Aftershock Terra 15 Review – Lower Cost 2070 Laptop?

Aftershock Terra 15 Review – Lower Cost 2070 Laptop?


The Aftershock Terra 15 has some nice specs
for a gaming laptop and is cheaper compared to other options. Let’s find out if any
compromises have been made to keep price down in this detailed review, but first… Aw man, everything in Australia is just so
expensive, it’s not fair, websites like Newegg generally seem to offer better prices than
what I can find locally, but we’re too far aware from everywhere else and upside down,
so shipping just costs way too much. Wait, free shipping at Newegg on orders over $300
AUD until the 15th of March? Yes, that’s right! Uh, who are you? I’m you, but pretending to
be a disembodied voice. Ok, but uh, how do I get the deal? Simply check out the sponsored
link in the description which will show you all products that are eligible for free shipping,
there’s even laptops with a wider range of models than you can even buy in Australia.
Alright, but seriously I did actually buy all the parts of my PC except the case from
Newegg in the US and it was still cheaper to get it sent from there to Australia, so
definitely worth checking out! Alright back to the Terra 15! For the specs
there’s an Intel i7-9750H CPU, Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-P graphics, 16gb of memory in dual
channel, a 15.6” 1080p 144Hz screen, and a 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD. For network connectivity it’s got Gigabit
Ethernet, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5. There’s a fair bit of customization available when
ordering through the Aftershock website, and if you’re in Australia you can get $50 off
with this or any other Aftershock laptops with code JARRODSTECH. The Terra 15 is also available with GTX 1660
Ti or RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics. Interestingly those options are half a centimeter thinner,
about 300g lighter, and in the case of the 1660 Ti option, has a smaller battery, so
it looks like the higher wattage 2070 configuration I’ve got here is a little larger and heavier,
probably as it needs extra cooling capacity. The laptop is made out of magnesium alloy
and this extends to the lid, interior, and the bottom, so it feels quite nice. It’s
all matte black with bronze or orange accenting around the edges, fan vents and touchpad,
and the sides of the lid light up orange from the screens backlight. Overall it looks very similar to the Aorus
15 I’ve previously reviewed, both use a similar Quanta chassis though there are some
differences here such as improved cooling. The weight of the 2070 Max-P configuration
is listed at 2.36kg on their website, however mine weighed about 200g less than this, and
was just over 3KG with the 230w power brick and cables included. The dimensions are quite similar when compared
to other 15” gaming laptops, and it’s not too thick for a 2070 machine. It’s a
touch wider compared to others I’ve recently tested with 9.5mm screen bezels on the sides. The 15.6” 1080p 144Hz screen has a matte
finish, viewing angles looked fine, and there’s no G-Sync. There’s no Optimus though, as
the display is connected directly to the Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics instead of the Intel graphics
in the processor. This means that we’ll see increased gaming performance at the expense
of lower battery life, I did not see the option of enabling Optimus. I’ve tested the screen with the Spyder 5,
and got 96% of sRGB, 67% of NTSC, and 72% of AdobeRGB. At 100% brightness I measured
the panel at 328 nits in the center with an 850:1 contrast ratio, so pretty average results
for a 144Hz panel and decent for a gaming laptop. There was basically no backlight bleed, it
looked fine even in this worst case, but this will vary between laptop and panel. Despite the metalic build, there was more
screen flex than I’d like to see when intentionally moving it, and this seems to be because the
hinge is in the center of the panel, however the hinge itself did seem sturdy enough. It was just possible to open up with one finger,
weight was somewhat evenly distributed and no issues using it on my lap. The 720p camera is found above the display
in the center despite the thinner screen bezels. The audio is ok but the camera is below average.
Here’s what typing on the keyboard sounds like, and this is what it sounds like when
we set the fan to max speed. So it’s pretty loud for me right now but you can still hear
me ok over the fan noise. The keyboard has 3 zones of RGB backlighting
which illuminates all keys and secondary key functions. The brightness is controlled in
two levels either through software, or by holding function and pressing space bar. Even
at max brightness I thought the keys looked a little dim. Overall I didn’t enjoy typing with the keyboard
much, mostly because of the slightly smaller backspace, enter and backslash keys along
with smaller arrow keys, which seems strange given there is space on the left and right
of the keyboard which could have been used to stretch it out. Here’s how typing sounds
to give you an idea of what to expect. I did like that there’s a dedicated fan
button though, this automatically sets the fan to max speed and it doesn’t require
any software to operate. In addition to the keyboard lighting, there
are two lights on the front corners of the laptop. They can be adjusted through the control
