Eurocom updates Sky MX5 R2 laptop with Pascal cards

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 1920×1080 IPS panel or a 4K 3840×2160 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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    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    This looked vaguely interesting until I read that these Clevos get 3-4 hours per charge doing basic browsing.

    LOL $453 to swap from a 1TB HDD to 1TB SATA SSD.

    They get massive kudos for not jumping on the 3K/4K/5K-only resolution laptop mistake, but this seems more like a portable desktop with early adopter tax.

    • NovusBogus
    • 3 years ago

    Is Clevo still churning out plastic frames? For almost 6 pounds and $1500 I want me some Glorious Metal. And those hinges…never really been a fan of the “two little fingers” design, it looks cheap and flimsy even when it’s done well.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      It’s not a unibody, no.

      Base (removable): Aluminium – screws into steel keyboard deck
      Edges and ports: Plastic
      Keyboard deck (effectively motherboard tray): Steel
      Top deck: Plastic with Aluminium inlay
      Screen hinges: Steel with plastic cover, mounted Steel keyboard deck
      Screen Bezel: Plastic
      Screen Lid: Aluminium with the exception of the plastic antenna “window”.

      Build quality seems good but not great. I’ve had several Clevo laptops (a couple personally but most through work) and none of them have suffered from quality-related issues despite many of them taking some abuse. Likewise, the Lenovo Thinkpads were retired due to trackpad and hinge damage, whilst the Dell Vostros died of hinge death and the Dell Precisions die from ‘cheap motherboard syndrome’.

      Sample size is low – only 20 machine of each type, roughly – so take with a pinch of salt.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Thanks for that informative rundown. It’s a shame, though. For $1500 “good but not great” is a poor reflection on build quality. I think I’m with NovusBogus.

          • Chrispy_
          • 3 years ago

          The 4K IPS screen, Mobile GTX 1070 and 6700HQ make up the vast bulk of that cost; You’d be struggling to get those components for that price from Asus/MSI/Gigabyte who will also sell you a laptop with a lot of plastic and qualify as “good but not great”

          So in the grand scheme of things, it’s similar build quality to the big names but generally cheaper and more configurable too.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Indeed, but man, I just want someone to build something that doesn’t look cheap unless they’re charging cheap prices. Since as you say the GeForce and i7 make up most of the cost, then they could spend a couple bucks to make it look nice and charge a bit more for the privilege.

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            but then it’s not cheap

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            At $1500 it’s already not cheap. That’s my point.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            I know what you mean, but it’s par for the course. Even Auorus and Alienware are basically plastic.

            If you want the rigidity of a unibody design in something this big, it’s gonna end up weighing 15lbs, unfortunately. I mean the 15″ MBP is a heavy beast and it’s basically an empty all-in-one compared to all the components that go into these models.

            The main thing about the plastic Dell/HP/Alienware/MSI/Auorus/Gigabyte/Asus laptops is that the higher-end models use premium plastics and feel very sturdy. As nice as it would be to have a machined metal unibody like the ultrabooks and MBPs, it’s not realistically sensible in such a large laptop and if you drop those they still break just as surely as the plastic ones do.

    • BIF
    • 3 years ago

    So I loaded one up with 2 M.2 1TB drives, two 2TB SSDs, 64 GB memory, and some other stuff and was able to drive the price up to almost $6200.

    Then I realized it was only a 15.6″ screen and I closed the configurator. 😉

    17.3″ or bigger for me, please.

    But I do love this machine, yes I do.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Well have they got the $7,700 17″ laptop for you (GTX 1080, 60Hz 4K display, 64GB of memory, 6TB of SSD space): [url<]http://www.eurocom.com/ec/configure(2,386,0)ec[/url<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    How far behind everyone else is Eurocom?

    I’ve had one of these Clevo P650RS laptops to go with the company HTC Vive for two months already.

    I honestly don’t understand the delay with whitebook resellers like Eurocom/Sager. Clevo sends them a complete PC these days with soldered CPU and soldered GPU. The only thing these “boutique” companies do is add off-the-shelf storage, RAM and a wireless card!

