Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 Gaming Notebook ReviewTue, Apr 02, 2013 - 12:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Some may believe that ultrabooks and tablets are the way of the future. While they have their place, I’m one for something with some meat to it! Over the past few weeks I’ve had the chance to play with a myriad of ultrabooks, and have gotten a pretty good feel for them. They are all nice and light and some of them feel like if your not careful you might break them if you pick them up wrong. I know that they aren’t going to break and I don’t doubt that they are much more durable than they seem, but there’s something about them that generally feels a little weak and flimsy. Maybe it’s like the difference of driving a Smart car and a Chevy 4×4, both may have a five star safety rating, but I sure feel safer in the 4×4. With that being said, now that we’ve had our fun with this full blown beast of a system today, it’s time to look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Fangbook X7-200! With a starting price point of $1549, the Fangbook X7-200 is priced right for those looking for the ability to game on the go!
Starting out with the weaknesses of the CyberPower PC Fangbook X7-200, and there aren’t many. Likely the biggest drawback to the Fangbook X7-200 is the size and weight. Personally the size and weight don’t bother me, but if you’re someone who carries their notebook around all day, the Fangbook may be a bit much for some. Compared to some of the ultrabooks that we have looked at, the Fangbook nearly feels like a brick! The Fangbook X7 series all weigh in right around 7.9 pounds, not light by any means. Before you think we are slamming the Fangbook for it’s weight, we aren’t. The Fangbook X7-200 is meant to be a portable gaming system, and certainly isn’t meant to compete with ultrabooks in respects to portability. The Fangbook isn’t what most would carry around for day to day use, but I think I would sacrifice having a little extra weight for the added capabilities of the Fangbook! There’s nothing like being able to do my day to day work on the Fangbook X7-200 and switching gears and playing a little Battlefield 3 on my break! The only other ‘weakness’ that I would consider, is the small primary SSD. A 60GB SSD is great for the operating system and a couple of programs, but not really large enough to install many games on. While I point this out as a weakness, it is also easily remedied! The Fangbook X7-200 is fully customizable from Cyberpower PC! For as little as $36 the Fangbook X7-200 can be upgraded to a 128GB SanDisk SSD. If that’s not enough for you, Cyberpower will hook you up with a SSD as big as the 480GB Corsair Neutron, the options plentiful!
One of the biggest perks to the Fangbook X7-200 is the available options. The options are nearly endless. It’s all going to depend on how fast you want to go and how much you want to spend! The Intel Core i7-3630QM is the base processor for the Fangbook X7-200, but we have the option to select from four different processors during the configuration. Though each step up in the processor will add cost to the system, but it all comes back to the how much and how fast questions above. Pretty much every component in the Fangbook X7-200 can be upgraded or customized to exactly what you want from your system. The internal components aren’t the only things that can be tweaked and added. In addition to the Fangbook X7-200 gaming notebook, you can order all of the peripherals that you’ll need to complete your gaming experience! Anything from a USB flash drive, Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! Pro External sound card, external 3D Monitors, speakers, headsets, gaming mice, keyboards, wireless routers, spare batteries, and just about anything that you think you might need, you can get when ordering!
There isn’t much to say about performance, the Fangbook X7-200 performed right where we expected! Ahead of the ASUS G75VW Republic of Gamers machine. This was certainly expected since the specifications of the ASUS G75VW don’t exactly meet up to the Fangbook X7-200. The Fangbook X7-200 with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675XM was easily able to trounce the ASUS G75VW that is using the GeForce GTX 660M.
The Fangbook X7-200 from Cyberpower is in the middle of the Fangbook X7 product stack. The X7-100 leaves out the primary SSD and uses a 500GB hard drive for everything. It also has half the RAM installed into the system, and appears to be in single channel mode with a single 8GB stick. The X7-300 has a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 4GB graphics card, which is a step up from the GTX 675XM in the X7-100, and the X7-200. In addition the X7-300 also features a 6x Blu-Ray internal player. Depending on what you’re looking for Cyberpower has what you need!
- Fangbook X7-100 $1349
- Fangbook X7-200 $1549
- Fangbook X7-300 $1849
Each of the gaming notebooks in the Fangbook series comes with a one year labor and parts warranty from the original invoice date. If you’re curious about the warranty from Cyberpower PC, you can find the full details here.
Legit Bottom Line: The Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 gaming notebook is a beast of a system and was able to put up some great performance numbers. If you’re in the market for a gaming notebook, the Fangbook X7-200 is a great choice! Everything is upgradable from the factory which gives you endless choices to make your Cyberpower Fangbook X7-200 ‘you’!