center software, they also have two levels of brightness or can be turned off, however
you’re limited to either green, red or blue colours only. Keyboard flex was present, but on the lower
side when intentionally pushing down hard, overall it felt sturdy enough due to the metallic
body, realistically though there weren’t any issues during normal use. The precision touchpad physically clicks down
when pressed. It was smooth to the touch and worked well, I had no problems using it. It’s
on the wider side compared to most others, but my hands never touched it while typing,
I don’t think it’s quite as wide as say the ones from MSI. Fingerprints show up quite easily on the matte
finish, however as it’s smooth they’re easy to clean with a microfiber cloth. On the left from the back there’s an air
exhaust vent, gigabit ethernet, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, MicroSD card slot and status
LEDs. On the right from the front there’s a 3.5mm
audio combo jack, two more USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, and another air exhaust vent. The back has air exhausts towards the corners,
then from left to right we’ve got the power input, HDMI 2.0 and mini DisplayPort 1.3 outputs,
USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, no Thunderbolt, and Kensington lock. There’s nothing happening on the front. Underneath has heaps of air ventilation holes
towards the back, however it seems the fans may be blocked from sucking in air from most
angles due to the rubber feet. Getting inside was simple, just remove 11 Phillips head screws
and pry the bottom panel off. Once inside we’ve got the 2.5” drive bay
down the front left, WiFi card just above that, battery along the front right, two memory
slots in the middle, and two M.2 drives to the right of that which both support NVMe
PCIe storage. The required mounting hardware and cable was provided in the box if you need
to install a 2.5” drive. The two 2W speakers are found on the left
and right sides near the front. I thought they sounded below average, quite tinny sounding.
They got loud enough at maximum volume though, and the latencymon results look ok. The Terra 15 is powered by a 64wh battery.
I’ve tested it with the screen brightness at 50%, background apps disabled, and keyboard
lighting off. While just watching YouTube videos, it only lasted for 2 and a half hours
as the Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics were in use the whole time – there’s no option of using
Optimus. While gaming it lasted for 53 minutes, at which point the frame rate dipped from
a stable 30 FPS to 5 FPS and was no longer usable, it lasted for an hour and 8 minutes
in total with this state. Now let’s find out how hot the Terra 15
gets and see if this causes any issues to performance. The control center software lets you select
different performance modes, which from lowest to highest are power saving, gaming and high
performance. I didn’t find a way to change the fan speed through this software, so it
seems like all we’ve got is the dedicated fan button on the keyboard to max it out. Inside there are a couple of heatpipes shared
between processor and graphics. Rather than also test games like I usually
do, I’ve focussed on running stress tests in more configurations, so the Heaven GPU
benchmark and the Aida64 CPU stress test at the same time to load up the system. I’ve got the idle results down the bottom,
it was quite cool, and all of this testing was done with a 21c ambient room temperature. The CPU was thermal throttling any time it
was averaging 96 degrees Celsius, so most of the time, as per the blue bars. The GPU,
shown by the green bars, was also thermal throttling whenever it was running at 86 degrees. Starting out with the lowest power saving
mode, the CPU doesn’t get as hot as the other results as this mode caps the power
limit to 15 watts, however the GPU was still thermal throttling. Stepping up to game mode
now and the GPU is still thermal throttling at 86, however the CPU was just slightly behind
thermal throttling, it was instead power limit throttling as game mode caps its power limit
to 35 watts. Going to high performance mode now triggered the CPU to hit thermal throttling.
If we set the fan to maximum speed though, it was just possible to remove this, and the
GPU was no longer thermal throttling like this. If we instead apply a -0.15v undervolt to
the CPU, well there was no change with regards to thermals. If we use a cooling pad only,
the CPU was still throttling, however the cooling pad removed the GPU thermal throttle
the same as setting the fans to max speed, and trust me using a cooling pad was way quieter
compared to using the laptops fans at maximum. Next up with the cooling pad plus CPU undervolt
there was no change, at least in terms of temperatures, and using the laptop fans at
max plus the undervolt was the same. Combining the laptop’s fans at max, cooling pad, and
undervolt though we finally get nice temperatures. These are the average clock speeds from the
same tests just shown. When we go from power saving to game mode, the CPU clock speed raises
due to the higher power limit, however the GPU performance ends up being worse because
now that the CPU can reach higher speeds there’s more heat in those shared heatpipes which
negatively affects GPU performance. The CPU clock speed hardly rises stepping up to high
