The Bottom Line
Jan 24 2013 - The retail Cyberpower Gamer Zeus X7-200-W8 isn't necessarily a bad gaming system but the problem lies in the pricing of the package. It is nearly $100 cheaper to buy the same configuration direct from the company. Sure, it has solid performance for a series gaming laptop but it would have been nice to see less memory with higher speeds than what is provided. In addition, many competing systems either add a bit more for storage or larger batteries. The result is a system that doesn't offer quite as many features as other gaming laptops at its price point.
- Solid 3D Performance
- Nice Placement of Networking And Video Ports On Back
- Priced Higher Than Same Offering Direct From Cyberpower
- LCD Panel Has Narrow Viewing Angles
- Slower Memory
- Intel Core i7-3630QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 16GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 750GB 7200rpm STA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M Graphics With 2GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wirelees, Bluetooth 4.0
- Two USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, 9-in-1 Card Reader
- 16.9" x 11.3" x 2.2" @ 8.6 lbs.
- Windows 8, Office Starter
Review - Cyberpower Gamer Zeus X7-200-W8
Jan 24 2013 - The Cyberpower Gamer Zeus X7-200-W8 is essentially just a retail preconfigured version of the company's Xplorer X7-8100 laptop. Both of these use the MSI 1762 chassis that is used by MSI for its GT70 gaming laptops. In fact the look is pretty much identical but is features a small Cyberpower logo rather than an MSI one.
Powering the Gamer Zeus X7-200-W8 is the Intel Core i7-3630QM quad core processor. This is a solid choice for a performance and gaming based system that provides plenty of speed whether you are gaming or doing other heavy computing tasks. The processor is matched up with 16GB of DDR3 memory which is surprising as this is more than the average user will need. The only downside here is that the memory runs at a slower 1333MHz rather than many other gaming laptops at 1600MHz. Most users probably wouldn't notice much of a difference but it is something to think about when buying a high performance system.
While the Cyberpower custom build system offer a huge range of options for storage, here you are stuck with a 750GB hard drive which provides plenty of space for applications, data and media files. The drive spins at a desktop 7200rpm rate which provides good performance. There is a secondary drive bay within the system that could be used for a second drive for a RAID setup or a small SSD drive for extra performance. These of course are configuration options direct from Cyberpower. If you would rather not deal with the internal bay, the storage can be expanded through two USB 3.0 ports and an eSATA port for use with high speed external hard drives. A standard dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
Since this is a gaming system, the graphics and display are pretty big items. The 17.3-inch display offers a very high 1920x1080 resolution for high detailed gaming or playback of 1080p video. The downside here is that the display has some extremely narrow viewing angles that will cause quick drop in the color and contrast with just slightly off center viewing. The graphics are powered by a higher end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M graphics processor that provides it with some stellar 3D performance including gaming up to the full resolution of the display. In addition to this, the processor offers some solid acceleration of non-3D applications. Just be warned that when the graphics processor is under heavy load, the cooling fans will spin up and get quite loud.;
The keyboard offers a nice overall layout but isn't quite as spacious as some others. In particular, the arrow keys eat into the right hand shift and control keys that could be problematic for some touch typists. It offers a solid overall feel that should last up to long gaming sessions. The trackpad offers a slightly different shape but does a good job overall. It was accurate and handled multitouch gestures well. Of course, most gamers will likely use a dedicated mouse as playing many games is near impossible with a trackpad.
The battery of the Gamer Zeus X7-200-W8 is a relatively standard 48.8WHr capacity. This is pretty low for a gaming class laptop but it helps keep the size and weight down. In video playback testing, the laptop was able to run for just under three hours before going into standby mode. Those using it away from a power source for gaming will likely get only half as much running time before needing to plug it in. In contrast, Alienware's M17x features nearly twice as large of a battery.
Priced at $1500, the Cyberpower Gamer Zeus X7-200-W8 has a fair amount of competition including from Cyberpower's direct order Xplorer X7-8100 which costs roughly a hundred dollars less featuring the same configuration. The Alienware M17x starts at the same price tag but offers a lower resolution screen, smaller hard drive and lower graphics performance but offers a more stylish design and larger battery. iBUYPOWER's Valkyrie CZ-17 has just 8GB of memory but adds a Killer network adapter and an extra USB port. The MSI GT70 is pretty much identical in terms of features but adds in a Blu-ray drive at a slightly high cost. Finally, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer comes with a larger hard drive and Blu-ray drive but sacrifices graphics performance from an AMD Radeon graphics processor.