Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR Thin & Light 15.6" VR Ready Gaming Laptop Review

Thin, light and gaming in one sentence has never sounded sweeter!!
% Excellent!
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DESIGN AND FEATURES


Gaming PCs oftentimes distinguish themselves from the normal user machines by their aggressive looks and colored LED lighting. No different with the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR. The top of the machine features the Eluktronics gaming logo backlit with red LEDs, and without mincing words, spells out gaming. But… not everyone wants a machine that screams aloud out their business,  they would rather go for a more subtle looking machine. If you fit well in this category of users, then the Eluktronics Pro-X P950HR might just be the right machine for you. It has identical features the Eluktronics P957HR but with a less gaudy look, perfect for the office setting. This version makes an excellent fit for professionals who need to maintain a modestly and professional look, yet have all the horsepower they need to get work done.
Eluktronics P957HR black aluminum exterior with red gaming accent
Eluktronics P957HR black aluminum exterior with red gaming accent
Crafted with an aluminum body, the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR both looks and feels premium. Thanks to the metallic chassis, flex levels on the lid and palm rest are negligible, and the machine feels nice and strong. The start key is located at the center of the dashboard, right above the keyboard with a white moon-shaped LED right below it. This is a little unique considering that most laptops have their start button on either top right or left of the keyboard. Its speakers are located on either side of the start button right above the keyboard. Sound quality is good we must admit, and that we believe is attributed to the SoundBlasterX Pro-Gaming 360° drivers that pump quality audio through the stereo set of speakers. More on audio, thanks to the ANS 3D drivers, you can expect to listen to quality 3D sound via the headphone output, just in case you need to connect to external speakers.
The keyboard lights up an illustrious red in line with the gaming theme. Through the Control Center application available with this Eluktronic PC allows you as the user to adjust the RGB keyboard back-lighting as desired. The chiclet keys, on the other hand, are comfortable to type on and are quite responsive. When it comes to touchpad matters, it is quite notable that it is displaced slightly to the left so as to make it friendly for right-handed users who form the bulk of buyers. The built-in Microsoft Precision Touchpad (PTP) offers excellent service along with its multi-gesture and scrolling capabilities. Cursor accuracy is impressive, and the integrated mouse buttons require little force to press in. All in all, input devices earn a high score in our opinion.

Display

Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR 15.6 Inch Full-HD IPS display with antiglare finish
Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR 15.6 Inch Full-HD IPS display with an antiglare finish
The center of attraction of any computer is the display. With it, you have a glimpse of the soul of your PC, just as through the eyes we behold the soul of an individual. Adorning the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR is a 15.6 Inch IPS display, with an antiglare finish. Color reproduction and presentation is quite impressive thanks to the IPS panel, and the 1920 x 1080 resolution makes for a pleasant, color-rich (72% NTSC) viewing. This not only makes it a great choice for multimedia consumption but also makes it a decent choice for professionals who are mindful of color accuracy, such as video and photo editors.
Viewing angles are also good, characteristic of IPS panels, and glare is reduced to near-zero due to the matte finish. Thus you can play or read long without feeling the strain on your eyes.

CONNECTIVITY


Ports

The Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR comes with all the ports you will ever need. The right side features two USB 3.0 (Type A) ports marked blue, two USB 3.1 ports (Type C), two mini display ports, one HDMI port and a power jack.

Ports from left to right: Power jack, HDMI 2.0, two Mini DP, two USB 3.1 ports (Type C), two USB 3.1 ports (Type A)

The left side features a 2-in-1 audio jack, a USB 3.1 port marked blue, a 6-in-1 SD card reader, an Ethernet port, and a Kensington lock. As a compromise for thinness and weight, an optical drive is excluded. Thanks to the powerful graphics card and ample supply of ports, the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR can handle up to four active displays simultaneously via the HDMI and Mini DisplayPorts.

Wireless connectivity is via the Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 2×2 WiFi solution and the Bluetooth 4.2.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE


