Metabox N850HK Laptop Review
Meta box are an Australian company who specialize in high end custom laptops. Basically, you pick the model you're after and then you can customize it to get it just how you want. Inside the box, we have the usual manuals and driver CD, ala, brick and, of course, the laptop itself. Let'S start with the specs of the laptop, however, keep in mind being customized most of the components when ordering online to suit your requirements. So you may end up with something a little different in my configuration. We'Ve got an Intel 7700 HQ CPU, which is a quad core cable, each chip running at 2.8 gigahertz the concern we're up to 3.8 gigahertz for memory, there's 16 gigabytes of ddr4 Ram at 2400 megahertz. The storage has a crucial MX, 300 275 gig SATA 3 M boat 2 SSD, which is running Windows 10, and an additional 1 terabyte 5400 rpm hard drive, that's low on that storage for graphics as an nvidia geforce, gtx 1050 TI with 4 gigabytes of gddr5 memory And the display is a 15.6 inch, 60 hertz IPS 1080p LED backlit panel with a matte finish for network connectivity, there's a Gigabit Ethernet port and an Intel 8, 2, 6 5 AC, dual band Wi Fi card, which also provides bluetooth. All of this hardware is placed into a clever body which has a black metallic look to it. Ear roll build quality, both looks and feels nice. The physical 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 it's, just a little smaller than some of the other 15 inch laptops from meta box.
That I've reviewed in the past, the total weight of the laptop with battery is under ties to 2.5 kilos. However, again this can vary based on the hardware that you choose. This particular configuration weighs in at two point: nine seven kilos with the power brick and cable, which I wanted to note, was one of the smallest bricks I've seen from metal box. So far, the laptop itself without the brick or cables, is just two point. Three eight kilos, so not too heavy for its size. Despite this, I found that I wasn't able to open the lid with one finger. It seems to be more weighted towards back as usual, I've found that the screen looks great and, as mentioned it's 1080p. However, you can optionally upgrade to 4k I've mentioned in the past, but I personally can't stand 4k screens of this size as window scaling is still pretty bad. However, right argue that doing so, wouldn't be the best idea anyway, considering the 1050 Ti inside more on that in the upcoming benchmarks, the screen looks nice on the normal conditions and even in the dock, I did my usual back likely test, which involves making the laptop Show a completely black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding around the edges. I then take a long exposure photo with my camera to help display this, so this really is a worst case scenario test. In this case, we can say a little bleed around some of the edges.
However, it's only noticeable if you're, actually using the laptop in a dark room. I didn't notice it at all. During normal usage in a lit room, the brightness can be adjusted quite a bit and the viewing angles on the screen are pretty good. I can easily see details clearly from any sharp angle, which has been the case with all metalbox laptops that I've looked at so far and it's still impressive each time the surface of the screen has a matte finish to it, which I personally prefer over a glossy Screen as you can more easily see what you're doing, regardless of the lighting situation as there's, much less distracting reflections shown, I also didn't find much flex to the display and there's no g sync available with this model. Above the display is the inbuilt 2 megapixel camera, which is capable of full HD 1080p video. Well, the quality isn't amazing, which seems to be pretty common for indoor laptop cameras in a well lit room. It looks pretty good microphone also sounds fairly average. The keyboard appears to be the same or very similar to the one in the P 650 HP G laptop that I reviewed previously, which is awesome, as I think, it's a pretty good laptop keyboard. The keyboard looks good and feels nice to type on it's, a full size keyboard with dump out included, and all of the keys are RGB backlit, allowing you to customize how it looks, although you can only customize different groups of keys together rather than individual keys.
I also found very little flex when pushing down hard on the keys, which was nice. The whole thing feels nice and sturdy. The touchpad works well, but the left and right buttons are a little different from the usual ones found on previous metal box laptops that I've looked at. I found the buttons required a bit more pressure to click which took some getting used to. There were less clicky and didn't push down as much, which also made them quite off. As for the speakers well, to be honest, I didn't know where they were until I started playing some music in the past previous meta box. Laptops have had large front facing on cue speakers that actually sound pretty decent. As far as laptop speakers are concerned, however, that's not the case here, the speakers are found under the front lip of the laptop and they sounds very tinny with no bass at all. I definitely stick to headphones here now. Let'S have a look at the available layer options on the left, there's the power input, Gigabit Ethernet, port 2 mini DisplayPort, 1.2 outputs, one HDMI, 1.4 output, a USB 3.1 gen2 type c port, a USB 3.0 type, a port and a 6 in 1 card reader. Over on the right, there's 3.5 millimeter headphone and microphone jacks, a USB 2.0 type, a port it's been well since I've. Seen one of these on a laptop, the second USB 3.0 type II, port, air exhaust fan and Kensington.