performance mode, if you recall we were only 1 degree out from the thermal throttle point
on the CPU. Setting the fan to max speed gave us a nice performance boost though, however
as you’ll hear soon it’s very loud in this mode. We can actually get better CPU
performance simply by using a cooling pad or undervolting, both of which are far quieter
compared to max fan speed. The CPU undervolt didn’t really change the GPU speed as the
CPU temperature didn’t lower, however the cooling pad was able to help there. Once we start combining these cooling options
together we see the best results, with the CPU now only just a little behind the full
4GHz all core turbo boost speed under this worst case stress test. I think a cooling
pad and undervolting is the most sensible option, however if you recall thermals were
still on the higher end of the spectrum until we also max the fan out. These were the power levels being reached
in this test, we can see the GPU wasn’t able to get near its 115 watt limit at stock
settings without making performance improvements, whether that be through higher fan speed,
undervolting, or using a cooling pad. In CPU only workloads like Cinebench, the
9750H would reach the current limit at stock in high performance mode, the power or thermal
limit were not issues here. Applying an undervolt almost got us to 3000 points, which is a fair
score for this chip. Here’s how it looks in the areas where you’ll
actually touch, at idle it was a little below the 30 degree average I usually see. With
the stress tests running in power saving mode it’s a little warm, but not bad at all.
Stepping up to gaming mode saw fairly similar temperatures, just a little warm in the middle
with a cooler WASD area. High performance mode didn’t really change much either, then
with the fans set to max speed it drops by around 5 degrees at the warmest points. Let’s have a listen to how loud the fans
get. It was almost silent at idle, I could only
just hear the pulsating fan. Power saving and game mode were about the same, then high
performance mode was only slightly louder. As you heard, things get pretty crazy when
setting the fan to maximum speed, it was too loud and high pitch sounding. It’s too bad
that there’s no fan customization through the software, hopefully that gets added with
an update, as it would be preferable to set a middle ground because as we saw earlier
boosting the fan speed helped improve performance and thermals. Next let’s find out just how well the Terra
15 performs in games. I’ve tested with high performance mode and fan boosted for best
results, along with all Windows updates and latest Nvidia drivers installed. The results
are a little strange. Take Battlefield 5 for instance, the performance
actually got better stepping up from low to high settings. I’m not exactly sure why
this was the case, but it was consistent and persisted after a reboot and game reinstall.
It wasn’t the only weird result though. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the built in benchmark, and the performance got progressively worse stepping up from lowest
to medium settings, before rising up at high with highest performing about what I’d expect
from a 2070. That said, the results were still inconsistent at highest settings, the result
here is an average from multiple runs but I saw results anywhere between 80 and 89 FPS. Red Dead Redemption 2 was also tested with
the games benchmark tool, and the results were looking a bit more normal this time around. Control saw similar normal results, with the
highest setting preset capable of delivering above 60 FPS it was running quite well. Apex legends was tested with either all settings
at maximum or minimum as it doesn’t have built in setting presets. The 144 FPS frame
cap was being hit at minimum, and there was still excellent results at max settings, though
strangely the 1% low was worse at minimum. Fortnite was tested using the replay feature,
and max settings was close to the refresh rate of the screen, with much higher possible
at lower setting levels. CS:GO is an example of a game with high frame
rate that benefits by the lack of Optimus. The FPS in this game is noticeably higher
when compared to a laptop with same specs that uses Optimus, so some games will do better
on the Terra 15 due to this. Let’s also take a look at how this config
of the Terra 15 compares with other laptops, use these results as a rough guide only as
they were tested at different times with different drivers. The Battlefield 5 results look pretty good,
at least with the highest setting level, remember the results were actually worse at lower setting
levels. In any case, it seems to be performing near other RTX 2070 laptops, granted on the
higher end of the scale. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with
the games benchmark tool. This time the result was one of the lower numbers from the 2070
laptops, though just 1 FPS below the MAX-15 so not far off the others, but again as mentioned
results were inconsistent and varied between 80 to 89 FPS. Far Cry 5 was also tested with the games benchmark,
and the results weren’t great. This is a CPU heavy test, and despite having the same
i7-9750H as many other machines tested here with lower power graphics, it’s a fair bit
behind. I’ve used Adobe Premiere to export one of
