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Aftershock’s ultraportable APEX 15 gaming notebook also comes with a mechanical keyboard

By Koh Wanzi - on 18 Apr 2018, 5:43pm

Aftershock’s ultraportable APEX 15 gaming notebook also comes with a mechanical keyboard

Aftershock APEX 15

Aftershock has announced a new addition to its line-up of gaming laptops. The APEX 15 is a slim ultraportable with a built-in mechanical keyboard, making it the first Aftershock notebook to offer the latter feature.

The mechanical keyboard uses optical switches, which share similar physical characteristics as regular mechanical switches but rely on light for actuation instead of a mechanical connection. In theory, this means that they’re more resistant to potential performance degradations, as they avoid issues such as the wear of metal contacts over time.

On top of that, the keyboard boasts support for N-key rollover and per-key RGB lighting customizations.

Aftershock APEX 15

The APEX 15 also comes with a couple of other features that are traditionally reserved for far pricier laptops, such as an optional 144Hz AHVA display and a slim-bezel design.

Furthermore, the thin bezels ensure that the laptop’s aluminum alloy chassis is closer in size to that of a 14-inch notebook than a regular 15.6-inch model.

Aftershock APEX 15

Here’s an overview of its specifications:

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • 8GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • 250GB Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SSD
  • 359 x 240 x 19.9mm
  • 1.95kg

The above configuration will cost you S$2,332, while an additional S$125 will net you an upgrade to 144Hz screen for a smooth and fluid gaming experience.

However, if you’re looking at a sub-S$2,000 price point, Aftershock is also offering the APEX 15 with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, which drops the price to a far more affordable S$1,873.

The main draw of the APEX 15 is then its slim form factor, mechanical keyboard, and 144Hz display, instead of raw gaming prowess. It can only be equipped with up to a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, which while sufficient for the vast majority of games, is still very much a mid-tier GPU.

The APEX 15 is now available to buy on Aftershock’s website.