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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

Conclusion

Aftershock Vapor 15 Pro

This should make the bigger brands very worried 

Put simply, the Aftershock Vapor 15 Pro is quite the stunner. It's amazing how much has been packed into this laptop without driving up the price. At S$2,799, the Vapor 15 Pro makes hardly any sacrifices and is fully capable of competing toe-to-toe with laptops that cost nearly a thousand dollars more. 

If you liked the Razer Blade 15 but thought it too pricey, the Vapor 15 Pro will make you very, very happy. The two laptops look really similar, and the Vapor 15 Pro even offers additional features like a mechanical keyboard and SD card reader. It also has slightly better port placement with the Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI ports located at the rear. More importantly, it's a lot lighter, weighing just 1.87kg to the Blade's 2.15kg.

It beats the Blade 15 in other areas too, delivering longer battery life and an extra M.2 socket for your own upgrades. Better still, the keyboard sticks to a more conventional layout, and you don't have to deal with the odd location of the right Shift key. 

In other words, the Vapor 15 Pro is lighter, lasts longer, and is also cheaper, all while offering the same features as the Blade 15, down to support for Wi-Fi 6 and Windows Hello face recognition. Razer still has a slight edge in terms of aesthetics, the higher refresh rate 240Hz display, and slighter better gaming performance, but these small variances may not be worth the massive price gap.

The Vapor 15 Pro will take any modern game you throw at it, and it'll do so without outputting a ton of heat and noise. I'm really not sure what else you can demand from a gaming laptop at this price. If you're shopping for a portable gaming machine right now, this tops any other offering in giving you the most mileage for your money.

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