Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Review

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After years of development and millions of advertising dollars spent to convince us that a tablet could plausibly replace a laptop, Microsoft finally delivered the goods with all the Surface Pro 4.Packard Bell Akku Equipped with robust processing power, a perfectly sized display and just-right aspect ratio, and a few critical add-on accessories, the Pro four solidified the Surface’s position as the gold standard for Windows tablets. And using the arrival of Windows 10 in July 2015, that which blemished all previous Surface models — an inelegant operating system — was lastly replaced by a solid OS that could fulfill the potential of its form factor.

Design

Microsoft is obviously comfortable together with the design of its Surface notebooks. Like the less powerful Surface 3, which debuted over the summer, the Pro four doesn’t look much different than its predecessor. The new model is a hair thinner, and a few hundredths of a pound lighter, but its dimensions are otherwise the same.Samsung Akku The Surface Pro 4 is still bulky for a tablet. Virtually everything based on mobile hardware is thinner and lighter, even the iPad Pro, which has a similar display size. For a PC tablet, though, the Surface Pro four is pretty svelte. Whether it’s small enough depends on how you plan to use it, and perhaps even your own dimensions. People who find a regular iPad a bit unwieldy are going to find this massive. I managed alright. More recent competitors like the Samsung TabPro S and Huawei Matebook indisputably feel slimmer in-hand, and are easier to handle. But the Surface Pro four is a lot easier to handle than any 2-in-1 with a 360-degree hinge, like Lenovo’s Yoga series. Microsoft has set up the Pro properly for use as either a PC or tablet. Though its overall size has hardly changed, the new model jumps from a 12-inch to a 12.3-inch display. That’s accomplished through thinner bezels which look more attractive, but still provide enough room to grip the Surface Pro without grazing the touchscreen.Makita bmr100 Netzteil The device also benefits from thoughtful location of buttons. The power and volume keys are located on the upper left edge when the device is held in landscape orientation or used as a PC. That becomes the upper right flank when it’s turned and used in portrait orientation, which is typical for tablets. In either case, the buttons are accessible, yet not positioned where they’ll be accidentally bumped.Dell LA65NM130 Oplader Connectivity is a bit more awkward. The USB and Mini-DisplayPort jacks are on the right flank when the Surface Pro is used with all the keyboard. That works well enough, but it means anything attached will jut out from the bottom if the device is used as a tablet in portrait orientation. The combo headphone/microphone jack is difficult in either case, as its always located near the top edge of the device, leaving the user to tangle with all the cord. There are only so many places to put a port on a slate. The power brick’s connector works well. Its magnetically aligned and multi-directional, so it’s easy to insert and doesn’t send the entire device flying if you happen to trip over it and tug it out.Netzteil Asus t100 It’s past time for this type of design to become the standard for both tablets and laptops, but most of the Pro 4’s PC competition is saddled with a stiff, stubborn plug. Better still, the brick itself offers a USB port, so you can charge your phone without using the USB 3.0 port on the Surface Pro 4 itself.

Display and pen input

The Surface Pro 4’s display is not only slightly bigger, but also sharper than last year’s model, with 2,736 by 1,824 resolution (around 267 pixels per inch). It packs in even more pixels than Apple’s 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which sports a resolution of 2,560 by 1,600. It’s not even worth comparing the Surface Pro 4 to the 13-inch MacBook Air, whose screen tops out at a comparatively low-res 1,440 by 900. All of those pixels make for incredibly crisp text, razor-sharp photos and a great movie-viewing experience. You won’t see any individual pixels here, unless you’ve got a magnifying glass handy. For the most part, the Surface Pro four also delivered accurate colors, no matter what I was looking at. It’s plenty bright, too, even in direct sunlight. As with any glass-covered display (Gorilla Glass 4, in this case), there’s some reflection from light sources, but it otherwise does a good job of minimizing glare.Netzteil vgp ac19v42 Microsoft has always managed to cram in great screens in the Surface line — this one just happens to be exceptional. It’s also dubbed this a “PixelSense” display, which is just a fancy marketing term for its incredibly thin stack of optical and pen-input components.

Speaking of pen input, Microsoft also made some significant changes to the Surface Pen this time around. It offers 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity now (compared to 256 levels from before); there’s an eraser at the top that actually works as you’d expect; and it also magnetically attaches to the side of the Surface. That’s a big step beyond just holstering it in the Type Cover. Most importantly, though, it simply feels great. Using the Surface Pen is almost as good as putting a pencil to paper.adp 90cd db Ladegerät That’s due to a combination of new pen tip and input technology. You’ll also be able to swap out the Surface Pen tips in the future, which will let you tweak its performance to better suit handwriting or drawing. Admittedly, I’m not much of an artist. But the Surface Pro four and the new Surface Pen did a better job of capturing my scribbles than past Surface models, not to mention other devices, like Samsung’s Note phones and tablets. Taking handwritten notes felt natural and fluid — I can imagine it being particularly useful for instances where you need to draw diagrams more than jot down text. Just like using the Surface Pro 3, clicking the top of the pen almost instantly opens up a blank OneNote file.Chargeur pour Asus ADP-90CD DB Tap it again and it gets sent off to your OneDrive. You can also access Cortana by holding down the top button, or take a screenshot by double-clicking it.

Performance

Microsoft is offering the Surface Pro 4 in sixth-generation Intel Core M, Core i5 and Core i7 options. The M version comes with Intel HD graphics 515, while the i5 comes with slightly more powerful Intel HD graphics 520. The top i7 variant comes with Intel HD graphics 540. Adding further complexity to the mix, you can also load the Pro 4 with 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM. I tested the Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM.Asus EXA0904YH AC Adaptateur The model benchmarked fairly well. The Surface Pro 4 ran in with a 6,727 multi-core Geekbench score. On the graphics intensive 3DMark: Cloud Gate, it scored a solid 6,019. Neither scores are groundbreaking, but they put the Pro four on a par with most top-end 2015 convertible tablets and well above its 2014 predecessor. By comparison, the Surface Pro 3 scored 3,491 in Geekbench.PC Batteria Clevo The benchmarks proved accurate with real-world use, and the Surface Pro four delivers solidly impressive performance. Using the unit as my primary tablet and laptop, I didn’t notice any serious performance jitters. The Surface loaded web pages instantly, ran applications smoothly, and proved capable of playing Steam games, such as Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion and Divinity Original Sin, chug free – if the graphics settings weren’t maxed.AC Adapter Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5

Final verdict

So, has Microsoft ultimately done it? That depends on how considerable of a compromise you consider “somewhat below average” battery life. If that’s about the only thing that Redmond’s mission rides on, together with the typing, tracking and penning experience vastly improved, then I’d consider the fourth go at it so narrow of a miss that you might be able to pass it for everything it does so well.Adapter Asus Transformer Book T200TA Even more so than the version before it, I could easily see the Surface Pro 4 becoming my daily driver, not to mention my comic book reader and Hearthstone and mobile movie machine (I’ll deal with the black bars). And that’s despite the arguably middling battery life, considering the screen resolution bump. If it can last for a whole cross-country flight, then that’s enough for me. Microsoft seems to have captured and applied the best definition of ‘iteration’ to almost every end of the Surface Pro 4, making it well worth the wait for creative professionals, students and everyday folks alike. Is this ultimately the tablet to replace your laptop? That’s still debatable, though the Pro four has surmounted more of what’s running against it than ever before.Adapter Lenovo ADLX45NLC3A

Lenovo ThinkPad E460 Review

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Lenono continue the tradition of Mobile Workstation using the famous ThinkPad series, the recent model Lenovo ThinkPad E460 impresses straight away with its look, durability and several useful options to serve the maximum for the job at affordable pricing.PSU Dell XPS 13

Design

This E-series model is no exception to the traditional design of budget ThinkPad devices. Once you get it out of the box, you will notice the Lenovo logo on the lid, as well as the inscription confirming that you now own a ThinkPad device. As you may guess, the notebook uses the typical matte black color without unnecessary inscriptions – the design language is simplistic, as expected.Surface Pro 3 Stylus Charger One of the first aspects that caught our attention is the low weight of the 14-incher – only 2 kg. And we must not forget that on the inside there is the discrete GPU R7 M360 (in comparison to Yoga 460 which counts on Intel HD Graphics). This is a key advantage that makes E460 a good choice if you need to have your mobile device at hand wherever you go. Additionally, the gray metal hinges stand out, while the corpus is reinforced with carbon fibers. The latter seems sturdy and durable – rather important for a business laptop.AC Adapter Samsung S5 Car When opened, the typical ThinkPad traits become visible. Also, the TrackPoint is red and sits in the middle of the keyboard. It allows you to move the mouse cursor, which is great if you are used to it and don’t want to use Lenovo’s touchpad. As far as the keyboard is concerned, it preserves the traditional ThinkPad design. The ergonomic keys, called AccuType, are comfortable and easy to type because of their slightly peculiar design – they are “smiling” and slightly protruding in the middle, as well as decently spaced so that you won’t press several of them at a time. Since it’s a 14-incher, the NumPad block is not present which means slower input of digits but, on the other hand, ThinkPad E460 has a good number of function keys for quick access that facilitate your work.AC Adapter Bose Speaker Also, the touchpad is positioned below the keyboard. It is relatively big and comfortable despite E460’s small size. Some of the configurations feature a fingerprint scanner on the right, but our unit did not have this. The touchpad ensures fast and adequate operation. Above it, there are three buttons (left, right and one for scrolling) that make your work even easier if you are using the TrackPoint.PC Batteria Acer Despite its compact size, ThinkPad E460 offers enough ports that you can use for peripheral devices, external drives, flash drives, etc. On the left, there is a headphones jack, USB 2.0 port, and Kensington Lock – fortunately for us the cooling vent is also on the left. Most ports are to be found on the right, which isn’t exactly good if you want to use a mouse. On the right, you can observe two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, LAN Ethernet, as well as the DC power jack.