my laptop review videos at 4K. The performance is lower compared to other laptops due to
the lack of Intel graphics. There’s no Optimus in this laptop, which means no quick sync
which greatly speeds up this workload. Now for the benchmarking tools, I’ve tested
Heaven, Valley, and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike, Timespy and Port Royal
from 3DMark, just pause the video if you want a detailed look at these results. I’ve used Crystal Disk Mark to test the
storage, and the 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus I had installed was performing great, however
results will vary based on the storage option selected when ordering. The MicroSD card sticks
out a minimal amount, and the speeds with my V90 card seemed ok. For updated pricing check the links in the
description, as prices will change over time. At the time of recording, the 2070 model I’ve
tested here starts at under $2600 AUD, but you can of course get $50 off that price with
code JARRODSTECH, it should work for other laptops there too. Price will change based
on how you spec it though, and there is also the cheaper 1660 Ti option, or the 2080 Max-Q
version, but as mentioned those seem to use a slightly different chassis so it’s hard
for me to compare them. This price is competitive, the Terra 15 would
be one of the cheaper gaming laptops available in Australia with RTX 2070 graphics. As mentioned,
Gigabyte seem to sell a very similar chassis as the Aorus 15, and even their 2060 config
costs more than Aftershock’s 2070 one. There’s some stiff competition from Metabox though,
the Prime-V with same CPU, GPU and memory is about $90 more currently, so the Terra
15 is a little cheaper. With all of that in mind let’s conclude
by looking at the good and bad aspects of the Terra 15 gaming laptop. The build quality was ok, there was some chassis
and screen flex due to the middle hinge, however it feels pretty nice as it’s all magnesium
alloy. There’s plenty of storage space inside,
with two M.2 slots and a 2.5” drive bay. I’m sure some people would have preferred
to see a larger battery in exchange for the 2.5” drive. My guess is considering there’s
no MUX switch or Optimus and that we’re stuck to the power hungry Nvidia graphics
regardless, battery life is pretty much always going to be on the lower side, at least this
way we should see a performance improvement compared to an Optimus solution. That said
it would have been better to see the MUX switch to allow the user to pick which mode to run
the machine in rather than being forced one way or the other, but I suppose that would
probably increase the cost. It’s difficult to see how much of a performance
boost we’re getting from this anyway, as some of the games tested produced inconsistent
results, while a number behaved strangely and performed worse at lower settings, something
I’ve never seen before. I couldn’t pin it down, but it seemed to be some form of
throttling, it’s difficult to say exactly as in instances of lower performance I saw
current limit, power limit, and thermal throttling interchangeably. As we saw in the thermal testing, it does
run hot and there was throttling in my worst case tests at stock, however undervolting
and using a cooling pad did help quite a bit, so it would be nice if the machine came undervolted
out of the box as this would likely assist those who aren’t otherwise aware. As thermals
can be a limitation depending on workload, it’s probably also worth considering paying
extra for a better thermal paste option. Setting the fans to max speed did help, but
as you heard they get extremely loud, and the control center software seemed limited
in that it didn’t let me customize the fan, hopefully a future update will fix that. I found the touchpad ok, but I really didn’t
like using the keyboard, mostly due to the smaller than average backspace, enter, backslash
and arrow keys. Aftershock in Singapore offer the new Vapor
15, which appears to be the same as the MAX-15 from Eluktronics I recently reviewed, and
is different from the Vapor 15 Pro Intel collaboration just to keep the naming confusing. Anyway,
it does cost a bit more than the Terra 15 for the same specs, but I think it’s worth
it, it was overall just a better machine and is worth the less than 10% price increase
in my opinion. Unfortunately Aftershock in Australia don’t currently appear to offer
that configuration, maybe they’ll get it in future though. As for what I did like, the 144Hz screen was
decent in terms of colour gamut, brightness and backlight bleed, there was a fair selection
of ports available, some games saw a performance boost due to the lack of Optimus and the total
weight of the laptop wasn’t too heavy considering the hardware inside. So to summarise, due to the issues around
thermals, throttling, inconsistent game performance, loud fan noise with lack of fan control, annoying
(at least for me) keyboard and poor battery life, I’d probably have to give it a miss
if it were my money and look at other options. To be fair, the Terra 15 is on the lower end
of the price scale for an RTX 2070 Max-P laptop in Australia, and if you’re willing to use
a cooling pad and undervolt it can perform well. Let me know what you thought about the Aftershock
Terra 15 gaming laptop down in the comments, and if you’re new to the channel consider
getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech videos like this one.

