Metabox PA70HS-G Gaming 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. How you want inside the box, we've got a slim power, brick and cable instruction manual, warranty information driver, CD and, of course, the laptop itself. First we'll cover the basic specs of the laptop, but keep in mind. You can customize these quite a bit when ordering online to meet your requirements, so you might end up with something a little different in this configuration there's an Intel 7700 HQ CPU, which is a quad core KB Lake chip running at 2.8 gigahertz that can tumble up To 3.8 gigahertz there's, sixteen gigabytes of ddr4 ram running at 2400 megahertz and for storage there's, a 256 gigabyte SK Hynix SATA 3 m2 SSD, which is running Windows, 10 Berger and a one terabyte 5400 rpm Seagate Drive for additional storage for the graphics as an nvidia. Geforce gtx 1070, with eight gigabytes of memory and we'll, see how that goes with the 17.3 inch IPS WV a 60 Hertz 1080p panel. More on that in the benchmarks for the network connectivity there's a built in Gigabit, Ethernet port and Intel three one. Six eight AC dual band Wi Fi, and it also supports Bluetooth. 4.0. All of this hardware is sitting inside a clever body which has the usual black metallic. Look to it. The aluminium alloy body of the laptop booth looks and feels great.
The build of these laptops has definitely improved from the ones I started reviewing over 18 months ago. The physical dimensions of the laptop of 41.8 5 centimeters in width, twenty eight point: seven centimeters in depth and just two point: four: nine centimeters in height, so the laptop, is fairly thin. Considering the 1070 graphics inside the total weight of the base model with battery is advertised at three kilos. However, this can vary based on your hardware selection. My particular configuration with the additional hard drive weighs three point: zero five kilos and with the power, brick and cable, the total increases to just under four kilos. So it's not too bad for a 17 inch laptop compared to others. That i've looked at as i've come to expect from metabolics laptops. The screen looks quite nice, as mentioned it's a 1080p 60 Hertz IPS panel. You can optionally upgrade to 1440p or 4k that, in my experience, 4k doesn't. Look that great with windows due to scaling issues. Even at 17 inches as we'll see in the benchmarks at this resolution, the 1070 rips through most games, so you could probably upgrade to the 120 Hertz 1440p panel, which may be a better match for the 1070, regardless of the panel type you choose. G sync should be available. I'Ve performed my usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves having 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 any bleed. So basically, this is a worst case scenario test that's, just a tiny bit of believed, but it's fairly minor, and I couldn't notice it while using the laptop. Normally, though, your results may vary, the brightness of the screen can be adjusted quite a bit and the viewing angles are pretty good. No matter what angle I view the screen from, I can clearly see all colors and details without any issues. Thanks to the IPS panel, the surface of the screen has a matte finish to it, which I personally prefers. You can more easily see what you're doing, despite your lighting situation as reflections will be harder to see while moving the lid. I only found a tiny bit of flex. I found it quite sturdy above the display is an inbuilt 2 megapixel camera, which is capable of full HD 1080p video, as expected, the quality isn't anything too special, but it's not too bad with some good lighting. I think in the microphone sounds pretty good, but I'll. Let you judge for yourself. The cable it's been great. I like the smooth texture of the keys and overall enjoyed typing on it. The case don't make too much noise and feel nice to press it's, a full sized keyboard with numpad and all of the keys are RGB backlit, allowing you to customize the overall look, although you can only customise groups of keys together rather than the lighting of individual Keys, I only found a small amount of keyboard flex when pushing down quite hard, so it's, not a problem and it's fine under normal use.
The touchpad was great to use too. It worked perfectly right to all edges, there's two physical left and right buttons at the bottom, which are clicky but not too loud, and the fingerprint scanner is found towards the top left corner of the touchpad there's. A couple of built in front facing speakers just under the display and toe small subwoofers underneath the laptop, although they look a little small, they actually sound, pretty decent. As far as laptop sound goes now, let's check out the available iron on the left, there's, the DC power input, HDMI 2.0 port 2 mini DisplayPort, 1 point three: outputs, USB 3.1 gen2 type c port with Thunderbolt three support and two USB 3.1 gen2 on type a Ports over on the right, there's, 3.5 millimeter, headphone mic and spdif Jack's SD card reader, 2, more USB 3.1 gen2 on type a ports, one of which is powered a Gigabit Ethernet port and Kensington lock, as the body of the laptop is fairly thin. The Ethernet port needs to be pulled down to access it. The front only features some basic status LEDs, while the back has nothing except some air exhaust vents. The lid has some slight grooves on it, as well as the meta box branding and can easily be opened with one finger underneath there's some air intakes to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet, which both stop the laptop from moving around on flat surfaces. When in use, and also raise it up slightly to help, let cool air in and as mentioned before, we've also got the two subwoofers here, there's a four sell, 66 watt hour battery and with a full charge in doing basic tasks such as browsing the internet and Watching YouTube with the screen on around half brightness keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled, I was able to use it for two hours and 45 minutes while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings within videos.
Battery boost enabled the battery lost at 1 hour in 12 minutes, so it did pretty well remember this always going to be a trade off between battery size and laptop size, and although this laptop is on the thinner side, the 17 inch form factor gives it more Battery space over its 15 inch counterparts, I didn't have any major issues with the temperatures which I was a little concerned about considering the specs in such a thin laptop with limited cooling space during normal use with an ambient room temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. The CPU idled at 42 degrees Celsius, while the GPU old at 38, during benchmarking, with the same room temperature, the CPU reached a maximum of 88 degrees Celsius, while the GPU peaked at 78. However, it's worth noting that the max CPU temp dropped around 15 degrees Celsius, while the GPU was idle, I left the tests going for around an hour and the temps it stabilized. By that time, the laptop was quite warm to the touch up behind the keyboard, which should be fine, as you don't normally put your hands there anyway. It also got quite warm underneath towards the back. I also found the laptop to be fairly quiet at idle they're. Quite loud under full load, which is to be expected based on the high end specs inside such a thin foam factor at idle thats at around the 35.8 decibel mark, and I could barely hear it while running my bench.
