The Bottom Line
- Wide Range of Customization
- Exellent High Resolution Display
- Well Priced
- Limited Battery Life
- Chassis Build Quality Below Average
- Needs A More Powerful Power Adapter
- Intel Core i7-720QM Quad Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WUXGA (1920x1080) LED Backlit Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5650 Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Four USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Fingerprint Scanner, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.8" x 10" x 1.5" @ 6 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Guide Review - Cyberpower Xplorer X6-8800 15.6-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC
May 6 2010 - Cyberpower's Xplorer X6-8800 laptop is based upon the Compal NBLB2 barebones chassis system. The chassis itself uses a fair amount of plastics and doesn't have the same level of fit and finish seen on many other laptops. The frame also tended to squeak and flex a bit more than average.
Powering the Xplorer X6-8800 is the new Intel Core i7-720QM quad core mobile processor. This is the lowest grade of quad core processor but it provides a very strong computing experience for users that require multiple threading support for tasks such as video editing. It does well for gaming thanks to the Turbo Boost but users can always elect to use a high base clock speed dual core processor instead for slightly less money. It comes equipped with 4GB of higher speed DDR3 memory that helps it avoid bottlenecks from the memory system.
The base storage of the Xplorer X6-8800 uses a sizable 640GB hard drive and a dual layer DVD burner. The hard drive spins at a more sedate 5400rpm rate rather than the faster 7200rpm but performance is good. Those looking for higher performance have a lot of options available to them including 7200rpm hard drives up to 500GB in size or a wide range of solid state drives including one that provides 512GB of space that more than doubles the cost of the laptop. Those hoping to save a bit on the price of the laptop can also elect for smaller traditional drives as well. Users also have the option of upgrading the system to have a Blu-ray drive for watching high definition Blu-ray movies.
The feature that really stands out on the Xplorer X6-8800 is the display. The 15.6-inch panel runs at a very high 1920x1080 resolution that allows for full support of HD video. It does a good job of color representation with some deep blacks and viewing angles were quite wide. Driving the graphics is an ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5650 processor with 1GB of memory. Now, this is a decent Direct X 11 compatible graphics processor but it does have issues playing some 3D games up to the full native resolution at acceptable frame rates.
Battery life on the Cyberpower Xplorer X6-8800 is very limited by the small six-cell battery pack. In my DVD playback tests, it is able to run roughly one and a half hours before it goes into standby mode. This translates to roughly two hours of more typical web usage which is below what many 15-inch laptops are offering. This is fairly typical though of systems that rely on smaller battery packs.
Overall, the Xplorer X6-8800 is an affordable option for those looking at a high performance platform with a high resolution display. Gamers might be more included to get a system with a higher performance graphics processor. It would just be nice to see a sturdier design chassis.