Fly­ing high


HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - By Peter Chu

Pur­chas­ing a midrange gam­ing note­book in this day and age is no easy feat. Not only is there an abun­dance of mod­els for you to choose from, you will also need to dili­gently an­a­lyze their re­spec­tive strengths and weak­nesses to en­sure that you’ll be get­ting the most bang for your buck.

Tough work, no doubt. But for­tu­nately, you can save your­self the trou­ble of hav­ing to com­pro­mise on hard­ware with the highly cus­tom­iz­a­ble ILLEGEAR Raven. If bud­get per­mits, you can have this bad boy decked out with an In­tel Core i7-7700HQ, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and ter­abytes of solid-state stor­age.

But even if you de­cide to play it rel­a­tively safe, and opt for a more sen­si­ble hard­ware con­fig­u­ra­tion as per our re­view unit (In­tel Core i7-7700HQ, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD), you will still be get­ting a RGBback­lit me­chan­i­cal key­board as stan­dard – some­thing you won’t nor­mally find on a midrange gam­ing note­book. With that said, it might take some time to get used to its key feel, es­pe­cially if you’re ac­cus­tomed to me­chan­i­cal key­boards with Cherry MX switches. We’d say that they are rather rem­i­nis­cent of reg­u­lar chi­clet keys, but with a more pro­nounced tac­tile bump and au­di­ble click. They might not feel as crisp and sat­is­fy­ing to type on as keys with Cherry MX Blue switches, but we would cer­tainly pre­fer them over or­di­nary chi­clet keys.

Keep your ex­pec­ta­tions of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti that is pow­er­ing the Raven in check, and you will un­doubt­edly be pleased with its per­for­mance. While it could han­dle Over­watch and Far Cry 4 at their high­est graph­ics set­tings with com­fort­able av­er­age frame rates of 60.2 and 49.2 fps, it did strug­gle with more graph­i­cally-de­mand­ing ti­tles like Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Re­con Wild­lands, judg­ing from their av­er­age frame rates of 25.2 and 21.5 fps, re­spec­tively.

Speak­ing of gam­ing, you might want to keep in mind that the 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) dis­play isn’t par­tic­u­larly bright, even at its max­i­mum bright­ness set­ting. While it’s not go­ing to be that much of an is­sue with movies that are vis­ually bright like say, Guardians of the Gal­axy Vol. 2, you are very likely to end up

CoN­CLu­sioN The iLLEGEAr raven is a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the crop of main­stream midrange gam­ing note­books.

squint­ing your way through Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice. The raven’s rGB-back­lit key­board has 14 dif­fer­ent light­ing modes.

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