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Community Article MAINGEAR Vector Pro Series Unboxing and Comparison — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides MAINGEAR Vector Pro Series Unboxing and Comparison SeanM admin August 2021 edited September 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides MAINGEAR recently released a new lineup of powerhouse laptops. We put together a review of the Vector Pro 17” with an Intel CPU and NVIDIA 3080 GPU, but that’s just the beginning. Since then, we got our hands on an AMD version of the Vector Pro and spent some time digging into the decadent packaging to do a nice unboxing for you! We’ll also be going over the major differences between some of the other offerings in MAINGEAR’s new lineup while we tear into the sleek gunmetal silver.   ●    Vector Pro 17” with 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU ●    Vector Pro 17” with 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU ●    Vector Pro 17” with AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU ●    Vector Pro 17” with AMD Ryzen 9 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU  ●    Vector Pro 15” with 11th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU ●    Vector Pro 15” with AMD Ryzen 7 CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU Each version of the Vector Pro has its own unique set of specifications and internal features that make it stand out from its counterparts without sacrificing power or potential. We haven’t run thorough benchmarks on each of devices for direct comparisons, but we’d expect them to perform fairly comparably considering that each of these CPUs has 8 cores and 16 threads. You may find that some games or tasks perform more strongly with a specific brand of CPU depending on how the developers have designed their game or engine around specific hardware.   The real deciding factor for the visual performance differences in these two classes of laptops will be the GPU. MAINGEAR offers the RTX 3080 version of this device in only the 17-inch laptop. This is likely due to the thermal limitations when including such a powerful GPU in such a thin laptop. However, MAINGEAR did give us the option of an RTX 3070 in both the 15- and the 17-inch model. Both the Vector Pro 15 and Vector Pro 17 are incredibly engineered. The already sleek box gives way to even slimmer high-powered gaming laptops that feel incredibly portable and immaculately constructed. They wouldn’t even feel out of sorts in a workplace! Included in the box along with the Vector Pro is the Owner’s manual as well as a 230W power adapter. The 230W power adapter is a sign of just how powerful this laptop is. We touched in this in our review of the 17-inch Vector Pro, but these laptops are absolute powerhouses that require quite a bit of power to be able to deliver such incredible performance. One of the more notable differences between the 15- and 17-inch versions of these laptops is the display. They are both fantastic displays of different quality:   The 15-inch device offers a 15.6-inch display with a 1920x1080 resolution and 240hz refresh rate while the 17-inch model offers a 17.3-inch display with a 2560x1440 resolution and 165hz refresh rate. With both models delivering well above the standard 60hz refresh rate, you’ll be able to experience incredibly smooth motion in games and in-office work, most noticeably while playing high-speed games and scrolling through documents or web pages.   All models offer the same array of ports and connections: three full-sized USB-A, an HDMI port, as well as a Type-C connector, meaning that you can easily connect multiple displays to your laptop as well as keyboard and mouse. All that to say, you can get a great desktop experience as well! One important note: On AMD models, the USB-C port doesn't support Thunderbolt 4 or previous versions.    Our bright studio lighting does a fair job at making the backlit keyboard look a bit dim, but we can assure you, the 4-Zone backlit keyboard offers a vibrant selection of colors that you can completely customize using the NODE Control Center software. Easily blend in at the office with a white backlight or stand out with a rainbow wheel of colors cycling across your fingertips. The MAINGEAR Vector Pro is a fantastic, high-end, premium gaming laptop, one deserving of a premium unboxing experience. And, as we’ve reviewed and opened more and more of these laptops, we have no issue saying that it lives up to that premium feel with high power gaming capabilities, lush screens, and sleek, portable designs.   More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more information about laptops and the Vector Pro series? We’ve got Laptop Community Subsections, a Vector Pro 17" Review, and our Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 2 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. 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See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Announcing the New Maingear Vector Pro 17 (MG-VCP17) — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides Announcing the New Maingear Vector Pro 17 (MG-VCP17) LandShark admin July 2021 edited August 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides Main Features RTX 3080 Laptop GPU 165Hz QHD Display - 2560x1440 Resolution 4 Zone RGB Keyboard Webcam with IR for Windows Hello WiFi 6 - 802.11ax 6-Cell Battery (7900 mAh - 91.24Wh) Ports 1 x USB 3.2 (Gen 3) Type C 2 x USB 3.2 (Gen 3) Type A 1 x HDMI 2.1 Mic Jack Headphone Jack RJ45 Ethernet Micro SD card Kensington Lock Brand new from Maingear, The Vector Pro 17 is their latest in high-end gaming laptops, but to call it just a gaming laptop does it a disservice. The Vector Pro is a stunning piece of hardware, one that could easily fill just about any need. To be able to pack this much power into something as thin and light as the Vector Pro is just astounding and an easy recommendation for someone who is looking for a laptop that can do it all.  Internals This 17-inch Vector Pro comes with some impressive hardware. It features an Intel 11800H processor and an RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. This, paired with the 32GB of RAM, 1TB M.2 NVMe drive, and the latest wireless connections like Bluetooth and WiFi 6, make it an outstanding choice for your next gaming laptop, desktop replacement, or even portable workstation.  If you’re not gaming, the Vector Pro delivers several hours of use browsing the web or working on office-type documents while on the go without needing to charge. However, if you are planning to game on the go, you should be aware that the 11800H and RTX 3080 Laptop GPU are quite powerful components that will drain the battery extremely fast, and that’s with power throttling enabled to get the very most from its massive battery. This is very standard for gaming laptops, as the battery does not have near the capacity to handle the immense power required by these parts. It will do its best, but you should expect somewhere around 60-90 minutes if both the CPU and GPU are being heavily utilized. For the best gaming experience, you’ll definitely want to be plugged in.  I’ve had the opportunity to use the Vector Pro for a bit now, and I’ve really been impressed by its performance. I’ve played games like GTA V, Rainbow Six: Siege, Call of Duty: Warzone, Apex Legends, and Borderlands 3, and it’s handled all of them with ease. I also worked on a couple of projects with Photoshop, and the Vector Pro moved just as cleanly.  Here are some in-game benchmarks that show the performance you can expect! 17.3-inch QHD display If you have a high-tier RTX 3080 laptop GPU, you’re going to want an equally high-tier display, and the Vector Pro’s 17.3” QHD 165hz refresh rate display is just that.  Maingear made an excellent choice here as this is one of, if not the best laptop displays that I have ever used. The 1440p resolution offers the perfect balance of clarity and performance, especially for a 17-inch laptop. The 165hz refresh rate enables buttery smooth motion in everything from web browsing to intense gaming. The pixel density offered here is excellent and provides rich visual reproduction with bright whites and deep blacks.  The adjustable brightness of the display is great, allowing for easy viewing in direct sunlight (aided by a matte screen finish to reduce reflections and glare), as well as a very low brightness setting, allowing for comfortable viewing late at night with no eye strain. Full-Size Keyboard  The keyboard offers an above-average laptop typing experience. There is very little deck flex, as the whole chassis is relatively rigid. Key presses feel neither soft and spongy nor sharp, sitting somewhere in the middle, creating a comfortable long-term typing and gaming experience. However, function keys are a bit of a sticking point. Using them requires you to press the Fn key before F1-F12; otherwise, they’ll be read as utility keypresses. I’ve pushed the sleep button multiple times when trying to hit the Esc key. This is a relatively minor gripe but worth mentioning. The Vector Pro 17’s keyboard has 4-Zone RGB, allowing you to change the colors in quadrants using the installed Node Control Center. And if keyboard glow isn’t stylish enough, there is a small light bar toward the bottom front of the laptop, allowing for some fun personalization - Make it subtle or make it vibrant; the choice is yours. Webcam One of the more notable differences between the Vector Pro and other Maingear laptops is the webcam placement - The Vector Pro moves its 720p, 30fps webcam to the top bezel of the screen. This is the much-preferred location for webcams, as it allows for a higher viewing angle that is typically more flattering and delivers a generally better experience. In addition, the better placement very much helps with Windows Hello compatibility, allowing you to log in to the Vector Pro just by looking at it. Sound The Vector Pro utilizes Creative’s Sound Blaster 6+ Cinema paired with two downward-facing speakers, and they deliver with gusto. Stereo sounds are noticeably differentiated between the left and right sides, and there was no distortion, even at max volume. Of course, with all downward-facing speakers, the surface that the Vector is resting on does change the audio a bit, but it is never at the cost of quality.  