Digital Storm Krypton (2015)

17-inch Laptop with a Wide Variety of Peripheral Ports

Digital Storm Krypton
Digital Storm Krypton. ┬ęDigital Storm

The Bottom Line

Jan 12 2015 - Not much has changed with Digital Storm's Krypton laptop and in some ways that is good. For instance, the laptop provides it with a far greater range of peripheral ports than most laptops. The upgrade to the new GeForce GTX 970M also means that it has some excellent performance. There is even a wide range of customization options to upgrade the system. The problem is that the system is very expensive and upgrades just make it even more so.


  • Solid Gaming Performance
  • Wide Range of Peripheral Ports
  • Highly Customizable


  • Display Lacks Brightness and Color
  • High Price Tag
  • Below Average Battery Life


  • Intel Core i7-4710MQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD Burner
  • 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display with 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Graphics Processor with 6GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, One eSATA (shared), FireWire 400, DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.3" x 11.26" x 1.81" @ 9.03 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Digital Storm Kryption (2015)

Jan 12 2015 - Digital Storm's base Krypton laptop really is not very different from the version that I looked at last year. It retains the same basic shape and design as before. While it may have been a bit smaller than some other 17-gaming laptops before at just under two-inches thick and almost nine pounds, many systems have gotten smaller and lighter while keeping the same levels of performance. It offers a relatively clear design without many fancy badges or logos on it like some other companies do.

The general performance of the laptop remains hardly changed at all with its Intel Core i7-4710MQ. This is a slightly speed bump over the previous i7-4700MQ quad core processor. In fact, most people probably would not notice any speed difference between the two in many applications. This is not bad as it is a very fact processor and handles demanding tasks like gaming and desktop video without any problems. The processor is matched with 8GB of DDR3 memory which provides a smooth overall experience in Windows but it is half what many other companies offer at this price point.

The base storage configuration of the Krypton continues to use a standard laptop hard drive of 750GB in size and 7200rpm spin rate. This gives it decent performance but it is not as quick as if it had a solid state drive installed in it. There are two slots for hard drives and two mSATA slots for nstalling SSD drives if you do want to upgrade it. It is disappointing that an SSD is not standard as many at this starting price point are including it now. If you need to add additional space, you can also attach high speed external hard drives to it via the three USB 3.0, eSATA or FireWire ports which gives a grater range of diversity of connectors than most laptops that just feature USB. A dual layer DVD burner is included for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

Of course the big change to the Krypton is the inclusion of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics processor. This provides it with more than enough performance for smooth frame rates at high detail levels for the 1920x1080 resolution of the 17-inch panel on the laptop. With the 6GB of video memory, the system even has the ability to add a second screen through the DisplayPort or HDMI connectors. While there are sufficient connectors to run three displays, the graphics are not really fast enough to keep smooth frames at the level. In terms of the display performance, it is somewhat disappointing now. This is because it uses the TN display technology which is great for fast response times but sacrifices color gamut and viewing angles to achieve this. There are several new laptops with IPS displays that offer a much better picture.

Keyboard and trackpad remain the same. It offers a nice size with decent spacing. The keys are fairly springy compared to many newer laptops which may be beneficial for gamers but might impact heavy typing. The trackpad is a decent size and features dedicated left and right buttons below it. It tracks well and handled multitouch without an issue but most gamers will likely use an external mouse anyways. It features an etched design on it that combined with the keyboard lighting which can be adjusted to various colors gives it a more premium feel.

The battery pack for the Digital Storm Krypton features a rather large 89.2WHr capacity rating. This is pretty much required with all the powerful components on the system. In digital video playback tests, it results in roughly three and a quarter hours of running time. This is average for a 17-inch gaming class laptop but well below what a standard 17-inch laptop can achieve. For instance, the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch runs for over twice as long in the same test thanks to its power efficient components. Gaming on the battery pack will also be much shorter than the test so don't be too far from a power outlet.

The big issue facing the Digital Storm Krypton is of course the price. Starting at just over $1700, it is a fair bit more expensive than many other 17-inch gaming laptops. The price difference is primarily attributed to the improved support access the company provides for all of its computer systems. The closest priced competitors is the Cyberpower FANGBOOK EVO HX7-200 at just under $1700. It offers a similar level of gaming performance from a i7-4701HQ processor and GTX 970M just like the Krypton. The difference is that it comes with a SSD drive standard for faster loading or applications. Battery life is also better but it is a larger and heavier system. The other bit competitor is the Maingear Pulse 17. It is certainly much more expensive and comes equipped with twin SSDs in a RAID configuration for even faster storage support. It also is thinner and lighter but has a much higher $2300 starting price. It is easy to configure the Krypton for a similar setup but it still will be a larger and heavier laptop.