Display

Our review unit comes as yet only available configuration with a full HD panel (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 157 ppi), therefore, but are likely to have in the future again entry-level models with simple WXGA resolution (1,366 x 768 pixels, 112 ppi). Due to the sharper display and the considerably larger working area we would absolutely recommend buying the 1,080-variant – Multitasking or complex office work (for example, extensive Excel tables) are on a WXGA display hardly productive feasible.AC Adapter 693711 001 On top of that promises the full HD model a higher maximum brightness of 250 cd / m2, but we can not quite confirm to our measurements. More than 233 cd / m2 reached the panel itself in the center do not, on average, it takes only 221 cd / m2.Microsoft Surface PRO 2 Oplader For interiors but this value is usually sufficient, especially as the matte screen surface annoying reflections effectively reduced (if not eliminated entirely). Positive: Unlike numerous competitors, the E460 without PWM control is made, that is, the backlight does not begin to flicker even with reduced luminance. Deduction of points there for the easily recognizable in black image Backlight bleeding, which occurred in our test sample in all four corners.Bose SoundLink 404600 Oplader

Performance

The successor of the Core i5-4200U (1.6 – 2.6 GHz, Haswell) and Core i5-5200U (2.2 – 2.7 GHz, Broadwell) is the Core i5-6200U which represents the new mid-range in the Skylake generation.Batteria Asus With core speeds of 2.3 to 2.8 GHz (2 cores: max. 2.7 GHz), the dual-core CPU is only insignificantly faster than its direct predecessors. However, it benefits from the multiple architectural improvements made in the sixth core generation. The ULV chip is built in the 14 nanometer process, and Intel specifies a TDP of only 15 watts for it.Adapter Samsung PS30W-14J1 While the entry-level configuration of the E640 relies on the processor-integrated HD Graphics 520 (24 EUs, 300 – 1000 MHz), our review sample additionally characteristics a dedicated Radeon R7 M360. With 384 GCN Shaders, a 64-bit memory interface and clock rates of 980/900 MHz (core/DDR3 memory), it is ultimately just a renamed Radeon R7 M260 like found in the older E450. AMD’s small GPU will unlikely calculate much faster than the once again improved processor graphics, which also provides the more modern feature set including H.265 decoder. The ThinkPad switches between both graphics chips via Enduro technology to reduce the power consumption.Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader A 192 GB SSD and an 8 GB DDR3 memory (1x 8 GB DDR3L-1600, single-channel, 1 of 2 slots filled) completes the configuration. The Skylake platform principally would also support DDR4-2133. However, Lenovo does not implement that presumably for cost reasons.Acer AP.01801.001 Oplader A DDR4 RAM would only boost the general performance insignificantly anyway. The integrated GPU would primarily benefit from the higher bandwidth, which would only be utilized in 2D operations in this case.

Acer Aspire S7 2015 Review

5

The Acer Aspire S7 was one of several hottest higher end Ultrabooks to hit the market place in 2012. The 13.3″ model featured a white Gorilla Glass 2 lid, an incredibly thin style and stunning superior looks. Its Achilles heel was battery life, which was woefully brief. Somehow Acer managed to substantially increase battery capacity with out escalating weight, and this two.87 lbs. machine now runs for 6 hours on a charge. Notebook Akkus Packard Bell Of course, the latest Intel Haswell CPUs with their power savings help too. The Aspire S7 is as ever a premium Ultrabook, and you’re paying extra for the unique glass and aluminum design and crazy light weight. That said, our Core i5-4200U model with 8 gigs of RAM and a 128 gig SSD lists for $1,499, making it more expensive than the MacBook Air 13″ and the Sony Vaio Pro 13… and Sony and Apple aren’t known for their low prices. The Core i7-4500U model with a 256 gig SSD lists for $1,699. Notebook Akkus Samsung Yes, there’s a fantastic chance you’ll find these for $50 to $100 less than list price, shaving some from the pain off the purchase. Perhaps as time passes, retailers will drop prices a bit more. With the second gen Aspire S7, there’s only a 13.3″ model; the 11.6″ is no longer an option. That’s a shame because the 11.6″ Aspire S7 was a sweet high finish machine that was keenly portable.

Design

Aside from moving a few ports around and the absence of the words “Professionally tuned” stamped above the keyboard, this is essentially the same Aspire S7 design we liked so much last year. It’s very thin and light, although the glass-covered lid feels a bit top-heavy. You may recall that the original HP Envy Spectre (from early 2012) had a similar design, putting glass both on the back with the lid and the wrist rest. Here it’s just the lid, which is great, as it never really worked on the wrist rest. Notebook Akkus Sony Of course, this isn’t an all-glass laptop (which sounds like a crazy idea, but I bet someone will eventually pitch 1). The rest from the body is aluminum over a plastic base, and the entire thing has a MacBook-like feel. White (behind the glass surface on the back on the lid) and silver is an unusual, but not unheard-of, color combination these days. Most laptops, apart from MacBooks, tend to be matte or glassy black, with maybe a little gray or some red accents thrown in. Just by being different the Aspire S7 achieves an upscale look that stands out.

Display

Acer Aspire S7 (2014) DisplayAcer bumped up the S7’s 13-inch IPS display to WQHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), and the result is a beautiful visual experience. On a 1080p trailer of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” individual strands of Scarlett Johansson’s auburn hair and scratches on Captain America’s shield looked crisp. Colors were also vivid; we enjoyed the bright greens of foliage in wide shots and light gray of Steve Rogers’ eyes. Toshiba Notebook Akkus Viewing angles were ample, but images washed out a tad when we tilted the screen till it lay completely flat. The S7 packs the same resolution as the Zenbook UX301 (2560 x 1440p), but it’s not as sharp as the MacBook Pro (2560 x 1600p) and the ATIV Book 9 (3200 x 1800p). Probably due to the higher resolution, text in windows and websites such as Laptopmag.com and NYTimes.com had pixelated edges. Registering 276 lux on our brightness meter, the Aspire S7 is brighter than the ultraportable average (250 lux) and the ATIV Book 9 Plus (251 lux) but dimmer than the Zenbook UX301 (368 lux) and the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (340 lux). Chargeur pour Asus ADP-90CD DB The 10-point touch screen on the S7 was responsive and sturdy, budging only slightly to our jabbing fingers, thanks to the right hinge. Windows 8 gestures — such as pinch to zoom and swiping back and forth — worked quickly, and we easily swiped in from edges to switch between open apps.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The totally level keys please with a firm stroke and two-level backlight. The backlight shines through the transparent letters. That not only appears great in the dark or low light, the letters are also very visible. The impression is not as nice in daylight where the letters are very pale and difficult to see no matter whether or not the backlight is on. Chargeur Asus EXA0904YH The firm stroke (keys are implemented firmly) provides a fantastic feedback. The pressure point is crisp, which is not a matter of course alongside the short drop. The low height with the S7 limits the key drop for construction-related reasons. The F-key row conceals the numbers in second assignment. The uppermost letter row contains some hardware features like flight mode, mute, select display or display off. Thus, the space above the keyboard is bigger. The cooling system and processor are located underneath it, and keys would have impaired that. Dell XPS 13 Adapter Laptop As usual, the ClickPad does not have dedicated keys. The pad functions like a rocker where the right and left mouse buttons are simulated in the lower right and left. The relatively sleek surface is sensitive up to the edges for gestures. The common multi-touch gestures are supported. The mouse replacement has a short drop, an easy to trigger pressure point, and quiet click noise. In sum, it is pleasant to work with the pad and the keyboard. The former responds swiftly and without having strain, and the latter allows smooth typing alongside a satisfactory feedback.

Performance

Despite the jump to Broadwell and a lower resolution display than last year’s model, benchmarked performance on the 2015 Aspire S7 is slightly worse. Whereas last year’s model scored 231 points using Cinebench’s processor benchmark with a weaker dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, this year’s i7 model only posted a score of 193 using the same test. For comparison, Cinebench noted that systems with a dual-core Intel Core i7 processor with a slightly faster 2.6 GHz clock speed posted a processor score of 279, drastically ahead in the results achieved by the Aspire S7. PSU Surface Pro 3 Stylus Compared to this year’s Dell XPS 13, the Cinebench results from the Aspire S7 are also lower, despite the XPS 13 coming with a weaker Intel Core i5 processor and a higher resolution QHD screen. A higher resolution display is more taxing on the processor and GPU given the increase in pixel count. The XPS 13 scored 258 points on the processor benchmark and achieved 29 fps on the graphics test. However, the Aspire S7 performed better than the XPS 13 on the PCMark test, and results for the 3DMark benchmarks were similar for the two systems. The XPS 13 scored two,104 points on the PCMark 8 test. These results make sense given that the Aspire S7 has a better processor than the XPS even though both models share the same integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 GPU. AC Adapter Samsung S5 Car 1 possible explanation for the discrepancy in the Aspire S7’s posted benchmark scores given its solid hardware specifications is the amount of pre-installed software. Our assessment unit ships with a number of game titles like Zuma’s Revenge, Polar Bear’s First Frame, Bejeweled 2 Deluxe and more. Additionally, there were a number of video editing utilities, photo software, Acer Theft Shield, Drop Box, video players and photo gallery software, McAfee suite, PDF reader and Acer tools preloaded.

