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WidowPC Gaming Computers - Sting 917 Gaming Laptop

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Congrats to the whole WidowPC team for winning Computer Gaming World Editors' Choice award (March, 2005)!
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Fastest Assembly and Shipping in the Industry

On average it takes us about three to five business days to assemble your custom made laptop. That is the fastest standard assembly time any where in the world for a made to order laptop.

Priority Rush, Elite Courier Service*
If you absolutely must have your laptop delivered lightening fast, we have an elite, premium service through which we ship within 24 hours and send the laptop to your address via SAME DAY courier. That means you order the laptop today and receive it tomorrow or the next day. To select this option, simply select "24 Hour Assembly with Elite Courier" during shopping cart checkout. West Coast customers generally receive the laptop within 1 - 5 hours of shipment. East Coast customers will receive it within 5 - 24 hours of shipment using Same Day Air or Next Day Air Courier. So, the maximum time from order to delivery signature is generally about 48 hours when using this service.
*- Only available within the continental U.S.

Fully Upgradeable Gaming Laptop

In addition to being the most powerful gaming laptop, the Sting 917 is also the most upgradeable gaming laptop currently on the market. Everything on the laptop excluding the motherboard and chipset is able to be upgradeable with ease. Special underside access panels allow the memory, video card and battery to upgraded more easily than a desktop. The hard drives and optical drives snap in and out like Legos Even the processor is upgradeable. So, say good riddance to the days when the only way to upgrade your laptop was to buy a new one.

An Army of High Speed Ports

  • left ports2 IEEE 1394 FireWire Ports (Mini DC in Jack)
  • Fast Infrared (FIR), IrDA 1.1 Compliant, Support 4M Bit FIR
  • 4 USB 2.0 Ports
  • 1 Serial Port
  • 1 Parallel Port with ECP/EPP Support
  • 1 External Keyboard/Mouse Port
  • 1 DVI Video Output Port
  • 1 Kensington Lock Port
  • 1 S-Video Jack for Video-in
  • 1 S-Video Jack for TV Output
  • 4 Audio Jacks for Line-Out, Microphone-In, and S/PDIF-Out
  • Built-in 56K V90 Fax/Modem and 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet LAN Card

  • rear ports

PCI-Express Graphics

pci-expressThe first gaming laptop to feature the PCI-Express bus architecture, the Sting 917 is able to blow games away with the latest graphics technology. PCI-Express system bus technology allows for increased bus bandwidth required for 3D games, 3D graphics development, high-definition video and other high performance, graphics intensive applications.

Intel 915P Chipset

Gaming laptop motherboards based on the IntelĀ® 915P Express chipset deliver ultra-smooth system responsiveness with PCI Express graphics cards, Intel's Matrix storage technology, 800 MHz system bus, and dual-channel DDR2 and DDR memory for bandwidth-intensive applications such as games, 3D graphics, high definition audio and video.

Intel High Definition Sound

high definition audio for gamersIntel HD Audio delivers an outstanding audio experience for gamers with significant improvements over previous generation integrated audio and sound cards. Intel HD Audio hardware is capable of delivering the support and sound quality for up to eight channels at 192 kHz/32-bit quality. Dolby Laboratories selected Intel HD Audio to bring Dolby-quality surround sound technologies to the PC, as part of their recently announced PC Logo Program. The combination of these technologies marks an important milestone in delivering quality digital audio.

Cutting Edge Media Drives

media driveWith a 7-in-1 Media Card Reader and external USB floppy drive, the Sting 917 gaming laptop supports more types of media than any other laptop. The media card reader supports MS, MS Pro, SD, MMC, CF, MD, and SM format memory cards in addition to the standard 3.5" USB floppy drive.

Miscellaneous Info

Dimensions: 15.6"(W) x 11.7"(D) x 1.95"(H)
Weight: 11.3 lbs. with Battery
Warranty: One year parts and labor warranty upgradeable to two or three years
Tech Support: Life time, toll-free support with the same people who built it (not out-sourced)


Pentium 4 Desktop Processor with Hyper-Threading

intel pentium 4The Sting 917 gaming laptop outperforms most desktops and is rated as "the fastest laptop on the planet" because of the full desktop P4 500 and 600 processor power it delivers. The 600 series P4 is a major performance boost with 2 megabytes of level 2 cache (ultra fast memory). The 600 series processor introduces the 64 bit extensions called EM64T, delivering RAM totals over 4 GB and Microsoft's x64 (64 bit) edition of Widows XP. Enhanced SpeedStep is also introduced, reducing power consumption by dynamically adjusting voltage and core clock speed when the processor is not in high demand.

