CyberPowerPC FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200

17-inch Gaming Laptop Updated with Latest NVIDIA GTX 970M Graphics

Fangbook EVO HX7
Fangbook EVO HX7. ©CyberpowerPC

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The Bottom Line

Jan 9 2015 - If size and weight are not a big concern in your quest to get high performance, than the CyberPowerPC FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200 may be a system to consider. It is not very portable because of its size and weight but its performance is certainly quite good thanks to the SSD and GeForce GTX 970M graphics. The chassis is a bit dated though with a very small keyboard for such a large laptop and a display that doesn't stand out against newer system.

Still, the pricing is decent for the performance.

Pros

  • Excellent Gaming Performance
  • Solid State Drive Included
  • Longer Battery Life for a Gaming Laptop

Cons

  • Extremely Large and Heavy
  • Keyboard is Very Cramped
  • Display While Alright Lacks Compared to Newer Laptops

Description

  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB Solid State Drive and One Terabyte 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Blu-ray Reader and Dual-Layer DVD Burner Combo Drive
  • 17" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display with 720p Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Graphics Processor with 6GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, eSATA (Shared), HDMI, VGA, 4-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.85" x 11.34" 2.17" @ 9.8 lbs
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Review - CyberPowerPC FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200

Jan 9 2015 - CyberPowerPC's FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200 is essentially the same base system as the FANGBOOK EVO HX7-150 I looked at last year but with an updated graphics system.

This means it still uses the MSI GT70 white box chassis and is a very large and heavy system. It is over two inches thick at the hinge and weighs just under ten pounds. This makes it much larger and heavier than many newer gaming laptops that have slimmed down but they have also sacrificed some performance.

The design mixes a primarily black interior and bezel with a more silver colored back panel which differentiates itself from the MSI branded design.

Powering the CyberPowerPC FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200 is the Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad core processor. This isn't the latest or faster of the processors from Intel but it is certainly fast enough for most gamers. The system is customizable though so if you need something even faster, you can even upgrade to a Core i7-4940MX but the cost is probably more than the performance boost is worth. The processor is matched up with 16GB of DDR3 memory. Between the processor and the memory, power users that demand a lot of performance for tasking programs like desktop video editing will be pleased.

The FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200 provides space for two full sized laptop drives. CyberPower has elected to combine a 128GB solid state drive as the primary boot partition with a one terabyte hard drive for storage and data. This combination provides it with very fast boot and load times for Windows and applications along with plenty of storage for data. The only issue is that some gamers may find the 128GB of space fairly limiting in terms of the number of games that can be installed there.

As with all of CyberPower's direct sales, it is fully customizable if you want larger drives and even RAID configurations are available if you want to push the performance further. In terms of external expansion, there are three USB 3.0 ports for use with high speed external storage. This is less than some others with four but probably enough for most users. One nice addition is the inclusion of a Blu-ray compatible drive that allows for playback of the high definition movie discs in addition to playback or recording of CD or DVD media.

So the big upgrade to the HX7-200 version is the use of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics processor.

This is a major update from NVIDIA that even though it is not the fastest of the new graphics it still provides plenty of performance. In fact, it has no issues running any of the current PC games at full detail levels at the 17-inch panel's 1920x1080 resolution with smooth frame rates. Thanks to the 6GB of GDDR5 memory, it can even do dual screen gaming with a second display at smooth frames rates but detail levels might have to be turned down on some titles to keep the frame rates up. As for the display, it remains unchanged with a TN based panel that offers fast response times but not as good of color or viewing angles as other systems that now use IPS screens.

The keyboard design and layout remains unchanged which means that it still feels cramped because they are placing a keyboard with numeric keypad on it but still have a full one inch of space on either side of the system. The feel of the keys is good and the backlighting is very useful for anyone gaming or working into the night. The problem is the size can be an issue for those with larger hands. The trackpad remains fairly small compared to many newer gaming laptops but it does feature dedicated left and right buttons instead of a clickpad or integrated ones. This isn't an issue though as most gamers use external mice.

A good deal of the weight from the FANGBOOK EVO HX7 system comes from its rather large and high 87WHr capacity rating battery pack. The extra power is certainly going to be welcome given how high performance is on this but battery life is certainly limited compared to traditional laptops. In digital video playback tests, it is able to last just under four and a quarter hours which is impressive for a gaming system. Of course, gaming is going to reduce that running time by more than half so gamers will still want to be near a power outlet. This is of course nowhere near the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch which can run almost twice as long on more power conservative components.

Pricing for the CyberPowerPC FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200 is roughly $1650 for the configuration mentioned in the review. This is more than the previous HX-150 I looked at but it has newer graphics, a solid state drive and Blu-ray drive. Customization of the system can reduce or increase the cost of course. This puts it slightly more than some of other gaming laptops but less than the MSI GT72. For instance, the ASUS ROG G751JY is priced several hundred less, is thinner and lighter and offers an excellent IPS display. The downside is that it does not have an SSD or Blu-ray drive. Another similarly priced system would be the Digital Storm Krypton with a price just over $1700. It also lacks the SSD or Blu-ray but offers a much higher level of support.

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