Annoyingly Almost Perfect
I have had the laptop for over 3 weeks now and have had plenty of time to use it both for gaming, watching movies and writing my novel. I want to touch on a few practical topics I ran across while using this device. 1. Performance: The performance has been spectacular. The product works as expected for a laptop rocking the I7-8750h and an RTX 2060. Looking back I would probably opt for a different drive configuration, but they included a free drive and I wanted to cut costs somewhere. All in all, the performance has been great for games and daily tasks are nothing. Heating is not an issue - the center of the machine will get very warm but the places your hands tend to rest and work are fairly cool during use and the fans are pretty quiet even on turbo mode (which was very surprising.) Thermal management is great. 2. Practicality: There is a lot to admire about this machine for daily use. It supports windows hello which was nice to find out. It has all the regular features you would see on any high end gaming device - double top to turn off track pad, turbo fan button, decent lighting. For a 17in device, it actually is relatively light and chill looking for business use. There are a couple of things that bother me though. First, when typing I have consistently turned off and on the track pad due to the placement of the toggle. Second, the software is constantly resetting the turbo fan option so I have to set it back up after a restart. Lastly I need to talk about the keyboard. The Keyboard is a double edged sword. I feel like it is almost, just a hair away from perfect - but in such a way that it becomes a bit of a nuisance. The keys sound great to click, the feel is great, the placement is actually much better and easier to get used to than I thought. At first, it felt a little tight, but now it is perfectly normal. The lighting is nice and bright enough, individual lighting is perfect. The main problem is double tapping the keys. OFTEN, these switches will not register double taps, so when backspacing quickly, or typing to letters in a word like "letters" (leters,) the second press will not register. As you get used to typing on this keyboard, it becomes much less of a problem and you figure out how to handle it, but it can be quite frustrating sometimes. Otherwise, I love typing on these keys, and it is extremely satisfying. Gaming has not been a problem, is very comfortable, and clicks register 3. The Display: The final thing I need to talk about is the display. It is pretty darn good. It is 1080p, fairly bright, has good colors (I am an editor and it works well enough,) and the 144hz is great for gaming. The main problem is that my particular unit came in and the back-light is bleeding through heavily on the bottom, as well as parts of the top corners. It is unnoticeable during gaming or normal web use, but I have noticed it during dark scenes in movies and TV shows. I will eventually be sending in my unit to see if they can repair this issue, however I have a strong feeling this may be quite common with this machine, due to the way the wiring harness goes through the display hinge at the bottom. Speaking of the hinge, YES, you can open this device with one finger, and it is stiff and feels strong. All in all, this machine checks every single box I needed. Mechanical keyboard, great specs, 144hz display with good colors, and decent IO. I am very pleased with this purchase. Eluktronics also has been helping me with other devices and has fantastic customer service. Aside from some minor practical issues, this is the best machine you can get for the price. It compares well to every other main-brand, and saves you money while still providing great customer service and a great product. The mass-produced chassis is not a problem at all! Tongfang did a fantastic job with it, and Eluktronics is a great boutique PC company. Highly recommend.