If you do want to tinker with and personalize the Vector Pro’s sound, it comes equipped with Sound Blaster 6+, offering both easy tuning as well as in-depth and precise modulation to fine-tune your listening experience. Final Thoughts: Excellent specs, amazing display, great keyboard, the right webcam, and fantastic port options. Stellar desktop replacement, powerhouse workstation, and top-of-the-line gaming laptop Feels lighter than some 15” gaming laptops Verdict: Maingear has outdone themselves with the Vector Pro, making one of the best laptops we’ve ever used, hands down. From gaming to work, this is the closest to perfect 17-inch laptop I’ve ever seen or used. If you’re looking for your new powerhouse laptop, then look no further. This is it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Kondor999 ✭ September 2021 I got one of these, but there's zero information on it on the Maingear site. Also, there are no drivers or instructions on how to use the (very nice) onboard software to control things like the wattage going to the GPU and CPU. I'm worried about what will happen if, one day, I need to reinstall Windows (I have no drivers). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2021 Hi @Kondor999 I've reached out to my contacts in our corporate office and at Maingear to get more info about drivers and instructions or a guide for the software on the Vector Pro. Just for clarity here, are you referring to the Maingear Node Control Center when referring to the software or perhaps something else? As soon as I get a reply regarding this info, I'll share it with you! Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook RyanWatson Store Associate September 2021 Comparing this to the previous generation of Maingear laptops they've also improved the thermals on this machine. A lot of my customers have been thrilled with this machine especially considering the competitive pricing. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2021 @RyanWatson I didn't have much experience with the previous generation of laptops but I was thoroughly impressed with how cool the keyboard stayed in the WASD area. You can definitely tell that the fan is drawing the air in from both the top and bottom of the chassis. It's good to know that this was an improvement over the previous models! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Simplytechnical ✭ September 2021 Does the MAINGEAR Vector Pro MG-VCP17I-3080 UPC: 687051831052 have it's RAM soldered in or is that changeable? Some of our bigger ram intensive video projects can use over 32gb and we were interested in upgrading to two 32gb modules to replace the two 16gb. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2021 Hi @Simplytechnical Yes, the memory is changeable! The specifications from the manufacture list the max memory supported as 64GB. So I believe you'd be able to accomplish your goal! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dedomena ✭ September 2021 I reinstalled windows, after replacing both nvme drives with larger ones, and cannot locate the 'control center' / 'node' software, anywhere, for download. Do I need to reinstall the original drives and somehow extract an MSI? does anyone have a download link for the maingear software? Having said that, everything else installed fine - drivers from AMD / NVIDIA downloaded and installed without any issues; all devices in device manager are A-OK. I would very much like to have the maingear software.... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook dedomena ✭ September 2021 The control center for the 'non pro' 2020 Maingear Vector seems to work, although I wonder if it is actually the same software that comes pre-installed on this machine. I downloaded it from here: https://help.maingear.com/article/68-maingear-vector-2020-drivers-and-bios-downloads 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mizu810 ✭ September 2021 I have looked at all the 2021/2020 Gaming laptops and I was pleasantly surprised with the specs here however I'm at a loss to why This laptop has not ever been reviewed by anyone on Youtube? Am I missing something? On Notebookcheck they did a thorough review however I really would of love to see someone such as LTT or HWC Reviewing this product. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36354#Comment_36354 What you've downloaded should work. However, I do believe that the software that comes on the device is a slightly different version. I'm looking to see if that I can find the Pro version of the Node software. I'll be sure to add it here if I can find it! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin September 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36364#Comment_36364 I'd have to agree with you. It is rather surprising. Kind of going under the radar, especially considering the performance and looks. When I reviewed this laptop, I had no idea what the price would be upon release. I, like you, was pleasantly surprised by many aspects of the Vector Pro. 👍 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook J_Kild ✭ October 2021 Has anyone tried to hook up an Oculus quest 2 to this laptop? Has it worked? Thinking about upgrading my laptop to be able to play VR games and wondering if it works on this one. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin October 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36538#Comment_36538 You wouldn't have any issues running VR with this laptop. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook LandShark admin October 2021 @J_Kild I'd agree with @Ian on this one. You'll easily be able to play games with the Quest 2 using this laptop. You can use the Quest 2 Link cable, which is a separate purchase, to connect -- or use the new Airlink feature for wireless play if your home network can support it! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook GoatForHire Irvine, TX ✭ October 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/36538#Comment_36538 The 3080 in this laptop would dominate any VR title thrown at it (well the ones that are well optimized), this is a definitely a top of the line laptop for that purpose. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook crynar ✭ November 2021 Drivers and software are located at: https://help.maingear.com/article/83-maingear-vector-pro-drivers-and-bios-downloads-for-model-mg-vcp17-mg-vcp15-amd-intel 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin November 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/37102#Comment_37102 Thanks for posting this! It looks like this has been recently added to Maingear's website. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook DespacitoXR ✭ November 2021 I'm just dropping this in here so that people who are looking for information for this laptop can have some more peace of mind. Tongfang Models 2021 | NotebookReview Just as an FYI, the Maingear Vector Pro is an ODM model manufactured by TongFang - they slap the guts together of this laptop and give it a clean Windows install. Distributors like Maingear take the laptop and give it its "soul" (i.e., the Control Center, wallpaper, etc.); on the Notebook Review form, this particular laptop from TongFang is the GM7ZG7S, which is similar to the Eluktronics Max-17 and the XMG Neo 17. I hope I don't piss any Maingear reps off here by saying this but check out the reviews and software for the other distributors for the laptop since they all apply to this laptop. Of note, Maingear Control Center seems to only allow for the 3070 to use up to 125W (non-Dynamic Boost). Meanwhile, the Eluktronics Control Center for the Max-17 allows the 3070 to go up to its max potential of 140W. Oh and if you're German, the drivers for the XMG Neo 17 are in native German :) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Maingear laptop crashed — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Maingear laptop crashed System test admin December 2021 in General Discussion This discussion was created from comments split from: Announcing the New Maingear Vector Pro 17 (MG-VCP17). 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments mcmoua21 ✭ December 2021 I purchased the MG-VCP17A yesterday in Tustin, CA. It was working great yesterday and today as I was setting up it up. When I downloaded Steam and attempted to play Among Us (yes, it should have been able to handled it), the laptop crashed. It happened two times.. Any advice on how to fix this? Side note: I didn't download any drivers except for the AMD and Nvidia drivers, so that could also be the problem. Any help would be greatly appreciated. To my surprise, one of the Microcenter employees mentioned that they have a lot of these MainGear laptops in their service department. I think this is a great laptop, and am optimistic that it's a small issue that can be resolved. Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38547#Comment_38547 Greetings, when you say it crashed, did you get a blue screen or did the laptop's screen just go dark etc.? 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See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Should you build or buy a PC in 2022? — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › What's Trending Should you build or buy a PC in 2022? SeanM admin January 11 edited January 11 in What's Trending One of the most exciting aspects of the desktop PC scene has always been its mix of off-the-shelf pre-built PCs and custom DIY builds. Whether you’re a hobbyist hardware enthusiast or someone who just wants to get on with their work or play, desktop PCs have something for you, and that’s just as true in 2022. But is it better to build a PC, or buy one? Is a pre-built or custom DIY machine better for you? Here are a few pros and cons of each, to help you decide. Pre-built PCs are quicker to get and easier to work with Lenovo Legion T5 26AMR5 The one major advantage of any prebuilt PC is that it’s ready to play as soon as you get it. The ease-of-use of a prebuilt PC is far and away better than a custom PC, whether it’s a gaming prebuilt or one designed with work in mind. It’ll come with all the hardware installed and fully tested for compatibility, Windows will be installed and ready to use, and you’ll even have a few important applications already loaded for you. Even as a hardware enthusiast myself, who likes tinkering and building PCs, there have still been times where I needed a new computer and needed it fast. In those cases, there’s no real choice to make: a prebuilt PC wins hands down, every time. Once you’re up and running too, you can rest assured that your PC will remain working and in good condition for many years to