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  16:19:07  20 January 2018
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Tejas Stalker
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You guys ever try using Razer Surround with your headsets? If you haven't id suggest trying it and its free unless you want the pro version ($20.00 ) Gives great surround sound for headsets.

http://www.razerzone.com/surround

I have a few headsets but my favorite by far is the Astro A-40, little pricey but well worth it. HyperX Cloud II are also very good.

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PressurE~

Thanks. I'll check that out. The more expensive Asus headphones that I got have 7.1 sound but the lighter Asus Rumble Feedback that I've been using more doesn't. I looked at the Astro A-40 on Amazon and it lists it as being made for the PlayStation 4. Is there also a PC version? You weren't kidding when you said it was pricey as $249 is definitely way more than I want to pay. The HyperX Cloud II looks similar to the premium set I bought and it goes for the same money. Do you have both and if so which did you buy first?

PCDania~

That's pretty much what I know/seen too about the trend to make Laptops thinner and lighter. The best way to do that is to omit the DVD drive. That also makes less room for decent speakers. Additionally as you mention, with Steam and GoG, you can get most any Game you desire. However I still want the ability to pop in a DVD movie without having to download it or stream it. That reminds me, I've heard that Windows 10 is picky with Game DVDs due to DRM and stuff. I think that's why I went ahead and used my GoG version, even though I didn't test that situation. I didn't try those new USB powered speakers yet so hopefully this weekend.

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  11:28:25  20 January 2018
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The reason more and more laptops don't have an optical drive is manufacturers try making laptops as thin as possible and an optical drive makes this difficult because the drive can just be 'so' thin and the laptop still needs to be a certain thickness for protecting the hardware. It's also normal that most software is downloaded and music and movies are streamed so why bother with a optical drive when that space can be used for other things. Not to mention they save a few bucks on each laptop in manufacturing.

A few years back when having no optical drive, people got in bad trouble when they needed to reinstall their laptop after a harddisk failure as they had no idea how to install from a USB stick. Further back it was even worse as you needed an external CD-drive for installing. It's first now with Win 10 that you can buy Windows on a USB stick and AFAIK also first now (I have no knowledge with Win 8/8.1) you can easily make your own bootable USB stick for installing Windows.
  07:55:57  20 January 2018
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You guys ever try using Razer Surround with your headsets? If you haven't id suggest trying it and its free unless you want the pro version ($20.00 ) Gives great surround sound for headsets.

http://www.razerzone.com/surround

I have a few headsets but my favorite by far is the Astro A-40, little pricey but well worth it. HyperX Cloud II are also very good.
  01:03:53  20 January 2018
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The Asus Laptop with the GTX 1060 I was considering ( $999 on sale during Christmas ) was a 15". However the screen didn't get as good reviews and the speakers were not as nice as what I got. Better screen and better speakers, in addition to having a DVD drive is what made me settle for the GTX 1050 Ti for a lot less money. You mentioned my 17" was a discontinued model which wouldn't surprise me. The GTX 1050 Ti came out in October 2016 but that is the general date and not necessarily when it showed up in Laptops. ( I just googled the Laptop date and it was January 2017, so my Laptop model is no more than a year old ). DVD drives are less and less common in Laptops, especially low-end Gaming Laptops like mine. The smaller the Laptop, the less chance you'll see one too. Of course a lot of what I'm saying is just my personal observations. Feel free to update my perceptions if you know more on a subject than I appear to.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti ( Notebook )
https://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1050-Ti-Notebook.168400.0.html

At home, I can enjoy the Laptop speakers but I wanted to buy and test a few Gaming headsets to have something and to have the ability to take it on the go if I need to not disturb others like in a Coffee Shop or whatever. In other words, an environment where headsets would be required. I also just bought a set of USB powered speakers to plug into it to take on the go too. My requirement was USB power only and not an AC powered brick. For that I picked the Logitech S-150 2.0 Digital Speakers. I'll be testing those tonight as Amazon just delivered those today. I wouldn't recommend these for a PC as some other reviews said they were not loud enough but may be just right for a Laptop for the portability angle. Of course USB powered speakers are never going to be as loud as an AC powered speaker. On YouTube there are versions with a side control for volume, which must be the older version whereas mine has 3 buttons volume +, -, mute on the front.

http://www.techdesigns.co.uk/logitech-s150/

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  22:05:21  19 January 2018
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Most laptops sold are 15.6" as they are sold to people who have to carry them around and/or because they are easy to hide away in a drawer if you don't want them on your table/desk all the time.

