Computing retail giant Scan has officially announced that it is to target a whole new market with its pre-built systems, launching its first ever gaming laptop products.
The own-brand laptops, sold under the company's 3XS brand, are initially available in three distinct variants under the shared Graphite branding. The first, aimed at gamers who need power on the go, is the LG5. Weighing 1.8kg and featuring a compact 11.6" 1366x768 LCD display, the system packs Nvidia's Optimus technology for switching between the integrated graphics found in the Intel Core-series processor and a dedicated GeForce GT 650M 2GB DirectX 11-capable GPU. 8GB of RAM is included as standard, along with a 320GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue hard drive.
As part of the 3XS range, Scan is offering heavy customisation of all three laptop models. As a result, the LG5 can be ordered with a choice of Intel Core i3 3110M, Core i5 3210M, Core i5 3360M or Core i7 3612QM processor, standard Intel HDA or Creative SB13000 sound, and up to a 750GB Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive or 480GB Corsair Force Series 3 SSD.
The compact LG5 is joined by the mid-range LG10. Significantly heavier at 3.1kg, the LG10 boasts a 15.6" 1920x1080 screen and a choice of GeForce GTX 670M 1.5GB, GeForce GTX 675M 2GB, GeForce GTX 680M 4GB or an AMD Radeon HD 7970 2GB graphics chip. 8GB of RAM is included as standard, with 16GB available as an added-cost extra. Available processors are the Intel Core i5 3210M, Core i5 3360M, Core i7 3610QM and Core i7 3920XM.
Interestingly, the LG10 includes room for additional storage: as well as the single 2.5" bay for up to 750GB of spinning-platter or 480GB of solid-state storage, the system comes with room for an mSATA-connected SSD of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB.
Finally, the LG15 is Scan's top-end model, with a 17.3" 1920x1080 display and the same processor and memory choices as its 15.6" LG10 counterpart. As before, mSATA drives are supported, along with two 2.5" drive bays which Scan splits between solid-state and spinning-platter drives - allowing buyers to choose both, if they so desire.
All models are available to order now, with prices starting at £600 for the LG5, £1,066 for the LG10 and £1,260 for the LG15, from Scan's microsite