Well it is finally time for a new gaming laptop and I searched and searched … I thought maybe I’d try another Dell or Lenovo but something about CyberPowerPC stuck out. They offer complete custom machines at decent prices. I was afraid the quality was going to be crap, but overall the build is pretty solid. I heard people complaining about viewing angles, but truthfully, the 1080P screen does not bother me at all, I have had a lot of laptops and TV screens and by far this screen is not the worst , the viewing angles are very good with only minor distortions if you are looking from extreme sides of the screen.
The Fangbook III HX6-100 currently retails for over $1015 but comes with a lot of features including a free gaming backlit azza keyboard/mouse. Overall I am impressed for the price and the specs of the machine. The thing looks very nice as well with red backlit keys and aggressive lighting on the laptop lid. It is also very light for a gaming laptop at 5.9lbs. The only upgrade I did was swap out the 256GB Adata 610 SSD for a 500GB Samsung 850 Evo
I haven’t had a chance to game on it yet, but will update this post once my games are done downloading on steam/Origin/Uplay and of course League of Legends. For some reason I am pretty sure it will play max res for all my games except for Assassins Creed Unity (which has crazy requirements)
The big thing I did not like about the experience was the wait for the machine to be built/shipped. It took about 3 weeks which is a LONG time compared to Dell/Acer/HP/Lenovo. I did call support to cancel a order because I wanted to reorder some other parts and it seems like there is only one person working the support line. My guess is that is the reason why it took so long to build/ship out.
Notebook: CYBERPOWERPC FANGBOOK III 15.6″ FHD 1920×1080 Display w/ Red backlit keyboard, Li-Ion Battery & Universal AC Adapter
Notebook Color: FANGBOOK III HX6 Cover with Orange Color Backlight
CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-4710MQ Mobile Processor 2.50 GHz 6M Smart Cache, Max Turbo Freq. 3.50 GHz
Motherboard: Mobile Intel HM87 Express Chipset Mainboard
RAM / System Memory: 8GB (8GBx1) DDR3-1600 SODIMM Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4GB PCIe
HardDrive: (self upgraded) 500GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD
Update`; this thing rocks in games! Big difference over my last gen gaming laptop. Can play all my old games except assassins creed Unity at max. For Assassins Creed Unity, I have to play at Medium (which is good for about 30 FPS). I have had emails regarding whether or not this is a Maxwell or Kepler 860M, I can confirm it is the faster Maxwell version from the screenshot below (About 10% faster than the Kepler version) http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Nvidia-GeForce-GTX-860M-Maxwell-vs-Kepler.114908.0.html , Spec wise, the Maxwell GTX 860M is the same as the new GTX 950M with the same amount of cores and clock (I guess it is just marketing that makes the difference!). Also even while gaming this thing runs super cool, I guess that is what is new about the new generation gaming laptops, my old gaming laptop use to run hot while playing games, this one barely blows out hot air while gaming at 1080p (average about 48 degrees Celsius while gaming)
Update#2: Finally got around to using it for work and the one thing I hate is the keyboard … don’t know why they placed another backslash next to the shift key so the left shift key is a regular sized keyboard key. Also the slash that is usually on top of the enter key is next to the enter key so the enter key is huge … not sure what was the purpose of this ..
Also another cool feature is the G1,G2,G3 keys on top of the keyboard, figured out that G1 turns on/off the GPU fan and G2 turns on/off the backlit keyboard. Pressed G3 a few times and nothing I noticed happens so it maybe a dummy key