Battery Life

After just complaining about how noisy the 13-inch Aspire S7 can get, it’s a shame we have to moan some more about its battery life. Even keeping in mind that our new, more intensive Powermark battery benchmark is considerably more demanding thanks to the addition of browsing to general productivity, a score of just 4 hours and three minutes is far from impressive. Adapter Microsoft Surface PRO 2 Battery (40 percent screen brightness, mixed productivity and web-browsing),4 hours three minutes, While turning the screen brightness down further and using advanced power management should net you over five hours, that’s still far from ideal. Basically, even with the most careful use you probably won’t be able to eke a full day’s use from the Acer Aspire S7 13-inch, and even by Ultrabook standards that’s disappointing. Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader An optional battery pack has been announced by Acer, but will obviously add considerably to the bulk and cost – and such a product should always be an extra rather than a necessity for any laptop.

Verdict

The downfall of this laptop is its battery life. As I mentioned above, 4 hours isn’t a lot and begs the question as to why you’d want to have an i7 processor anyway; you surely aren’t going to use this ultrabook to play intensive games or render videos with it. Asus Batteria Regardless, in the finish I found the Acer Aspire S7 to be a beauty, with it’s gorilla glass covered exterior and sleek finish. The S7 is excellent when it comes to tasks that don’t require the processor to run at full speed, thereby rising the battery life, Clevo Batteria and as a result this is a great laptop to edit documents with or use for meetings.

HP ProBook 450 G3 Notebook Review

5

The HP ProBook 450 G3 is really a business-centric 15.6-inch laptop Pc with mid-range elements. The ProBook 450 G3 lacks some advanced corporate-class options like Intel vPro technique management and security technology, so it is actually far more suitable for compact corporations. “Akku Lenovo” The laptop delivers the latest 6th Generation Intel Core processing technology. You can choose the very basic Intel Celeron 3855U, somewhat faster Pentium 4405U, lower-mid-tier Intel Core i3-6100U, mid-range i5-6200U, and higher-mid-range i7-6500U. The HP ProBook 450 G3 has two program memory slots. HP offers 4GB and 8GB RAM modules, so you can have up to 16GB in total. “Notebook Akkus LG” Data storage system consists of a 2.5-inch bay for hard drives and an M.2 slot for solid state drives. You can select a 500GB, 1-Terabyte, or 2TB HDD and a 128GB or 256GB M.2 SSD.

Design and construction

We will try to be brief here, as we already gave our opinion of the overall design and construction in ProBook 440 G3’s overview. The 15-inch and 14-inch versions share absolutely the same design language and materials but, of course, the 15-incher weighs (2.217 kg) a bit more and it’s slightly bigger. The lid is covered in a black matte, slightly rubberized, plastic providing secure grip, nice feel, and relatively good sturdiness. Nonetheless, the panel sinks under pressure but nothing problematic. Hinges aren’t too tight so opening the laptop with one hand is possible but keeps the screen stable and firmly in position. The bottom piece adopts two service lids – one of the RAM chips and the other for managing the storage devices. “Notebook Akkus Medion” There are also a few vent openings for extra airflow and the battery is user-replaceable. Luckily, the increase of height in the 455 G3 is quite unnoticeable with only a few millimeters – 24.8 mm vs 21.1 mm in favor of the 440 G3 (14-inch variant). The same goes for the port placement – the left side holds one HDMI port, a pair of USB 2.0 ports and a VGA connector right next to the main exhaust vent. The right side adopts another set of two USB 3.0 ports, LAN and 3.5 mm jack. There’s also the optical drive if you still have the need for those. The sides are built from silver-colored plastic mimicking the brushed aluminum-finish in the interior. Speaking of which, it’s noticeably bigger than the one on the 14-inch version, giving more room for the wrist rest area as well as letting the keyboard stretch with a Numpad. “MSI Akku” Oh, and the keyboard is awesome as usual – long key travel, good spacing (maybe on the tight side, but easy to get used to) and excellent ergonomics. The same kind words apply to the touchpad, which is responsive, sometimes unwilling to register a two-finger swipe, but the mouse buttons are really comfortable to use. Of course, the best part in the interior is the brushed aluminum plate giving extraordinary sturdiness and a nice touch.It might be a bit hefty for some (2.270 kg), but at this price range, we can’t really complain. Also, the build quality is quite frankly unmatched for the asking price so now we only need to check a few a lot more things – battery life, performance and cooling capabilities.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard follows most other modern laptops, using separated, Chiclet-style keys. There’s a decent amount of feedback to them and a generous amount of travel, too. This makes typing for long periods comfortable and pleasant. “Chargeur Asus adp 90yd b” A touchpad of equal quality finishes things of nicely. Its physical buttons, located below the pad, bring back the lost art of soft mouse buttons, and have a huge amount travel, which is something we really like. There’s a fingerprint scanner just below the number pad, which allows you to set up an alternative to a password when logging into Windows. The pre-installed HP Client Security software also lets you set up file encryption to secure your important data from thieves.

Performance

HP’s ProBook is actually a 15.6-inch office laptop designed for professional and home use. The installed processor has additional than enough computing power for routine. The integrated graphics core would allow playing computer games to a limited degree in dual-channel mode. Our review sample is sold for approximately 640 Euros (~$701). Other configurations are also available. “Chargeur Asus ADP-65JH BB” Alternatives are models from the identically built ProBook 455 G3 lineup that feature AMD APUs. The diverse models from the ProBook 450 G2 and ProBook 455 G2 lines are still available. The buyer will find a bargain here. For example, HP’s ProBook 455 G2 G6W45EA (A8-7100, 500 GB, 4 GB RAM, Windows 7/8.1 Pro) was sold at approximately 430 Euros (~$471) at test time. The latter is part of HP’s Cashback campaign running until 01/31/2016. The buyer gets back 50 Euros (~$54) or can choose among diverse accessories when sending in the purchase receipt by this date. “Apple Magsafe 2 Adapter Laptop” The most interesting item is often a warranty upgrade to three years. This cashback promotion applies to many models of the ProBook 4X0 line – both for G2 and some G3 models alike. Detailed information can be found on HP’s corresponding webpage. Another note: Our present critique sample carries the product number P5T01ES. This model is found in many price search engines and online shops. However, an HD screen is often listed in the corresponding product description (1366×768 pixels). That is incorrect. The device sports a Full HD screen (1920×1080 pixels).

Power Consumption & Battery Runtime

Intel’s i3, HD 4000 and a rather dim screen – our tested sample of the ProBook 450 already sounds like it’s not very power hungry on paper. The measurements confirm this assumption. The laptop consumed a maximum of 10.7 Watts in idle using the “High-Performance” energy profile, Wi-Fi on and the screen set to maximum brightness. It was only 6.7 Watts with minimum brightness, Wi-Fi off and enabled energy-savings mode. “PSU Bose Soundlink” It really is only natural that the power consumption increases during load. The laptop consumed 33.5 Watts during full load via FurMark and Prime95 and 24.3 Watts without graphics load, which is rather unrealistic in view of the ProBook 450’s office alignment. Considering these rates, bottlenecks will unlikely occur while recharging the battery with the included 65 Watt power supply (19.5 volts at 3.33 ampere). The battery appears at its best particularly when HP’s ProBook 450 only has to cope with little computing load. A runtime of over 9 hours was possible in idle. “Adapter Chicony A12-120P1A” The runtime dropped to a bit over three hours when we loaded the processor and increased the brightness (Wi-Fi test). The laptop lasts a few minutes longer when the user uses it for multimedia purposes only and watches a DVD movie. The runtimes are not awe-inspiring but solid. The battery runtime decreased to a bit over two hours during full load, which is rather unrealistic for the routine use of an office laptop such as the ProBook 450.

Verdict

Entry into the company world can be successful with the HP ProBook 440 G3. The look of the notebook mainly made for the office variety is appealing. The incorporated chiclet keyboard is even convincing in permanent use. The touchpad can be called “small, yet solid.” Safety standards are especially important for everyday enterprise use. The test model is nothing to sneeze at with its basic options including software solutions, TPM, a Kensington security lock slot, and a fingerprint reader. “Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader” As already found in the other cheap ProBook series, the display performs poorly in brightness and viewing angles. The competitors prove that it can be different. A brand new Skylake CPU inside the 14-inch notebook makes for sufficient performance. The hard drive rotates at 7200 RPM and delivers decent read and write rates for its kind. Overall, the performance is alright for its field of application. There are even some performance reserves. The emissions are basically alright during normal use. “Batteria Acer” The heating is reasonable and the noise is quiet. The disappointing battery life can be a point of critique. The battery is not sufficient for a workday. Those who need a notebook for mobile use should take a closer look at the competitors.

