A simple yet elegant black box contains foam divider packaging that ensures the safe arrival of your gaming notebook.
Accessories include a swappable ODD bay, AC/DC power brick, AC power cord, manual, and DVDs. The adapter is rated roughly 200W (19.5v at 10.4a).
While the notebook is a gaming notebook, on the outside it just looks sleek and simple. Many people like an elegant gaming notebook, as then they can play games and take around their expensive hardware without raising too many eye brows. The bottom of the notebook features intake vendors for both blower fans as well as an open air vent for the top of the center of the CPU/GPU heat sinks. There are five rubber legs (two big at the back and three small at the front) to help the notebook stay in place.
The front of the notebook features speaker vents and then your ODD drive, in this case, a DVD drive. The rear of the unit features two large exhaust vents. The right and left sides have this orange streak down the top of either side and it a bit of fun to the chassis. The left side of the notebook features a 1Gbit LAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, headphone jack, microphone jack, and SD card reader slot. On the right side, we get a DC input plug, VGA(D-SUB) video output, HDMI 2.0, ThunderBolt 3.0, USB 3.0, and DisplayPort.
The full QWERTY keyboard is full size, features a number pad, and integrated arrow keys. The keyboard is full RGB and allows for individual programming of keys. It is a nice Chiclet style keyboard; it is soft to type on, large enough for those with large hands, and quite responsive. While I like the RGB lighting, it isn't super bright.
The touchpad is soft, and the click areas aren't clearly defined, and you might need to tune TP-rejection. It's responsive enough and features a battery gauge feature to figure out battery level when the unit is off.
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- Page 2 [Physical Overview]
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- Page 4 [Software and BIOS]
- Page 5 [System Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO and Battery Performance]
- Page 8 [Thermal Performance]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]