Aftershock, a boutique notebook brand based in Singapore has some great selling points going for them: extreme customizability and affordability. This local brand is able to paint your laptop the colors you want to let you stand out from the crowd of black notebooks during a LAN party. Our unit had an orange matte finish with black accents.
Now, the Aftershock XG17-V2 is not exactly a slim gaming notebook. In fact, it comes to almost double the thickness of its two competitors from MSI and Gigabyte. But despite its apparent bulk, we’ve got to give it credit for being reasonably light. At 3.2kg, it’s just 200 grams heavier than the super slim 22mm Aorus X7 v2. Comparatively, a 17-inch Alienware starts from 4.1kg. This is why we considered the Aftershock in this shootout. There is also its incredibly sweet price point too, especially considering its top-of-the-line specs including an NVIDIA GeForece 860M GTX, 8GB RAM, and a Haswell Intel Core i7 CPU.
The XG17’s bulky size also comes with a massive 76.96Wh battery (easily swappable) and a slew of ports. You get three USB 3.0 ports, 1 eSATA/USB 3.0 combo port and a USB 2.0 port for your external storage and peripherals. Then you get a HDMI and VGA port for connecting to an external display, three audio jacks, an RJ45 LAN port for wired Internet and an SD card reader. While this may sound like a lot, but Aorus has about the same number of ports on the X7 too.
The frameless keyboard resembles more of a business notebook than a gaming one with its square keys and conventional font, but nevertheless does its job well: it has great travel (as expected with its thick profile), is well spaced out and allows sufficient room for your palms and wrists. however, this also means less room for the trackpad, which is almost half the size of the one on the MSI GS70 2PE Stealth Pro. We feel that the physical left and right click buttons could have made way for more navigation room, but real gamers will be using a proper mouse instead anyway…right? Related models Asus T100 TA-DK002H Transformer Book with Windows 8.1 read more.