TWO IS AL­WAYS BET­TER THAN ONE

Aorus X7 Pro

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST - by Sale­hud­din Husin

The third it­er­a­tion of the Aorus X7 car­ries pretty much the same chas­sis de­sign as its pre­de­ces­sors (the X7 and X7 V2); all three mod­els ar­riv­ing in quick suc­ces­sion within the same year and it shows how man­u­fac­tur­ers are chas­ing specs to main­tain up their claims as the top gam­ing note­book around.

The X7 Pro is one of the few note­books re­freshed with the higher end In­tel pro­ces­sors, in this case the i7-4870HQ. This is In­tel’s sec­ond fastest chip af­ter the i7-4980HQ (which is found in the MSI GT72 2QE). It’s also unique in that it’s run­ning two GeForce 970Ms in SLI mode, which means there’s a boat­load of power un­der the hood. Cou­ple that with a 512GB SSD stor­age and 1TB in con­ven­tional HDD and you not only have speed, but ca­pac­ity as well.

As the de­sign is pretty much the same as be­fore, so we’ll not fo­cus too much on it. The alu­minum chas­sis looks good and feels very durable, but smudges way too eas­ily. Still, it con­tin­ues to be one of the more im­pres­sive de­signs around con­sid­er­ing the hard­ware Aorus packs into the slim body.

The key­board uses chi­clet-style keys with a row of cus­tom­iz­a­ble macro keys to the left. Only the macro keys use spe­cial scis­sor switches for faster re­sponse though. If you’re a hard­core gamer, you prob­a­bly won’t like the key­board any­way as its slim de­sign means very shal­low keys that do not pro­vide sat­is­fac­tory feed­back, un­like the ones on the Af­ter­shock Ti­tan V2.1 or the ASUS G751.

Sim­i­larly, the track pad isn’t much to shout about ei­ther. While it looks nice and shiny, the en­tire thing is flushed into the chas­sis and it be­comes an­noy­ing over time how we have to con­stantly look down just to make sure our fin­gers are still on the pad. Of course, Aorus is prob­a­bly count­ing on gamers to use ex­ter­nal key­boards and mice when it comes to gam­ing, so they went with form over func­tion here.

So, it all comes down to per­for­mance. The Aorus X7 Pro is a very im­press­ing gam­ing lap­top, no doubt about it. The SLI’ed 970Ms in­side make it a force to be reck­oned with. The X7 Pro pretty much blew away all the other note­books in nearly ev­ery bench­mark we tried. It even broke the 100 FPS bar­rier for Mid­dle Earth: Shadow of Mor­dor on High, a feat even the mon­strous MSI GT72 2QE Dom­i­na­tor Pro couldn’t achieve.

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