The Sager 9750 – A Step Closer to Making Desktops Extinct?

Sager has done it again. We have a sense of déjà vu saying that, as Sager always seems to put off stellar laptops. That is, after all, all the desktop manufacturer does. But this time, Sager has released the first dual-core notebook with a desktop’s AMD X2 central processing unit in it. That’s right. It’s a desktop’s CPU. And the name of this profound Sager-the 9750.

Sager took the design from the original design manufacturer, Clevo’s D900K. And Sager didn’t take the trouble for nothing. They’ve geared this big boy for one target market: hardcore gamers who want a desktop replacement laptop.

Released last December, the 9750 not only packs that oversized dual-core CPU. It has everything else a gamer could want: a bright, vivid display thanks to a WUXGA resolution, 17-inch screen, and most importantly, an nVidia GeForce Go 7800 GTX with 256MB of dedicated GDDR3 memory.

Don’t fall out of your chair just yet. The Sager 9750 packs a whole litany of hardware that will make any desktop tremble in its tower. We’re talking 2GB of PC3200 DDR SDRAM, a primary hard drive with 100GB of space, a secondary drive with an additional 100GB, and even a high resolution integrated digital camera.

You won’t feel needy after you get your hands on what else the Sager supplies. The 9750 features an internal 802.11g wireless network adapter, a LAN setup, a 7-in-1 card reader, a PCMCIA slot, out speakers, two IEEE ports, four USBs, S-Video jacks (in and out), and TV-in port.

You might say, “I ain’t putting this beast on my lap. With all its juice, it might burn a whole through my pants!” Believe it or not, though, you may be inclined to slide the Sager on your lap as you get deep into your latest game. You won’t have to worry about burning your lap, no matter how long you play for. The Sager features a “hot key,” which when pressed cranks up the fans to maximum RPMs to cool off.

Neat stuff, and definitely necessary when the desktop CPU gets cranking.

By Matthew Brodsky

Friday, March 10, 2006