They've managed to include one of the only G-Sync capable displays in a mobile device. It's a matte IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080p. That's the only drawback, and this system is more than capable of playing at higher resolutions. At 17", it's not a bad resolution, though. I can't make out individual pixels, and the colors are already accurate and great looking out of the box. This comes pre-calibrated by the folks that built it, and there are multiple color profiles you can select through a handy utility that lets you switch between them, depending on the color temperature you prefer. Remember, it's not always about color accuracy for most people, but about whether or not it looks good to us in use.
Testing it with an X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2 showed that the screen is capable of nearly 114% of the sRGB color spectrum, which is an incredibly amount and more than enough for most professionals. We noted it was a very capable little screen and had a contrast ratio of 721:1 with a black level of 0.31.
NVIDIA G-Sync is a welcome addition to the monitor that actually has a larger impact on enjoyment than you might think. Anyone who's had the chance to try a variable refresh rate monitor might be able to attest to how wonderful it is to have a screen that's fast enough to keep up with the games you're playing. Even though the refresh rate tops out at 60Hz, the variable nature of it can help do something that V-Sync alone can't quite deal with in all situations.
The result is a reduction of tearing in most games, and the lower limit of 30Hz actually ends up being advantageous in a laptop. For more demanding games, even with the visuals as high as possible, say in Battlefield 4 or Battlefront with their fast-paced motion, the monitor can keep that tearing to a minimum while running as fast as possible. The result is great. It's a worthwhile addition to a laptop, and because there's no special module, it shouldn't, alone, add anything extra aside from a usual increase in quality associated with the newer panel you'll have to select such as the beautiful IPS one here.
Keyboard & Trackpad
The keyboard is a full-sized affair with a num pad on the side. The keys themselves are slightly upturned and made of a hard plastic that has a nice feel and resists keeping fingerprints fairly well. The backlighting system is capable of showing 16.8 million different colors that you can select by using the included app, which is fairly intuitive to use, and can select different zones. The backlighting itself can get pretty bright, and comes through the laser-cut keys bright and clear. It's attractive, and the number of different combinations makes it fun to play with.
The app isn't quite as put-together as some others, such as Alienware's or MSI's, but it's still easy. On typingtest.com, I'm able to get close to my normal typing speed of 70wpm, though with a few errors. The only complaint about the keyboard is the shorter than usual right-shift button; it's not normal, and there's really no excuse for it to be so small on such a large laptop, and it makes it awkward to type on at first until you get used to the wee little shift button.
The way you interact with your PC is one of those things that's important and needs to be easy enough to use, or get used to if it's different than what you've been used to, or you could get terribly frustrated, and it can diminish the experience. If you can't do what you need or want in the system, then what good is it? OriginPC actually has that on point here.
For the trackpad, OriginPC went with a Synaptics unit with separate buttons. It's massive, smooth, and responds well to Windows 10 multitouch gestures. It's controlled through the usual Synaptics software, which is fairly intuitive to use. The result is a smooth(ish) experience navigating through Windows.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Specs, Configurations Available, and Warranty & Support]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look, Outputs & Connectivity]
- Page 4 [Display, Keyboard, and Trackpad]
- Page 5 [Speakers and Sound]
- Page 6 [Everyday Use]
- Page 7 [Gaming Use at 1080p]
- Page 8 [Gaming Use - VR]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks – CPU & RAM]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks – Internal Storage & External Storage]
- Page 11 [Power Consumption & Battery Life]
- Page 12 [Thermal & Sound Testing]
- Page 13 [What's Hot, What's Not, & Final Thoughts]
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