The processor can be configured up to the P4 670 3.8 Ghz including Intel's Hyper-Threading technology. Hyper-Threading allows the single processor to function as two logical processors, effectively doubling performance in some cases. Additionally, the P4 600 series has thermal management and cooling properties that make it much more suitable for high performance gaming laptops than the AMD Athlon 64 family that we prefer for desktops and towers.
[Configurable from 3.0GHz to 3.8GHz Extreme Edition with 2 MB of Cache]

Windows XP Operating System with Service Pack 2 + CD and Manual

Unlike many of our more skimpy competitors, WidowPC provides the full operating system with registration codes, shrink wrapped CDs and the Windows manual. A recovery disk with all of the necessary drivers is also included, just in case you want to start from scratch. Note that this is impossible with Alienware and several other competitors as they do not provide the full operating system but only a "recovery disk" with an image of the hard drive as it was installed on your computer. So, if they installed it wrong, you are stuck. Additionally, there is no way to customize your own installation or install with different hardware other than your original installation configuration.
[Choose from Windows XP Home, XP Pro and XP Media Center Edition]

17 Inch Wide-Screen

Available in WUXGA 1900 x 1200 ClearView and WSXGA+ 1680 x 1050 GlassView resolutions, the WidowPC Sting 917 gaming laptop once again beats the other gaming laptop companies to the punch with higher resolution, breathtaking visual real estate. WidowPC ClearView technology virtually eliminates screen glare while increase detail through a higher resolution than ever before accomplished in a gaming laptop. While the GlassView technology makes for a ultra crisp and clear display. This is perfect for greater range of view in 3D games as well as digital content creation. It's also just cool! Who can say no to a huge, ultra high resolution, crystal clear LCD display?
[Configurable from WUXGA ClearView to WSXGA+ GlassView]

Crucial DDR2 Memory

Crucial memory

WidowPC uses Crucial RAM in our gaming laptops. This significantly increases performance over the generic ram our competitors use, as well as greatly decreasing the probability of RAM failure. When choosing RAM, always stick with a high quality brand. It saves money in the long term and significantly increases performance.
[Configurable from 512 MB to 4 GB]

Dual Hard Drive and Dual Optical Drive Bays

For the first time in history, there is a laptop that can hold two hard drives while sporting two optical drives with no tradeoffs. This is a sweet machine and you'll find yourself awed when you first see it up close. The slim form factor of the drives delivers a ground breaking capacity for a total of 240 Gigs of hard drive storage and two double layer DVD burners, the Sting 917 gaming laptop is a digital media and gamers dream come true.
[Customize up to 2 hard drives and up to two optical drives]

Revolutionary FuJitsu and Hitachi Serial SATA 150 Hard Drive Technology

SATA laptop hard driveThe Sting 917 gaming laptop now supports SATA-150 hard drive technology. The Fujitsu and Hitachi SATA hard drives featured support a blazing transfer rate of 150 MBps while ATA drives support a comparably slower rate of 100 MBps. Additionally, eventually SATA hard drives will reach transfer rates of 300 MBps and maybe even 600 MBps and you'll be able to upgrade to those insanely fast drives using the same chassis.

