• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Input/Output: 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x HDMI, 1x mini Displayport, 1x SD reader, 1x audio/mic combo jack, 3x USB 3.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.0 Type C
  • Dimensions: 419 x 284 x 32.2mm
  • Weight: 3.1kg
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Heat dissipation
  • Cons:
  • None

The Apex Predator

Gone are the days where laptops can’t contend against desktops when it comes to gaming performance, and the premium that you had to pay to get the same performance has never been lower than ever. You can now replace your desktop with powerful laptops that may be large and heavy, but are infinitely better when it comes to portability when compared to a desktop PC.

Here, we have the ILLEGEAR Z7, a beauty and beast all in one powerful gaming laptop. It sports a 17.3-inch Anti-glare IPS/AHVA sRGB 100% Colour and Wide View Display. Colours are vibrant and games like Dying Light, which has a lot of shadows and particles moving about, look amazing on the display. There’s definitely a lot of power under the hood to play the latest games in 1080p smoothly.

First, there’s an eight generation Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5. With all these pieces you can be sure that you’ll have no problems when it comes to frames per seconds, and of course we’ve tested it with the latest and hottest games to date like Overwatch and MOBA’s like LoL and DotA2. Each game is capable of being played on their highest setting in 1080p and consistently get 60FPS and above.

Heat dissipation and management is done quite well, keeping the heat away from where your palms usually are to avoid sweaty palms. The heat is most felt in the middle of the keyboard, which you won’t usually feel. But speaking of the keyboard, the keys are well spaced and have a nice tactile click to them. We also almost forgot to mention that the laptop sports a 240GB PCIe NVMe SSD together with a 1TB 7,200RPM HDD for a great mix of both speed and performance.

The laptop also has a bunch of high speed USB ports ranging from USB Type-C ports to USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and SD card slots. Other ports include a HDMI and mini DisplayPort for extending your number of displays, or connecting it to a projector.

CHIP CONCLUDE: If you like gaming and need something to replace a desktop, something you can at least carry with you while travelling, then the ILLEGEAR Z7 makes a fine choice with its great hardware, design and performance.

(previously published in issue August 2018)