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Digital Storm x15 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop PC

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Digital Storm x15 Gaming Laptop PC Review
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Dec 22 2010 - The Digital Storm x15 gaming laptop is a fully customizable machine that plays games quite well, thanks to the NVIDIA GTX 460M 1.5GB graphics card. The high resolution screen is very nice, and the processor speed is more than adequate with an Intel Core i5-520M dual core CPU. This system is a great value at $1,479, but upgrading to a larger hard drive and more memory is definitely worthwhile.

Pros

  • High Resolution (1920x1080) Display
  • Decent Graphics
  • Good Intel Core i5-520M Processor

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Small Hard Drive in Base Model
  • Screen May Be Too Glossy for Matte Fans

Description

  • Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 15.6-inch HD+ 1920x1080 Glossy LED Display
  • 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 Memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB Graphics Card
  • 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports, Express Card 54 Slot, HDMI Output, 7-in-1 Card Reader
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 7.38 Pounds

Review - Digital Storm x15 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop Computer

Digital Storm x15 Gaming Laptop ReviewImage Courtesy Digital Storm

Digital Storm is a custom PC maker specializing in gaming desktops and laptops. The Digital Storm x15 is a midrange gaming notebook that is fully customizable. This review is based on the standard configuration, which starts at $1,479, and features a 15.6-inch display with a max resolution of 1920x1080. For a laptop of this price, the screen is excellent, although the glossy finish may not appeal to those who prefer a matte display.

The Digital Storm x15 comes with a dual-core Intel Core i5-520M processor that runs at 2.4GHz. It is also equipped with 4GB of DDR3 memory, which is sufficient for many tasks. Upgrading to 8GB of 1066MHz DDR3 memory is $70, which is quite reasonable, and a worthwhile consideration to make the system more "future proof."

Games run smoothly with the included NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M graphics card that has 1.5GB of GDDR5 video memory. The card was recently released in September 2010, so it supports DirectX 11 games. It also has 192 shaders, which is decent for a system in this price range.

While hard drive space is a bit scarce at 320GB, the hard drive is 7200RPM so it is fast. Fortunately, upgrading to a larger drive is relatively inexpensive. If you play a lot of games, you'll definitely want to upgrade to a more spacious drive at some point. The Digital Storm x15 is also quite heavy for a 15.6-inch laptop, weighing in at 7.38 pounds.

Overall, this system is best suited for those who want a gaming system without breaking the bank. Being able to customize the gaming notebook is definitely nice, as you can pick and choose what options you personally need. The base Digital Storm x15 is a great value with a midrange Core i5 processor and HD display. However, upgrading to a larger hard drive is probably necessary.

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