Metabox N850EK Laptop Review and Benchmarks
An Australian company who specialize in custom laptops so let's find out what their newest models have to offer. As you can customize the hardware when ordering I'll first cover the specs of my unit here fit the CPU we've got Intel's latest 8th gen, I 78758 6 core CPU, which can turn go up to 4 point 1 gigahertz and single core workloads or 3.9 gigahertz on All core workloads, there's 8 gig of ddr4 memory running at 2400 megahertz in single channel, but the two slots support up to 32 gig at 2600, 66 megahertz for storage there's, a single m2 slot which supports an vme PCIe based storage, in my case, it's populated with A 128 gig m dot, 2 SATA SSD there's, a single 2.5 inch drive bay, which in this unit has a one terabyte, 5400 rpm hard drive installed, but again, that's customizable for the graphics there's, an Nvidia 1050 TI 4 gig, which powers the 15.6 inch. 1080P 60 Hertz IPS panel, although you've got the option of upgrading to 1080p at 120, Hertz or 4k and we'll see how this performs soon in the benchmarks. Finally, for the network connectivity there's, a Gigabit Ethernet port support for 802 to 11 AC Wi Fi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0, but the Wi Fi card can also be upgraded. The dimensions of the laptop are thirty, seven point: eight centimeters in width. Twenty six point: seven centimeters in depth and two point: six: nine centimeters in height, so not too thin, but that should help with the cooling as we'll see later.
The base weight of the laptop is listed as 2.5 kilos, with the battery included and I've found mine to weigh less than this. Even with the 2.5 inch drive bay populated when we add the 120 watt power, brick and cable for charging, the weight increases to just under 3 kilos, so still pretty portable. As mentioned. The screen here is a 15.6 inch, 60 Hertz 1080p IPS panel, no g sync available. Here, though I found the viewing angles to be pretty good. Images are still perfectly clear or even on sharp angles, but there was a bit less brightness when not looking front on the panel doesn't get super bright, but it's enough for inside you set up to 218 it's at 100. Brightness I've also measured the current color gamut. Using the spider 5 Pro and my results returned 62 of srgb, 44 of NTSC and 46 of Adobe RGB, exactly the same as the del g5 that I reviewed recently so it's, not that great definitely find for gaming and office use, but for professional content creation. You might want to look elsewhere and keep in mind. The 120 Hertz and 4k panels will differ. I'Ve performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display any bleed, so this is a worst case scenario test. The results are quite good.
The camera does show some extremely minor differences, but to my own eyes it looked perfect. However, this will of course, vary between laptops. The screen was fairly sturdy while flexing it not too bad. Thanks to the hinges that are out towards the far corners of the lid, it can't quite be opened with one finger demonstrating that there's more weight up towards the back, which I'll show when we open it up later. Above the display in the centre is a 1080p camera. It actually looks pretty decent for a laptop camera, still a little grainy, but definitely a lot better than the majority of other laptops, I've tested with 720p cameras. The microphone sounds pretty good too, but it does seem to pick up a little bit of fan noise. The keyboard has RGB backlighting and can be controlled in three separate zones, as is typical with other meta box laptops I've looked up in the past. The sides of the keys are clear which allows more light to shine through and there are a few different effects available through the included flexi key software. Overall, I found the keyboard good to type with and had no issues to call out. The key presses felt a little clicky and were quiet here's how they sound to try and give you an idea. There was only a little bit of keyboard flex, even while pushing down fairly hard. It was quite solid. The touchpad worked. Alright it's got a slightly grippy feeling to it from the matte texture, with physically separated, left and right click buttons with the fingerprint scanner in the middle.
Moving on to the io on the left, there's, the power input, Gigabit Ethernet, port 2 mini DisplayPort outputs, one of which is version 1.2, while the other is 1.3 hdmi at 1.4, USB 3.1 gen2 type c and type a ports, no Thunderbolt support. Unfortunately, an SD card slot on the right, there's, separate 3.5 millimeter, headphone and mic jacks, USB 2.0 and 3.0 type, a ports, air exhaust vent and Kensington lock, there's, nothing on the back other than an air exhaust vent on one side and on the front there's. Just some status LEDs what's the left up on the lid there's only the meta box logo in white towards the bottom, the matte black finish, which is the same as the interior, does a decent job at hiding fingerprints, but they're easy to wipe away underneath there's. Some air intake vents in the center and near the front there's also some thick rubber feet, which do a good job of preventing the laptop from sliding around when in use towards the back. You can remove the battery very easily without any tools. So if you have a spare, you can quickly swap it in the laptop can be opened up easily, with a Phillips head screwdriver and inside we can see the easily accessible 2.5 inch drive bay, 2 Ram slots, m2 SSD and Wi Fi card there's. Also two separate heat pipes for both the CPU and GPU we'll see how these hold up soon in the temperature testing spoiler.
