll have a word with the bit writers and see what can be done.

Re the technical issue we (Scan) had a few weeks ago, it wasn't to do with the email system so I suspect the increase in spam has been caused by something else.
Shirty 18th September 2012, 20:59 Quote
On a completely unrelated note James, do you think it's now time to change your user title and staff status? I wouldn't want anyone to draw the wrong conclusions about impartiality as they have in other threads, despite the fact that most of us know it would never happen.
Lizard 18th September 2012, 23:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
On a completely unrelated note James, do you think it's now time to change your user title and staff status? I wouldn't want anyone to draw the wrong conclusions about impartiality as they have in other threads, despite the fact that most of us know it would never happen.

Good point Shirty, it's been ages since I left the editorial side of bit-tech, though that didn't stop me snooping round the lab the other day when I came in to drop off a graphics card for review ;)

Changed now to something more suitable. Thanks for the reminder.
DriftCarl 19th September 2012, 14:53 Quote
Thanks for the info about the spam, I use the same system as TWeaK with my own domain ect and each signup uses different email addresses forwarded to my main one. maybe they were just lucky, I had about 6 emails over the last few days but so fat none today.

On topic tho, looks like the laptops are a good deal :) I prefer to build systems myself but fi I was in the market for a laptop then these offers interest me as I have been using scan for years.
littlepuppi 19th September 2012, 15:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
Good point Shirty, it's been ages since I left the editorial side of bit-tech, though that didn't stop me snooping round the lab the other day when I came in to drop off a graphics card for review ;)

Changed now to something more suitable. Thanks for the reminder.

You work for Scan Lizard?!

The Bit Tech / Custom PC Scan loving is sure getting stronger! I do wonder if it has indeed got too close for comfort. How they keep winning the "service" award is beyond me (unless its some sort of black comedy exercise where everything is actually its opposite)...

No wonder its so hard to raise any questions around Scans sometimes questionable business practices round here :D
Lizard 19th September 2012, 15:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by littlepuppi
You work for Scan Lizard?!

No wonder its so hard to raise any questions around Scans sometimes questionable business practices round here :D

Yes, I've been working at Scan for about 3 months now. Chris P and his team on the Scan sub forum are still the best people to ask about sales/warranty issues, but if you want to talk about new products/tech I'm still lurking around on the forum most days.
littlepuppi 19th September 2012, 15:19 Quote
Hope your enjoying it mate.....
Shirty 19th September 2012, 15:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by littlepuppi
The Bit Tech / Custom PC Scan loving is sure getting stronger! I do wonder if it has indeed got too close for comfort. How they keep winning the "service" award is beyond me (unless its some sort of black comedy exercise where everything is actually its opposite)...

No wonder its so hard to raise any questions around Scans sometimes questionable business practices round here :D
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Originally Posted by Shirty
Scan is popular with Bit-tech, CPC and their readers because many of us have had very good experiences buying from them. Hence they are consistently voted as the #1 online retailer for geeks.

The awards are voted for by the readers, it's not a fix :)

It's always a good thing when people raise problems with orders/RMAs in here though, as it helps to inform new customers. I've never had an issue personally so my opinion is coloured by that, but I'm well aware that others have. Sometimes I feel the customer is right, but most of the time the retailer is covered by their own small print.
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