I have tried some headsets but never found one that I liked. Sinse about 2004 I have owned a set of Logitech Z-5500 5.1 surround speakers. Great for games, pretty good for movies, lacking a bit for music as the satellites don't have midrange speakers, only highrange speakers. Turning up the subwoofer while in a field of anomalies makes for quite an experience.
  15:27:04  19 January 2018
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Yep. I'm happy I got the 17". Even though it's slightly heavier than a 15", I think the greater screen size is far worth the difference. I think 15" Laptops may be more popular but I think that is overall Laptops, and not just Gaming Laptops. I could be wrong. I haven't actually seen any figures. I wonder if these Steam surveys cover all the different sizes and graphics cards used in various Gaming Laptops?

That's another good point you make about having a Laptop. I have several that can serve as a backup for the internet but this is my first one as a backup for Gaming. Not a bad idea for a just-in-case scenario.

I also got two different new sets of headphones for my Gaming Laptop.

First I got some heavier, premium headphones where quality and comfort was the primary focus. My budget was not to exceed $100. These were only $99. I'm very pleased with the materials used plus it came with two different types of ear cushions. They have a 3.5 plug in for sound & USB plug in for the lights and the 7.1 surround sound.

This woman is so fun & bubbly with her reviews plus I love her laugh.
FIRST LOOK AT ASUS ROG STRIX FUSION 300 HEADSET
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2Q2lUa-IKI

ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 300 Virtual 7.1 LED Gaming Headset with Microphone for PC/Mobile/Console
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075L92SBC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Second, I wanted a lighter, inexpensive pair where they may not be as comfortable but they were lighter and easier to take with me on the go. Even though this set came out in 2010, I found several links selling them for around $60-70. However I got it brand new on E-Bay for only $27.50 and with free s & h. Gotta love E-Bay for finding NOS. I'm very pleased of course with the price I paid but also very impressed with the quality and build of the materials.

Quick Review: ASUS CineVibe USB Gaming Vibration Headset
https://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/3522/quick_review_asus_cinevibe_usb_gaming_vibration_headset/index.html

ASUS CineVibe Rumble Feedback USB Gaming Headset review - ASUS CineVibe Rumble Feedback USB Gaming Headset
http://www.guru3d.com/articles-pages/asus-cinevibe-rumble-feedback-usb-gaming-headset-review,1.html

Just tonight I went into the train tunnel that was full of Anomalies in Garbage to retrieve the unique Viper that shoots 9 x 18. I tell you what, the rumble feedback vibration of the headphones really added to the immersion of the whole experience.

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  14:34:30  19 January 2018
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Sounds like a good idea, that way you can have fun while getting accustomed with the laptop. At least you got the discontinued 17" laptop and not the 'upgraded' 15". I'm not sure why the manufacturers make 15" gaming laptops, maybe because low weight, slim and long battery life is all the rave? As far as I can see, the 15" laptops are also running at 1920*1080 so it's not for making it easier for the GPU. Personally I would get your 17" any day over the newer 15" model. The sort of gaming these laptops are made for requires at least a 17" imo.

I myself has actually used my laptop for showing friends and family SoC, only other game I have shown using my laptop is the original Crysis.
My gaming laptop is now-a-days my backup solution if something goes wrong with my PC and for playing movies on my TV. - I really should try play some SoC on it using the TV.

Pretty funny story about your friend. I wonder what went through his head when he got that gun. It mean, it should sort of give him a hint at what he would need for playing the game . I hope he has started enjoying SoC.
  05:19:32  19 January 2018
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I already have a PC hooked up to my Asus 27" Monitor & Gaming keyboard
so I'm not really trying to use the same larger screen and better keyboard
with my Laptop. I'm trying to get into the Laptop experience. Using the screen
and keyboard as is. The idea being getting adapted to the Game solely on the
Laptop components and not trying to substitute it for my older i5 CPU PC.