Lenovo Y700 Review

5

The Pc gaming marketplace has been fairly powerful market place over the last couple of years, and recent developments have pushed the boundaries once again. With the impending launches of virtual reality headsets, we’ve seen even notebook makers getting prepared to drive these new devices, Apple Notebook Akkus but it takes a lot of compute to do it. Manufacturers going after sales of gaming notebooks are going to be able to eke out better margins too, so it’s an area many of them focus on. But the typical gaming notebook is going to be quite expensive. A powerful mobile GPU, nice display, and good processor, are all going to add to the bill of materials. For those that want to get into the industry for a gaming notebook, sometimes you don’t want to break the bank. When you try to define what makes up a gaming notebook, it’s not always cut and dry. Asus Notebook Akkus You are certainly going to expect a discrete graphics card in the mix, along with enough processing power and storage to keep some of the latest games, which are now often times 50 GB or more. Proper gaming notebooks are going to have sufficient cooling to keep everything working at peak capacity for extended sessions of high use.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard layout (34 x 10.2 cm) has not changed final year’s model. Two levels of red backlight are available and the full-size arrow keys are appreciated unlike on the HP Omen. Key travel and feedback are shallow and soft, respectively, but consistent nonetheless so users can quickly become accustomed to its feel. Still, we would have liked a deeper travel length as typing on the Y700 can feel like typing on an Ultrabook. The recent Gigabyte P55W, for example, provides a travel length of 2.2 mm compared to 1.5 mm on most other notebooks. Dell Akku Users may also lament the fact that Lenovo includes no dedicated Macro or auxiliary keys. There are no dedicated software either for recording keystrokes or setting game-specific features. Lenovo may want to examine the examples set by MSI or Clevo on the software front if it wants to be on level playing field with more established gaming makers. At 10.6 x 7 cm, the touchpad is exactly the same as it was on the Y50. Its surface is matte plastic with a smooth and comfortable glide and its Synaptics software is able to recognize up to four fingers simultaneously. If typing, the surface is automatically disabled to prevent accidental movement. HP Notebook Akkus We experienced no major issues regarding accuracy or responsiveness. The integrated mouse keys are shallow and quiet, so feedback is not quite as firm as it could have been and is a little on the soft side. The force required to push down and input a click is on the high side, so tapping on the surface instead is more ergonomic if an external mouse is unavailable.

Display

I love it when a Pc maker listens! After we dinged last generation’s Y Series notebooks for their lackluster displays, Lenovo stepped up its game and added some much-needed brightness. The Y700’s 15-inch 1920 x 1080 panel averaged 263 nits on our light meter, beating the 244-nit mainstream average. It was still no match for the Alienware 15, which hit a dazzling 311 nits, but the Inspiron 15-7000 produced a measly 222 nits. This brightness definitely helped when I watched the 1080p trailer for The Hateful Eight on this screen. Adaptateur Acer Iconia Tab A510 I could see the little grime-caked creases on actor Samuel L. Jackson’s formerly white gloves. His blood-red tie drew my eye, allowing me to take in his bronze complexion. However, I did notice some yellowing, particularly on white objects. Despite the yellow tint in the movie trailer, the sky in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was nice and blue. Snake’s face was covered in a mask of red gore, using the dried blood nestling into the deep crevasses of his face. The Y700 also did well on Delta-E, which measures color accuracy — it scored 0.7 (0 is the ideal), soundly trouncing the Alienware 15’s 1.3 and the Dell’s 4.1. It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows on the display front, however. Chargeur pour Acer Iconia Tab A700 The Y700 produced just 60.8 percent of the sRGB color gamut — far less than the ideal 100 percent. The Inspiron 15-7000 performed marginally better, at 70 percent, while the Alienware was close to perfect, at 98 percent. The touch screen responded quickly to my swipes and taps, allowing me to swiftly zoom in or out or close a program.

Performance

The IdeaPad Y700-17 is equipped with a sixth-generation 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, 16GB of memory, and a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, all speedy components for the price. In the PCMark 8 Work Conventional test, the laptop scored 3,384 points, which is similar to the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (3,160 points) and the MSI PE70 2QD-062US (3,169 points), while the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 was further behind (2,833 points). This means the IdeaPad Y700-17 is quick, perfectly capable of handling projects and daily computing tasks, and won’t struggle with multitasking. Asus S200e Charger Its 3D graphics performance is solid for an entry-level gaming system. The IdeaPad Y700-17 scored 17,492 on 3DMark Cloud Gate and 2,006 on 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme. The Acer V 15 Nitro, the MSI PE70, and the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 all lagged behind on Cloud Gate. The pricier Alienware 15 couldn’t stack up on Cloud Gate, scoring 12,382, but did perform better on Fire Strike Extreme (3,128). The IdeaPad Y700-17’s Fire Strike Extreme score was not too far ahead of the less expensive Dell Inspiron 15 7559’s 1,992 points, either, which is more relevant to high-end gaming. PSU Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Still, the system is better equipped than its competition to handle high-end 3D graphics, and offers powerful 3D performance at a reasonable price. Gaming systems don’t generally tend to stay off their chargers too long, but sometimes it’s needed, and the IdeaPad Y700-17 did admirably in terms of battery life. Especially given its size, its score of 7 hours 5 minutes on our rundown test was good, slightly behind the Dell Inspiron 15’s 7:28. Both the Alienware 15 and the Acer V 15 Nitro lasted just 5:29, and the MSI PE70 turned in an unimpressive 2:27.

Battery

To test battery life, we used Futuremark’s PowerMark benchmark. It’s “Balanced Mode” test consists of web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback. It’s more strenuous than typical use, even in an office setting with productivity tasks, as it simulates high-stress usage short of actual gaming. Consider this close to the minimum a user can expect out of the battery. AC Adapter HP Photosmart 7510 In this test the Lenovo ideapad Y700 lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes. That’s a good result for a gaming notebook considering many fail to hit two hours. In fact it’s second only to the Gigabyte P37x v4 which bested it by 28 minutes. Compared to multimedia machines with a dedicated GPU, it’s still a decent number, but not the best. The Dell Inspiron 15 7559 series, which has similar specs with a smaller, 15.6-inch display outlasted it by 32 minutes.

Verdict

From performance to looks, it’s hard to beat the Lenovo Ideapad Y700. It’s inexpensive without feeling cheap, and it runs modern games at decent settings. The screen is bright and doesn’t pick up reflections, helping both games and movies look their best. Where it really shines is battery life, making it a reasonably portable gaming machine for those on-the-go. While it still beats the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 by the simple fact it even has an SSD,128GB just isn’t enough room for games to benefit from the faster loading times flash storage affords. Toshiba Alimentatore A terabyte of storage is great, but running huge games off a slower, 5400 RPM hard drive makes for some really long loading times. From a strict performance standpoint, the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 rises above both the Pavilion and the Inspiron. Its design unmistakably marks it as a gaming laptop, with just enough flourish and angularity to let everyone know your computer is primarily means business. At $1,149 (£1,099, AU$2,999), the Y700 is priced a little above the Pavilion, but you get a better battery and the benefit of an SSD. Adattatore Vizio It also has twice the RAM, which helps keep things running well. For anyone looking to get into Computer gaming, or for an established gamer looking for a second computer for on-the-go gaming, the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is a good value with great battery life.

Samsung Notebook 9 Review

5

One computer design trend I’ve been enjoying lately is the growing number of laptops that fit big 15-inch screens into relatively thin, light bodies. For many years, a 13-inch laptop, such as the MacBook Air or Dell XPS 13, was as big as you dared go in screen size for a system intended for regular travel. Any bigger than that, and the laptop would inevitably be a 5-pound-plus monster that would weigh down your shoulder bag. Netzteil Sony We’ve all seen on-the-go office warriors dragging themselves, slump-shouldered, across the street — no one wants to be that guy. The 15-inch Samsung Notebook 9 is a key new example of a bigger screen in a smaller body. For $1,199 in the US, it includes a current-gen Intel Core i7 processor, a big 256GB solid-state hard drive, and 8GB of RAM — that’s a very reasonable price for this semi-premium configuration. Ladegerät Toshiba (Samsung isn’t currently offering this model in the UK or Australia, but that translates to roughly £817 or AU$1,566) At the time of this review, Samsung is offering a $100 discount, bringing this model down to $1,099. The display is a non-touch full HD (1,920×1,080) one, but an extra $300 gets a 4K-resolution touch version.

Design

If you’ve seen a Samsung laptop in the last four years, the Notebook 9 will look familiar. Prior Notebook Series 9 owners will notice this 13-inch Ultrabook apes the design Samsung introduced in 2012 with the Series 9 notebook. With both machines sharing the same name, this is arguably part homage and part “Why fix a design that already works?”. Though some notebooks like the HP Spectre 13 and Lenovo Yoga 900S are just now becoming stunningly thin, Samsung did it first. Like other Samsung products, the Notebook 9 is all about curves. Eschewing hard edges, you’ll find a slightly rounded lid and a rolling slope that extends from hinge to the depressed keyboard deck before rising again to meet the slightly raised palm rest. Notebook Akkus Fujitsu The only hard right angles on this laptop are found on its edges, which form a defined spine that wraps around the periphery. But even then, this sharp angle gives way to a sloped underside, making it seem as if the Notebook 9 is thinner than it actually is. Not that this notebook needs any niptuck trickery. The Notebook 9’s featherweight chassis can be attributed to its magnesium and aluminum build. Akku Acer Most premium laptops like the MacBook Air and Asus UX305 come etched from an aluminum block, but magnesium affords Samsung’s Ultrabook the same level of quality at a fraction of the weight. However, most magnesium spun notebooks like the Lenovo LaVie Z and LG Gram 15 can feel a bit plasticky. Samsung has countered this by sprinkling enough aluminum into the mix to make the Notebook 9 feel solid and rigid. The only flimsy area that has me worried is the squishy lid, which depresses easily due to a noticeable air gap between the screen lid and the display itself.