come. The components have been exhaustively tested to work well together and offer excellent performance and reliability. A custom PC might let you eke out a little more performance from your components, but they’re never this easy to set up. If you are looking for both the customizability of a BYO PC with the ease of a prebuilt, Micro Center does offer Custom PC Build Services. You pick out the parts and we'll put it together for you. The best of both worlds! Custom gaming PCs are (usually) less expensive  A lot goes into making a gaming PC. You have to select the components, plug them all in, install the operating system, test it all works; not to mention quality of life or aesthetic improvements like cable management and fan speed tweaking. All of that takes time, effort, and expertise, which is where you can save a lot of money by doing it all yourself. Major companies that build pre-built gaming PCs have to pay someone to do it and even though they might get the parts at a discount, the cost of the expertise involved in its construction is included in the price. Do all that hard work yourself, and you’ll be able to save a nice bit on high-end builds, meaning even more room in your budget for PC components! A prebuilt’s cost vs custom build isn’t much of a fight: a custom PC, especially a custom gaming PC, is almost always going to be the more affordable solution (barring an incredible sale). You just have to be willing to put in the time and effort to get it up and running. Just make sure you also research the best components for the job. There’s little point in saving a bunch of money on the building if you then overspend on a PC that’s more powerful than you need for the kind of games you want to play. Custom PCs let you choose your own hardware Cherry Blossom Season by Christina C There are a wide range of different prebuilt PCs you can choose from at Micro Center, but it would be impossible to offer PCs with every component in every configuration. That’s where a custom DIY PC you build yourself can really come into its own. Are you an NVIDIA and Intel fan? You can make a gaming PC with a super-powered Alder Lake CPU and RTX 3000 GPU. Fancy an all-AMD build? Then you can buy a top-of-the-line Ryzen processor and a Radeon RX 6800 graphics card and build the AMD gaming PC of your dreams. My current PC has lasted me for years, so it’s soon time for an upgrade. I’ll probably salvage the case and my current SSD, but move it over to act as a secondary game drive. The rest will be recycled and replaced with whatever the best bang for buck parts are at the time – probably a next-generation AMD CPU and an NVIDIA graphics card. I’ll pair them up with 32GB of RAM, a super-fast NVMe SSD, and a high-efficiency power supply. But none of that makes sense if you’re looking to build a budget machine for doing office work, or need something quiet and compact for school work. You might need something with just 8GB of RAM, be satisfied with a last-gen CPU, and only need a SATA SSD for the main drive. When you’re building a custom PC, you can select every single component that is both within your budget, and perfect for the build you want to make. Since every gamer and worker has different needs, this can let you maximize both performance and your budget. Pre-built PCs need less space Prebuilt PCs and custom PCs come in all manner of shapes and sizes, but one factor that’s often not considered when it comes to building your own is the space it can take up. You need a desk to build it on, space for tools, and somewhere to put all the boxes that the individual components come in. You’ll want to keep a lot of it afterwards too, in case you need to refer to manuals or return something, and if you haven’t built a PC before, it might take you a few hours, leaving a major desk surface occupied and out of action for some time. Prebuilt PCs, on the other hand, come in one – well-padded and protected – box, with a small box of accessories. That’s it. Once you ditch the cardboard of the box, the desktop PC itself is all you have to worry about. Buy a MicroATX or Mini-ITX design too, and you get a very compact PC that will take up very little space at all. If you’re looking for a new PC for your house or bedroom and don’t have a ton of space to put it together in, it may well be worth considering a prebuilt PC, just to save on the space alone. Building a PC is fun and informative Grindstone by Kunal P Not everyone likes tinkering with their technology, but if you do, or think you might, then there’s a potential new hobby awaiting you when you crack open that first anti-static bag of PC components. Building a PC isn’t a complicated process, but like anything, it does take some time to learn how to do it, and more time to actually build it. You’ll also need to take the time to research what components are compatible with one another, and which offer the best performance for your money. Thankfully, the Micro Center Custom PC Builder can handle checking compatibility for you. Once you have everything in hand, you can put it all together. You’ll need a sizeable surface, ideally a desk, to build it on, a screwdriver, and possibly a pair of needle-nosed pliers to grab any screws you drop inside the case. You’ll also want to have adequate lighting so you can easily see what you’re doing. It can be a lot of fun building a custom PC because you can set it up exactly how you want it. You can tidy the cables away to make it look neat and minimalist, color code components for the best look, and even add complicated water cooling if you want to. The fun doesn’t stop when it’s built, either. You can install only the applications that are important to you, overclock the various components, adjust fan speeds for performance and noise output, and a whole lot more. Some of that you can do on prebuilt PCs, but it’s much easier if you buy the right components for the kind of building and tweaking that you want to do.  The whole experience of building and working with computers involves a lot of learning, and that knowledge stays with you for a long time to come. The more your work with computers, the more you’ll grow comfortable and efficient in doing so. Building your own PC is a great way to be able to help out friends and family when they run into problems with their own computers in the future. You might even be able to build them one as a present or fix a long-standing issue that has made their computer a nightmare to work with. Just be sure while you’re working with any PC components that you observe proper anti-static protection, by wearing an anti-static wristband, or grounding yourself periodically by touching the PC case or other piece of conductive metal. You should also double-check all the warranties of anything you’re working on so that you stay within those bounds – sometimes making adjustments to coolers, or BIOS settings can invalidate warranties, so make sure you know what you’re doing before proceeding. Both Prebuilt and Custom PCs have extended support and warranties opportunities Whether you opt for a prebuilt PC or custom-built rig, both have a lot of support built-in. That includes both a guarantee of parts working once it arrives and an extensive warranty and support for the components through the manufacturer. If you’re looking for additional reassurance, Micro Center offers two- and three-year warranties on almost every computer and component, so if it fails from general use, you’re covered. We even offer coverage on accidental damage for laptops, including drops, spills, and cracks. And if you want even more security, bring your PC to any Micro Center Knowledge Bar. Our knowledgeable staff can run diagnostics and offer consultations for any problems you may have, even if you didn’t purchase a single part from Micro Center!  More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more computer buying guides? We’ve got a full section dedicated to reviews and buying guides as well as The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop, How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, The Best Laptops for Under $1000, and reviews of the Maingear Vector Pro Series. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help!   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments kjenningsmc admin January 13 When assembling a PC, it is always best to use an antistatic wrist strap connected to an antistatic mat that is connected to your home's ground. Wearing a wrist strap that isn't connected to a ground does not provide any anti-static protection. If you do choose to use the chassis as a ground device, there are a couple considerations: Paint is an insulator. If your chassis is painted, it will not properly ground from touching it. The chassis itself must be connected to your home's ground. This could be through connecting it to a grounded antistatic mat or by preinstalling the power supply, plugging it in, and then turning the main power switch off (Never assemble a PC with a live power supply!) If you do not use a proper ground, your new PC may work flawlessly... for a while. Static discharges can damage traces in a small way that may not manifest for months or years, but it will certainly shorten the usable life and the reliability of your PC. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article The Essential Creator Laptop Buying Guide — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides The Essential Creator Laptop Buying Guide SeanM admin October 2021 edited November 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides It’s easier than ever to find yourself as a creator. If you’re editing photos, videos, streaming on Twitch, or recording for YouTube, you’re a creator. And if you’re a creator, you know you need a computer that can handle whatever you need, as soon as you need it. And if you’re away, that desktop sitting at home isn’t going to deliver “as soon as you need it.” Thankfully, more and more laptops are starting to focus on creators of all types. From high-end video editing to mid-range audio editing and streaming and even budget writing and photo editing, there’s a creator laptop out there that will make your work-away-from-work life a lot easier.  