The Bottom Line
- Strong Performance Thanks To Core i5 And Faster DDR3 Memory
- Wide Range of Storage Upgrades
- Optional External Docking Station
- Integrated Graphics
- A Bit Expensive For Bases Features
- Intel Core i5-520M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, HMDI, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.3" x 9.8" x 1.3" @ 5.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Guide Review - Cyberpower SP-15 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Nov 4 2010 - Cyberpower's SP-15 breaks away from their gaming heritage to provide of more mundane general purpose laptop. Even though is may not have gaming at its core, the system does perform quite well. It uses the Intel Core i5 series of mobile processors which does a good job in most tasks. One really nice aspect of the system is the 4GB of memory that uses a faster 1333MHz memory to give it a slight edge on the competition.
Storage features on the base Cyberpower SP-15 are a little below what one would expect to find on a laptop priced at $899. The 320GB hard drive is what is common in most laptops just over half the price of this one. It also spins at the traditional 5400rpm rate which means it isn't the speediest available. Thankfully, Cyberpower offers a wide range of options include a 750GB hard drive or a wide range of solid state options for extra speed. A dual layer DVD burner is standard for handling playback or recording of CDs or DVDs. A three-in-one card reader allows the laptop to use the most common flash media cards.
If there is one area where the Cyberpower SP-15 really falls short it is in the graphics. Rather than coming with a dedicated graphics processor, the system relies on the Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated solution. This is fine for basic web and HD media viewing but it lacks any performance for even basic 3D casual gaming. The 15.6-inch LED backlit display also isn't anything different than can be found on just about ever other laptop of this size. It features a 1366x768 resolution and some viewing angles that are less than stellar. The one nice aspect is that there is an option to include the Intel WiDi wireless display technology to hook it up to a HDTV without any wires.
Powering the Cyberpower SP-15 is a relatively common six-cell battery pack. It does have a slightly larger capacity compared to others in this size but it doesn't really translate to much additional running time. In DVD playback tests, the laptop was able to run for roughly two and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This should translate to just under four hours of more traditional laptop usage.
What really sets the Cyberpower SP-15 apart from other consumer laptops is the availability of a locking docking station. The $119 optional upgrade includes a larger number of peripheral ports, graphics connectors and a DVD burner. It also has a locking feature to allow one to secure the laptop to a desk in a work or home office. This makes it a much better choice for someone on a budget looking for a work laptop.