Neo Elan LD7KW: A Gaming Beast
A few weeks ago Neo launched their newest line-up of gaming laptops. These machines were built for high-level performance — as in playing the best games with ultra settings. Neo was kind enough to send a review unit of their top-of-the-line model, the Neo Elan LD7KW. We’ll be test driving this beast in the next few days but for now we’d like to share with you guys our unboxing and initial impressions.
Neo Elan LD7KW Spec Sheet
- 2.4Ghz Quad-core Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor, 6MB Cache
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- 1TB HDD
- NVIDIA GTX 670MX 3GB RAM
- 15.6-inches LED Display, 1080p
- DVD Read/Write Optical Media Drive
- WiFi b/g/n, LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
- Ports: 1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, Display, HDMI
- 2.0-megapixel HD Webcam
- 8-cell Li-ion battery
- Windows 8 SL
- 3.1kg Weight
- SRP: Php70,999
Packaging and Hardware Check
The laptop came in a generic Neo laptop box. We couldn’t find the model name on the box itself which can be quite confusing, lol. That said, this is definitely a major point of improvement for Neo. The very least they can do is to make the packaging appeal to gamers by making it look cool.
Anyway, we removed the tapes on the side and peeked inside.
To keep the laptop secure they had a thick layer of foam and carton on both ends. We pulled the top part out and slide the laptop ever-so-slowly to our desk. We definitely felt the weight the moment we lifted it. This machine weighs in at 3.1kg which is considerably heavy compared to normal everyday laptops.
Fortunately despite the size and heft, Neo managed to make the laptop itself look sleek. The top part had some sort of metal-like finish while the belly was your usual black hard plastic. The silver Neo logo was emblazoned at the center of the lid as well which was kinda classy.
All the ports and buttons were located on the sides and at the back. This model had 3 USB slots, one 2.0 and the other two 3.0. It also had an HDMI out so you can easily and quickly hook it up to a bigger monitor though you probably won’t need to since the 15.6-inch LED display on this baby is pretty sweet.
Unfortunately other than being quite heavy, the laptop was also kinda thick. Check out the photos below so you can get a feel of what we’re trying to say here.
Honestly we see this as more of a desktop replacement that you bring around with you occasionally (not all the time). It’s too big to lug around especially if you need to travel a distance everyday.
What else is in the box?
Other than the laptop you’ll find the giant power brick inside together with the manuals, drivers, and certificates. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Initial Impressions: Ran StarCraft II on Ultra Settings Smoothly
We weren’t able to install stuff to test so we just checked out what the pre-installed apps were. Fortunately it already had StarCraft II Heart of the Swarm in it. We booted the game up, put all the settings on Ultra, set the resolution to maximum, and started a game. The game ran perfectly.
StarCraft II definitely isn’t the best title to test graphics but it’s a good start. We’ll try to play more hardcore games with crazy graphics requirements in the next few days.
By the way, we also loved the multi-color backlit keyboard. Reminds us of how Razer does it, lol.
The Neo Elan LD7KW Gaming Laptop is already available in Neo reseller and distributor stores for Php70,999. You can get it at 0% interest for 12 months payment.