Looking at the Sky MX5 R2, one has to wonder if the designers at Eurocom understands what "laptop" means to most people. They're definitely stretching the definition. The company released the original Sky MX5 last fall with a Nvidia GTX 970M card and Intel's Core i7-6700HQ CPU on board. This revision adds Nvidia's 10-series graphics cards to keep the lineup fresh.
The R2 revision updates little aside from the graphics card, which is now Nvidia's GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The GTX 1070 powers what looks to be the same 15.6" display, which is available either as a G-Sync-compatible 1920x1080 IPS panel or a 4K 3840x2160 screen with a 48Hz refresh rate. The system also sports an RGB LED backlit keyboard this time around. Despite packing the same-size battery as the previous model, the Sky MX5 R2 also promises about 60 percent more battery life over its predecessor.
While the original MX5 weighed in at 5.51 pounds, its replacement adds a bit of bulk for a total weight of 5.72 lbs (or 2.6kg). The MX5 R2 is also about 10% thicker at 1.13" (2.9cm), while keeping the same 15.16" width and 10.66" depth (38.5 cm x 27.1 cm) of the original. The highly-configurable system is available starting at $1499 on Eurocom's site.
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