What Makes a Good Editing Laptop? If you’re doing photo and video editing, you need a laptop that's color accurate, powerful, and portable. Color accuracy for a laptop’s screen is critical for any type of creative work (and gaming, if you’re hoping to pull double duty with your laptop). If you're a creator, you already know color accuracy is a must-have. Visual editing requires precision, and if the laptop is color-inaccurate, then the end product is likely to be a different color when viewed on another device. This might not sound like a big deal to non-creators, but if you’ve spent hours finding that perfect color for your art piece only to have it turn out the wrong shade…. However, if your focus is more on the cuts when editing video, you’ll want a greater emphasis on power. Attempting to trim, edit and add special effects to recorded videos with an average editing laptop can be painfully slow. The best work and performance laptops have a processor that is capable of heavy lifting, a solid GPU or integrated graphics, and a high-resolution display. The Best Laptops for Creators Asus Zenbook Pro Duo This multi-touch Asus laptop is one of the best laptops for multi-tasking content creators. Powered by a 2.4 gigahertz Intel Core i9 processor, the laptop allows users to work in multiple programs seamlessly. 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, along with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphic card, makes this an absolute powerhouse of editing. Not to mention, the double screen offers users a unique display option that allows users to work on multiple screens at the same time. Save screen space by putting your audio work on the bottom while you focus on the video! Of course, no editing laptop would be complete without a fantastic audio system, and the Pro Duo comes prepared. This audio system is the collaborative efforts of the experts at Harmon Kardon and the ASUS Golden Ear team. Microsoft Surface Pro X The Surface Pro is a hybrid between laptop/tablet, which tend to be more recreation focused, rather than work. The Surface Pro, however, hides a lot of power in its wildly versatile design. Equipped with a Microsoft SQ2 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a crystal-clear 13.2” screen, the Surface Pro is your stealth workhorse. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1’s are a regular go-to for creators, thanks in no small part to their wide number of configurations and specs available. MacBook Pro The new MacBook Pro of Apple is often the go-to laptop for whenever creators are looking to upgrade their devices. Featuring a 16” retina display, a magic keyboard with a scissor mechanism, advanced thermal regulation, and everything else you could need to work on the go.  Designers at Apple have focused on the MacBook’s design and integrated features for professional use. It has all the capabilities to help creators produce high-scale and advanced content of all types: videography, photography, and audio editing are all a breeze with the Macbook Pro. The MacBook Pro also comes in a wide range of models to choose from, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for.  Budget Laptops For Creators We’ve dug into some heavy hitters so far, but heavy hitters come with some heavy price tags. If you’re looking for something a bit more wallet-friendly that will still get the job done, we’ve got those too. Lenovo IdeaPad Laptops While not as flashy as some of the other models, the Lenovo IdeaPad series is the ideal work laptop: Lightweight and portable, with power to spare. The IdeaPad series is quite varied as well, offering fantastic writing laptops for as low as $430 all the way up to 4K photo editors. Whatever you’re looking to do, the IdeaPad will do it on the go without draining your bank. Acer A5 The Acer A5 retails around $530, and may just be one of the best laptops in terms of value for money. Its solid yet light frame makes the laptop easy to carry around while hiding a surprising amount of power. The display on this laptop is 15.6” full HD with an accurate color display, making it fantastic for on-the-fly video editing. Its sharp color profile also makes it amazing for gaming as well.  Final thoughts Creators, more than anyone, need to be careful when choosing a work laptop. Almost every component has the potential to bottleneck speeds, so be sure to do your research before purchasing. Know what you are looking for and what you're going to use it for. Hopefully, this guide has put you on the right path to the perfect creator laptop for you, but if you have any more questions or are looking for any more recommendations, be sure to stop by your local Micro Center! More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more computer buying guides? We’ve got a full section dedicated to reviews and buying guides as well as The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop, How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, The Best Laptops for Under $1000, and reviews of the Maingear Vector Pro Series. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 edited December 2021 What about very specific use case like... 3D render - blender, unreal engine High Res 4k and up video editing - premier  GPU recommendations and tgp specifications For example would a 3070/8gb @ 80 watts  Or going for higher tgp is better like 3070/8gb @ 95 or 110 or the highest available to like 140w And moving on to 3080/16gb ... Is 165w better compared to lower tgp ... Can you explain the difference in performance from a creator's use case Is it just mostly for gaming so that the higher tgp can push more resulting in better fps etc... 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook SeanM admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38528#Comment_38528 Hi @Seanwdym - In general, more GPU power is going to work better for both of your use cases, particularly for 3D rendering (You'll want the most VRAM for that). If you're looking to focus more on 4K editing, a 3070 would do just fine. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 thank you Sean, ok so in general higher tgp is better. Are there any particular models you recommend that you carry 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 For 3D render and video edits 4k and up 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38558#Comment_38558 Did you have an intended budget in mind? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 Well... My ceiling is 4k but ideally under $3500.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38608#Comment_38608 Thank you for the information. Which Micro Center store would you be nearest to? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Seanwdym ✭ December 2021 Parkville, Maryland - 1957 E Joppa Rd, Parkville, MD 21234 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin December 2021 https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/comment/38637#Comment_38637 I'd look at this option, looks like they have it in stock as of writing this post at Parkville. https://www.microcenter.com/product/642837/asus-rog-strix-scar-17-g733qsa-xb99-173-gaming-laptop-computer-black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 40 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 181 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article The Best Laptops for Under $1000 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides The Best Laptops for Under $1000 SeanM admin October 2021 edited November 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides Portable laptops provide convenient web browsing to those who go on business trips overseas, upload entertaining videos for their viewers, or stay home button-mashing their controllers. When you can’t bring a bulky desktop outside in a carry-on, then it’s time to pick up a laptop with cutting-edge tools and features, so you can get right back to doing what needs done.  How to Decide on the Right Laptop for You  It can be a daunting task to sift through hundreds of laptops listed on the hardware market. With the release of newer models, buying a laptop tends to be complicated, especially when you’re struggling to pin down a particular set of specs or features. Screen size, resolution, adaptor ports, and amount of memory is just the tip of the iceberg.   That’s why we recommend you do some research before you buy from your local retailer. There are plenty of affordable laptop deals, with powerful processors, upgradable components, and long-lasting battery storage worth checking out. This laptop buying guide will walk you through choosing the best PC builds to meet your high-performance, web browsing needs.  The Best Laptops for Playing Video Games  If you’re trying to find the best budget gaming laptop, you’re in luck because we have two gaming PCs that are not only compact but also packed with performance capabilities to keep you preoccupied with beating a hard level, to help you navigate those confusing system requirements.  HP Pavilion 15-ec2121nr 15.6” Gaming Laptop What’s Inside: ·       AMD Ryzen 5 5600H 3.3GHz Processor ·       NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 ·       8GB DDR4-3200 RAM ·       512GB Solid State Drive ·       Microsoft Windows 11 Home ·       Multi-Format SD Media Card Reader ·       Multi-Format SD Media Card Reader ·       10/100/1000 Network ·       Realtek Wi-Fi 6 (2x2)+Bluetooth 5.2 Combo ·       15.6" Full HD IPS Micro-Edge Anti-Glare 144Hz Display The HP Pavilion 15 is a super portable gaming laptop, capable of running even the most modern games thanks to a high-powered Ryzen 5 CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. Bring your A-game to esports titles, even on the go, with help from this Platinum Collection powerhouse! Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55-56AP 15.6” What’s Inside: ·       Intel Core i5 10th Gen 10300H 2.5GHz Processor ·       NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 4GB GDDR6 ·       16GB DDR4-2933 RAM ·       512GB Solid State Drive ·       Microsoft Windows 10 Home ·       Killer Ethernet E2600 ·       Dual Band Intel Wireless W-Fi 6 AX201 ·       Bluetooth 5.0 ·       15.6" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display The Acer Nitro pulls no punches with its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30050 graphics and Intel Core i5. Add onto that a 144Hz refresh display, stereo-quality audio, and advanced cooling system and you’ll be blasting through esport games at 100+ frames. The Best Laptops for Work and Browsing Whether you’re a part of the 9-to-5 grind or just looking for a casual home laptop, you might want to aim for laptops that offer a 2-in-1 convertible, taking advantage of touchscreen features and high-speed web surfing. Here is a rundown of our top two picks for work or play.  