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Aftershock's new Vapor 15 laptop promises portability and power in an affordable package

By Koh Wanzi - on 18 Feb 2020, 12:40pm

Aftershock's new Vapor 15 laptop promises portability and power in an affordable package

Aftershock Vapor 15

Aftershock has announced two new additions to its Vapor series of notebooks, building on the success of the original Vapor 15 Pro. The latter was an Intel-designed beauty of a laptop, boasting a sleek, minimalist chassis, long battery life, and great thermal performance. The new Vapor 15 and Vapor 17 Pro expand the line-up with a more affordable 15.6-inch model and a larger 17.3-inch version in order to cater to more people, while still keeping many of the same features that made the original so popular. 

The Vapor 15 slots in right below the Vapor 15 Pro, but it sheds things like the Thunderbolt 3 port and sports a smaller 64Wh battery. However, it's actually slightly thinner and lighter than the Vapor 15 Pro, measuring 18mm thick and weighing 1.73kg. The chassis is still magnesium alloy, which accounts for the light weight. 

There is no option for an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q however, but Aftershock will let you pick between the GeForce RTX 2060 or GeForce RTX 2070 Max-P. As a result, you can actually expect slightly better gaming performance than the Vapor 15 Pro offers, but the trade-off is likely to be toastier temperatures and shorter battery life. 

The 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display also supports a high 144Hz refresh rate, so gameplay should be smooth and fluid. Elsewhere, the laptop will take up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and 4TB PCIe SSD storage across two drive bays. The Vapor 15 has retained support for Wi-Fi 6, with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 module.

Aftershock Vapor 17 Pro

On the other hand, the Vapor 17 Pro is really just a larger Vapor 15 Pro. It's one of the lighter 17.3-inch notebooks around though, weighing just 2kg and measuring 19.5mm thick. Interestingly enough, this is a hair thinner than the Vapor 15 Pro, which was 20.5mm thick. 

That aside, it comes with a generous 92Wh battery and Thunderbolt 3, similar to the Vapor 15 Pro. It can be configured with either an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or GeForce RTX 2070 Max-P as well, so performance should be pretty similar to the Vapor 15. Both laptops are also powered by the Intel Core i7-9750H processor.

The Vapor 15 and Vapor 17 Pro start at S$2,199 and S$2,250 respectively. You'll also have the option to customise them with a selection of automobile paints and vinyl car wraps for a more personal touch.