Thin and Light Gaming Laptop? Metabox P950HR Review and Benchmarks
Graphics. Well, take a look at what the laptop has to offer and see how it performs through a series of gaming benchmarks to help you decide if its a laptop. You should consider. Inside the box. Weve got the laptop itself manual and warranty information, power, brick and power cable. To start lets. Look at the specs of the model. Ive got here, as you can configure it a bit while ordering. Theres an Intel 7700HQ quad core CPU, which runs at 2.8GHz and can turbo up to 3.8Ghz.. Ive got 16GB of DDR4 memory running at 2400MHz here, but the two slots can support up to 32GB. For storage theres, a 256GB SK Hynix M.2 SATA SSD, with the option of upgrading and adding in a 2.5 inch drive. For the graphics. Weve got Nvidias Max Q. 1070, in combination with a 15.6 inch, 1080p 60Hz IPS panel, but this can be upgraded to 120Hz or 4K and well talk about this more in the benchmarks. For the network. Connectivity theres a gigabit, ethernet port and Intel 3168AC WiFi, which supports up to 802.11ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0, but this too can be upgraded.. The laptop has a black matte, look to it on the both the outside of the metallic lid and the interior., Its basically the same as the P950HP, which Ive reviewed previously, with the main difference being that there are better graphics, here.. The physical dimensions of the laptop are 38cm in width 25.
2cm in depth and just 1.8cm in height, so its quite thin for the specs inside., The bare bones weight of the laptop is advertised as starting at 1.9kg, but this will of course, change depending on your selected Components. In my own testing, I found this one to weigh just under 2.1kg and just under 2.9kg, with the power brick and cable for charging, so its fairly portable., As mentioned. The screen here is a 15.6 inch, 60Hz 1080p IPS matte panel, no G Sync available available with this model unfortunately. As an IPS panel. The viewing angles were great on all angles: no noticeable issues, there. Ive, also measured the colours produced by the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 63 of sRGB, 45 of NTSC and 47 of AdobeRGB, so in terms of colour reproduction, its on the Lower side compared to other laptops, Ive tested. Itll be fine for gaming, but Id probably want something. A bit more accurate for content. Creation. Ive also performed my usual backlight bleed test, which involves having the screen completely black 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.. There was a little bit noticeable towards the bottom right corner. However, nothing else was visible to my eye and there were no issues under normal lighting conditions, but this will vary between laptops., While moving the display. There was only a little bit of flex.
Overall, it was fairly sturdy owing to the hinges that were placed on the left and right corners, and you can open the laptop with one finger. No problems demonstrating a fairly even weight. Distribution. Above the display is a Full HD camera capable of 1080p video.. Although the camera does look a bit grainy its not too bad with good lighting., The microphone also sounds really good, but youll be able to judge both for yourself.. The keyboard seems similar to other Metabox laptops, Ive tested its nice to type with, and I had no problems using it overall. I'D describe the key presses as a little mushy feeling. Theres RGB backlighting, which can be controlled in three different sections through the included software.. There was a little bit of keyboard flex while pushing down fairly hard, but overall it felt pretty solid due to the metallic body and this wasnt an issue while typing normally.. I also found the touchpad to work pretty well its got a light matte surface and there are physical left and right buttons, which werent too clicky and theres a fingerprint reader on the top left corner. Moving onto the available IO on the left, theres the power input Hdmi port two mini DisplayPort, 1.3 outputs, two USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C ports and two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A ports. Over on the right. There are 3.5mm headphone and mic jacks, a third USB 3.1 Gen1 Type, A port full sized SD card reader, ethernet port and kensington lock.
Theres, nothing on the front other than some status LEDs and nothing on the back other than some air exhaust vents. Up on the Lid theres, the Metabox logo and the dotted area above lights up white, while the laptop is powered on.. Both the lid and the interior show fingerprints fairly easily, but theyre easy enough to wipe away. Underneath theres heaps of air intake space to keep everything cool, as well as some rubber feet, which both help prevent the laptop from moving around on flat surfaces when in use And also rise it up slightly to help let cool air in.. The speakers are found underneath the display and I found them to sound, acceptable there's, not really any bass overall theyre a bit tinny, but they still sound fairly clear, even at higher volumes. Powering. The laptop is a 55 Watt hour, 4 cell battery and with a 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 3 hours and 43 minutes with just the built in Intel graphics., While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidias battery boost set to 30 FPS. The battery lasted for 54 minutes.. Overall, I thought the battery life was pretty fair, considering the specs and size of the laptop for comparison. This is only slightly behind the Dell 7577 gaming laptop, but it's got a more powerful GPU and is much thinner.