Microsoft Surface Pro X 13” 2-in-1 Laptop What’s Inside: ·       Microsoft SQ1 Processor ·       8GB LPDDR4x RAM ·       128GB Solid State Drive ·       Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 Graphics ·       Microsoft Windows 10 Home ·       Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac ·       Bluetooth 5.0 ·       13" PixelSense Display The Surface Pro X 2-in-1 comes equipped with a blazing fast SSD, meaning everything you do with it, from powering it on, to prepping for that meeting, to just browsing the internet will be ultra-responsive. It also comes with a removable keyboard and touchpad, so you can customize your Surface for exactly what you need, when you need it. Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 12.2” 2-in-1 Laptop What’s Inside: ·       Intel Celeron 3965Y Processor 1.5GHz ·       4GB LPDDR3 Onboard RAM ·       32GB eMMC Storage ·       Intel HD Graphics 615 ·       Chrome OS ·       MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader ·       2x2 802.11ac Wireless ·       Bluetooth 4.0 ·       12.2" Full HD Widescreen LED-backlit Touchscreen Display Chromebooks are perfect for both students and professionals who prefer an extended battery life and aren’t looking for a max-power machine. Though the Samsung Chomebook Plus is fairly minimal, it is still a great tool for those looking to just check their email, write up a report, or browse the internet. The laptop also has a 13-megapixel webcam, perfect for those impromptu business calls.  The Best Laptops for Digital Content Creators  Whether you are a video editor, copywriter, or graphic designer, you’ll have to rely on a laptop to serve as your creative outlet where you can make content that inspires your audience. Since you might be staring at the screen for a while, a display with brighter pixels that’s still easy on the eyes is probably your best bet.    Acer Spin 3 SP313-51N-50R3 13.3” 2-in-1 What’s Inside: ·       Intel Core i5 11th Gen 1135G7 2.4GHz Processor ·       8GB LPDDR4X Onboard RAM ·       512GB Solid State Drive ·       Intel Iris Xe Graphics ·       Microsoft Windows 10 Home ·       microSD Card Reader ·       Killer Wireless-AX 1650i ·       Bluetooth 5.1 ·       13.3" WUXGA Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Multi-Touch Display with AES Pen Support The Acer Spin 3 is equipped with a quick-charging stylus and a flexible, rotating screen. Packing a punch with its Intel 11th Generation Core i5 CPU and a 2-in-1 flexibility, the Spin 3 delivers a fantastic experience at a fantastic price. It even features a next-gen Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless adaptor, which connects to any LAN network inside a home office. Apple MacBook Air MGN63LL/A M1  What’s Inside: ·       Apple M1 Chip ·       8GB Unified RAM ·       256GB Solid State Drive ·       7-core GPU ·       macOS ·       802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 ·       Bluetooth 5.0 ·       13.3" Retina LED-backlit Display with IPS Technology  The Apple MacBook Air is super slim and super fast, boasting an improved Apple M1 Chip and 7-Core GPU, capable of juggling complex workloads. One of its main highlights is the brilliant display resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio powered by a gorgeous Retina LED. The newer M1 MacBook’s have one of the longest battery lives in MacBook history, perfect for video editing, long writing sessions, and drawing digital art.  Setting Up and Configuring Your Personal PC Laptop components are nice to have as add-ons for any custom laptop enthusiast. To put the finishing touches on your PC setup, you might want to get your hands on some peripheral devices, such as a printer, hard drive enclosure, or a wireless mouse.  It all boils down to what you’re using it for--sharing files on the cloud, editing creative visuals, or gaming with AAA titles. As long as you have enough space to plug in your accessories, it will be a straightforward process to complete this setup, knowing that you can enhance many functions baked into a standard laptop.   The next steps are to run all the necessary system updates, download your favorite internet browser, and enable anti-virus software to protect your PC. Just don’t forget to sync up the keyboard and trackpad.  When scouting for the best budget laptops, a balance between power, efficiency, and portability is a surefire way to go. At Micro Center, we bring you laptops on a wide range of models --personalized and built to last.   Uncover some amazing laptop deals on our site by selecting a product category to see what we have in store.  More from the Micro Center Community: Looking for more computer buying guides? We’ve got a full section dedicated to reviews and buying guides as well as The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Gaming Laptop, How to Choose Parts for you Custom PC Build, and reviews of the Maingear Vector Pro Series. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to post a new discussion and the Community will be happy to help! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Digiwolf ✭ October 2021 Hard to justify buying the hp 15 when the price just went up $100 and black Friday is starting at most stores. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Denyz ✭ November 2021 I need helping figuring out what type of laptop I should get! I know nothing! I basically will use for research on internet, streaming movies and shows, etc nothing serious and hoping under or around $300 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. You may navigate to these using the arrow keys inside of the editor and delete them with the delete or backspace key. Comment As ... 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See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MAINGEAR VECTOR 2 Review - A Choice For Gaming in 2020 — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Reviews & Buying Guides MAINGEAR VECTOR 2 Review - A Choice For Gaming in 2020 AlexS admin June 2020 edited May 2021 in Reviews & Buying Guides Gaming laptop popularity is increasing more and more in this day and age.  With technology forever evolving, the power of processors and video cards you see in high end desktops are now being found more commonly in mid to high-end gaming laptops.   On top of that, the affordability for a higher end gaming laptop that can play most Triple AAA titles at medium-high settings with decent frame rates is reaching levels that the average gamer would be comfortable with when it comes to cost for performance.   MAINGEAR aims to spearhead this demographic this year with their newest model, the MAINGEAR Vector 2.  First Impressions I was quite honored by my boss when he provided me this opportunity to review this golden sample for the MAINGEAR Vector 2.  At first glance, you notice the simple, yet elegant design of the case that doesn’t necessarily yell “GAMER!” to the world.  For owners of the previous VECTOR, they’ll notice it looks quite similar to their own. That's because the case is nearly identical to the previous rendition. You know what they say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  The full backlit keyboard is also an attractive feature and provides ample lighting in dark areas.   Looking at the outside of the laptop, I noticed a healthy amount of ports suited towards a gaming laptop. Ethernet port, multiple video ports, USB-C, and more.  The ASUS ROG nor the MSI Laptop I’ve recently had possession of had nowhere near this sort of capacity. The build feels quite sturdy and the display itself doesn’t feel too flimsy either.    For the remainder of the review, please use the shortcuts below to jump to whichever section you prefer. Hardware Specifications Internals Externals 0% Bloatware Final Thoughts 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments AlexS admin June 2020 Hardware Specifications Internals Peripherals External Ports & Features 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Internals      The MAINGEAR Vector 2 essentially upgrades many of its components to its newer rendition. Below I’ve listed the comparison of major hardware components between the Vector and Vector 2.       Yes, you’ve read that correctly.  The VECTOR 2 uses the desktop variant of the RTX 2060 versus it’s less-powerful, mobile counterpart.  This makes a big difference in performance as the goal of playing TRIPLE AAA titles on higher settings is reachable.   An upgrade to the RAM from DDR4-2666 to DDR4-2933 makes a nice jump as well, with an open slot available if you wish to add another stick of RAM.  The last major upgrade would be the doubling of storage.  The 1TB NVMe SSD removes that worry of having to add and remove games occasionally and the VECTOR 2 also includes a second M.2 slot for adding even more storage.   You also see a processor upgrade to 10th Gen Intel with the i7-10750H 6-core processor. Speakers      The speakers output a nice clear sound at high volume.  It’s pretty clear with very minimal distortion which I enjoy.  While this attribute is sufficient for most games and videos, a gaming headset will be recommended if you need more directional audio. Fans      Underneath the mesh cage house two 5V, 2.25A fans that efficiently expel heat from the device.  Air flow can be felt strongly from the two vents on the side and the two vents in the rear. Like most gaming laptops, this does produce a hefty amount of noise under load but only under load.  The NODE control center also allows a FAN BOOST option to help cool the internals even more.  On idle or light use (office application, browsing the web) you’ll hear little to no fan noise. Battery      Gaming laptops are notorious for draining the battery, even when using light applications.  Nvidia ® Optimus helps relieve this issue.  The VECTOR 2 comes with a 4-cell 15.4V 4100mAh battery that can touch 5-6 hours with light use on Battery Saver mode.  Light gaming will see a 1-2 hours on battery life. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 edited June 2020 Externals Beneath the center of the display is a 720p VGA webcam with LED indicator and to the right of this, a microphone.  The most noise from a visual standpoint will be the side and rear portions of the laptop.  On both sides towards the rear, you’ll have a ribbed design for airflow.  On the back, you’ll also find additional ventilation to keep the VECTOR 2 nice and cool.   On the bottom of the unit, you’ll see some of the internals of the laptop that are covered by a sturdy mesh cage.  