PC Specialist Octane II Pro a.k.a Clevo P775DM1-G

PC Specialist Octane II Pro (Clevo P775DM1-G)


A desktop processor and graphics card in a laptop? A laptop capable of playing games at frame rates and with processing performance once only reserved for monstrous towers? Hell, yeah!


The Clevo P775DM1-G is available as the DL7X from Eurocom, XMG U716 from Schenker and Octane II Pro from PC Specialist, amongst others.

I was able to source a ‘barebones’ Clevo P775DM1-G , which is basically just the laptop case, screen, keyboard and graphics card. However, by the time all of the other components had been costed, I found that UK-based PC Specialist are incredibly competitive on price. Also, buying just the base unit from a third party would have left me with very little cover in terms of warranties.

Here are the full details of the unit ordered.

SPECIFICATION: Octane II Pro [Clevo P775DM1-G]

Chassis & Display Octane Series: 17.3″ Matte Full HD IPS LED Widescreen (1920×1080)
Processor (CPU): Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-6700k (4.0GHz) 8MB Cache
Memory (RAM): 32GB HyperX IMPACT 2133MHz SODIMM DDR4 (2 x 16GB)
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 980 DESKTOP – 8.0GB DDR5, G-SYNC – VR Ready
M.2 SSD Drive: 512GB SAMSUNG 950 Pro M.2, PCIe NVMe
Other Drives (Customer installing): 512GB Crucial M4 SSD + 2TB Samsung 5400RPM HDD
Memory Card Reader: Integrated 6 in 1 Card Reader
Thermal Paste: ARCTIC MX-4 EXTREME
Sound Card: Intel 2 Channel High Definition Audio + MIC/Headphone Jack
Wireless: INTEL® AC-8260 M.2 (867Mbps, 802.11AC) +BT 4.0, vPRO
Wired Networking: Qualcomm® 10/100/1000Mb Base-TX Ethernet LAN
USB Options: 4 x USB 3.0 Ports + 1 x USB 3.1 Port with Thunderbolt
Battery: Octane Series 8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (82WH)
Power Cable: 1 x UK Power Lead & 330W AC Adaptor
Operating System: NOT REQUIRED – Customer installing Windows 10 Pro
Operating System Language: United Kingdom – English Language
Warranty: 3 Year Gold Warranty (2 Year Collect & Return, 2 Year Parts, 3 Year Labour)
Dead Pixel Guarantee: 1 Year Dead Pixel Guarantee Inc. Labour & Carriage Costs
Build Time: Standard Build – Approximately 5 to 7 working days

The machine arrived a couple of weeks after the order was placed. The standard delivery was with DPD who are excellent, a one-hour delivery slot was sent via text on the morning of delivery and it arrived well within the allocated time. There are probably plenty of unboxing videos on YouTube, so we will skip all of that!

On first impressions, it does not look much and surprisingly, it is actually not a great deal bigger than my aging Dell 17R 7720 SE.

Clevo P775DM1-G vs. Dell 17R 7720 SE

The BIOS is shockingly sparse and who the…. are Style Note? It looks like this one came without any PC Specialist branding!

Clevo P775DM1-G has quite a sparse BIOS

Clevo P775DM1-G boot logo

As I had ordered it without the operating system, PC Specialist do install a test version of Windows 10 Home. So once you have it plugged in it is ready to have a quick play around with if you so wish. After a few quick checks, the Samsung 950 Pro was reformatted and Windows 10 Pro was incredibly quickly installed.

25/04/2016 – A quick update.

I had noticed some backlight bleed when on a dark screen, this became more evident whilst performing a dead pixel test using the following http://jasonfarrell.com/misc/deadpixeltest.php. When viewing the true black screen, the glow from the bottom left-hand becomes incredibly noticeable.

PC Specialist Clevo backlight bleed

I have contacted PCS and their engineer agrees that this backlight bleed is excessive. Unfortunately, there appears to be a bit of an issue when it comes to screen replacements for the P775DM1-G, as you can read here:- https://www.techinferno.com/index.php?/forums/topic/9208-p775dm1-g-g-sync-lost-after-screen-repair/

So I am just waiting to hear back from PCS to find out if this screen mix-up can be avoided before I send it back under an RMA or have the machine replaced. (Screen = 17.3″ LG LP173WF4-SPF1 FHD IPS Matte 1920 x 1080)

30/04/2016 – Further update.

Now PCS has my money they really don’t seem to give a flying eff, the best that I have got from them so far is ‘Return it for RMA and we will get it back to you as soon as possible’. They have not given me any assurance they have the correct screen in stock and have so far not acknowledged that there is an issue with correct screen identification on this model. I am getting slightly annoyed.

06/05/2016 – Further update.

Following a bit of a rant, PCS have now given me assurance that they have the correct replacement screen in stock, it has been tested and it is being reserved to go in this laptop. The laptop is now on it’s way back to them.

11/05/2016 – Further update.

PC Specialist do not seem to understand the meaning of priority. Having been promised my RMA would be treated as a priority, the fact they received it back at lunchtime on Monday and here we are Wednesday evening and  it has not even been looked at yet is beginning to make me think they are just a complete shower of you-know-what.

14/05/2016 – It’s back – eventually.

I sent a fairly strongly worded message on Wednesday and got a phone call from a supervisor that evening. I was promised my RMA was top of the pile for a technician to fix the following morning, all going well it would be tested and dispatched the same day for delivery on Friday. I received a message on Thursday afternoon to say that the screen had been replaced, testing had been done and it was ready for collection by courier. I was not a happy bunny when I got a phone call at 18:46 Thursday evening to say it had not been sent. It’s just a good job PCS did see fit to get it dispatched on Friday for a Saturday morning delivery. It turned up before 12:00!

The new screen is still not perfect but on first inspection it does appear to have significantly less backlight bleed than the one it replaced. Just waiting for it to get dark so I can take a direct comparison photograph.
The BIOS has also been refreshed to display a PC Specialist boot logo instead of that disappointing Style Note one. PC Specialist have also agreed to refresh my warranty start date to coincide with receipt of the laptop back from this RMA.


Well, that is disappointing. With the settings exactly the same as in the previous picture one could almost be mistaken for thinking this is the same screen! *Bangs head in disbelief*

Here are a couple photographs taken in the dark…

20160516_232115 Brightness at 0

0% Brightness

20160516_232205 Brightness at 50

50% Brightness

And as you can probably imagine, at 100% brightness the screen is absolutely disgusting. Well done PC Specialist.

To cut a long story short, after a lot more issues the laptop finally went back for a refund.

3 Responses to PC Specialist Octane II Pro a.k.a Clevo P775DM1-G

  1. Had my heart set on one of these bad boys. Have you got any further with P.C. Specialists? Was going to buy from them.

  2. I haven’t heard any more from PC Specialist. The last message I sent was on 27th and they seem to wait 3 working days to reply regardless. If I do not get a satisfactory response by Monday, I will be more than slightly annoyed.
    If you are looking to buy in the UK then Scan have the P775DM1-G in stock for about the same price as PCS – look for their 3XS Carbon Extreme.

    • PC Specialist have finally come through and replaced the screen. It has been hard work but, in the end they are cheaper and worth using if you can put up with their rather slack approach to customer service!

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