Display

The 15-inch, 1920 x 1080 display on the Notebook 9 produces crisp images with extremely vibrant, but slightly inaccurate, colors. I watched the most recent trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse and was impressed by how much detail I could see in Angel’s wings and debris flying through the air. But I found that the colors had a golden bias: Skin tones across the board were too warm, appearing orange and yellow, while Mystique’s blue hue was bright enough to appear cartoonish. Psylocke’s sword, usually an intense purple, looked too pink. Chargeur pour Acer Iconia Tab A210 At 348 nits, the Notebook 9’s display is brighter than the panels on the LG Gram (246 nits), the Spectre x360 15t (246 nits), the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501VW (289 nits) and the mainstream category average (249 nits). The Notebook 9 covers an impressive 110.4 percent of the sRGB color gamut, but the ZenBook Pro (111 percent) and the HP Spectre x360 (119 percent) offer a few more shades. Chargeur pour Acer Iconia Tab A500 The LG Gram covers 101 percent of the gamut. Despite its yellow tinge, the screen delivered a solid Delta-E color accuracy score of 1.2 (the closer to 0, the better). Other 15-inch mainstream laptops fared much worse: The Gram scored 3.5, the HP Spectre x360 15t notched 4.1 and the ZenBook Pro UX501VW registered 4.37. Viewing angles on the Notebook 9 were strong, as colors remained true even at 80 degrees to the left and right.

Keyboard and Trackpad

Samsung’s a master of the thin and light laptop, and despite the incredibly thin design, the keyboard doesn’t suffer. Travel is decent but not deep like a ThinkPad, tactile feel is superb and key damping and actuation force are perfect. Surface Pro 4 Charger I’ve typed this long review on the laptop, and enjoyed doing so. Good job again, Samsung. The black keys provide good contrast and are easy to see in any light and the 13.3″ model’s multi-stage blue-green backlighting is easier on the eyes than white. You can set the keyboard backlight timeout in Samsung’s setting app. Note that the 3.3″ model has a backlit keyboard but the 15″ does not. Odd that the bigger model lacks backlighting, as does the LG Gram 15. The large Microsoft Precision trackpad is likewise excellent, as on other laptops that use this trackpad. PSU Kindle Fire HD It tracks finger movements very well and supports basic gestures like two-finger scrolling and zooming. There are no extended settings however. That said, I’ll take a trackpad that works very well over feature overload.

Performance

With an Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD, the ATIV Book 9 Plus easily streamed a 1080p video from YouTube, even with 10 tabs open in Chrome Hearthstone downloading in the background. When we ran Geekbench 3 to test overall system performance, the ATIV Book scored 5,056 — just behind the XPS 13 (5,653 with 5th Gen Intel Core i5 and 8GB of RAM), but way ahead of the Elitebook Folio 1020 (3,814 with Intel Core-M5Y71 and 8GB of RAM) and the category average of 3,846. The Samsung took 5 minutes and 17 seconds to match 20,000 names and addresses in OpenOffice. Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader That’s ahead of the XPS 13 (5:34), the Elitebook Folio 1020 (6:36) and the ultraportable average of 11:02. To evaluate the ATIV Book’s 128 GB SSD, we duplicated 4.97GB of mixed media files. The Samsung achieved a transfer rate of 221.3 MBps, a good deal faster than the SSDs in the XPS 13 (154.2 MBps), the Elitebook Folio 1020 (182 MBps) and the category average of 100 MBps. It’s too bad we weren’t able to test the Intel HD 5500 graphics found on new ATIV Book 9 Plus models, but the Intel HD 4400 graphics in our configuration is more than enough to handle light gaming. The only issue is that the 3200 x 1800 native resolution is often too high for smooth gaming; we suggest moving down to a lower resolution. Medion FSP045-RHC Voeding Oplader When I played Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft at the ATIV Book’s native resolution and medium settings, I noticed periods of lag when I was selecting cards and when spell animations were running. After I switched to 1920 x 1080, Hearthstone ran much more smoothly. On the 3DMark Fire Strike graphics benchmark, the ATIV Book 9 Plus scored 581, about 30 percent behind the XPS 13 (740), slightly behind the ultraportable average of 603, but ahead of the Elitebook Folio 1020 (403).

Battery Life

Basically, the machine doesn’t call attention to itself while you’re trying to get stuff done. Well, with one exception. Unlike other modern PCs, many of which come installed with Intel-owned McAfee security software, the Notebook 9 comes pre-loaded with a trial version of Symantec’s Norton Security suite. Norton isn’t alone in its affinity for annoying pop-ups — McAfee is also a bad offender — but Symantec takes death by trialware to a new level. Caricabatterie Polycom After I repeatedly refused to pay for a subscription (read: I clicked the passive-aggressive “stay unprotected” button), I eventually started seeing a pop-up in the lower-right corner of my screen. But unlike with other pop-ups, I couldn’t close, minimize or even move this one. Ultimately, I had to uninstall the program to make the annoying box go away. Which, let’s be real, I might have done anyway, but is that really what Norton wants? To lose a chance of me ever signing up? Also, I think we can agree that having to open program settings, uninstall an app and then restart your machine is quite an extreme, time-sucking response when all you wanna do is close a pop-up. Caricabatterie Sager Samsung rates the Notebook 9 for up to 12 hours of battery life on the 15-inch model, and up to 10 hours on the 13-inch version, which I haven’t tested. I’m sure with somewhat intermittent use and conservative brightness settings you could indeed reach 12 hours, or close to it, but in Engadget’s (admittedly taxing) video rundown test, I got 8 hours and 16 minutes. Given how bright this particular screen is, I decided to re-run the test at half brightness, but even that extended the runtime by only 36 minutes.

Conclusion

If you’re in the market for the thinnest and lightest Core i5 13″ Ultrabook you can get, buy this. Really. That is unless you want a touch screen. The Samsung Notebook 9 is the kind of innovation we like to see–rather than adding a bunch of features that don’t improve computing or mobility or are hard to see the difference (4K displays on 12.5″ laptops- ha!), we have the perfect storm of super-portability, performance, battery life and classy design and materials. There are enough ports to make this a practical main machine, though some do require dongles or micro cables. Samsung Adattatore Still, the 12″ MacBook has just ONE port and the Dell XPS 13 will send you on a sometimes frustrating hunt for just the right USB-C adapters. The 15″ market is mainstream in the US, and there are Ultrabooks, budget laptops with plastic casings and low end CPUs, just a few convertibles and quite a few quad core machines with strong dedicated graphics. Thus I can’t say that you should run out and buy the 15″ Samsung Notebook 9, because I don’t know which of those four types of laptops you’re in the market for. Sony Adattatore If you do want an Ultrabook with a dual core CPU and are looking for the lightest and slimmest laptop you can get, by all means the Notebook 9 15″ is a top contender. The price is reasonable for what you get– the LG Gram 15 similarly configured other than a bigger SSD, is $1,500.

HP Pavilion 15 Gaming Laptop Review

5

Until HP released Pavilion gaming laptop series I regarded as Pavilion laptops to be produced for daily or office use. The Pavilion laptops had almost everything from strong processor, graphics card, SSD, and so forth but all of the specs were not incredibly fabulous. They had been included within the medium variety or produced for typical use. HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop is really a higher improvement more than that. Medion Netzteil HP Pavilion 15 even though looks almost similar like any other Pavilion laptop in terms of design, it has extra highly effective specs at the core. The laptop is powered by skylate quad-core processor which is the most exciting feature in this laptop. HP Pavilion 15 gaming laptop competes with Dell inspiron 7559 and Lenevo y700. Out of these three HP laptop is the least expensive one. MSI Ladegerät Note Pavilion 15 gaming laptop can be customized, you can check the specs to know about available configurations. This laptop is an i7, and 8gb machine, you can get this in other configurations as well.

Design

Like all good gaming laptops, the Pavilion is black. The keyboard glows Alien green with a font that echoes a classic 1980s sci-fi. Its keys are sturdy and responsive, and although the touchpad leaves a little to become desired, I’m assuming that most owners will plug in an external mouse for gaming purposes. There are a few design details I appreciate, such as the gradient of green honeycomb rising up from the base and the green feet on the bottom. The Pavilion Gaming’s matte black lid looks very neat when folded up. Netzteil Packard Bell Weight-wise, the Pavilion loads in at around a kilo lighter than the Predator. Size-wise the HP is nearly 4cm shorter in depth and 1cm thinner. It’s also nearly 200g lighter than the Gigabyte machine we mentioned and it’s pretty much the same size as it too. Overall, it’s lighter and in some cases smaller than its rivals. Ladegerät Samsung The hinge is usually a little ugly owed to the fact that the screen is held on by two arms near the edge of the display. It’s very durable but not aesthetically pleasing. On each side there’s a USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 on the left side. Also on this side is actually a DVD writer, although these are becoming less and less useful more than time. This will only really be of any use to gamers who buy their wares from gaming shops.

