Sometimes you stumble upon a product that just doesn’t make sense and this is one of them. This is a gaming laptop that honestly, like it almost shouldn’t exist, because it’s better than a lot of other gaming laptops out there, yet it wasn’t made by like a huge brand. Well it kind of was. This was developed by Intel in collaboration with a few other laptop brands. The purpose of this project was to make a gaming laptop, a thin and light gaming laptop that was different from what was out there. To make something that they thought was gonna be a better experience for the consumer.
I mean they did it so this is the world’s lightest gaming laptop yet. It has one of the biggest batteries on the market, it has amazing thermal performance, possibly the best thermal performance I’ve ever seen in a thin and light gaming laptop and it comes out at a reasonable price.
Now, the way they were able to achieve this title of the world’s lightest laptop is because of the material they’ve used. This is using a magnesium alloy for the entire thing. Like the chassis, the top panel, the bottom panel, all magnesium alloy. It is very noticeable, it’s a lot lighter than you expect at the moment you pull it out of the box. In terms of just gaming laptops it is quite rare, I think this is the only one I’ve ever seen that had magnesium all over. We’ve seen this material used on some surface devices and some thin and light ultra books, but to see magnesium used throughout the entire process of a gaming laptop, this is a first for me.
The design of it, is more generic looking. I wouldn’t say that I love the aesthetics of it but Intel did work with a few brands. So, I guess depending on which company you purchased it from, you’re gonna have a different logo up at the front. This particular one is from electronics. They also worked with dbrand. I think Intel collaborated with them, so they have their skins available for this laptop.
The build quality seems pretty good. There is a couple things I’ve kinda wanted to draw attention to. At the bottom of the device you’ll see the speaker grille, and I mean the location of this speaker grille isn’t great, but you’ll also notice beside the speaker grille there’s like a plastic tab or like cutout and maybe in the development process this error was going to be used as a speaker cutout, and they just didn’t end up going with it so they just covered it up.
I think this plastic bit here kind of ruins the design line in this area it just makes it look less clean, I honestly think it has this effect to make this product look cheaper than it actually is, just because of the plastic bits there. It’s not something that’s gonna affect anything other than just like a visual aesthetic thing but it is something I noticed.
OK, ports, so there’s three usb and then there’s a Thunderbolt three in the back as well, as your AC adapter. You get to keep your power lanes out of your way. There’s also an SD card slot which is nice to see. A lot of thin inline gaming laptops are leaving that out these days. On the inside we have access to a bunch of stuff. You have your two RAM slots. You can get up to 64 gigs on this thing — nvme drives your Wi-Fi card, they include Intel’s latest Wi-Fi six card and a big 93 watt/hour battery. This is the second biggest battery I’ve seen in a fin online gaming laptop.
The Aero 15 that has like a 94 or 95 watt hour battery this is close to the legal limit I think, it’s like a 99 watt hour limit if you bring it onto a plane like you can’t fly with a bigger battery than 99 watt hours. This is like this is right at the cusp of that, so it’s really cool that something this light has such a big battery and in terms of battery life got a little more than 7 hours of my regular tests. So, internally this thing’s done great jobs. Got easily access components, easily upgraded components. I mean they did a good job.
Ok, let’s get to the rest of this thing, the screen, they have a 144 hertz IPS panel, it’s pretty bright, and they’ve kept the webcam up top, and the bezels pretty thin on this thing. This type of screen is not new, it’s kind of the standard at this point in time for high quality gaming laptops, but, keep in mind the games look fantastic at this refresh rate. The keyboard, It is a mechanical keyboard but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it’s somehow like the best keyboard in the world or anything, it’s an OK keyboard.
Ok, the track pad, great track pad, glass surface. It’s got good tracking and a nice click mechanism..
Let’s talk about performance. It is running at RTX 2070 MaxQ, with the 9750h. It’s a very powerful combination, excellent frame rates and games. I believe there’s a cheaper version that’s running a 1660 TI but the thing that’s most special about this laptop is the thermal performance. It has very low temperatures and until it’s configured, this unit with a negative 50 under volt. I don’t know if this is like a final unit or if that’s the number that they’re gonna stick with for retail units. But, I’ve tested this thing out a little. You can push it’s like 120 130 pretty comfortably.
I think this possibly has the best temperatures of all the thin and light gaming laptops on the market. You can even bump up the wattage of the CPU in their software comfortably. I mean they did a really good job. Obviously Intel knows how to design a CPU and obviously they know what they’re doing when it comes to thermal performance.
I just didn’t think that it would come in this form, like you would expect Intel to work with like Razer or Alienware or some other huge brand to make something like this, but they’ve done it with smaller laptop brands. I think this product is going to put pressure on the bigger companies to make something that can compete with this, because this is a really solid.
Now, this is an abnormally good product, but just because it’s so unique it doesn’t make it perfect. I don’t want to oversell this thing by saying like you know, everyone should go and buy this thing, there are issues particularly with the keyboard, like I don’t know how much this is gonna affect the average user. To me, it’s not a big issue, but for some people that are more particular or picky but those keyboards, I could see this being a bit of a deterrent. I think most people will get used to this pretty easily.
Overall though. I think Intel did an amazing job on this device, they just nailed it. All the important stuff, they got it done right.
Now, the speakers. I didn’t mention them but real quick. They’re located on the bottom. They don’t sound excellent. If you’re expecting amazing speakers, this ain’t it. But, otherwise. If you’re looking for the other stuff that I mentioned and you don’t mind a keyboard that you do have to kind of work as to be comfortable on. Definitely check this thing out. So, this one is the Meg 15 by electronic. It’s going to be available from other company as well under different names and stuff, but this one’s gonna be available on Amazon.