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100 thoughts on “Aftershock Terra 15 Review – Lower Cost 2070 Laptop?”

  • Finally you do a sponser… your such a good youtuber and deserve lots of subs PS… I wish I had as much money as you . 😉

  • Am I the only one who instantly dismisses a laptop that doesn't support using iGPU… Just because I want a powerful laptop doesn't mean I just want to throw my battery away I want a laptop for a reason

  • Hey man. I am relatively new to your channel but I really do enjoy your reviews. Could you maybe show how you undervolt all the laptops or link a guide you use? I am thinking about undervolting mine but I don't know where to start. Keep up the good work mate!

  • Here in Australia, unless Aftershock releases a laptop that is equivalent to MAX-15, Asus GX502GW seems like the only recommended choice if you want the Max-P 2070.

    That is, if you don't mind the massive amount of heat being produced from such a thin machine.

  • I reviewed this laptop (from Illegear, aka Quanta NLCA, also with 2070 GPU) last year and was not impressed with it:
    – Like all the new Quantas, they suffer from poor airflow – lifting the laptop is required. From my testing, you can gain a 9C temp drop by just lifting the laptop (raise 1-2cm will do).
    – Uneven core temp – more than 10C difference between the lowest core temp and highest core temp, I've even seen more than 20C difference in other units. Repaste doesn't help.
    – Auto fan curve is badly tuned – fans run slowly even when CPU hits 95C, and fans will not run any faster despite thermal throttling (clock speed and power draw will drop slowly). Same goes to GPU – fans will run slowly until GPU is heated up to 87C, after that fan speed will rise (quite loud, but not max fan). You can't manually change the fan curve which is a bummer.
    – CPU power capped at 62W max with the highest performance mode (High Performance) in CPU only load, even PL2 is 62W (considering no thermal throttling, which are the few seconds of a stress test). HWinfo64 will show higher power limits, but the CPU will never pull over 62W even under Aida64 FPU or some reason. And of course, it will thermal throttle shortly due to the silent fans. Worse still, you cannot override the power limits even with Throttlestop.
    – Very loud fans at max speed (only in the 2070 model, 1660Ti/2060 is fine), but I guess you can use headphones.

    The only appeal I see is the price. It's the cheapest, if not one of the cheaper 2070MP laptop in the market right now. Did you notice the same issues as above in your review unit? Would like to hear from you.

  • raja shrivastava says:

    Can u make a video reviewing asus strix g series with gtx 1650 …. I know it is well below ur standards but sweet pls….. Also pls compare itthat with legion y540…… Will really appreciate it

  • Do you usually type on the laptop keyboard? If not, do you stack a mechanical keyboard (I'm guessing any full size mech with mx brown switches is your preference?) on top of the laptop like in a Mono okito video (hhkb on macbook pro 13 inch)?

  • TabalugaDragon says:

    Honestly, I personally dislike the new thermal testing, the previous one was much more clear and easier to understand, not to mention that people don't buy laptops to run stress tests, so removing an actual game from the testing is I think the wrong move.

  • Husein Shallal says:

    Hye, i'm a new subscriber and really like the comparisons you make.
    I got dizzy finding what to buy and i would really appreciate if you could help me with.

    I want a 17inch gaming laptop between 1200-1800$ , the brands that are available in my country are: msi,acer,lenovo,hp,asus
    What could you suggest for me?

  • I sitting here thinking this laptop looks a lot like the Aorus 15. . .then you go and say the same thing. Lol. On the one hand that makes me disappointed in Gigabyte as I’m guessing that means they just put their logo on a laptop and didn’t design it. On the other I kinda like this design. So an improved and cheaper option is always nice. Though I don’t live in Australia so. . .shipping costs would probably be crazy sending it to the USA. 🤣

    Now that sponsored bit was priceless. If that’s how you’re going to do sponsored spots I’m all for it. Nothing more boring than someone reading some prewritten sponsored spot. So don’t change a thing in the way you did it.

