Eluktronics MAX-17 Review – A Lighter But Powerful 17” Gaming Laptop!
Option. Lets check it out in this detailed review and find out just how well it holds up.. My MAX 17 has an Intel: i7, 9750H CPU Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics. This is NOT Max Q, 16gb of memory in dual channel: a 15.6 1080p 144Hz screen and a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD. For network connectivity, its got gigabit ethernet, WiFi, 5 and Bluetooth 5.. The MAX 17 is also available with different specs, like RTX 2060 GTX, 1660 Ti or different storage and memory options. You can find examples and updated prices linked in the description. If youd instead prefer a smaller 15 inch version Ill be comparing the MAX 17 with the MAX 15 in an upcoming video, so make sure youre subscribed for that one.. The laptop is made out of magnesium alloy. The lid is a matte black and completely clean with no logo.. The interior is also the same matte black and it looks and feels great.. The build quality feels solid as its all metal and all corners and edges are rounded and smooth.. The weight is listed at 4.71 pounds and mine weighed a bit more at 4.93 pounds or 2.2kg. With the 230 watt power, brick and cables for charging included. The total rises up to under 3.1kg or 6.8 pounds.. This makes the MAX 17 lighter when compared to many other 17 inch laptops with similar or even lower powered Max Q, graphics, options.. The dimensions were also smaller when compared to many other 17 inch gaming laptops and although it wasnt the thinnest Ive tested under 2cm for this level of power is quite impressive.
. This smaller footprint gives it just 8mm screen bezels on the sides.. The 17.3 1080p 144Hz IPS screen has a matte finish. Viewing angles: looked fine and theres; no G, Sync. Theres no option of disabling Optimus, so that will always be on.. Ive tested the screen with the Spyder 5 and got 96 of sRGB 67 of NTSC and 72 of AdobeRGB. At 100 brightness. I measured the panel at 334 nits in the center, with a 9001 contrast ratio. So decent results for a high refresh gaming, laptop. Backlight bleed wasnt too bad. I never noticed the bottom right section when viewing darker content, but this will vary by laptop and panel.. There was some screen flex when intentionally trying to move it, but it felt quite sturdy due to the magnesium alloy build, and this is further aided by the hinges being out towards the corners.. It was possible to open it up with one finger demonstrating an even weight distribution, no problems using it on my lap. As a result of the thinner bezels, the 720p camera is found underneath the display in the center and its got IR for Windows, Hello support., As The camera is down the bottom, your fingers kind of get in the way while typing and if you want to properly be in the frame youve got to put the screen back a fair, bit. Heres. What it sounds like when the fan is set to max speed. So it is pretty loud initially and it tries to isolate your voice, but its not doing the best job.
. The membrane keyboard has RGB backlighting, which is controlled in 4 separate zones, its got 7 different lighting effects and it lights up all keys and secondary key functions.. Key brightness can be adjusted between 4 levels or turned off completely using either the software or F6 and F7 shortcut keys. Theres a numpad on the right which looks a bit cramped, but I had no problems using it and the keyboard felt good to type with. Heres. How the keys sound to give you an idea of what to expect. Theres an extra button next to the power button above the keyboard, which can be used for cycling between the different performance modes? More on those soon. Keyboard flex was on the lower side when intentionally pushing down hard. Overall, it felt quite solid due to the metallic body, absolutely no issues. During normal use., The glass precision touchpad physically clicks down when pressed. It was very smooth to the touch and worked fairly well. However, I had some issues clicking down in the bottom left and right corners as it seems to just have a lot of space to move. Its hard to explain. But sometimes I get annoyed while using it.. The size was on the larger side and you can disable or enable it by double tapping. The top left, corner. Fingerprints and dirt dont really show up very easily due to the matte finish, but as its a smooth surface, its quite easy to clean, with a microfiber cloth.
On the left from the back theres, a Kensington, lock air exhaust vent USB 3.1 Gen2 Type, A port and 3.5mm mic and headphone jacks. On the right from the front theres a MicroSD card slot, two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A ports and an air exhaust vent on this side. Too.. The back has air exhaust vents towards the corners, then for IO from left to right, theres, a Type C Thunderbolt 3 port HDMI 2.0b output, which is connected directly to the Nvidia graphics, gigabit ethernet, and the power input. Theres an RGB light bar on the front which Can be customized with some effects through the software, you can control all 23 of the lights individually too., Underneath there are plenty of air vents towards the back half for intake, otherwise its quite clean.. The bottom panel was extremely easy to remove just take out 11 Phillips head screws and it basically pops out by itself., Once inside weve got the two PCIe NVMe M.2 slots in the middle towards the left, two memory slots in the middle, the WiFi card to the Right of that and battery down the front., I found it interesting that the battery wasnt a bit longer to utilize that empty space as its below the 100Wh limit.. The speakers are found on the left and right sides near the front.. They sounded above average with a little bass present.. They got loud at maximum volume and the latencymon results looked good.. The MAX 17 is powered by a 6 cell 91wh battery.
