Falcon Northwest DRX (2015)

17-inch Gaming Laptop Available With Some Unique External Customization Options

Falcon Northwest DRX 17-inch Gaming Laptop
Falcon Northwest DRX. ©Falcon Northwest

The Bottom Line

Jan 14 2015 - The Falcon Northwest DRX gaming laptop is not something that many people would consider because of its extreme price tag. In fact, it is most likely going to be purchased by someone who wants them to create a very unique external design through their special painting processors available. In terms of performance, it is fast but does it justify the price. This is especially true when the base price does things like uses an older generation graphics processor.


  • Very Fast Performance
  • Unique Design Customization Available


  • Extremely Expensive
  • Does Not Use Latest GTX 900 Series Graphics Standard
  • Below Average Battery Life


  • Intel Core i7-4810MQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD Burner
  • 17" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce 880M Graphics with 8GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, eSATA (shared), Thunderbolt, HDMI, SD Card Slot
  • 16.5" x 11.5" x 2.0" @ 9.4 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Preview - Falcon Northwest DRX (2015)

Jan 14 2015 - Falcon Northwest is one of the oldest prestige gaming PC makers on the market being in business for over two decades. Their systems are generally very expensive but offer extreme levels of performance and design customization seen almost nowhere else. In fact, this is one of the things they like to show off with the product photo galleries that showcase some of the unique design combinations they have pulled off. These designs are certainly very attractive but buyers should be warned that they quickly drive up the price and extend the length of time to get a machine once it is ordered.

One big difference with the Falcon Northwest DRX is the use of the Intel Core i7-4810MQ quad core processor over the i7-4710MQ. This is essentially a processor that runs roughly 300MHz faster which gives it an edge in general computing performance. The thing is that for the majority of users, they USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort) or HDMI connectors. In terms of the display, it features a matte coating which is typical of most gaming displays which helps reduce glare and reflections but it does mute the colors somewhat.

The DRX comes equipped with a 89.2WHr capacity battery pack that is fairly typical for 17-inch gaming laptops of its size. The problem is that it has very high power consuming components even by gaming laptop standards. In digital video playback tests, the system yields just over three hours of running time. This is less than most that feature anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour more with similar sized batteries. Of course, gaming on the battery will drastically reduce this time such that you need to be near a power outlet. It certainly is not in the same league at the Dell Inspiron 17 7000 Touch which lasts six and a half hours but it also is not a gaming system and using more power efficient parts.

As mentioned throughout this article, the Falcon Northwest DRX is a very expensive system. It has a starting price of roughly $2500. Most of its competitors 17-inch gaming laptops are less expensive. The mote notable competitors for the DRX are the new MSI GT72 Dominator Pro with its $2300 price tag and the Razer New Blade Pro at the same $2500. The GT72 is nearly the same size and weight as the DRX but it uses a lower Core i7-4710HQ but makes up for this with the GTX 980M graphics processor for better gaming performance but less general performance. The Razer on the other hand is a completely different system that looks at portability rather than raw performance. It is much smaller and lighter but sacrifices gaming performance by using a GTX 860M graphics processor. It makes up for this though which its unique LED Trackpad.