• Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
  • Display: 15.6-inch Anti-glare IPS
  • Processor: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Connectivity: 1x USB Type-C, 1x HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPort
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 @ 2400MHz
  • Storage: 240GB M.2 SSD
  • Keyboard: GENESWITCH Mechanical Keyboard
  • Dimensions: 359 x 240 x 19.9 mm
  • Weight: 1.95kg
  • Pros:
  • Lightweight
  • Simple design
  • Per-key RGB
  • Cons:
  • Loud fans

Gearing Up For Battle

This month, we’ve received a fair few number of laptops to review and landing right onto our tables was the ILLEGEAR ONYX. The ONYX is a gaming laptop, but it has the thickness of a lifestyle laptop. However, with great slim-ness comes great noise. The laptop is quite loud when under heavy load while gaming or rendering, compared to other gaming laptops in the market right now. However, having a strong fan to cool the laptop down when gaming is essential, as it allows you to game for longer periods of time without it crashing to halt.

Similar to other ILLEGEAR products, the ONYX can be configured before you purchase it. You can opt for an Intel 8th Gen i7-8750H processor and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, making it a gaming laptop with comparable specs to desktop PCs. The keyboard of the ONYX is also unique as it comes packed with ILLEGEAR’s own mechanical keyboard that is simply known as GENESWITCH. It certainly feels different compared to your regular mechanical keyboard, and it offers an experience akin to a typewriter. However, the inclusion of numkeys on an already tiny laptop keyboard will cause some typing errors and needs some getting used to.

Speaking of customisations, you can configure the colours of the keyboard with the built-in app. You can also configure the fan speed, to either set it at maximum or leave it to work automatically. Although, when you are gaming, you are unable to reduce the fan speed. This could just be a safety feature to reduce the chance of human error overheating the laptop.
We tested the laptop with a fair few games and it performed without much qualms. Aside from the loud fans, the gaming experience was pretty great. However, if you wish to talk to your friends, you should save them the headache of listening to the fans by using a headset or earphones equipped with a mic. Even running older games such as Hitman (2016) revved the fans to a loud volume. But again, with a good pair of headphones, you can simply just drown away the volume of the fan with in-game music or audio. The display of the laptop is also pretty decent, with good colour reproduction.

Overall, as long as you do not mind the noise and the size of the keyboard, this will be a great gaming laptop for you. The design is also discreet, without much eye-catching motifs. For the untrained eye, it might as well be just a regular workhorse laptop, perfect for gaming when the boss is not around.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great laptop without an overly “GAMER” design, sleek and lightweight. Equipped with decent specs that allows for a great gaming experience if you can manage with albeit loud fans.

(previously published in issue June 2018)