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Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7300 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

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Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7300 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7300

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The Bottom Line

Jan 5 2010 - The Clevo B7130 based Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7300 has a big advantage over other 17-inch laptops under $1000 thanks to its 1920x1080 resolution display. This and other features make this a nice HD media laptop with some good performance. The problem is that one needs to upgrade the mediocre storage options to achieve this which puts the system well above the price of many similarly equipped laptops.

Pros

  • High Resolution LCD Panel
  • Wide Range Of Upgrade Options

Cons

  • Graphics Processor Not Really Suited For Gaming
  • Base Hard Drive Size Is Below Average
  • Similarly Priced Laptops Offer More Base Features

Description

  • Intel Core i5-560M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 17.3" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M Graphics With 1GB Memory
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Four USB 2.0, eSATA, HDMI, VGA, 9-in-1 Card Reader
  • 16.3" x 9" x 1.5" @ 6.8 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter

Guide Review - Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7300 17.3-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC

Jan 5 2010 - Cyberpower's Xplorer X7-7300 is based around the Clevo B7130 chassis and breaks away from the typical gaming focus for a more general purpose desktop replacement laptop. The base configuration comes equipped with an Intel Core i5-560M dual core processor that offers a fair amount of performance. For those requiring a bit more speed, a Core i7 upgrade is available but only a dual core model and not the quad core. It is matched up with 4GB of higher speed 1333MHz DDR3 memory that lets it handle most tasks without issue.

Storage features on the base Xplorer X7-7300 are not quite up to par when it comes to a desktop replacement system. It features a fairly low capacity 320GB hard drive that would more typically be found on a budget class laptop. In addition, it spins at the more modest 5400rpm rate which impacts performancet. It does come standard with a dual layer DVD burner for playback or recording of CD and DVD media. If this isn't enough, Cyberpower offers a wide range of drive upgrades up to 750GB or a wide range of solid state drives. The system can even be equipped with Blu-ray although it is a fairly expensive upgrade.

Since Cyberpower specializes in gaming systems, they tend to offer laptops with high resolution displays and the Xplorer X7-7300 is no different. The 17.,3-inch display features a 1920x1080 resolution for full 1080p HD video support. This is especially nice since many 17-inch laptops top out at a 1600x900 resolution. Powering the graphics is a Direct X 11 compatible NVIDIA GeForce GT 425 graphics processor with 1GB of memory. This is more of a entry level graphics processor that is suited for HD media than gaming. It won't be able to drive games at the full panel resolution or with filters but it might work for casual gaming at lower resolutions and details. The laptop does use the NVIDIA Optimus technology that switches between dedicated and intergrated graphics to conserve battery life.

The styling of the Xplorer X7-7300 could best be described as minimalist. It features a metallic black color with very little in terms of angles, designs or color. The keyboard uses an isolated key design that is popular. While there is plenty of space, it features only a partial numeric keypad instead of a full version. The trackpad is large and spacious. Probably the best part is that it uses distinct right and left buttons rather than the button bar which makes it much easier to use.

Like the majority of laptops, the Xplorer X7-7300 uses a six cell battery pack that has a 48.8WHr rating. This is a fairly common sized battery pack that offers modest and not spectacular battery life even with the NVIDIA Optimus technology. In DVD playback tests, the laptop was able to run for roughly one hour forty-five minutes before going into standby mode. No larger capacity battery packs are offered.

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