Ive tested it with the screen brightness at 50 background apps, disabled and keyboard lighting off., While just watching YouTube videos, it lasted for 7 hours and 9 minutes, which is an excellent result when compared to most Others Ive tested and by far the best Ive, seen from a Max P, 2070 laptop., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for an hour and 16 minutes.. At this point, it still had 29 charge remaining and the frame rate dipped down to 5 FPS and was no longer usable, but it lasted 2 hours and 4 minutes. If you include that., The MAX 17 with RTX, 2060 or 2070 has the 230 watt power brick. But the 1660 Ti model has a lower powered 180 watt. Brick. Now lets find out how hot the MAX 17 gets and see if this causes any issues to performance. The control panel. Software lets you select different performance modes which, from lowest to highest, are office mode, game mode and turbo mode. In office mode. There are three different fan options, but you can also customize the curve. In game or turbo mode. You can enable fan boost which sets the fan to maximum speed.. Turbo mode also enables Eluktroboost. However, the difference with the 2070 model wont be as much as the 2060 or 1660 Ti versions, as the thermal headroom for the GPU is close to the 115 watt cap.
. If thermals permit, though it is possible for the maximum power to boost above this., The MAX 17 has a 0.05v undervolt to the CPU by default. This can be changed in BIOS or software, and my unit has stock thermal paste. Applied. Inside there are 3 heatpipes shared between the processor and graphics, along with two fans on either side that exhaust out of the back and sides. Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were ok. Worst case: stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with CPU only checked and the Heaven benchmark at max settings. At the same time and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics. With Office mode enabled. The CPU was capped to a thermal throttle limit of 80 degrees Celsius, and this limit was being hit in both of these tests. With game mode enabled the CPU thermal throttle limit, increases up to 85 degrees, and again this is now being reached. With the highest turbo Mode enabled the cap raises another 5 degrees to 90 and again this limit was still being reached. However, when we add the cooling pad it was now able to get even hotter.. It appears that the cap was further raised once better cooling was available.. Gpu temperatures were also on the warmer side. However, the thermal throttle limit wasnt being hit outside of brief spikes.
. These are the clock speeds for the same tests. The CPU difference is pretty small between office and gaming modes. Despite the 5 degree, difference. CPU clock speeds increase more in turbo mode, but even with the cooling pad were not quite hitting the full 4GHz all core turbo boost speed of the 9750H.. Its worth, noting that the speeds seen here are higher when compared to the MAX 15 under the same tests, so the larger chassis seems to have its advantages., The GPU clock speeds were lowest in office mode, stepping up with all other modes.. This was despite the 2070 being able to run at its 115w limit during all of these, tests. Were only seeing the CPU power level rise as we step up through the performance modes. As each mode boosts. The CPU thermal throttle limit performance increases as a result of more power being available and more power equals more heat. In CPU. Only workloads like Cinebench, the 9750H would thermal throttle near its 100 watt limit, while running at 95 watts, which is pretty impressive. Given this is stock settings for the MAX 17. As a result, even in the lowest office mode, were seeing excellent Cinebench scores around 3000 points is a great result for this i7 processor, especially out of the box. Heres, how it looks in the areas where youll actually Touch at idle, it was in the mid 30s in the center a bit above the usual 30, or so I typically see with most other machines.
, With the stress tests going in office mode. The center of the keyboard gets to 50 degrees, however, as air is pulled in through the keyboard, the WASD keys are much cooler, comparatively. Stepping up to game mode. The keyboard gets a few degrees warmer now, and some of the keys were pretty warm to the touch, but the sides were still cool and then turbo mode was pretty much the same. Maybe a tiny bit warmer, but no real, big difference. Lets have a listen to how loud the fans get.. The fans were still audible at idle, even with the quiet fan mode enabled., With the stress tests going, the fans were louder than I expected with the fans set to quiet mode, at least in this worst case. Workload., Game mode and turbo mode were a little louder and there was no difference between leaving the fans on the automatic speed or manually enabling fan boost, as they were already maxing out in auto mode, which is why I didnt separately test thermals for max fans. Earlier. Ive tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider to see how the different modes actually affect game performance and office mode with quiet fans is still performing quite well. So you can definitely get acceptable gaming performance with lower temperatures, though, as we just heard, the fans arent that much quieter. Next lets find out just how well the MAX 17 actually performs in games. Ive tested with turbo mode and fan boost, enabled for best results.
Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the games built in benchmark tool. High settings was still able to give decent average frame rates. Considering this is a resource. Heavy game. Battlefield, 5 was tested in campaign mode. Ive got the results with RTX enabled shown by the green bars and RTX off shown by the purple bars.. It was pretty playable with RTX on, though, as a first person. Shooter game youll probably want the higher FPS that can be obtained with RTX off, which ran much better. Control was also tested with and without RTX enabled.. The game still plays ok with lower frame rates for the most part, so RTX, even with the highest setting, was usable, but I personally preferred high settings with RTX off, which averaged above 60 FPS. Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum or all settings On the lowest possible values, as it doesnt have predefined setting presets. The 144 FPS frame cap was being hit at minimum settings and even maxed out it wasnt too far behind this. Call of Duty. Modern Warfare was tested in campaign mode and Ive also tested it with the settings either maxed out or at minimum.. Minimum settings was close to 100 FPS in this test. However, it still played pretty well even with everything at maximum. Fortnite was tested with the replay feature and as a less demanding game. Epic settings wasnt too far behind the refresh rate of the screen, so no problems playing it all.
