The Bottom Line
- High Performance From Quad Core Processor
- Wide Range of Storage Options
- Mediocre Graphics Processor
- Could Use Higher Resolution LCD Panel
- Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M Graphics Processor With 1GB Memory
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 2.0, eSATA, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.6" x 11" x 1.6" @ 7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Works
Guide Review - Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7700 17-inch Desktop Replacement Laptop PC
Jan 20 2010 - Cyberpower's Xplorer X7-7700 has been updated to use the new MSI 1727 barebones laptop chassis which has made some significant changes internally while maintaining the same overall external appearance. The major change is to use the new Intel Core i7 processor lineup with their quad-core design.
The base model Xplorer X7-7700 uses the Core i7-720QM quad core processor. This is a major advancement over previous Core 2 mobile processors thanks to the extra processors and the integrated memory controllers. The system now has the performance that can equal many desktops for handling processor intensive tasks such as video editing and transcoding. The new processor also uses DDR3 that helps it over the previous model.
Storage on the Xplorer X7-7700 has been upgraded to use a larger 500GB hard drive that is more in-line with typical desktop replacement storage. Users have a wide range of options from Cyberpower for either downgrading to a smaller drive for minimal savings or higher performance 7200rpm spin rate drives. Options are also available for solid state drives. Unfortunately, buyers are limited to just the standard dual-layer DVD burner even though many similar offerings now come with Blu-ray compatible drives.
While the processor has been upgraded, the graphics display panel on the new Xplorer X7-7700 uses the same 16:10 aspect ratio, 17-inch panel with a 1680x1050 display resolution. This is lower than the majority of desktop replacement laptops that use higher 1920x1080 resolution displays. The graphics processor for the display has been updated to use a newer NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M graphics chip. This is a decent middle performance chip that should provide sufficient power for 3D gaming but gamers will likely be disappointed by the lack of higher resolution support and limited filtering ability. Most games will play at panels resolution alright but some moderns ones may need to run at lower panels.
These changes have certainly given a major upgrade to the overall performance of the Cyberpower Xplorer X7-7700. This makes it a good choice for someone looking at a high performance desktop replacement laptop. Gamers will probably want to look at other options as the graphics system is certainly the weakest aspect of the system.