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Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7900 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

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Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7900 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7900

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The Bottom Line

Nov 6 2009 - Cyberpower's Xplorer X6-7900 is a 15-inch laptop for those looking for a gaming platform that doesn't cost much. To this goal, it does the job admirably with the ability to play most modern games at moderate detail levels but with a price tag just over $1100. Users will sacrifice battery life for the performance as well as some ports that are more common in other 15-inch laptops. The company also offers a wide range of customizations if you need to adjust price or features.

Pros

  • High End Processor
  • Faster DDR3 Memory
  • Solid 3D Graphics

Cons

  • Lacks FireWire And eSATA Ports
  • Below Average Battery Life
  • Keyboard Layout Not The Best For Gaming

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 Dedicated Graphics With 512MB Memory
  • v.92 56Kbps Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
  • Four USB 2.0, HDMI, ExpressCard, 3-in-1 Card Reader, Fingerprint Scanner
  • 14.7" x 9.7" x 1.4" @ 6.1 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

Guide Review - Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7900 15.6-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC

Nov 6 2009 - Cyberpower's Xplorer X6-7900 is a very high performance 15-inch laptop. Much of this is derived from the Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 processor that gives it some strong performance whether it is for gaming, video editing or just general work. It may not be quite as strong as the new Core i7 but it is more than enough performance for the average user and at a lower price.

One nice aspect of the Xplorer X6-7900 is the DDR3 memory. Rather than using stock PC3-8500 DDR3 memory, Cyberpower has equipped the laptop with slightly faster PC3-10600 memory that gives it a slight edge for some applications that are more memory dependent.

The Xplorer X6-7900 is designed to be an affordable gaming platform and it does this job quite well thanks to the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphics processor. This should allow the system to play all the current games up to the LCD displays 1366x768 graphics at moderate detail levels. Don't expect much in terms of filters though as the 512MB of memory will limit these features. An HDMI output is available for use with an external monitor but don't expect to run at extremely high resolutions when gaming.

Battery life is one aspect of the system that suffers from the higher performance graphics and processor. Expect DVD playback to give the system roughly two hours of running time. Normal non-gaming usage should average anywhere from two and a half to three hours.

Another aspect of the Xplorer X6-7900 that is odd is the peripheral connectors. The system does feature four USB 2.0 ports and HDMI, but it lacks both an eSATA and FireWire port that are fairly common on 15-inch laptops in this price range. This will prevent use of high speed external storage or digital camcorders unless an ExpressCard peripheral is used to add the features.

The keyboard layout for the Xplorer X6-7900 is somewhat odd. It features a standard laptop keyboard layout but there are two problems for those that might be interested in using it for gaming. First, there was sufficient space for them to put a full numeric keypad like many other 15.6-inch laptop systems. Second, the function key in the lower left may cause issues with same game control layouts.

Cyberpower is well known for a wide range of customizations available on their systems. The Xplorer X6-7900 offers a good number of changes that users can make including exterior color, processor, memory and hard drive. The panel display and graphics processor can't be changed.

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