They do pretty well. The two speakers are found underneath on the front corners. They send a bit tinny I'd stick to headphones powering. The laptop is a 6 cell 62 watt hour battery and with the full charge and just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for five hours and 21 minutes making it one of the best laptops I've tested. It was using the Intel, integrated graphics in this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and in his battery boost set to 30fps the battery, lasted for 57 minutes and was actually able to sustain 30 FPS the entire time. Quite a few others I've tested aren't able to do that and drop frame rate. Overall, the battery life was pretty good. Many more expensive gaming laptops with similar specs I've tested have easily had half as much thermal testing was completed with an ambient room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. It'S getting cold here as winter has just started, so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment at idle. Both the CPU and GPU weren't too warm 40 and 45 degrees Celsius respectively, with the default fan speeds while playing pub G at high settings. The temperatures rise, as shown by the green bar, but I think they're pretty good. If we apply a minus 0.14 volt under vol to the CPU, the temperatures drop back a bit, as shown in the yellow and we'll, see how this affected clock speeds in the next graph.
Fans were also manually maxed out here, although it's worth noting the CPU fan was already at 100, so the temperature drop here is from under vaulting, while the GPU drop is from the fan increase from 70 to 100, the full load stress test was tested with a 264 and the heav'n benchmark running at the same time with the fans running at default speeds and then again with the fans manually, maxed out and then finally, again with the same CPU under volt, applied in purple. Again as before. The CPU fan was already maxed out. In the stress test, which is why there's no change when the fans maxed out in red, however, the GPU fan was again at 70, so this does help the temperatures there. No thermal throttling was present during any of these tests, so the Joule heat pipes were adequate, as we can see here. The stress test without under faulting is again shown in orange and then with under vaulting in purple once more out of the box. The CPU was power limit throttling in this test. So not only do we drop four degrees on the CPU, while under vaulting in the stress test, the average CPU clock speed increases by almost 300 megahertz on all cores, still not quite reaching the all quarter by boost speed of 3.9 gigahertz, though this was possible with Just CPU only tests with the under multiplied. I was still seeing Powell throttling on the CPU, without the under vaulting, under full CPU, only load, which seems fairly typical with the 87 58 CPU from my testing in other laptops.
So far as for the external temperatures will actually be putting your hands at idle. The body of the laptop is sitting in the mid 20s quite cool while gaming. This increases to the mid 40s and is warmest in the center. It felt fine to the touch, and I saw a very similar result while running the stress tests and things get a few degrees cooler with the fence maxed out. Overall, the whole keyboard and wrist rest area was fairly cool, as noted previously, the temperatures aren't getting too hot. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop I'll, let you have a listen to some of these tests at idle. The fan was only just audible and while gaming, it was actually a little lower than many other laptops, I've tested, probably due to the lower powered 1050 Ti graphics, as most of the others run with 1060 Ohio, while under stress test and manually maxed out. Third, the results are fairly similar to most of the laptops, I've tested fairly loud, but nothing some headphones, won't lock out. I'Ll also note that I didn't hear any coil whine in my unit. Finally let's take a look at some benchmarks. Will first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests will run at 1080p with the latest Nvidia drivers and Windows updates to date installed starting out with fortnight in general, that ran quite well at high settings or lower.