Aside from increased compatibility with laptop systems, the SATA interface also makes for a much more efficient RAID configuration. The SATA interface also makes it possible to support native command queuing, another first in the notebook market. Command queuing adds a nice performance boost to the hard drive because it allows for concurrent, multiple requests to the device. This is particularly effective at speeding up total performance when used with the Intel Pentium 4's Hyper-Threading or with dual core or dual processing capability. To boil this technical topic down to the nuts and bolts -- Fujitsu makes the fastest hard drives for the elite hardware and gaming enthusiast.
[Choose your hard drive or hard drives here]

220W Power Supply

Consistent, clean power is one of the most essential elements in a high performance gaming laptop. Powerful hardware demands a lot of power from the power supply. If it doesn't get the power then it will stall and stutter. That is why WidowPC was the first gaming laptop company to introduce a 220W power supply for a laptop. This herculean AC adapter supplies ample power for a blazing P4 processor, graphics card, dual hard drives, dual optical drives plus any peripherals powered through the quad USB 2.0 ports. We've seen desktops less powerful power supplies.
[Add an additional power supply while you customize your laptop]

Cutting Edge Video Cards

nvidia 7800 GTX Go 256MBThis gaming laptop powerhouse sports nVidia's GeForce 7800 GTX go 256MB or Quadro FX Go 1400 256MB graphics cards all making use of the x16 PCI Express bus architecture and next generation DDR3 dedicated video memory. DDR3 memory is a big performance leap ahead of the DDR2 RAM used by most of our competitors. Chips based on the DDR3 standard can run at speeds up to 800 MHz and deliver data rates of up to 1.6 gigabits per second. This makes for much faster games and less "rubber banding" and less client side lag in MMOs like World of Warcraft and EverQuest 2.
[Customize your video card now]

Deluxe Carrying Cases

laptop carrying caselaptop backpackThe WidowPC Sting 917 comes with a free deluxe carrying case (black, with shoulder strap and handle). It includes a document pouch inside the main compartment, thick padding to protect your pristine hardware from bumps and scratches and an outer compartment for your mouse, AC adapter, etc. However, since this king of laptops weighs about 11 pounds you might consider upgrading the carrying case to a custom designed laptop backpack.
[Customize your carrying case now]

Hardware Customization

Standard Accessories:
- Microsoft Windows Operating System with CD and Manual
- Laptop Owner's Manual
- Deluxe Carrying Case with Shoulder Strap
- Full Range Auto-Switching 100V/240V AC Adapter
Standard Included Features:
- 7-IN-1 Card Reader
- Built-in Digital Video Camera
- 220W Power Supply
- Software: InterVideo WinDVD Cinema, Nero DVD Burner, Nero Media Player, Nero PhotoShow Express, Nero Toolkit, NeroVision Express 2 SE, Realtek Sound Manager, CMM Video Capture, IEEE 802.11 Wireless Network Management, InterActual Player, WinZip, Mozzilla Firefox, ZoneLabs Firewall Security, McAfee VirusScan 90 day Introductory Offer

Sample System Configuration
Below is a sample configuration for this system. Our staff has suggested the following default specifications for the best "bang for the buck" with the gaming enthusiast in mind. However, each WidowPC computer system is meant to be a custom work of art with your customized options. If you have questions feel free to get advice from an expert by calling 800-851-7502.

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Hey there, I just wanted to say that this is a killer rig. It played any game i threw at it and logged hundreds of hours of WoW, before it was stolen. So soon I will have another. Keep up the ass kicking Widow!

Posted by: Otto at July 20, 2005 10:16 PM

Hi guys,
What's the buzz on Yonah, the new dual core integrated cache chipset from intel? Any intention to use it in your machines?

We're not happy with the design of the dual core Intel chip. Unlike Intel, AMD's chip was designed from the ground up to be both 64 bit and to be dual core. So, the underlying design is there is support it. We believe Intel kind of made this a "rush job". Future generations of Intel's dual core chips will be better we think. But for now, Intel's dual core chips are something to stay away from.


WidowPC Pit Crew

Posted by: Doug at September 10, 2005 08:02 AM

I haven't even bought a Laptop yet and already had excellent contacts with their staff. I'll pass up on Dell's coupons and soon order me a rig with a GTX 7800 Go right here at WidowPc. :)

Posted by: Bart at October 9, 2005 07:08 PM

can I upgrade the graphics card when it goes out of date later on?

[WidowPC Pit Crew Response]: Yes. The unit is fully user upgradeable. So, when you want to upgrade the video card just buy a new one (call us) and we'll walk you through installing it over the phone. Remember, you get 24/7 support for the laptop for as long as you own it. So, we'll always be here to help you with it.

Posted by: James at October 25, 2005 10:35 AM

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