The downside to the Stalker Games is trying to show it or explain it to other
people. You can't always bring them into your homes so the appeal of a Laptop
is to take it on the go, play Stalker anywhere and show it to people everywhere.

A friend of mine, who loves technology and own several Laptops, bought his
first Gaming Laptop. He was drawn to the power and technology despite not
really being a Gamer. His son Games on his Xbox and he thought he could
buy the same Game and play with him. That didn't turn out to be accurate as
I guess the communities are segmented. I introduced him to SoC ( I bought it
for him during Christmas on sale at GoG ) and have tried to explain it to him
and get him interested. So that's where things stand. The funny thing is on his
own, he started off in the Rookie Village, for some dumb reason sold his pistol
to Sidorovich and then went on the Car Park mission without any weapon.
Needless to say he died easily and was frustrated by a lack of guidance.

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  14:24:34  18 January 2018
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Ah Ok. I understood you had tried but had to give up using your old keyboard and was forced to use the keyboard on the laptop. You could try connecting it to the USB 2 port but the software for the keyboard will most likely not play nice with Win 10.

I understand your problem having to use the keyboard on the laptop. I have long arms relative to my hight so I have tried out many different keyboards over the years but always ended up using a non-ergonomic keyboard because of lack of space on my desk. Living in Denmark means many specialized keyboards are not available because of the key layout. Took time getting used to each time I switched between different keyboard types, and they were not nearly as special as your Wolf Claw.

Now I don't know how much space you have but your laptop have both a HDMI and a mini-displayport connection so you should be able to connect your 27" monitor. There is a setting for the laptop monitor so you can mirror the picture on the laptop and the monitor and another so you can close the laptop without it shutting off. Problem might be that the laptop is running at 1920*1080 while your monitor is likely 2560*1440 so the picture will get a little fuzzy.

Like you I also have the DVD, the Steam and the GOG versions of STALKER games. I have different mods on each version so I often get confused when playing and can't find a specific thing in the game and then remember it's in one of the other mods

Currently I'm contemplating using my laptop (a Asus ROG G73JH from 2010 runnning 1920*1080) for playing SoC on my TV which runs at 3840*2160 so the TV upscales the resolution. I expect it to become a bit fuzzy but maybe I have luck it don't get as bad as I expect. I have a Logitech K750 keyboard so I don't have to used the keyboard on the laptop, and my mouse is wireless too.

Those STALKER games are pretty special, I have other great games but for some reason I tend to return back to them, with or without mods. It's something about the atmosphere and the way the NPCs have their own life.

(Sorry if text is a little confusing, my brain is not playing nice today)
  11:54:55  18 January 2018
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Shadow of Chernobyl on a Laptop ( 1.0006 )

PCDania~

I'm not trying to use my old Gaming Keyboard with my new Windows 10
Laptop. What I'm saying is that my hands, fingers and mind are so used
to my specialized Gaming keyboard that NOT using it anymore and now
using a regular keyboard has been the biggest difficulty and transition
for playing SoC on a Laptop. In addition to that, looking at a reduced
size 17" inch Laptop screen from my usual 27" Asus LCD monitor and
just the general comfort that my large desk affords a PC type setup.

So I installed the GoG version I paid for long ago that I have never used.
I bought both the Steam & GoG versions on sale ( to help GSC out ) but
have always used a DVD to install the Games. I guess this makes another
first for me related to what I'm doing. That's another reason why I am
using the digital 1.0006 patch version since that's the only way it comes.

I've been playing "Team Epic's" Call of Chernobyl Mod for the past two
years non-stop. It's funny how they generally used all the Clear Sky
levels they could so my mind is still on the CS version of the Cordon
and not where it should be on the SoC version. Looking at my SoC
1.0005 version post it was exactly 2 years ago I had stopped playing
when I was making repeated trips into Pripyat and was recording video.

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