However, the results greatly depend on where you are in the game and what other players are doing so take these results with a grain of salt. The 1 lows are a fair bit below the averages and at times it did feel a bit stuttering at epic settings. For me, no worries at lower settings, leur overwatch was tested playing with the bots and divin at epoch. Settings have ran quite well with the 1 lower averages above the refresh rate of the display, but again the results will vary based on what's, going on in the game in the particular map, for example, as usual, csgo was averaging well above what the refresh rate of The display could output the 1 lowers dropped quite a bit due to the smirks in this benchmark test, however, was more than playable. This game runs on just about anything. These days, pub G was tested using the replay feature, but again take the results with the grain of salt as like fortnight, it will depend on what's going on in the game, so the results can vary quite a lot, as shown by the one percent lows which Are quite a bit lower than the averages, despite being a less optimised game, it still ran all right on the 1050 TI o lower settings, I've tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark and the results aren't that great in this title, you'd probably want to Look at running on low settings, dota 2 was tested using a fairly intensive replays, so this should be a worst case scenario.
Realistically, you'll probably get better results on this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test. The results aren't that bad compared to more powerful laptops, I've tested Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and is another game that runs well on most modern hardware. Even at Ultra settings, the one percent lawyers are averaging 60fps battlefield. One can also vary a bit depending on what's going on in game during the first campaign mission that ran pretty well for me at high settings or lower, even during big fights, I did start to notice some choppiness at Ultra, though Ghost Recon is a fairly resource. Intensive game and was again tested with the built in benchmark based on this it's, probably not something you'd want to play with the 1050 Ti unless you are okay with minimum settings now on to the benchmarking tools, I've tested, Heaven Valley and super position from Unigine as Well, as fire strike time, spire and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, I firmly included a few resource intensive games here, just to demonstrate that the 1050 Ti it isn't generally up to running these unless you're prepared to run minimum settings. On the other hand, it's still great. For many less demanding games, though, as we've just seen, based on these results, I don't personally think there's much advantage to be gained by upgrading to the optional 1080p 120 Hertz screen, unless you're, primarily playing less demanding games like overwatch, csgo or fortnight at lower settings.
As for overclocking, the 8750 HCP you can't be overclocked, but I was able to overclock the GPU core clock of the 1050 Ti by quite a bit so I'm, not sure if this is typical law. Good silicon literary look with a 250 megahertz core overclock applied. It was stable, running the heaven benchmark for an extended period, and this certainly raised the GPU temperature by 2 degrees, with both CPU under vaulting and GPU overclocking applied. Do we see a nice little boost in games, I've, retested, Pub G and we're, getting just over a 5 increase on average? Well they're, not really enough of a difference to justify a retesting all of the games. I'Ve, just quickly got some CPU benchmarks here, and we can see that the new 8th, gen coffee leak chip is a decent step up from the 7th generation, as we've got two extra cores with slightly faster single threaded clock speeds and we can see there's a nice Boost with the undervolt applied expect slightly better with dual channel memory configurations, as I've only got one stick here in Crystal disc mark, the 128 gig M got to solder. Ssd was getting above 500 megabytes per second in sequential reads and under 200 megabytes per second on the writes, but it's worth remembering. You can select different drives, which will change these speeds. The one terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive went well enough on the reads, but a bit lower than I expected on the writes: I've tested the SD slot with a V 90 rated card, so the card itself shouldn't be a bottleneck.
I don't think the speeds are too bad here. As for the price, with these exact specs, it comes in at around one thousand three hundred and eighty eight Australian dollars at the time of recording, but this will vary based on specials and the hardware that you select for the laptop honestly. I think this is a pretty good price for a laptop with these specs here in Australia. If you compare it with a similarly Specht Dell, g5 laptop, for example, you'd be looking at about 1800 Australian dollars. Granted the memory is clocked faster and the SSD is double the size, but I doubt that warrants a 400 premium. In fact, you could upgrade the N 850 ek to 16 gig if 2666 megahertz ddr4 and a 256 gig SSD, to put it ahead of that Dell. G5 and it's still over 200, cheaper with the additional one terabyte hard drive. So what did you guys think of the n8 50 ek gaming laptop from meta box, as shown here or in Australia? It'S definitely giving you great bang for your buck compared to the competition you'll be able to play many games, although be prepared to use lower settings and triple a titles with the 1050 Ti. Less demanding games, like overwatch, for example, should run well there for the price. You'Re getting decent build quality and a capable machine that I had no problems with the screen: quality isn't the greatest, but for a budget gaming laptop like this, I think that's acceptable and going back to the Dell g5 comparison again.
I actually got the exact same result in my color gamut testing and that's a more expensive machine. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.