I absolutely love this design as you’re maximizing the amount of airflow to come through the bottom of the laptop without compromising the sturdiness of the chassis.  The Display The VECTOR 2 comes with a 15.6” Full HD, non-touchscreen display with a 144hz refresh rate.  As a former Counter-strike enthusiast, this instantly gave me good vibes and almost made me want to jump back into that game when I was playing a few rounds.  The colors are great and the picture is smooth all around.  The max brightness for this unit can touch towards 300 nits.   F1 2019 also performed quite well as driving at 195MPH+ speeds in a Mercedes F1 car looks surprisingly okay on the 15.6” display.  The clean and crisp display is definitely a pro for this gaming laptop. The Keyboard The VECTOR 2 comes with a full chiclet style RGB keyboard.  The keys work well for a touch typist and for hunt-and-peckers, the backlighting can help with locating keys with ease.  The NODE Control Software allows you to easily change the colors of the keyboard to your liking.   Touchpad The VECTOR 2’s Synaptics touchpad has a good size and has solid functionality for the laptop.  A green LED is placed in the upper left hand corner that can be double tapped to enable or disable the touchpad.   Two finger functionality is actually quite smooth in case you need to zoom in or out on a web page or document.  However, unless you’re playing RIOT Games’ Teamfight Tactics, or solitaire, plug in an external mouse.  Actually, do that anyways.   I/O Ports MAINGEAR gifts us a plethora of ports to choose from and for that, we thank them.  I do wish the USB-C port was display-enabled but the two mini-DisplayPort and HDMI output will do the job for most users.   There’s a USB 2.0 port included as well which I’m sure a decision was made for this port to be included.  Placement of all ports are pretty optimal as well.  Shouldn’t cause too much interference with heat exhaust coming out from the ventilation.  Networking For wireless and Bluetooth capabilities, the VECTOR 2 comes with an Intel 9462NGW wireless/Bluetooth card.  It meets the 802.11AC standard with Bluetooth 5.0 so your wireless needs should be covered. Also included is an RJ45 port for gamers who prefer a hardwired connection. The Chassis Going over the case, you have a very sleek, yet simple design. A matte black surface covers the case with the iconic MAINGEAR logo centered on top.  Upon opening the laptop, you reveal the full RGB chiclet style keyboard, two nicely placed buttons for Power and Performance Mode and LEDs to signify Power, Battery, and CAPS Lock.   1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 0% Bloatware      So when it comes to the advertised 0% BLOATWARE by MAINGEAR...it’s true.  The VECTOR 2 comes with a clean installation of Windows 10, its NODE Control Center and that’s it.  Definitely a pro in my book.  The NODE Control Center is also really easy to use.  From monitoring temps/fan control to changing the colors of your RGB Backlit keyboard, the software is there and very convenient.  The software is also linked to the Performance Mode button I mentioned earlier, so you can cycle it from Office, Gaming, or Turbo modes with the single press of the button.  More on the software here 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexS admin June 2020 Final Thoughts     The MAINGEAR Vector 2 would be a nice addition to anyone’s gaming arsenal.  The battery life is surprisingly lengthy with normal applications such as Office or web browsers.   MAINGEAR’s decision to use the desktop variant of the RTX 2060 pays off with great performance.  The 144hz panel just makes everything better.  The Vector 2 is truly a sleek option for on-the-go gaming.        If you're coming from the desktop world and still would like to get an affordable mechanical keyboard and mouse to bring along, I'd recommend the Inland MK-S RGB Gaming Keyboard (Ten-Keyless) and Inland GM76 Gaming Mouse.  Very affordable options with great quality for some intense gaming.   Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next review! 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Amallycat ✭ September 2020 I just got this laptop and it doesn't stay connected to the 5ghz network well. It constantly slows down, or drops off and says it can't find the DNS etc.. It works fine with my 2.4ghz. HOWEVER all other laptops and devices work fine on 5ghz. Only this laptop which is 3 days old is having issues with it. What gives? Router is good. All other devices have no issues. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin September 2020 Hello @Amallycat Have you tried updating your network drivers for your laptop or uninstalling and reinstalling those drivers?  If those do not work, I also recommend trying a Winsock Reset; here is a guide to some Network Troubleshooting  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Kandore January 2021 I had the same issue with my wifi, but this fixed it. https://help.maingear.com/article/70-wi-fi-fix-for-element-2020-and-vector-2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Ian admin January 2021 Kandore said: I had the same issue with my wifi, but this fixed it. https://help.maingear.com/article/70-wi-fi-fix-for-element-2020-and-vector-2020 Good information here! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. 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I'm not sure what this is.  Thanks! 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin January 2021 Wubbits said: Is the graphics card within the laptop the RTX 2060 Mobile or is it more similar to the desktop version? Also I read somewhere it uses Nvidia Optimus? I'm not sure what this is.  Thanks! Hello, it's the desktop version of the 2060. You can view more information about the product in our review right here on the Community at: https://community.microcenter.com/discussion/3542/maingear-vector-2-review-a-choice-for-gaming-in-2020 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Leave a Comment Rich Text Editor. To edit a paragraph's style, hit tab to get to the paragraph menu. From there you will be able to pick one style. Nothing defaults to paragraph. An inline formatting menu will show up when you select text. Hit tab to get into that menu. Some elements, such as rich link embeds, images, loading indicators, and error messages may get inserted into the editor. 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Custom Water Loop Question — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Custom Water Loop Question bartiniboy ✭ November 2020 in General Discussion This is my build:https://pcpartpicker.com/user/bartiniboy/saved/qFy78d Question:Was wondering what I need for custom water loop besides what I have which is the build and these 4 items (1) EK-Quantum Vector Strix RTX 3080/3090 D-RGB - Nickel + Acetal (1) EK-Quantum Vector RTX 3080/3090 Backplate - Black (2) EK-CoolStream PE 360 (Triple)  (1) EK-Quantum Magnitude D-RGB - AM4 Nickel + Acetal 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers bartiniboy ✭ November 2020 I can link all these EK products if need be but the forum was being glitchy when typing this 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin November 2020 edited November 2020 Greetings, You have your GPU block, CPU block and a 360MM Radiator. You're missing a one critical component and a lot of accessories.. For your pump the D5 is the gold standard here. There are lots of options, some with PWM. If I buy a D5 with PWM, it's because it's a good deal, I won't connect the PWM cable, just run the pump at 100%.  Second, you need tubing. Soft or rigid. We have kits for bending rigid PETG if that's something you want to do. Second is fittings, you're going to want to use compression fittings. They're simple to use. You'll need one for each port. CPU block, GPU block, Radiator, Pump. Should be 8 in all.  You will note the port thread on the components when buying fittings. Should all be G1/4" A few other things I should add regarding the D5. Get a pump-res combo. You don't need a reservoir, but you'll be grateful. With a res the system will mostly bleed itself. Otherwise, you're doing a T-fitting, and you'll spend an afternoon on it. D5 should include an adapter to jump your power supply for leak testing, otherwise, you can make your own out of a paper clip. you could also consider the EK leak tester: https://www.microcenter.com/product/610520/ek-leak-tester It's $49.99, but it's a lot faster. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook bartiniboy ✭ November 2020 Thx Ill be going in tomorrow to talk to a tech about planning it out  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 181 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Note: SKU 976183 & 976175 now have files with detailed measurements and button layouts listed. 998302 - Micro Center Bartop Arcade Stand BARTOP STAND ATARI - specs.pdf 891473 - Micro Center Bartop Arcade Cabinet BARTOP ATARI - specs.pdf 998294 - Micro Center 3/4 Size Arcade Cabinet 3-4 ATARI GRAPHICS - specs.pdf 121905 - Micro Center Fight Stick Stand DUAL FIGHT STICK STAND ATARI - specs.pdf 891465 - Micro Center Full Size Arcade Cabinet FULL SIZE CABINET - Specs.pdf 976175 - Micro Center 2-Player Fight Stick Cabinet with Trackball DUAL FIGHT STICK WITH TRACKBALL - specs.pdf SKU976175 - measurements.pdf 976183 - Micro Center 2-Player Fight Stick Cabinet DUAL FIGHT STICK WITHOUT TRACKBALL - specs.pdf SKU976183 - measurements.pdf 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments scottjprior ✭ December 2021 edited December 2021 I compared the 3/4 arcade template to the physical cabinet, and the template is 71" yet the cabinet is around 66" tall. Was there some bleed added in? or maybe there is a new cabinet size coming out? The full size cabinet template is taller than I measured also. Scott 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook InigoMontoya ✭ December 2021 At what DPI are these PDF files meant to be imported? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 2ericcannon ✭ December 2021 I’m also having issues with the pdf files. The fight stick with trackball control panel does not line up correctly. The joystick, buttons, and the trackball placement is off. I’m trying to get a plexi top cut for it and it is way off. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 2ericcannon ✭ December 2021 I think I’ve figured out the problem for these vectorized pdf files. These pdf files are for their graphics overlays and not the actual cabinet kits. Thats why the sizing is off because they have some over hang for the graphics that you trim off once you have installed them. And the same for the control panel. The buttons don’t line up for the control panel because on their graphics overlay for the control panel the button wholes and track ball are just placed holders and not the actual size. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 2ericcannon ✭ December 2021 We need the vectorized pdf file for the arcade kits themselves and not the vectorized pdf files for the graphics overlays that you guys provide. Can we please get the vectorized pdf files for the actual arcade kits please? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook 2ericcannon ✭ December 2021 We need the vectorized pdf files they use to actually cut the wood and drill the wholes with. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 95 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 180 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Laptop Recommendations — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Laptop Recommendations Jakeman83 ✭ August 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion Hello, I am in the market for a new laptop for my job. Currently, I have an ASUS A55v and have not had any troubles with it whatsoever so I would probably like to stick with this brand or something comparable. I would like to keep this laptop for home use now and would like a newer laptop for work. I would like a laptop that has a good webcam as I do most work through online video sessions. Also, I would like a processor that is fast enough to keep up with demands. I will use basic word processing documents, powerpoints, etc. I will be connecting my laptop to dual monitors at home so it must have a good video card. I used to be an avid gamer but haven't played for years. I would like to get a laptop with a video card that can play most modern games. I am not worried about winning any benchmark contests by any means. Must have Windows 10. At least 15" screen size.  Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks, Jacob  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin August 2020 Greetings. Did you have a budget you were looking to stay in, and which Micro Center location are you nearest to so we can ensure we are recommending products your local store has in stock?  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jakeman83 ✭ August 2020 I am hoping to stay under $1000 and I live closest to the location in Overland Park, KS.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin August 2020 Hello @Jakeman83 This would be my recommended laptop that is in the $1,000 budget and can play modern games well; https://www.microcenter.com/product/623207/hp-omen-15-dh1054nr-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black  1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jakeman83 ✭ August 2020 TSPhillipT said: Hello @Jakeman83 This would be my recommended laptop that is in the $1,000 budget and can play modern games well; https://www.microcenter.com/product/623207/hp-omen-15-dh1054nr-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black  Thanks! I was actually looking at these two as well: https://www.microcenter.com/product/622545/asus-tuf-gaming-a15-fa506iu-ms73-156-laptop-computer---black https://www.microcenter.com/product/623132/lenovo-legion-5-17imh05h-173-gaming-laptop-computer---black What are your thoughts on these 3 laptops? Thanks again!  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin August 2020 @Jakeman83 They're both good systems, but if you're pushing into that $1200-$1300 area. I'd look at the Maingear Vector 2 and strongly consider it. https://www.microcenter.com/product/621986/maingear-vector-2-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jakeman83 ✭ August 2020 TSMikeW said: @Jakeman83 They're both good systems, but if you're pushing into that $1200-$1300 area. I'd look at the Maingear Vector 2 and strongly consider it. https://www.microcenter.com/product/621986/maingear-vector-2-156-gaming-laptop-computer---black Hmm just checked the site and it looks to be sold out. Do you know when they will get more in? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jakeman83 ✭ August 2020 Also, I failed to mention I am considering using VR as a form of therapy with my clients. So I will need a laptop that can handle that as well. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Jakeman83 ✭ August 2020 Thank you all for the feedback.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSMikeW admin August 2020 @Jakeman83 I don't have an ETA on new inventory. That system would work fine for VR, but I would focus on making sure the system you select has a 2060 or 2070 to be in a safe area performance wise. We do carry the Vector still. Check back in, we'll post inventory online when it arrives. 1 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 181 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? See other custom PC builds and get some ideas for what can be done View Build Showcase View builds by: AMD Processors Intel Processors RTX 3090 RTX 3080 RTX 2080 Ti RTX 2080 Super RTX 2070 Super RTX 2070 RTX 2060 Super Radeon RX 5700XT Radeon RX 5700 Air Cooled Liquid Cooled SAME DAY CUSTOM BUILD SERVICE If You Can Dream it, We Can Build it. 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It differs from the NODE software on some of their previous models, though it does have very similar functionality in general. It includes features for customizing lighting and performance, as well as hardware monitoring statistics for the system.  1. EZ Switch EZ Switch allows you to quickly toggle certain features on or off Display Power Source for Display lets you toggle the monitor on off, while leaving the system on.  Display Features lets you switch between presets for the monitor that will change things like brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc... Each setting will have a gear icon you can click to adjust them to your preferences. You can also choose the customize option if you want to create your own pre-set Other Settings  Windows Key Lock lets you enable/disable the Windows key on the keyboard.  Hibernation USB power lets you keep power running to USB devices while the PC is off/hibernating, e.g. if you want to charge your phone but keep the computer off.  Turn off OSD toggles the on-screen popups you get when using the function keys and other toggle options like caps lock and num lock.  2. Lighting Lighting allows you to customize the keyboard backlight.  Monochrome will set the keyboard backlight to whatever color you choose. You can use the pre-set colors in the hexagonal grid, or choose something using the colorwheel.  Colorful will fade colors on the keyboard in a pre-set cycle. Manual allows you to set your own custom order for cycling colors through at internals from 2-10 seconds. However, it's a hard switch, it doesn't do a fade in/out like the Colorful setting does. The circular arrows will restore it to the default settings. 3. Operating Mode Operating Mode allows you to customize your fan profile. You can switch between three pre-settings by clicking the icons on the top left corner. Operating mode is a low-power pre-set that allows you to set the fan curve between three pre-sets and customize it as you wish. The fan speed will ramp up as temperatures on the system go up, and you can make that ramp more or less aggresive depending on your preferences Game mode is a balanced power pre-set, the fan curve is not adjustable. The system will try to save power when resource requirements are low but can boost performance to maximum when required.  Beast mode is a maximum performance pre-set so the system will run at full capacity at all times, again the fan-curve is not adjustable.  4. System Monitor System monitor will provide hardware information and usage statistics for the system. Each of the circles at the bottom can be clicked to select information about different components, and change the details listed on the right. Memory will display current utilization of the RAM on the system as well as the temperature of the SSD. On the right you'll be able to see the model number and usage statistics for the SSD. Processor will display current utilization and temperature for the CPU. GPU will display current utilization and temperature for the video card.  © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article How to use the Maingear Vector 2 NODE Control Center Software — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › How to & Technical Guides › Software How to use the Maingear Vector 2 NODE Control Center Software TSTonyV admin May 2020 edited June 2021 in Software This guide will give you a general overview of the new NODE Control Center software included on the Maingear Vector 2 laptops. It differs from the NODE software on some of their previous models, though it does have very similar functionality in general. It includes features for customizing lighting and performance, as well as hardware monitoring statistics for the system.  1. EZ Switch EZ Switch allows you to quickly toggle certain features on or off Display Power Source for Display lets you toggle the monitor on off, while leaving the system on.  Display Features lets you switch between presets for the monitor that will change things like brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc... Each setting will have a gear icon you can click to adjust them to your preferences. You can also choose the customize option if you want to create your own pre-set Other Settings  Windows Key Lock lets you enable/disable the Windows key on the keyboard.  Hibernation USB power lets you keep power running to USB devices while the PC is off/hibernating, e.g. if you want to charge your phone but keep the computer off.  Turn off OSD toggles the on-screen popups you get when using the function keys and other toggle options like caps lock and num lock.  2. Lighting Lighting allows you to customize the keyboard backlight.  Monochrome will set the keyboard backlight to whatever color you choose. You can use the pre-set colors in the hexagonal grid, or choose something using the colorwheel.  Colorful will fade colors on the keyboard in a pre-set cycle. Manual allows you to set your own custom order for cycling colors through at internals from 2-10 seconds. However, it's a hard switch, it doesn't do a fade in/out like the Colorful setting does. The circular arrows will restore it to the default settings. 