FangBook X7-300 is a Powerful gaming laptop with superb graphics, performance and at a reasonable buck. Let’s take a closer look.
The FangBook X7-300 from CyberPower is a notebook featuring seismic capability and mind blowing design and amongst its accomplishments. Its powerful components are packed into a slate gray brushed metal chassis whose build quality is superlative and which resists torsional stress as well as any notebook we’ve seen.
The CyberPower FangBook X7-300 reaches to 17 inches x 11.3 inches and is 1.2 inches thick. This is no ultrabook. The burly chassis of X7-300 and all the industrial scale cooling apparatus within pushes the weight to a corpulent 3.8kg, without the charger. Appearance-wise buyers’ll be getting sharp angular surfaces, an illuminated red logo, raised fins and all sorts – Alienware-style.
Display-wise the manufacturer has installed a 1920 x 1080 pixel 17.3-inch screen, whose brightness was quantified at a despicable 189 candelas, narrowish viewing angles – though good for two – and slightly muted color when compared to other premium displays; the brightness level is poor at this price, whichever way you look at it. The FangBook X7-300 has a 1.3MP cam out front for video calls.
We get an Intel i7-3630QM in charge, happily offloading the heavy graphical tasks to the GTX 680M and calling on 16GB RAM when the cache is found wanting. CyberPower have installed a hybrid storage solution, with a 60GB SSD for the OS and your chosen most important files, paired with a 750GB 7200rpm drive for the multitude of media files you accumulate over time – web pages, films, photo galleries, all stuff you don’t need to access in the blink of an eye. And the hybrid set-up performs well, copying a 5GB movie from one folder to another in a minute-and-a-quarter.
In line with other gaming/desktop replacement notebooks, FangBook X7-300′s connectivity is pretty top-notch. VGA and HDMI sockets, a fairy-tale USB selection of a trio of USB-3s and a pair of USB-2 ports, an eSATA transfer port, and a 4-in-1 media card reader. Dual band 5GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 4 also feature.
The backlit keyboard on the FangBook X7-300 helps make text input quick and accurate, and the separate numberpad will ease number-crunching burdens. The FangBook X7-300 features a double-button-flavored trackpad but it performed badly in tests, with overly stiff buttons, some misinterpretation of gestures, and the occasional gesture missed altogether
Deep, bassy audio thanks to its THX TruStudio Pro sound system. In WoW with ultra the FangBook X7-300 chalked up 113 at native resolution. And in Batman Arkham City, eye candy set on high, the FangBook X7-300 produced 53 frames at 1920 x 1080p pixels.
The operating system is Windows 8. Hit the power button and the OS is ready to rumble in approx. 24 seconds. Natty S-bar functionality at the top of the display is customizable, so users can launch chosen programs or access Function Keys in double-quick time. All in all a capable machine, neck and neck with Dell Alienware R17x, which for the similar configuration costs an extra $700. And just as good-looking a piece of kit too. CyberPower FangBook X7-300 gaming laptop starts at $1800 and CyberPower have included a 12-month guarantee.
For full specifications on CyberPower FangBook X7-300 laptop as well as benchmark tests see laptopmag.
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