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The P-13 Helix is Aftershock’s first ever ultrabook, and it will work with an external GPU dock

By Koh Wanzi - on 23 Jun 2017, 4:03pm

The P-13 Helix is Aftershock’s first ever ultrabook, and it will work with an external GPU dock

Image Source: Aftershock.

Local brand Aftershock is probably best known for its powerful and competitively priced gaming systems, but the company is now making its first foray into the mainstream market. The P-13 Helix is Aftershock’s first ever ultrabook, featuring a compact aluminum chassis and all the specifications you’d expect from a modern notebook.

Here’s an overview of the specifications:

  • 13.3-inch 3,200 x 1,800-pixel display
  • Intel Core i7-7500U (2.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB DDR4 2,400MHz RAM
  • 500GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD
  • 329.7 x 225 x 17.8mm
  • 1.3kg

 

The above configuration will cost you S$1,787, but the base model costs just S$1,399, which will still get you a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 250GB SSD, and a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display.

That’s a very attractive price as far as these things go. Even the Razer Blade Stealth, which is already one of the most compellingly priced ultrabooks on the market now, costs S$1,799 for specifications comparable to the base Helix model, although it does come with a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel touchscreen display and a far sleeker design.

Aftershock P-13 Helix

However, one of the key features of the P-13 Helix is its support for an external GPU dock via Thunderbolt 3.

To further sweeten the proposition, Aftershock is bringing in the AKiTiO Node external graphics enclosure, which you’ll be able to buy for just S$399. That’s practically a steal compared to some of the other docks available now, such as the S$888 ASUS ROG XG Station 2.

That said, the Node will only be able to buy with the Helix, and Aftershock will not be selling it separately.

AKiTiO Node

The dock will hold up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which means you’ll be able to use the Helix as your work machine during the day and plug it into the dock to game at night.

Of course, there are certain trade-offs, and the P-13 Helix isn’t one of those notebooks that will wow you with an edge-to-edge display, ultra-thin dimensions, or exceedingly light weight.

It is actually quite thick for an ultrabook at 17.8mm, which is around the height of even certain gaming laptops.

Still, it’s difficult to complain at that price, and if having the best design and portability is not a priority, the P-13 Helix looks to be a good fit for those who are just looking for a powerful, versatile notebook.

After all, this is a laptop that will take up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a 2TB Samsung 960 Pro SSD and 2TB HDD. You can head over to Aftershock's website to check out the P-13 Helix for yourself now.