3. Operating Mode Operating Mode allows you to customize your fan profile. You can switch between three pre-settings by clicking the icons on the top left corner. Operating mode is a low-power pre-set that allows you to set the fan curve between three pre-sets and customize it as you wish. The fan speed will ramp up as temperatures on the system go up, and you can make that ramp more or less aggresive depending on your preferences Game mode is a balanced power pre-set, the fan curve is not adjustable. The system will try to save power when resource requirements are low but can boost performance to maximum when required.  Beast mode is a maximum performance pre-set so the system will run at full capacity at all times, again the fan-curve is not adjustable.  4. System Monitor.  System monitor will provide hardware information and usage statistics for the system. Each of the circles at the bottom can be clicked to select information about different components, and change the details listed on the right. Memory will display current utilization of the RAM on the system as well as the temperature of the SSD. On the right you'll be able to see the model number and usage statistics for the SSD. Processor will display current utilization and temperature for the CPU. GPU will display current utilization and temperature for the video card.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 40 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 181 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook Pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion MacBook Pro mhgwiz ✭ October 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion I am interested in purchasing a MacBook Pro to replace a circa 2013 iMac.  I'm looking at the 16" screen with the Core i9 processor and 1TB Solid State drive.  I noticed ten (10) of these in the refurbished inventory and two (2) open box.  Are there inherent issues with this version of the MacBook that I should be aware of before I make my decision? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments TSTonyV admin October 2020 There aren't any specific issues with that model of Macbook that I'm aware of. Just keep in mind that while refurbished units should generally still be fine, there's always a little more inherent risk going with a refurbished product rather than new in box. Those units only come with a 90-day warranty out of box and since they're not being refurbished by Apple themselves, Apple won't support them. You do have the option of purchasing an extended warranty with us on those units however.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 40 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 96 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 181 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article MacBook Pro battery — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Help Choosing Parts MacBook Pro battery dsaffold ✭ June 2020 in Help Choosing Parts It seems my battery on my MacBook Pro (2015) has pooped out. I think I just need to replace it. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments Ian admin June 2020 Greetings. This is something the Micro Center store service departments can assist with. All you would need to do is bring the unit into your nearest Micro Center store and speak with the service department on your right. It is a first come, first serve service and the service department will be able to answer any questions regarding service pricing and turnaround rates. The only service pricing we have available over phone, chat, or email is listed on this link: http://www.microcenter.com/site/service/service.aspx. For a more exact estimate, please bring the unit into the store and speak with our service department. Our service team would be able to assist with any exact service pricing or turnaround rates.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook mhead110 ✭ November 2020 My 2017 MacBook Pro also needs a new battery. Clicking on the battery symbol brings the message "Service recommended". I called apple and made an appointment through them with the Microcenter in Cambridge Mass.  Since there is no service that can be done on the battery, I just wanted to get a new one. I called Microcenter Main number, and they said that my local store had the battery I needed (I believe they said it would be about 150 or $160 installed). They said it would take an hour or two and could be done while I waited. When I got to the Cambridge, MA Microcenter service area, I was told that they could take my computer for two or three days and do an analysis for $40. I asked if that $40 would go towards the cost of a new battery and installation, and they said no.  Furthermore,  they said, no, they didn't have any batteries in stock, in fact they never keep batteries in stock.   And in order to order a battery from apple, they would have to keep my computer for 7 to 10 days. Now,  the computer operates fine, it's just that the battery is failing.  It makes no sense that they have to keep my computer during the time they are ordering the battery. I offered to pay for it upfront, but still they said it wasn't possible for me to keep the computer while they order the battery. How insane is this? The tech said that it was Apple policy – which makes no Sense at all. When I asked to speak to his supervisor, he said no one was available, everybody was in a meeting. So I took my computer and left.If this is really Apple policy can anyone explain how that makes any sense? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSPhillipT admin November 2020 Hello @mhead110 Thank you for posting on the community and I apologize for the issues you have when it comes to our service desk.  You should be receiving an email from me regarding this issue.   0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 95 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 180 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Ender v3 pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › Consumer Tech › 3D Printing Ender v3 pro tedw52 ✭ March 2021 edited March 2021 in 3D Printing On an Ender v3 pro I am adding a laser, can I use a switch to select printer or laser? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Best Answer tedw52 ✭ March 2021 Accepted Answer Thank you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Answers Ian admin March 2021 Greetings, as this is a customization not typically supported by the printer, we would not really have the best information on this. I did find this guide online that may be able to answer your questions about this process: https://all3dp.com/2/ender-3-laser-engraver-upgrade-all-you-need-to-know/ 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook AlexPasseno Columbus OH Store Associate March 2021 I guess its possible to build one, though typically youre going to want to put the laser on a fan port on the printer mb itself! (if you do make it yourself just note that that plug type is JST-XH pick up a crimping kit itll change your life!!) 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 95 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 180 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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If yes, what is the highest processor I can be used without changing the motherboard? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook TSTonyV admin October 2020 That's a pretty old model of Mac and from what I understand the CPU/motherboards were matched together and you couldn't just slot in an upgrade for one. We wouldn't have any parts compatible with it at this point given its age either.  0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 95 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 180 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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Services starting at $149.99 More Details Micro Center Homepage Desktops Laptops Computer Parts Computer Accessories Custom PC Builder Build Showcase Networking Electronics 3D Printing Service, Upgrades & Repairs Laptop Battery Replacement Laptop Screen Repair Virus and Malware Removal Hard Drive Recovery and Backup Apple MacBook Repair Custom Built PCs Schedule an Appointment © Vanilla Foundation Theme 2022 Powered By Vanilla Community Article Replacement drives for MacBook Pro — Micro Center Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker {$smarty.capture.menu} Activity Categories Discussions Computers Computer Parts Custom PC Builder DIY/ Maker Home › General Discussion Replacement drives for MacBook Pro NickyMcCatty ✭ October 2020 edited June 2021 in General Discussion My MacBook Pro needs new drives. Drive 0 is a Toshiba-VX500-SSD.  I would like to swap out the DVD drive for a second internal drive. In my FB Apple group, someone said SSD, or 1 TB HDD. Can you please help me figure out which drive will fit? 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Comments LandShark admin October 2020 Hi, from what I can see of your SSD, it looks to be a 2.5" drive. Meaning that any 2.5in drive would fit from what I can see. However, if you have a specific model or year for your MacBook Pro, I could be more accurate with what would work for you. 0 · Share on TwitterShare on Facebook Categories 7.3K All Categories 1.1K The Blog 39 What's Trending 170 How to & Technical Guides 11 Computer Hardware 119 Software 3 Home Office 6 Networking Audio/Visual 2 Home Automation 17 3D Printers 12 Maker 20 PC Build Guides 100 Reviews & Buying Guides 39 Build Showcase 21 Contests 42 Past Contests 1.2K The Community 1.8K General Discussion 95 New Members 168 Consumer Tech 50 Prebuilt PCs and Laptops 87 Software 4 Audio/Visual 17 Networking & Security 1 Home Automation 3 Digital Photography 3 Content Creators 22 Hobby Boards & Projects 26 3D Printing 60 Retro Arcade/Gaming 87 All Other Tech 1.4K Store Information and Policy 55 Off Topic 9 Community Ideas & Feedback 115 Your Completed Builds 2.7K Build-Your-Own PC 1.8K Help Choosing Parts 242 Graphics Cards 180 CPUs, Memory, and Motherboards 64 Cases and Power Supplies 20 Air and Liquid Cooling 17 Monitors and Displays 30 Peripherals 13 All Other Parts 25 Featured Categories We love seeing what our customers build Submit photos and a description of your PC to our build showcase Submit Now Looking for a little inspiration? 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