Eurocom Q5 Max-Q Gaming Laptop promises Fast Performance in an Attractive Package

Eurocom Q5 Max-Q Gaming Laptop promises Fast Performance in an Attractive Package

first revealed Max-Q gaming laptops back in May, teasing 85-90% GPU efficiency in thinner and lighter laptops. The Eurocom Q5 is based off the Clevo P957HP6, so you can expect Clevo’s generic brown ‘Notebook Computer’ packaging.

You will find the Q5 wrapped in plastic and three blocks of protective closed-cell foam. Adjacent to the foam blocks, you’ll find a box containing the Q5’s 180W adapter and an AC power cord. That’s it. No extra booklets or manuals. Just the laptop and its power accessories. The Q5’s manual can be found on Eurocom’s website.

The Q5 features an elegant black titanium-aluminum alloy construction that’s light yet sturdy. The lid has tastefully placed angular accents running from the hinge to the top of the lid. There’s a decorative plastic strip spanning between where the lid accents meet the top edge of the lid, complementing the Q5’s aggressive aesthetic. Perhaps most impressive is the lid’s lighting effects. In the very middle, there’s a translucent red plastic insignia, and there are two perforated strips located next to the angled accents. When the system is powered, the insignia and perforations emit a red light.

The interior area surrounding the input devices is also constructed out of titanium-aluminum alloy, which is pleasant to the touch but attracts fingerprints and smudges rather easily. Fortunately, the surface is easy to clean, at least compared to brushed-aluminum and rubberized plastic, which competing manufacturers tend to implement.

On the bottom left, beneath the keyboard, there are logo stickers highlighting a few of the Q5’s features, while the bottom right has a painted SoundBlasterX logo. At the very top of the interior surface, you’ll find three red accents, adding much needed color to the almost entirely black surface. The middle red accent acts as the Q5’s power button, and it has a power logo in the dead center. When the system is powered, a white LED turns on beneath the power button.

There are perforations dotted in and around the two red accents surrounding the power button; these perforations act as the Q5’s speakers, and are placed in the best possible position for audio clarity. The speakers can reach maximum volume without experiencing much distortion. Hopefully, laptop manufacturers will notice this and implement top-facing speakers in future models.

The Q5’s 15.6” display has a relatively standard as far as gaming laptops go. Unlike the rest of the , the bezels are constructed out of plastic, but this area isn’t as critical. The side bezels are 0.6875”, while the top measures 0.875”. The bottom is the longest, measuring 0.9375”. There are two small rubber feet on the side bezels and three long rubber feet on the top and bottom bezels. These separate the display from the interior surface when the lid is closed. The top houses the 2.0 megapixel Full HD (1920×1080) webcam. Finally, Eurocom’s logo is printed on the bottom in white.

The Q5’s entire chassis is almost entirely constructed out of titanium-aluminum alloy, so the edges are merely continuations of the lid and interior surface, wrapped around into shape. The front edge is plain, and only contains LED indicators for power/connectivity, charging, disk usage, and airplane mode. The Q5 is 0.74” thin, so the RJ-45 LAN port on the right edge has a small clamp that only opens when you plug in an Ethernet cable. Meanwhile, the left edge features ventilation for the Q5’s . Finally, the rear edge is where things get interesting. You’ll find a red accent layer spanning nearly the entire length of the rear exhaust, giving some life to the mostly black color scheme. The exhausts vents aren’t perfectly symmetrical; right side vents feature fewer cutouts, because they only have to accommodate the , whereas the left side vents are fully exposed for the Max-Q GPU.

The bottom panel looks by far the most aggressive. It’s littered with air intake cutouts, which occupy nearly half of the panel’s surface area. In between the intake cutouts, there is an angled accent spanning the length of the panel. Despite all of the cutouts, the metal construction remains and doesn’t fall victim to flexing. The bottom panel has three rubber feet to keep the Q5 stable; there are two small feet near the front corners and one large foot near the rear edge. The rear foot is basically one large strip of rubber, and only the far left and right sides of the foot make contact with your desk. Still, the large rubber foot is impressive to look at, and even more pleasing to feel.

The Q5’s hinges are connected to the display’s bezels, so they’re constructed out of plastic. If you look closely enough, you’ll find that the hinges feature a knurled design, perhaps to set the plastic construction apart from the rest of the metal build. The hinges are smooth and offer a fairly standard 135° of motion, which is unfortunate considering many thin and light laptops can extend at least 180°. Still, the Q5 is a gaming laptop first and foremost, so this isn’t a major issue.

The Eurocom Q5 has quite a few I/O ports for a thin and light laptop. On the left, you’ll find the DC power-in, an HDMI port, two mini DisplayPorts, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports, and two USB 3.0 ports. The right I/O features a microphone jack, a combination headphone/SPDIF jack, two card readers, the RJ-45 LAN port, and a Kensington lock.

Technical Specification:

Processor:  i7-7700HQ ( i7)
Graphics adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q – 8192 MB, Core: 1101 MHz, Memory: 8008 MHz, GDDR5, 382.05, Optimus
Memory: 16384 MB, 1300 MHz, 14-14-14-35, Dual Channel
Display: 15.6 inch 16:9, 3840×2160 pixel 282 PPI, ID: LGD04D4, Name: LG Philips LP156UD1-SPB1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard: Intel HM175 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage: Samsung SSD 960 Pro 512 GB m.2, 512 GB
Connections: 5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headphones + SPDIF, microphone, Card Reader: SDXC reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking: Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, mini SIM
Size: height x width x depth (in mm): 18.6 x 380 x 249 ( = 0.73 x 14.96 x 9.8 in)
Battery: 60 Wh Lithium-Polymer
: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera: Webcam: 2 MP
Speakers: Stereo
Keyboard: Chiclet
Keyboard Light: yes,Control Center, Sound Blaster Connect 2
Warranty: 12 Months
Weight: 2.18 kg ( = 76.9 oz / 4.81 pounds), Power Supply: 798 g ( = 28.15 oz / 1.76 pounds)
Price: 2100 USD


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