Look the front only features some basic status LEDs, while the back has nothing except some air exhaust vents underneath there's some air intakes, which help keep all the components cool, as well as some rubber feet, which both stop the laptop from moving around on flat surfaces when, In use and also rises a little to let cool air in the rear, section can be removed to easily take out and replace the battery, which might be a useful feature. If you have a replacement on hand, the battery itself is a 6 cell lithium ion battery rated at 62 watt hours or five thousand three hundred million dollars with a full charge in doing basic tasks such as web browsing and watching youtube videos with the screen on Half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled. I was able to use it for just under seven hours, pretty impressive, though of course that would be significantly less playing games. I also haven't had any problems with heat during normal use. It stays quite cool with an idle CPU temperature of thirty degrees Celsius and an idle GPU temperature of 44 degrees Celsius with an ambient room temperature at 18 degrees Celsius. During benchmarking, with the same room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 71 degrees Celsius and the GPU peaked at 72 degrees Celsius. I left the tests going for close to an hour and the temperatures are stabilized by that time. Despite this, the laptop still wasn't too hot to the touch during normal operation, the laptop is pretty quiet too, at idle lips at around the thirty decibel mark, while running my benchmarks that went up to around 55 decibels and when I manually maxed out the fans peaked At around 57 decibels, just note that I had the microphone pretty close to one of the exhaust fans of the laptop, a complete idle.
I could barely hear it at all an Internet maximum. With my closed back headphones on, I could barely hear the fan noise now let's get into those benchmarks. I'Ve been looking forward to doing this. This is the first laptop I've ever had with the 1050 Ti, and I was keen to find out how well it performed. First, we'll cover some gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests were done with all windows updates to date applied and the Nvidia graphics drivers installed with version 380 233, which are also the latest available at time of testing and Grand Theft. Auto 5 I've disabled vsync and tested with FXAA on and msaa set to 8 with the 1080p resolution. Even with these settings we still averaged 54 frames per second likely, as this game fade the CPU in The Witcher 3. I used two ultra preset: disabled vsync and NVIDIA air works and again rode a 1080p resolution. With these settings I was able to get an average of 34 frames per second, so hardly playable. Dropping the settings down to high increase the framerate to 46 frames per second, while decreasing to medium increase to 51 frames per second, which made things much smoother, while in shadow of mordor with ultra settings at 1080p, we averaged 85 frames per second. But again, this game seems to favor the CPU now on to the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming results previously shown in heaven benchmark with the quality set to ultra tessellation, set to extreme and Anti aliasing on eight at 1080p, the laptop averaged 36 frames per second Feli benchmark wasn't much different with the quality set to ultra and anti aliasing on 8 at 1080p, the laptop managed to get ' frames per second.
The past month. Benchmark resulted in a score of eight thousand seven hundred and six to the CPU 1263 for the 3d graphics and 3461 to the overall score, putting this laptop into the 77th percentile of results not too bad. I ran both the fly strike and time spy benchmarks from 3d mark and got scores of six thousand seven hundred and seventy seven and two thousand five hundred and eight respectively, not too great owing to the 1050 Ti, and these benchmarks are typically for more powerful cards. While most of the games tested rendered acceptable frame rates, you would definitely want to look at getting at least 1060 the solid 60 FPS gaming with high settings in more graphically demanding titles. However, the 1050 TAS seems to be capable of providing an acceptable experience. I found the pairing with the Intel 7700 HQ CPU to be little odd. Don'T get me wrong, it's, a great laptop CPU, but that's the thing the 1050 TI seems to be more of a mid range graphics card. I can't complain with the result. Third, it makes the web soft fairly lightweight and thin it's quite portable, yet still powerful to everyday tasks and alright. At gaming, in Crystal disc mug, the SSD performed around 532 megabytes per second in sequential grades and 510 megabytes per second to sequential writes. This is to be expected from a modern, sada 3 based SSD. You can optionally upgrade to a PCIe based SSD, which should perform that off there's.
Also, a 2.5 inch drive bays, which, as I mentioned previously, contains a 1 terabyte hard drive. In this instance. It gets around 136 megabytes per second punch of reads and 129 megabytes per second in sequential writes, so it performs about as well as you'd expect for a 5400 rpm Drive. The laptop comes with a two year warranty with option of extending to three years and in the past I found dealing with meta box support to be a great experience. Overall they've been helpful over the phone when troubleshooting a problem. Overall, the N 850 HK laptop is fairly powerful. It'S got a great CPU that won't, let you down in day to day tasks, and I found the 1050 Ti graphics card to be acceptable for gaming at around medium settings, depending on your game. If you are planning on gaming, I'd recommend investigating how the particular games that you plan on running work with the 1050 Ti otherwise in general I'd suggest looking at at least a 10 60, as I found that to be a great sweet spot for 1080p gaming. The n8 50 HK laptop with default configuration starts at 1579 Australian dollars, so about 1190 US dollars. For my US dealers, however, you can optionally remove the second 1 terabyte hard drive to save 60 or drop down from 16 gigabytes of ram to 8 gigabytes. To save another 69 taking the price down to 1450 Australian dollars, so there are definitely options available.
Most of the components can be upgraded or downgraded to suit your needs, so the final price will depend on your custom selection. You can check out their website at meta box, combo to you and customize your own laptop, based on what you laughter I've, left, a link in the video description for this cific model. So what did you guys? Think of the N 850 H K alpha laptop from meadow box. I found it to be a fairly powerful. We get portable laptop. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments or simply leave a like or dislike on the video to. Let me know, thanks for watching and don't forget, to subscribe for future tech.