  • Hello, I’ve been waiting for a kinda budget powerful rtx 2060 or a cheap rtx 2070 gaming laptop with 17 or 16 inch screen… do u have any suggestions… I live in Canada

  • Those "tinny" sounding Aftershock speakers pair perfectly for a black metal listening experience just as much as my wallet does with your "JARRODSTECH" coupon code.

  • I have the exact same laptop which i purchased 2 weeks ago. But the retailer is not aftershock, here in Malaysia there is a company called illegear who sell custom gaming laptop. I have to agree with u that this laptop is performing slower compared to let say ASUS or MSI with same hardware configuration..

  • Jarrod FPS quantity changes all the time when I play games. how do you give a constant for each game? do you take the average of them?

  • Brother lots of love from India .I am confused between nitro 7( i7 + 1660ti+ 144hz) and helios (i5+1660ti+ 144hz) i need a laptop urgently

  • Husky Mountain Productions says:

    Laptop looks really cool. Sucks that it's only really available in the aus/ southeast asia region. ,(╯︵╰,)

  • tech fun boyee says:

    Remember me I was the one that talked to you on your flight back from CES 2019 pls could I give away a gaming laptop i was scammed pls I need one and I'm a college student so I'm poor
    My email is "[email protected]"

  • Agni Bhattacharyya says:

    In ur last vid, it showed that Helios 300 has better battery life than max 15 … But in many videos it showed that Helios gives only about 2 hours.., so which actually lasts longer (by battery life I obviously mean putting it in low power mode and doing simple tasks)

  • Everything in Vietnam is expensive too, i bought the Helios 300 gtx 1660ti with 1550 usd. Sadly it only has 256gb SSD and 8gb ram so it costs me even more to get another ram stick and 1tb hdd. 💀💀💀

  • Dashane Du Plessis says:

    Hey, Jarrod! Really enjoying the laptop reviews! I'm looking to buy my first laptop do your reviews are super helpful! Quick question though: Do you know if Aftershock ships down here to New Zealand? I'm thinking of getting the vapor 15 or eluktronics mag 15.

  • I am interested in triton 500. There are 2070 and 2080 max-q. Which one should I pick, if the other specs are the same

  • Rojsa.com واردات تخصصی لپ تاپ says:

    Undoubtedly you deserve more subscriber as your reviews are amazing. 👍👍👍👍

  • Blood Of Gurkha 02 says:

    So found a fix for dell g7 myself
    Disabling Cpu hyperthreading cuts the heat by alot and some UV
    Is that settings common in laptop cpus or dell g7 is trash

  • Hello, can you review the gl75 rtx 2070?.. please respond quick because I don’t wont the price to go up due to corona, would it effect the FPS dramatically

  • Glad Jarrod's having sponsors now. You really deserve it good sir. More power to you and pls make sure to have a proper rest coz obviously your videos are really reliable and we appreciate all the hardwork that you pour. Btw Idk if it's a good time to ask this but what Alienware product will you recommend between A51, m17r2 or m15r2. I'm planning to get it one but I'm not as knowledgeable about stuff like undervolting compared to enthusiasts. Awkward time to ask coz this is an Aftershock vid but thanks bud.

  • Suman Chhetri says:

    Can u please do a review of Asus Vivobook gaming core i7 F571gt-al318t?
    Looks really good on paper
    I7 9th gen 9750h
    Gtx 1650
    16 GB ram
    512 sad
    But only 3 cell battery
    What r ur views about this one?

  • I have experienced some smudging on the surface on my Terra 15.
    I agree that the keyboard isn't the best, and the lighting is actually pretty dim.
    I was kinda bummed that it only unlocks the full power graphics card when plugged in.
    The battery life was shockingly short, and CPU temps reached 90°C, even on low settings.

    On World of Tanks with High settings, it reached about 180-190fps. It was basically beautiful compared to the old PC I used to play on that could malfunction if you accidentally knee'd the table.

    On my experience there is no reason not to increase the video quality of your game settings as it reaches 90°C anyway.

    Now I rekt AWP players with the AUG with impunity.

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