Screen

The HP Pavilion Gaming does have up-to-date hardware where it really matters, though. It has a 15.6in IPS LCD 1080p screen, which is perhaps the perfect balance of size and resolution for a gaming laptop that isn’t intimidatingly huge. It has a matt finish, too, which diffuses reflections to make them less distracting. An IPS panel ensures good viewing angles, which you almost certainly won’t have had if you’re upgrading from, say, a five-year-old laptop with a nasty old TN screen. Toshiba Batterie The HP Pavilion Gaming’s display doesn’t bend back far enough to show these angles off, but even with a totally standard laptop hinge the difference between IPS and TN is immediately obvious. This is not a particularly impressive screen among £600-800 laptops more generally, though. Its colours are noticeably undersaturated. They don’t look wrong, but they won’t make games pop like a great TV might. Testing the HP Pavilion Gaming with our colorimeter, its display hits a pretty dismal 57 percent of the sRGB standard, which is low for an IPS screen. It achieves just 41 percent of the more demanding Adobe RGB standard. Contrast is perfectly acceptable at 832:1, though, which helps the HP Pavilion Gaming avoid looking weak or legitimately washed-out. Colour calibration is fine too, with a DeltaE of 0.15-0.52. Vizio Batterie While the display just can’t render those really deep reds, greens and blues, the tones it can handle look natural enough. The last little glitch is that top brightness is just OK, at 228cd/m2. As such it’s going to struggle with very bright outdoors conditions even with a matt-finish screen. Overall, it’s decent enough without being remarkable.

Audio

Even though the Pavilion 15 has Bang & Olufsen speakers, the audio didn’t have the punch and clarity that I expected. At higher volumes, you’ll start to hear distortions on the highs, as I noticed on Spree Wilson’s “Counterfeit.” The keyboards turned into a muddy mess, leaving little room for the percussion to breathe. The mids have been relatively clear, allowing the vocalist’s airy vocals to float above the distortion. Nexus 5 Adapter Laptop For the best result, I would recommend keeping the volume at 80 percent. The notebook delivered clear, distinct dialogue during Witcher 3, allowing me to hear all the gruffness in Geralt’s voice. However, sound effects like the clashing of swords sounded hollow while the yelp of a large wolf I had dispatched seemed muffled.

Keyboard and Touchpad

Even though HP crammed in a full number pad on the Pavilion 15’s deck, the green, backlit keys on the island-style keyboard had been nicely sized with good spacing. I had a comfortable typing experience, quickly hitting my usual 60 words per minute on the 10FastFingers Typing Test. The keys were a little mushy, but had a fairly standard 1.3-millimeter key travel and 60 grams of actuation (the force needed to depress a key). Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Adapter Laptop The large, 4.3 x 2.5-inch Synaptics clickpad was accurate and responsive. Performing gestures such as two-finger scroll and three-finger flick was a breeze. But I wish the corners of the pad had more feedback, since it I felt like I was pressing on a sponge at times.

Performance

After running all of the benchmarks, I decided to look at the actual gaming side of things. Sure we can look at the raw stats, but they aren’t always an indication of how a product handles ‘out in the wild. Since laptop CPUs and GPUs aren’t as highly effective as their desktop counterparts, I decided to try out a slightly older game, Alan Wake. The environmental effects, fog, and use of lighting produced Alan Wake an almost system killer when it was first released. Even today, some machines still struggle to play the game at its full potential. AC Adapter Acer Aspire Switch 10 SW5 I set the resolution to 1080p, cranked up the graphics to full and entered Mr. Wake’s nightmare world. The device handled the game near flawlessly and didn’t even produce any screen tearing either. It was a bliss to play through. Even with all of the gaming and backlit keys and aesthetics, a laptop is useless if it cannot do the job it’s good at: portable work. I used the device for several weeks as my primary work machine (which incorporated Word, Excel, and Adobe Fireworks), took it to events, and took it around with me wherever I could. Typing was bliss with the flat keys requiring minimal force to execute. Adapter Acer ADP-40KD BB It may not be everyone, but, for me, it made touch typing a lot easier than normal. The multi-touch touchpad lacks traditional separate left and right buttons and is instead one large pad. It took a bit of getting used to, but eventually became second nature. I also used it for quite a bit of Netflix viewing. The screen gave a crisp, clear image, which the speakers have been excellent with the sound, albeit it a little soft. During my time with it, I had only a single Blue Screen of Death while running Windows 10. This, in my books, can be a win due to how often the OS BSOD’s on other devices.

Verdict

HP did a lot right with the Pavilion 15. The manufacturer combined a highly effective quad-core processor with a fast GPU and 16 GB of RAM. An SSD makes for a fast system performance. Panasonic Adattatore Nevertheless, the Pavilion does not lack storage space due to a 2.5-inch hard drive. At least while idle, the computer can work quietly. The battery life is good for a notebook of its performance class. In addition, we liked the matte Full HD IPS display, which delivers a high contrast, wide viewing angles and can already shine with good colors out-of-the-box. Only the brightness and the color space are quite low. Caricabatterie Philips Once again a typical weakness of many HP notebooks deserves critique: A warranty of only one year is too short for a 1200-Euro (~$1314) notebook. In addition, the computer is not easily maintainable. Those who want to get to the innards have to open the case, which is tiresome here.

MSI GE60 Notebook Review

5

Earlier this year, NVIDIA launched their most current and “greatest” GPU architecture, codenamed Maxwell. The initial components launched around the desktop inside the type of the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti, but offered the improvements in efficiency relative to Kepler, Maxwell seemed an ideal fit for gaming notebooks. Ladegerät Fujitsu A month later, NVIDIA confirmed the use of Maxwell in several new GTX 800M mobile GPUs, but there’s a catch: not all on the new 800M GPUs use Maxwell, and in fact certain models (GTX 860M in particular) are available in both Kepler and Maxwell flavors. While we weren’t able to test the new GPUs at launch, we now have shipping hardware in hand, courtesy of MSI’s updated GE60. Netzteil HP For those unfamiliar with MSI’s notebook lineup, the breakdown goes something like this, starting at the top in terms of performance and pricing. The GT series comes equipped with the fastest GPUs and CPUs and targets the enthusiast notebook gaming sector; one step down from that in performance is the GS series, which comes with sleeker and more refined designs, but also slightly slower configurations (generally speaking). Below that sits the GE series, which is more of a mainstream gaming platform, delivering reasonable levels of performance at a price point that won’t break the bank.

Design

Nearly every gaming laptop we’ve seen recently follows a pretty standard design brief. Black chassis, more likely matte than glossy; brushed-metal keyboard tray, also black; and at least one backlit logo, usually around the back of your lid. The MSI GE60 hits all those parameters, and even adds the gaming laptop cliche of multicolored lights, in the kind of a rainbowlike keyboard backlight (it’s not nearly as bad an offender as Alienware’s laptops, though). Lenovo Netzteil The front lip rises up about 1 inch off the desktop, and the rise is about 1.25 inches inside the rear, making this a thick, chunky, boxy laptop, the complete opposite from the tapered, slim designs of nearly every new non-gaming laptop. That’s an industrywide problem, however, not one specific to MSI. I’ll go further and say this is one on the sharper-looking boxy gaming laptops that I’ve ever seen. Netzteil LG That’s because it’s not built on a generic third-party chassis, as boutique companies such as Origin PC and Maingear are forced to do. Out in the recent gaming laptops we’ve tried, if I can’t have the amazingly slim custom bodies produced by Razer, this MSI version is my next favorite choice.

Keyboard and Touchpad

MSI has installed a backlit, SteelSeries keyboard in our test model, which can operate in many bright colors. The SteelSeries keyboards are well known from other MSI models. They have an unusual layout, which requires a little getting used to. For example, the Windows key and the <> keys are not to be found on the left side, but rather placed on the right side. The Enter key is also halved. Batterie Samsung Typing is comfortable as the flat keys have a short stroke distance and are quiet. The keyboard is suited for users with small to medium-sized hands. We especially like the large hand-rest areas. The touchpad is large: 106 x 70 mm (~4.2 x 2.8 inches). This would make working very comfortable had not the keys been integrated directly underneath the surface, as these raise several issues. If you click once and leave your finger on the pad, then the mouse cursor will slide or jump around wildly. The surface is not optimal either as it comes across as a little sticky. The mouse keys are comfortable to press and produce a loud clicking noise.

Performance

Our GE60 review unit came with Intel’s fourth generation, quad-core Core i7-4700MQ processor clocked at 2.4-3.4GHz. (However, this was overclocked by its vendor, Xotic PC, through its Redline Boost service.) This unit also features a Samsung PM841 128GB mSATA III SSD — the standard is a 750GB HDD at 7,200 rpm — and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. Sony Batterie This is a fine match for the Alienware 14, which boasts a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, a 256GB mSATA SSD and a 750 GB, 7,200 rpm HDD along with 16GB of RAM. Throughout most of our synthetic and proprietary benchmark tests, the GE60 and Alienware 14 were neck and neck. Thanks to its SSD, this gaming laptop booted to Windows 8 in a blistering 6.3 seconds, and completed the LAPTOP File Transfer Test in 27 seconds. Nexus 7 Adapter Laptop That translates to a 188.5 MBps transfer rate. Alienware’s 14-inch machine booted to Windows 7 at a snail’s pace by comparison, 30 seconds, but finished its File Transfer test with a rate of 204 MBps. MSI’s latest 15.6-inch rig finished our OpenOffice Spreadsheet test, which matches 20,000 names and addresses, in 4 minutes and 5 seconds. That blows away the category average of 5:49, but the Alienware 14 finished the test 5 seconds faster. On the synthetic PCMark 7 test, the GE60 scored 5,654, beating the Alienware 14 (5,325) by more than 300 points. Overall, these scores match this notebook’s performance. The GE60 was quick in switching between the Windows 8 Modern and desktop interfaces, and loading games and apps was a breeze.

