Falcon Northwest laptops join the Pascal party


— 9:00 AM on October 6, 2016

Laptop manufacturers around the world have eagerly refreshed their lineups to include Nvidia's Pascal GPUs. Lured by the promise of desktop-class performance in a notebook,  Asus, Gigabyte, and Aorus all announced Pascal-powered laptops on the same day. Now, boutique builder Falcon Northwest has updated its DRX and TLX notebooks with Nvidia's latest GPUs.

Falcon Northwest thinks its DRX notebook can replace users' desktops without sacrificing performance. The result is an 8.6 lb (3.9 kg) monster that's 1.6" tall (4.1 cm). Its 17.3" IPS display sports Nvidia's G-sync technology, and has a maximum resolution of 1920x1080. There's room for a full-size keyboard with a numpad, as well as a two-button trackpad with an integrated fingerprint reader. DRX notebooks also have two Mini DisplayPort outputs, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, and a Thunderbolt port. 

As you'd expect from a boutique shop, DRX laptops are highly customizable, and they all employ the same Intel Skylake processors as found in Falcon Northwest's desktops. Purchasers can select among Intel Core i5-6500, Core i5-6600K, or Core i7-6700K CPUs. For graphics horsepower, Falcon Northwest offers Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060, 1070, or 1080 graphics cards. From there, buyers can add up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and up to four storage devices. Unsurprisingly, this hardware needs a lot of power. Falcon Northwest says gamers can expect about two hours of runtime before the battery will need to be swapped out or recharged.

Users who expect a little more mobility from their mobile devices might consider Falcon Northwest's TLX notebook. At 5.8 lbs (2.6 kg) and 1.2" thick (3 cm), the TLXs are considerably more trim than the DRX models. Falcon Northwest opted for a 15.6" 1920x1080 display here—and yes, it's equipped with G-Sync. Like the DRX, TLX laptops have a full keyboard and numpad. There's no ThunderBolt port on these machines, though.

TLX notebooks are a bit less customizable than the DRX models. Interested buyers can pick Intel's Core i7-6700HQ or Core i7-6820HK CPUs. All TLX models are equipped with Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070. Despite the smaller size, these machines can still pack up to 64GB of DDR4 memory and up to four storage devices. The battery is non-removable, and should be good for about two hours of runtime.

However users configure DRX or TLX notebooks, Falcon Northwest will throw in a backpack carrying case and a custom paint job on the lid for no extra charge. TLX notebooks start at $2200, while the larger DRX notebooks start at $2600. Both are available right now.

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