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After­shock’s MX-15 Elite is based on the Clevo N850 note­book, and the en­tire lap­top oozes a pleas­antly util­i­tar­ian and func­tional feel. There are no gar­ish trim­mings or os­ten­ta­tious brand­ing; the note­book feels solidly built and looks ready to show up for work.

One of the best parts of this note­book is the key­board, which is the same as that found on the more pow­er­ful S-15. The keys are tac­tile with a good amount of feed­back.

It also fea­tures three­zone cus­tom­iz­a­ble RGB back­light­ing and the abil­ity to bind cus­tom macros to in­di­vid­ual keys, so you’ll be able to launch pro­grams or ex­e­cute com­plex com­bos in-game faster.

One small but use­ful fea­ture is the op­tion to dis­able the Win­dows key in the bun­dled Con­trol Cen­ter util­ity, so you won’t ac­ci­den­tally nd your­self star­ing at your desk­top in the mid­dle of a reght.

The MX-15 Elite also has one of the most com­pre­hen­sive se­lec­tions of ports and con­nec­tors for a lap­top of its class. There are a to­tal of two Mini Dis­playPorts and one full-sized HDMI port, so it ac­tu­ally sup­ports up to three ex­ter­nal dis­plays at once, a use­ful fea­ture for any­one in­tend­ing to use the note­book as a se­ri­ous pro­duc­tiv­ity ma­chine.

The 1080p IPS dis­play could do with an ex­tra oomph of bright­ness, but it was over­all use­able with good view­ing an­gles.

You can hear the cool­ing fan kick into higher gear while gam­ing, but it never be­came un­bear­ably loud. Heat wasn’t a prob­lem for us ei­ther, and at no point was the note­book ex­ces­sively warm.

The MX-15 Elite is equipped with a re­mov­able 47Wh bat­tery pack, some­thing you hardly see on note­books these days. This is great news for those who in­tend to leave the lap­top plugged in for long hours, even though most mod­ern bat­ter­ies have no prob­lem with be­ing juiced up all day.

The note­book’s weak spot is prob­a­bly its speak­ers. The dual speak­ers on the front pumped out teeny-sound­ing tunes that sounded like pale ver­sions of their orig­i­nal record­ings, so it’s prob­a­bly best to grab a pair of good head­phones if you want de­cent in-game au­dio.

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The note­book sup­ports up to three ex­ter­nal dis­plays with two Mini Dis­playPort and one HDMI con­nec­tor.

The bat­tery is re­mov­able, which is good news if you in­tend to plug it in for long hours.

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