Battery Runtime

The MSI GE60 uses a small 49 Wh battery and clearly is not designed for long-term mobility. Using the BatteryEater Reader Test with energy savings mode on, minimum display brightness, and wireless modules off, we observed a runtime of 4 hours. Competing notebooks also tend to manage such short battery runtimes. The Asus N56VZ is an exception with a measured runtime of 6 hours in this scenario. PSU Apple Macbook Air In practical use, however, the battery runtime drops considerably. We used the Wi-Fi test with energy savings mode on and brightness set to approximately 150 cd/m2. Using a script, we opened different websites and YouTube videos every 40 seconds and observed a moderate runtime of 2 hours and 55 minutes for the MSI GE60. Using the internal optical drive, it is possible to watch most extended cut movies under these conditions. For those willing to accept reduced 3D performance when running on battery power, gaming sessions must be limited to short periods of time. Adapter Bose SoundLink 1 2 3 Using the BatteryEater Classic Test that simulates a load situation using the high-performance profile, maximum brightness, and wireless modules turned on, the notebook had a battery runtime of 49 minutes. This runtime is dwarfed by the charging time of approximately two and a half hours.

Conclusion

Overall, the MSI GE60 is a remarkably well-rounded gaming laptop. For just $1,349-less than half the cost of a high-end, heavyweight 17.3-inch rig-it offers a comfortable keyboard, vivid 1080p screen, rich and well-balanced audio, and solid gaming performance, all wrapped up in an attractive, lightweight aluminum build. With a price this low, however, some compromises were inevitable. Adattatore MSI The lack of an SSD makes the GE60’s productivity performance a bit poky. The notebook also runs hot when playing games, due to its downward-facing vents, and suffers from an iffy touch pad (though this last is mitigated by the fact that most gamers will opt for an external mouse). Still, we applaud MSI for identifying those qualities we most desire in a gaming notebook-crisp visuals, full-bodied sound, and top-notch (or very nearly top-notch) gaming performance-and focusing on getting those right. Packard Bell Adattatore The GE60 may not have the biggest muscles on the beach, but it won’t get sand kicked in its face, either.

MSI GT72 2QE Dominator Pro (2015) Review

5

Small update, large impact. MSI now installs the brand new premium models from Nvidia’s Maxwell generation. Study right here to what extent the GeForce GTX 980M can outperform its precursor, and what it appears like when it comes to temperatures, power consumption, and technique noise. “Think big”: hardly any other manufacturer follows this motto like MSI. The laptop specialist specifically comes up trumps in its GT72 line. Ladegerät Asus An example is our assessment sample. While the processor is still quite conventional (Core i7-4710HQ), 32 GB of DDR3 RAM and 2 TB of storage are more than lush. MSI fuses a total of four M.2 SSDs to a RAID 0 array that is accompanied by an ordinary HDD. Naturally, the device also sports a Blu-ray burner and matte Full HD screen. The new top model from Nvidia takes care of games and other 3D applications. Owing to the Maxwell architecture, the GTX 980M is swift and efficient at the same time. That leads to a steep price in conjunction with the generous accessories (see specs on the right). MSI demands just below 3300 Euros (~$4162) for its GT72-2QE32SR311BW (SKU8). Netzteil Clevo Buyers who are satisfied with less storage capacity and DDR3 RAM should take one of the lower-priced 2QE32SR351BW (SKU9 @ 3000 Euros, ~$3783), 2QE32SR21BW (SKU10 @ 2700 Euros, ~$3405) or 2QE16SR21BW (SKU11 @ 2300 Euros, ~$2900) models. A list of configuration details can be found in this German news article. MSI also sells models with a GTX 970M instead of a GTX 980M under the name GT72-2QD. Their prices range from 1500 to 2000 Euros (~$1891 to ~$2522).

Design

The size of this laptop falls somewhere between the GE62 6QD and the gargantuan GT80 2QE Titan SLI, which makes it only borderline portable at best. It becomes apparent very quickly that the Dominator G is designed mostly for desktop use since its 3.7kg weight is hardly lap-friendly. Compared to the build quality of MSI’s older offerings, which often felt a bit crude and unpolished, the GT72 6QD is an improvement with higher quality plastic for the body which puts it on par with Asus’s ROG series. Dell Ladegerät MSI has done its best to disguise the bulkiness of the laptop by adding contours and ridges along the sides of the chassis, and that does work to an extent. The outer lid has a brushed metal plate which provides adequate protection for the display. We didn’t see any warping even after applying pressure from the back. There is a bit of flex though since the bezel is made of plastic, which creaks slightly if you open or close the lid with one hand. The hinge feels pretty sturdy and you can tilt the screen back up to 180 degrees. Delta Ladegerät Speaking of the screen, we have a 17.3-inch panel with a full-HD (1080×1920) resolution and a high native refresh rate of 75Hz. This laptop also supports Nvidia Gsync technology, which should help eliminate screen tearing and in-game stutter. The screen also gets an anti-glare coating, which is a blessing as reflections from ambient light sources are barely ever a problem.

Display

MSI never disappoints when it comes to its displays. The Dragon’s 17.3-inch matte display delivered sumptuous color and sharp details as I watched a 1080p trailer for Suicide Squad. The deep blacks helped play up the outright disturbing and pointy dull-green visage of Killer Croc as he rolled into view. In another scene, a metallic-purple Lamborghini cut across traffic, drawing my eye as the streetlights glinted across its scintillating frame. Motion Batterie When I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Geralt’s winter wind hair billowed out behind him as he charged a winged sea nymph. Once it was dead, I had time to admire the beast’s aquamarine scales on its long fish tail that gave way to a distorted humanoid torso with a black distended maw and pink-veined wings. What the panel lacks in resolution, it makes up for in accuracy. It measured 0.7 on the Delta-E test, which is a hair away from a perfect 0, trouncing the 3.1 desktop-replacement average. MSI Batterie pour The Dragon registered 114 percent on the sRGB color gamut test, which means that it can show a really wide range of shades. Its score was more than high enough to top the 102 percent average as well as the results delivered by the Alienware 17 and the G751JY. However, the Predator 17 proved to be the apex laptop, scoring 116 percent. The Dragon didn’t shine on our brightness test, averaging only 288 nits. That’s brighter than the Alienware 17’s 253 nits but dimmer than the 293-nit average. The G751JY and the Predator 17 produced brightness scores of 331 and 307 nits, respectively.

Keyboard and Touchpad

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro keyboardAs with other notebooks in the Dominator line, the GT72 features a SteelSeries island-style keyboard complete with customizable backlighting and a full number pad. The squared keys offer a raised texture and curve inward providing an easy to grip surface. The keyboard offers excellent spacing and key travel, even for a desktop replacement. Tactile feedback is also consistent, ensuring responsive and accurate controls. Similar to the GT70, the “Windows Key” has been moved onto the right side of the spacebar (between the “ALTGR” and “Ctrl” keys) to ensure that you don’t accidently strike it while playing games. Batterie Packard Bell SteelSeries Engine makes a welcomed return providing users with customization tools to control the backlighting and macro key commands. Setting up macros proves easy and quick thanks to the drag and drop interface. You can save their key bindings to profiles and can even switch between multiple setups (called layers) within a profile on the fly. While normally all these different macro setups could get confusing to keep track of, the SteelSeries Engine makes it easy by pairing it with the LED backlights. Batterie Panasonic MSI GT72 Dominator Pro touchpadLocated directly below the spacebar is a Synaptics touchpad complete with two mouse buttons at the bottom of the pad. The generously sized rubber pad is smooth to touch and allows for easy travel, offering a great deal of sensitivity and control. The pad performs well with swipes clicks and multi-finger gesturers all registering accurately without lag.

Performance

The updated GT72 Dominator Pro is one of the latest gaming laptops to feature Intel’s 5th-generation processor. The Dominator Pro’s 2.7-GHz Intel Core i7-5700HQ processor and 16GB of RAM handedly ran Batman: Arkham Knight while running a method scan with 10 open tabs of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox running in the background. Apple Macbook Pro Charger The laptop hit 14,229 on the synthetic Geekbench 3 test, topping the 11,010 desktop replacement average. The Asus G751JY with its 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU wasn’t too far behind with 13,271. Equipped with a last generation 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, the Alienware 14 obtained 12,965. During the File Transfer Test, the Dominator Pro’s 128GB mSSD delivered a transfer rate of 188.9 MBps, well below the 272.9 MBps average. AC Adapter Surface Pro 3 The MSI fared better than the Alienware 17’s 149.7 MBps (256GB SSD with 1TB 7,200 hard drive), but the G751JY’s quad of 256GB SSDs demolished the competition with 1,018 MBps. On the OpenOffice Spreadsheet Macro benchmark, the Dominator Pro paired 20,000 names and addresses in 3 minutes and 50 seconds, beating the 3:56 average. The G751JY was slightly faster at 3:45, while the Alienware 17 clocked 3:58.