So it went up to fifty two point. Nine decibels and when I manually maxed out the fans had peaked at around fifty six decibels. I'Ll also note here that there was no noticeable coil whine. Finally, let's take a look at some benchmarks. Well, first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools. All tests will run the 1080p resolution with all windows and Nvidia updates to date installed in player. Unknowns battlegrounds like a great performance, even at Ultra settings, which still managed to stay above 60. Fps, though, of course, the framerate can dip down quite a bit depending on what's, going on the more people in the area. Fighting the local guard in battlefield, one with DirectX, 11 we're, again getting really good frame rates even at maximum settings, even the minimums are still quite high. The game was always nice and smooth and played great in the witcher 3 with facing and how works disabled we're. Getting a really great experience, even at Ultra settings with average frame rates well above 60fps, even the minimum frame rates are in that area watchdogs to also did quite well. In general. I found this one to require decent resources to get a good experience and even at Ultra settings the game was very playable. As usual, shadow of Mordor is easily able to get really high frame rates, even at Ultra settings on average we're pushing over a hundred frames per second with minimum still above 60.
At the worst case, doom also did well here even at maximum settings. We averaged over 100 FPS and the minimums weren't too far behind it was a smooth experience. All round ashes of the singularity is another one that seems to like CPU in this case, I've tested both DirectX 11 and 12, and we can see that we get pretty good frame rates with extreme settings in blur with DirectX 12, giving us a little boost over Eleven rise of the Tomb Raider managed to maintain high average frame rates. However, I found some of the minimums to be quite low during the benchmarking process. As with ashes of the singularity, I also found that DirectX 12 gave a nice little performance boost when compared with DirectX 11 grace story. Cone is another one of those games that seems to meet a lot of CPU power, even with the 7700 HQ. I found it quite playable at very high or lower ultra was alright that stopped getting a little too slow for my liking there now on to the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator, not that these results are less practical compared to the real world. Gaming results previously shown here are the results from heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme and anti aliasing set to ight, and here are the results from valley benchmark with the anti aliasing also set to 8 and birth did fairly. I Ren Bertha five strike and times by benchmarks from 3dmark and got scores of thirteen thousand one hundred and forty six and five thousand one hundred thirty one respectively, pretty nice for a laptop, so we've seen that the laptop is capable of running many games at maximum Settings above 60 fps, which is great, however, it's worth considering – that we've only got a 60 Hertz panel here.
So in most cases, even a maximum settings we're producing frames that will never be displayed. I'Ve mentioned in the past that I found invidious 1062, be in my sweet spot for 1080p gaming and personally I find the 1070 a little overkill for 1080p sure you can run most games at max settings and maintain above 60 fps, but I think getting a panel With a faster refresh rate could be worthwhile to take advantage of those extra frames. As mentioned earlier, you can upgrade the display to a 120 Hertz 1440p panel. However, the increased resolution will in turn, lower the frame rate, and does I don't have that panel here to test. I can't say if the frame rate will still be high enough to make use of the 120 Hertz panel. Otherwise, I could see the laptop being paired with an external display, with higher refresh rate as a possible option which could help better utilize that 1070. In crystal this month, the SSD performed around 554 megabytes per second and sequential reads and 268 megabytes per second. In sequential writes, this is to be expected from a modern, SATA 3 based SSD. Although the writes are a little lower. With this specific Linux model, you can optionally upgrade to a faster pcie based SSD, which will further improve speed significantly or at a second MDOT Drive. There'S also, a 2.5 inch drive bay, which, as mentioned, contains a one terabyte hard drive. It only gets around 127 megabytes per second in sequential reads and 120 megabytes per second in sequential writes, which is about all you're going to get from a 5400 rpm drive.
The laptop comes with a two year warranty with the option of extending to 3 years, and in the past I found dealing with meta box support to be a great experience overall they're based in Perth Australia, and have been helpful over the phone when troubleshooting a problem. Overall, I'm, pretty impressed with this laptop and while I'm generally not a fan of 17 inch laptops due to the larger size and weight. This one wasn't really a problem owing to the fairly thin form factor, and I wouldn't mind taking it with me while travelling. If I really wanted to do some gaming, it certainly got the horsepower and pretty good battery life. Considering the specs. Personally, I find it hard to justify the 1070 with a 1080p 60 Hertz panel, if you're going to use it with an external monitor with higher refresh rate, you should be set. Otherwise you could save some money and look at the model below it. The PA 70 HP G, which is essentially the same, but with a 1060. Instead, though, of course, the 1070 could be more future proof, as games over the coming years, need more graphics power to run so it's. Your call the PA 7 EHS G laptop with base configuration, starts at two thousand three hundred and eighty nine Australian dollars with a kikah bytes of RAM the one terabyte disk removed and no operating system at the time of recording. So about 1870 US Dollars. My international viewers and then take off ten percent of that for GST.
Many of the components can be further upgraded to suit your needs. So the final price will depend on your custom selection. You can check out their website at Mehta box.com today, you customize your own laptop based on what you're, after and I've, left a link in the video description for this specific model. So what did you guys think about the PA? 7 th s gee laptop from meta box. I found myself reconsidering the 17 inch form factor when it's this thin and powerful, but I want to hear what you guys think down in the comments or simply leave a like or dislike on the video to. Let me know what you thought, thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.