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Aftershock APEX-15 review: Performance you can afford

By Koh Wanzi - 26 Jul 2018
Launch SRP: S$2576

Conclusion

Aftershock APEX-15
 

Great bang for your buck

Aftershock has created quite an attractive proposition with the APEX-15. It is equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, so it isn’t the fastest in terms of performance, but that isn’t what the company is aiming for here.

The laptop is fully capable of running the latest games at 1080p resolution, provided you don’t run them at maximum settings. And that’s good enough for most people. After all, not everyone needs, or can afford, bleeding-edge performance, and for the vast majority of gamers, the APEX-15 is sufficient.

I don’t mean to make that sound like you’re settling. While you won’t get blistering frame rates or the best battery life, you do still get a bunch of features usually found on more expensive notebooks. I’m looking at the mechanical keyboard with optical switches, per-key RGB lighting, and the slim bezels, light weight, and relatively small space footprint.

In addition, you get a good selection of USB ports, display outputs, and an SD card reader, so the laptop is hardly lacking in that area either. The aluminum alloy chassis is also a nice feature. It feels tough and rigid, even if it can’t really compare to something like the Razer Blade.

What you’re sacrificing is really a more refined design and battery life (and maybe the audio quality isn't great), which aren’t exactly deal breakers when you consider how much the APEX-15 costs. At S$2,576, you’re getting pretty good value for your money. Sure, a GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q will net you up to 30 per cent more performance, but that means coughing up over a thousand dollars more.

That said, I should point out that Aftershock will also be offering the APEX-15 with the GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q in the near future, should you really want the additional performance. That will set the APEX-15 on the same footing as the competition, and I fully expect it to still be cheaper.

Either way, if you’re on the lookout for a capable gaming laptop that won’t require you to sell a kidney for it, you should definitely give the APEX-15 a look. It's certainly a fair bit more powerful and feature-packed than budget gaming notebooks.

8.0
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 7.5
  • Value 9
  • Mobility 7
The Good
Good value for money
Mechanical keyboard with optical switches
144Hz IPS-type display
Slim, light, and compact design
The Bad
Lackluster audio quality
Poor battery life
No Windows Precision Touchpad
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