 The Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR while being incredibly thin offers impressive performance nonetheless. It comes with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. With such impressive features, it manages to stay roughly $200 cheaper than its competitors with the similar specifications.
Let’s begin with the processor. The Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR comes with the top of a range processor, a Core i7-7700HQ 4-Core processor with a base clock speed of 2.8GHz. Based on the 14 nm Kaby Lake architecture, it offers excellent efficiency and friendly power consumption. Its 4 has four cores and eight threads initially clocked at 2.8 GHz, which may go up to a maximum of 3.8 GHz under TurboBoost. Some of its other features include Hyperthreading and Virtualization. If you are new to these terms, you might find this article quite informative.
 Side view of the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR
Side view of the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR – Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR Review
While the processor is sure something to behold, the graphics card is more. Gaming laptops have always been bulky, and quite rarely do you find a laptop that can handle all modern triple AAA titles without that weighs almost the same as an ordinary notebook (less than 5lbs) and is 0.73 inches thin (1.85cm). This is made possible thanks to the Max-Q design of the graphics card. The Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR comes with the NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. If know a little about graphics cards, you know that this is a powerful one. Now take powerful and add efficiency and silence, that’s what you get with this chip right here. The NVIDIA GTX 1070 has a core speed of 1101 – 1215 MHz, which is about 10% lower than that of a regular 1070 for laptops owing to the cooling and noise modifications. Boost frequency is also lower (-6%) at 1265 – 1379 MHz. However, the memory clock is identical. Further, drivers of the Max-Q version are optimized for efficiency – far more than they are in the regular 1070 version; this included noise control (40dB limit – with clock adjustments to ensure this every time) and high-end cooling techniques. Thus, the Eluktronics P957HR runs cool and silent even when under heavy load.
In addition to that, thanks to its powerful processor and graphics card, the  Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR is able to support up to 4 external displays simultaneously. Further, it can supports NVIDIA Surround View via the HDMI and two mini DisplayPorts. For instance, hooking up three 1080p monitors to get a resolution of 5760 x 1080. Another feature that’s included with the graphics card is the NVIDIA Ansel which allows the user to 360-degree in-game images and view them in VR.
As was mentioned earlier, the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR manages to stay a good way cheaper than its competition with similar specs. Some of the laptops with the Max-Q features include the Asus Zephyrus GX501VS, GIGABYTE Aero 15W-BK4,

Below are rounded off figures of the benchmarks achieved.

 Low (1280 x 720) fpsMedium (1920 x 1080) fpsHigh (1920  x 1080) fps Ultra (1920 x 1080) fps Ultra (3840 x 2160) fps
 Need for Speed 112 96 89 87
 Call of Duty 163 134 97 86
Player Unknown’s battleground (2071) 109 94 86 68 22
 Dirt 4 115 – – 75 40
 Overwatch 2016 136 70
 Far Cry Primal 2016 92 76 34

The Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR comes with the various configuration option in RAM and Internal storage. All other features are identical, including the 1 TB HDD secondary high capacity storage. The first option comes with 128 GB PCle SSD and 8 GB RAM. See it here. Our review laptop is the second option which comes with a 256 GB PCle SSD and 16 GB of RAM. See it here. The third option comes with a 512 GB PCle SSD and 32GB of RAM. See it here. While all configurations are quite good, the second configuration is the sweet spot for the common buyer, offering enough power for everything one needs. However, if you are on a budget, the first option will suffice – though a RAM upgrade will be in order in the future.

The presence of a SATA III solid state drive (SSD) is, by all means, a blessing in any computer. And if that is a blessing, then the presence of a PCIe SSD is, without doubt, a double blessing. A SATA III interface offers a theoretical transfers speed of around 750 Megabytes per second, while on the other hand, PCle offers a cool 15 Gigabytes per second. While we did not carry out a read and write speed test, you can expect exemplary results with this machine. Boot time is less than 2 seconds, and programs load fast and run smoothly. In addition to the speed, the Eluktronics P957HR also offers sufficiently large storage space for all your needs thanks to the 1 TB storage it comes with.

Additional features

In addition to the Max-Q design, the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR features the FlexiAccess application that allows the user to monitor the heat level on his/her machine and adjust fan speed accordingly. It is an Android based phone/ tablet application that allows the user to monitor heat levels remotely on his device remotely via Bluetooth without having to leave the home screen of a game.

The Control Center application that comes with the Eluktronics P957HR allows the user to control power options, customize fan settings & display/keyboard back-lighting depending on power selection.

Eluktronics made light work of security. In addition to the normal security features that it comes with such as passwords, it also features a fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0 and a Kensington Lock.

Bottom view of the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR. Note the red air inlet vents at the top - Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR Review
Bottom view of the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR. Note the red air inlet vents at the top

CONCLUSION


The Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR has a lot to offer, and best of all, is the most affordable in all the options available in the market today. Thanks to the Max-Q technology, the Eluktronics P957HR manages to stay true to expectation by weighing only 4.9 lbs and maintaining a thickness of 18.5 mm. Most thin and light gaming laptops often have to deal with considerable compromises on performance, which is not the case with this machine. Performance is maintained with negligible losses, while power consumption is heightened thanks to the high efficiency of both the processor and graphics card. The 60Hz display on the other hand also offers an excellent viewing experience with good viewing angles and fast response time, thus keeping motion blurs at bay. Port selection is also excellent, and sound quality is also at par with expectation.

However, one has to deal with the absence of a DVD player. All in all the Eluktronics Pro-X P957HR is an excellent choice for any user seeking a balance between performance and weight. That includes graphics designers who are mindful of color accuracy, video editors who often have to edit 4K videos without spending too much time at it, engineering professionals and students who often have to run CAD software among a host of other users. If this is you, you might want to add it to your shortlist.

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