If youre after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner where Ive tested 20 games in total on the MAX 17. Lets also take a look at How this config of the MAX 17 compares with other laptops use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers., Starting with Battlefield 5 Ive got the MAX 17 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. In this game. The performance was about the same as the smaller MAX 15, which is just below it on this graph.. The results are somewhere in between the other 2070 laptops, Ive tested, so fair results, considering the MAX 17 is on the thinner side.. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark. This time. The MAX 17 saw an improvement over the MAX 15 and was now actually beating all of the other 2070 laptops that Ive done this test. With., The 1 low is right up there too, coming in third out of this selection.. These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider, with the built in benchmark at highest settings.. Again, the results were a little ahead of the smaller MAX 15, with same specs and close to the heavier and larger GP75.. The ASUS GX502 seems to perform better, though, despite being smaller, most likely due to the ability of bypassing Optimus, but it does also cost more too., As I suspected in my MAX 15 review.
The MAX 17 does indeed perform a little better likely due to the larger chassis, which seems to offer a little cooling advantage.. The MAX 17 is also a fair bit lighter than those other 17 inch machines too, while also being cheaper. So its got a good power to weight ratio for those that prefer portability with power. Ive used Adobe Premiere to export. One of my laptop review. Videos at 4K., As generally seems to be the case once you have an i7 and GTX 1660 Ti diminishing returns, are pretty heavy with higher specs in this particular workload.. Now, for the benchmarking tools, Ive tested, Heaven Valley and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike Timespy and Port Royal from 3DMark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results. Ive, used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage and the 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD was performing fairly for both reads and writes. For updated pricing check the links in the description as prices will change over time. At the time of recording in the US, the MAX 17, with RTX 2070 that Ive tested here goes for 1800 USD or you can get the RTX 2060 configuration for 1600 or 1500 for the lowest GTX 1660 Ti option. Theyve also recently started selling on Newegg and Ship internationally to quite a few different countries, so thats worth checking out too.. This seems like quite a good price for a powerful 17 gaming laptop.
. If we look at others with a similar form factor such as the Razer Blade Pro 17 ASUS, Zephyrus, GX701 or Gigabyte Aero 17, they all cost more weigh more and, in most cases, are also slightly larger.. With all of that in mind, lets conclude by looking at the good and bad aspects of the MAX 17 gaming laptop.. If I hadnt already tested the smaller 15 inch MAX 15 with same specs Id be more impressed by the MAX 17 as its available with the same specs in a smaller and lighter form, factor. Thats, not to say the MAX 17 isnt impressive. As mentioned it stacks up well, compared to the other 17 inch machines out there for less money, while also being a fair bit lighter and when compared to the MAX 15. The larger chassis does give it better performance in games due to better cooling.. The build quality was also excellent. The entire thing is magnesium alloy, with a clean finish.. Despite being on the lighter and slimmer side, the performance was comparable when compared to other heavier 2070 laptops that Ive tested.. This does, however, seem to come at the expense of thermal throttling.. Now to be fair, the CPU thermals are hard capped to 90 degrees Celsius, so it wont get hotter than this well, at least until you add a cooling pad and improve the cooling.. This does mean that some performance is lost. However, it also means that the internals arent going to get crazy hot.
I think it offers a good balance between temperatures and performance. All things considered., If it were my money, Id definitely pay. The extra for the liquid metal upgrade as improving thermals in the MAX 17 should directly correlate to increased performance, which we saw when using a cooling, pad. Theres a decent port selection. However, I would have personally preferred a full sized SD card slot rather than micro.. The screen was pretty good for a gaming laptop decent colours contrast and brightness for a high refresh rate panel and bleed was minimal. In my unit. Battery life was excellent.. Not only were the results, some of the best out of all laptops tested its lasting significantly longer when compared to other gaming laptops with the same specs.. I personally found the touchpad a little annoying to use at times the far bottom corners were just difficult to press for me occasionally.. It was especially noticeable when using the MAX 15 side by side, which I thought was better, which I thought was better in that regard.. For the most part, the MAX 17 is basically a larger 17 inch version of the MAX 15 that Ive previously reviewed. However, its got Thunderbolt, which the MAX 15 is missing and performs a little better likely due to the larger chassis. Personally Id, prefer the smaller and more portable 15 inch for less money, but thats just me Ill compare both in depth in a future video.. All things considered, the MAX 17 is a good laptop for the money, especially for those that want power and a larger screen without having to carry around a heavier machine or otherwise paying more money to get similar performance from an alternative 17 inch laptop.
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