During normal use, with an ambient room temperature of 25 degrees celsius, the CPU and GPU idled quite low, and here are the external temperatures of the laptop. Where youll actually be putting your hands sitting around 30 degrees. With the CPU and GPU maxed out for half an hour using the heaven benchmark and Aida64 at the same time, with the same room temperature using the automatic fan profile, the CPU and GPU reached their highest Temps, however, I dont think the results are too bad for a full synthetic load.. The keyboard area gets into the high 40s, while right at the back peaks at 50, degrees. By manually maxing out the fans were able to drop the temperature a little. However, this increases total system noise as youll hear soon, and the keyboard area also appears to drop down a couple of degrees.. As for the fan noise produced during these tests Ill, let you have a listen. Overall, I thought the temps were alright, not the best, but not bad, considering how thin the laptop is. No CPU throttling was observed during any tests. However, the graphics card only seemed to run at around 1250MHz, whereas it should be capable of boosting higher according to the specs.. It started out this way, regardless of the temperature, so it didnt seem to be thermal throttling and the power settings were all maxed out.. I could boost it, a small amount by overclocking, but not really enough to make a big difference in my unit.
Finally lets take a look at some benchmarks.. All games were run at 1080p with all Windows and Nvidia updates to date. Installed. Ive tested Overwatch for 5 minutes at each setting level, just playing with the bots even at max settings were able to average over 60 FPS for the 1 lows, but youll need to drop the settings down a bit if youre after high average frame rates. Dota2 Isnt too, demanding and Im testing with a fairly intensive replay and were not seeing too much of a difference between the different setting levels, but we can still average close to 60 FPS at max settings and it runs well. As usual. Csgo runs great well above the refresh rate of the display. If this is one of the games you play all the time, then you could definitely consider looking at the 120Hz screen, upgrade. PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds was tested using the replay feature., Even at ultra settings. The average frame rate is pretty good, but the 1 lows are a bit lower compared to the other settings, but this can of course vary greatly depending on whats going on in game at the time. So take these results with a grain of salt. Shadow of war. With the built in benchmark ran quite well averaging over 60 FPS, even at max settings. Battlefield 1 felt nice and smooth, regardless of the setting level used even at max settings. The 1 low frame rate is fairly high.. The Witcher 3 averaged a fair bit lower on ultra settings compared to the others here, but it felt nice and smooth at high settings or lower.
Although you dont really need a high frame rate to enjoy this game. Watchdogs. 2 is a fairly resource, intensive game and, from my experience this is another one that you dont really need a high frame rate to play.. I found it to run well, regardless of the settings used, as shown here were getting similar results at the top three setting. Levels. Rise of the Tomb raider was tested with the built in benchmark tool and again the averages are a fair bit above 60 FPS at all. Settings. Ghost recon is another fairly resource, intensive game and was tested with the built in benchmark, and we can reach 60 FPS at very high settings or lower.. Doom performs mostly the same regardless of the setting level used and even with ultra settings, were getting fairly high frame rates here with Vulkan. As weve seen. Most of these games run pretty well a bit better than a 1060 in most cases as youd expect, but not quite as good as a full 1070, though, of course this depends on the game., Depending on your game. The 1080p 60Hz panel may be enough, but you also have the option of upgrading to a 120Hz panel which could be beneficial if the games you play like CSGO or Overwatch can take advantage of it so its great that the options there. Generally. I think the 1060 makes better sense with a 1080p 60Hz screen, while the 1070 better matches a 1080p 120Hz or higher screen and as the 1070 Max Q is in the middle of those, its harder to say so.
Id suggest, picking, based on your personal preference., Now onto the benchmarking tools.., Well start with the Unigine benchmarks. This is how the laptop performed in Heaven benchmark with the tessellation set to extreme and anti aliasing, set to x8 heres, how Valley benchmark performed with anti aliasing on x8 at various graphics settings. And finally, these are the results from their newest Superposition benchmark.. For the final graphics benchmarks, Ive also run Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark, as well as VRMark, and got these results. Ive got more detailed videos, comparing the results with a 1060 and 1070 laptop if youre interested check the links in the description. In Crystal Disk Mark the 256Gb SATA3 M.2 SSD performed around 560MBs in sequential reads and 260MBs in sequential, writes so fairly typical for a SATA3 based SSD, but a little lower on the writes compared to the reads.. Here are the results of the SD card reader. It basically maxed out my card, which was a first, so it seems fairly decent. With this exact hardware. The laptop comes in at 2119 AUD at the time of recording, so about 1620 USD with all taxes included for my international viewers, but this will of course, vary based on your final hardware selection.. So what did you guys think of the P950HR gaming laptop from Metabox? I thought it was pretty cool that you can get a Max Q 1070 in such a thin laptop for this price. Although it looks like the same graphics, option is starting to appear in a number of thin, 8th, gen laptops, making their way into the market at the moment.
In any case, this is a trend I can get behind. Despite being fairly thin and light. The battery life was quite good compared to other thicker and less powerful laptops, Ive tested.. Let me know what you guys thought down in the comments or simply leave a like or dislike on the video to quickly. Let me know what you thought., Thanks for watching and dont forget to subscribe for future tech.