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Aftershock Vapor 15 Pro review: Amazing laptop at an amazing price

By Koh Wanzi - 27 Oct 2019
Launch SRP: S$2799

Introduction

Note: This article was first published on 29 September 2019.

Aftershock Vapor 15 Pro

This laptop came out of nowhere

In early September, a gaming laptop from a nearly unknown company made a few splashes on the internet, most notably through popular tech YouTuber Dave Lee. That laptop was the Eluktronics MAG-15, a laptop that Intel helped design. 

Its claim to fame was the fact that it was supposedly the lightest 15.6-inch gaming laptop in the world at just 1.87kg. I should point out that the MSI GS65 Stealth isn't much heavier at 1.9kg, but laying claim to a world's best in anything is still sure to turn a few heads. Intel also put a lot of work into optimising the laptop for good thermal performance, so the notebook supposedly runs really cool, a huge boon for a slim and light gaming laptop.

As it turns out, you don't have to place an order with Eluktronics if you want one, because the MAG-15 is coming to Singapore in the form of the Aftershock Vapor 15 Pro

Here's an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-9750H processor (2.60GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel memory
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • Phison 512GB NVMe SSD
  • 94Wh battery
  • 356.4mm x 233.66mm x 20.5mm
  • 1.87kg

The price is really attractive too, and the laptop will cost you just S$2,799, a good thousand dollars cheaper than many similar GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q notebooks on the market. Does the laptop live up to its promise? Read on to find out. 

9.0
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 9
  • Mobility 8
The Good
Lightest gaming notebook ever to feature a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
Good build quality and magnesium alloy chassis
Great value-for-money
Good thermal performance for a slim and light laptop
Mechanical keyboard with per-key RGB backlighting
Thunderbolt 3 port and SD card reader
The Bad
Large power brick
Non-chiclet-style keyboard may take some getting used to
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