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Christopher S.

Christopher S.

Joined on 11/25/02

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Interesting solution to the tether problem

MSI - - Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6820HK (2.70GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 - 16 GB DDR4 - 512 GB SSD - Windows 10 Pro - Gaming Laptop (VR ONE 6RE-006US )
MSI - - Intel Core i7 6th Gen 6820HK (2.70GHz) - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 - 16 GB DDR4 - 512 GB SSD - Windows 10 Pro - Gaming Laptop (VR ONE 6RE-006US )

Pros: -Powerful enough for VR. No issues with any games (Raw Data, Space Pirate Trainer, etc) and scored a 10.3 on Steam VR Performance Test. Functions just fine as a desktop with a laptop stand. (I used a 3M LX550 Notebook Stand) -Light weight. At around 8 pounds it is light enough that you don't really notice it on your back. Several family members tried it and no one thought it was too heavy. -Does not heat up the back. The exhaust vents direct the hot air way from the user and the backpack structure is vented with a one inch spacing between the PC and your back. Never noticed the heat at all. -Comes with a 3' replacement 3 in 1 cable. Instead of dealing with the 16' HTC Vive cable you can replace it with the included cable. This also removes the need for the link box. Power for the headset comes directly from the PC. -No tether! I didn't realize how much I interact with the 3 in 1 cable until it was not there anymore. I am always walking on it, untwisting it or moving it out of the way. With the backpack that issue is gone and in games like Raw Data where you are spinning around not having it makes the game that much more immersive.

Cons: -Battery life. Depending on the game(s), your battery life will be 60-90 minutes max. At this point in time the spare batteries and charger are not available so once the batteries run out you would have to switch back to the long 3 in 1 cable and plug in to AC power. The batteries took about 2 hours to recharge. Once the extra batteries and changer are available this will not be an issue if you spring for them. - Starting VR. With no display connected it can be an adventure getting things up and running. I connected a monitor to the mini-displayport and used a wireless keyboard to launch SteamVR. Once running I would disconnect the monitor and everything was fine. You can also use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to the computer (which is why it comes with Win10 Pro) and control it that way. The second way was better because without a display connected there is no way for anyone else to see what you are doing. The RDP session had a bit of lag but still worked well. I have heard Steam Broadcasting might work for viewing the game but I didn't try it. -Cost. I did a quick search of Newegg for a laptop with matching specs and everything that I would actually buy was around the same price. But since this PC doesn't have a screen or keyboard I would expect it to be a little cheaper. I don't know what the extra batteries or external charger are going to cost but in my experience they are almost required so that will have to be factored in as well. -Not upgradable? My unit came with a sticker over the access panel to the memory and M.2 drives that said "Warranty Sticker Void if tampered". That was dealbreaker for me and I sent the unit back.

Overall Review: One small issue is the backpack straps, it would be nice if the entire structure came off with one button press instead of four buckles. It would make switching to "desktop mode" easier. Another small issue is when the display is disconnected. I discovered that Steam desktop or Virtual Desktop would not display anything inside the headset unless I was connected with RDP. Until wireless for VR is perfected this is a compelling solution if you are looking for a new system or upgrading to run VR. Having tried the cable on the ground and even suspended from the ceiling using a retractable dog leash this is by far the best option. Using the backpack we were able to max out the play space to 17' by 17' in the garage. We started to lose tracking with anything larger. Not having the cable on the floor to trip over makes gameplay so much better. This PC was more than up to the task.

Good card with limitations, poor support

HighPoint RocketRAID 3530 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card
HighPoint RocketRAID 3530 PCI-Express x8 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

Pros: Easy to setup Online expansion works well (OCE) All necessary cables are included (0.6M) Supports RAID 6 Fast read/write speeds

Cons: As has been mentioned, will not work with another RocketRAID card installed. Confirmed with support. Could not run my RR2310 and RR3530 in the same machine. Support is abysmal. After about six months my card began to have problems, I moved it to two different machines to make sure it was not my system. Same result on both. It took four days to get an initial response from their web support site. After a week of back and forth (In which they asked me questions I had already answered) they still insist the card is not the problem.

Overall Review: Always had good luck with Highpoint products, but after the issues with this card, it will be my last.