Battery Life

Neither the PC Specialist Octane II nor the Origin EON17-SLX are strong in battery life, but they beat out the GT72 by a lot. The GT72 has the worst battery life I’ve ever seen. The Octane II manages to eke out 2 hours, 17 minutes in the PCMark 8 Battery Test, and the EON17-SLX got a minute more at 2 hours, 18 minutes. The GT72 couldn’t crack the 2 hour mark. Adapter Medion FSP045-RHC In fact, it fell short significantly, coming in at 1 hour, 40 minutes. Watching Guardians of the Galaxy on loop at 50% screen brightness and 50% volume, exhausted the battery in just 1 hour, 43 minutes. I didn’t even make it through a full viewing. Just wow. Simply using the GT72 for my normal use, with about a dozen tabs running in Chrome, and switching between retro-gaming YouTube videos and Amazon Prime digital music streaming, I got almost an extra hour of use before the computer was begging me to plug it in.

Verdict

In other regards the MSI GT72 is every inch the gaming laptop we’d love to own. And we wouldn’t be disheartened by the £2,000 asking price, Dell 04H6VH DA45NM131 Oplader either: the price of our overview was inflated due to the inclusion of a swathe of SteelSeries gaming accessories and an MSI rucksack. Spend a little time shopping around and, as long as you don’t mind dropping to 8GB of RAM and losing the SSDs, you can buy a GT72 equipped with a 4GB GTX 980M for £1,500. Regardless of which model you choose, the GT72 is an excellent gaming laptop. Medion Adattatore Great build quality is matched with plenty of scope for future upgrades, and Nvidia’s powerhouse of a GPU is capable of smashing through most games without breaking sweat. The only thing holding us back from rewarding it with a Recommended award is that we haven’t been able to test the version with an IPS display – if it turns out to be any good, there’s every chance our credit card balance will be looking very unhealthy indeed.

MSI GE62 6QC Review

5

MSI GE62 2QE Apache is just not lacking in processing power. The other equipment can also be an excellent match: SSD, HDD, and 16 GB of RAM. The MSI commits one blunder with its built-in 4k show: it is not extremely vibrant. With all the GE62 2QE Apache, Asus x93s Akku MSI presents a gaming notebook in 15.6-inch format. This is a successor to the MSI GE60-2PEi781B, which we have tested previously. The two models do not have much in common. In the GE62, MSI uses a new, somewhat slimmer chassis. In addition, there is a new graphics chip from Nvidia’s GeForce 900M series. Our test report shows whether the GE62 can compete. Competitors to the GE62 include such notebooks as the Schenker XMG P505, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro, the Lenovo Y50-70 or the HP Omen.

Build and Design

Older gaming notebooks from MSI featured glossy or overly plastic designs, but the GE62 Apache looks and feels like a more “premium” product. The brushed aluminum screen lid has a black finish with subtle angular lines that lend a distinctive appearance. Neu laptop Akkus Netzteil The MSI and G Series gaming logos are prominently featured in the center of the lid but don’t scream, “Hey! Look at my gaming laptop!” Opening the screen lid reveals a matching brushed aluminum keyboard surface and palm rests with all the same black finish. The bottom half of the chassis is constructed from matte black plastic with a slight texture to prevent fingerprint smudges from accumulating. A thin red pinstripe on the front and rear edges provide a little flair to the all-black exterior. Netzteil Acer The chassis feels relatively firm but the right palm rest flexes under downward pressure. The screen lid is slightly more flexible than we hoped despite the aluminum top panel, and the screen’s hinges aren’t particularly firm but provide adequate resistance. Although there are no quick-access panels on the underside of the GE62, you can remove the entire bottom panel after unscrewing 14 Philips-head screws. Once inside, you’ll find two standard SO-DIMM slots for the system RAM, a slot for the M.2 format SSD, standard 2.5-inch SATA drive, wireless card, and the internal 6-cell battery.

Keyboard and Trackpad

MSI is proud of its partnership with gaming-peripheral experts SteelSeries, and so it should be, at least based on the evidence of this machine’s keyboard. The key action, in particular, is comfortably above average, with a clear break point to the switch, letting you really know when you’ve pressed a key. We’re fans of the label font too – it’s nice and big and has a funky style to it. Netzteil Apple Likewise the backlighting is excellent and there’s a fairly powerful utility for programming the keys to light up in whatever pattern you want, though we do wish that by default there was just a plain solid colour option. Unfortunately it’s far from all good. The main problem is that the layout is a US style one. That means a small Return key and an oddly placed #/~ key and over-sized left shift key. There’s also no left Windows key, which is a real pain for those who regularly use Windows keyboard shortcuts (Win+E, Win+R, etc). We’re also not fans of using the cursor keys for the volume and brightness controls, especially as the F keys aren’t even fully utilised. Batterie pour Motion In fact, the secondary functions of the whole numpad area we’re not keen on – ‘0’ as mute? Home and End as secondary functions of PgUp and PgDn? On a more positive note, the trackpad is mostly pretty superior. We did have to turn on two-finger scrolling but otherwise it’s well set up straight out the box, with excellent tracking speed and accuracy and two nice, really clicky buttons (the chassis bending problem aside). We’re not fans of the brushed metal-mimicking surface, which just feels odd in its roughness but functionally it’s spot on – assuming you’re not insistent on a MacBook-like single-click-surface style trackpad.

Performance

It was almost completely smooth sailing using the MSI GE62 Apache Pro, though of course there were times when it was blindingly obvious that the hard drive was throttling something or the other. Games in particular showed this a lot, and we haven’t seen such long load screens in a while. We did also have a few moments of unresponsiveness when multitasking between heavy apps with file system operations going on in the background. We noticed a soft, intermittent mechanical chirping noise coming from the laptop, even when idle. Batterie pour MSI This could be because of the hard drive or cooling fans, and it could be specific to our review unit. With games or heavy tests running, the fans produced a dull thrum. The left palm rest area and the surface of the trackpad became hot enough to be uncomfortable after just 15-20 minutes of gaming. Performance was fairly strong, though in many cases the Apache Pro lost out to the older HP Omen. HP’s offering is more expensive and doesn’t have a brand-new Skylake CPU or DDR4 RAM, but it does have an SSD and more VRAM, so it was no surprise that tests involving the multiple subsystems favoured the Omen. We managed 2007 and 3072 in PCMark 8’s Home and Work tests respectively, Laptop Batteries MSI which were both quite a bit less than the Omen’s scores. SiSoft Sandra showed gains in CPU performance, especially multimedia handling. Surprisingly, the memory subsystem reported lower scores than we’ve seen with several DDR3 laptops. Cinebench’s CPU score was 555. HyperPi ran its calculation in 20.694 seconds. POVRay ran its internal benchmark in 3 minutes, 2 seconds, finally besting the HP Omen’s score.

Battery Life

While idling, the GE62 manages a run time of 4 hours, 27 minutes. The competing Schenker XMG P505 (2:54 h) gives up earlier. The idle mode was tested via the Reader’s Test from Battery Eater. The display runs at the lowest brightness level, the energy saver profile is activated, and the wireless modules are deactivated. Under load, the GE62 shuts down after 59 minutes. The Schenker XMG P505 (1:11 h) manages a few more minutes. The runtime under load was measured together with the Battery Eater Classic Test, during which the monitor is on full brightness and the high-performance profile and wireless modules are activated. The practical WLAN test causes the GE62 to shut down after 2 hours, Laptop Batteries Packard Bell 59 minutes, equal to the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-75TD (3:01 h). During this test, web sites are automatically loaded in 40-second intervals. The energy saver profile is active, and the show brightness is at about 150 cd/m2. We tested the playing duration of videos by playing the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264-coding, 1920×1080 pixels) in a continuous loop. AC Adapter Fujitsu The wireless adapter is deactivated and the display brightness is set at about 150 cd/m2. The MSI Notebook manages for 2 hours, 40 minutes. The Schenker XMG P505 achieves a duration of 2:20 h. We also tested run times while gaming, by running the integrated benchmark of the racing game “GRID: Autosport” (1920×1080, Very High, 4x MSAA) on a continuous loop. The 15-inch model managed 45 minutes. The runtimes of the GE62 put it in a range that we are used to in potent gaming notebooks. In an absolute sense, these values are definitely meager. The battery has more the function of an emergency power supply.

Conclusion

Just about any PC company can make a 17-inch “old school” gaming laptop that is packed with all the latest hardware, weighs a ton, and is priced at more than $4,000. MSI traveled a much more difficult path by building a 15-inch laptop with an attractive design that delivers a balance of cutting-edge performance, portability, and affordability. The MSI GE62 Q2E Apache is more than capable of playing most modern games at 1080p resolution with superior frame rates while staying well under $1,500. This gaming laptop might not have the highest performance GPU, Caricabatterie Lenovo but the upper mid-range Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M gets the job done without breaking the bank. On that note, we are a little surprised that MSI chose to use the Intel Core i7-4720HQ processor instead of a lower wattage or less expensive processor. The truth is there are Core i7 and even Core i5 chips available that are less energy hungry and/or cheaper … LG Adattatore and CPU performance rarely matters when it comes to most games. In short, the MSI GE62 Apache is a well-rounded gaming laptop with solid real-world performance and a wallet-friendly price. This notebook falls short in terms of battery life and gets a little too hot for prolonged “laptop” use, but any other complaints are pretty minor. We highly recommend the MSI 6E62 Q2E Apache if you’re looking for a 15-inch laptop that can play just about any game and you need to spend less than $1,500.