I think it would have been advisable to have the specs of the unit boxed together to see what kind of unit was sent to The Verge to be reviewed. It comes off particularly disingenuous to have the comments of upgrading the unit specs within the review rather than the configuration front and center.
Now my rant,
I’m really surprised it was this unit that got gaming laptops into the 8s on The Verge. I’ve always felt that Gaming Laptops have been reviewed rather incorrectly by The Verge team.
For the most part they are niche products, so I don’t see the reasoning behind a more mass-consumer take on gaming laptops outside of the Samsung, Asus, MSI, and Alienware crowd. Alienware itself is the most likely to be known by the average consumer, but if you’re seriously looking into gaming laptops you’d easily find out that Alienware is the most overpriced of the custom gaming laptop game considering performance. They’ll rob you on the CPU/GPU combo where a Sager/Clevo could cost you less or getting more for the same price. You’re better off going to a custom laptop maker like XoticPC or somewhere else.