      • BIF
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]"I honestly don't understand the delay with whitebook resellers like Eurocom/Sager. Clevo sends them a complete PC these days with soldered CPU and soldered GPU. The only thing these "boutique" companies do is add off-the-shelf storage, RAM and a wireless card!" [/quote<] You probably don't understand because you don't know if there's an agreement in place. It's possible that Clevo has a built-in market leadtime before letting whitebook sellers (I don't know what that is) sell their version of the maker's product. There could be an x-month non-compete in place. Or the contract might just say that the (whitebook?) clones won't be delivered until such-and-so date. I'm just happy that SOMEBODY is making laptops for the enthusiast market. And yeah so what if they call them "laptops". It tells me what I need to know about the form factor.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        No, you don’t understand, as your “I don’t know what a whitebook” comment confirms 😉

        There’s no exclusivity agreements in place with Clevo, they manufacture a product (a whitebook) and it goes on worldwide sale. AVAdirect, Eurocom, Falcon NW, Chillblast, Mythlogic, PCSpecialist, Sager, Schenker, Xotic just buy the whitebooks from Clevo (and sometimes other Whitebook manufacturers like Compal and Pegatron) and resell it. They’re not quite complete laptops since they have no storage or RAM but you can assemble a Clevo laptop in under five minutes if you know what you’re doing.

        What I’m pointing out here is that Eurocom are two months behind schedule with this model, which is the Clevo P650RS-G and every other vendor that I can think of has been selling this since Clevo updated their P650 range to include a 1060 and 1070 GPU option.

        Making a press release this late into the P650’s product lifecycle is akin to announcing that they have supply issues, slow turnover, or were just unwilling to keep up – all quite serious offences if you’re in the market for a whitebook.

          • BIF
          • 3 years ago

          Okay, thanks for educating me.

          But “quite serious offenses?” Really? Are you saying that being late in the mind of one guy on the internet completely 100% disqualifies and obviates all other benefits that Eurocom might offer? ;p

          More seriously, how do we (as intelligent consumers who don’t work for either Clevo or Eurocom) know for sure that the problem is what you say it is? How do we know that there really wasn’t some other kind of deal going on? How do we find out if this might really be a red flag that should give us pause before making a purchase?

          It’s not a 17″ monitor, so I’m not chomping at the bit to buy one. But this could be a good learning opportunity for me for future reference.

            • Chrispy_
            • 3 years ago

            Quite serious offences:

            Clevo laptops are quialified as boutique builds, because they’re all built to order. If your vendor of choice (in this case Eurocom) is late to the party, it hints that they’re not keeping up with Clevo for patches, updates, upgrades, etc. If they’re slow to deal with Clevo, what’s to say that they’re not slow to deal with customers too? The last thing you want with a boutique build is a long wait after handing over your money and I’ve heard some resellers (Eurocom included) can make you wait for up to 6 weeks whilst they wait for enough orders to justify a batch order from Clevo.

            A lot of this is backed up by the customer reviews and reports of clevo owners, some of it part of the advertising blurb of resellers that are fast and up to date, some of it is just speculation based on potential FUD, but my sources are generally owner’s lounges on reseller forums or independent boards like notebookcheck and notebookreview.

            Common sense says there really wasn’t some kind of deal going on, but that’s not me saying that you have a lack of common sense, more that you’re ignorant to background of Clevo which is not a fault of your own. I guess if you’re interested in Clevo whitebooks and geeky enough to read around a lot, you’ll accrue the information you need to see how Clevo works as a brand and then work it out for yourself.

            BTW, the 17″ version of this that you’re looking for has been around for ages too:
            Google Clevo P670-RG and find a reseller that’s in your region.

            • BIF
            • 3 years ago

            Okay, this really does help quite a bit. Thank you for taking the time. 😀

            I’ll check out the P670-RG.

      • CDNMade
      • 3 years ago

      I have a friend who works for Eurocom and they told me in this case, there were shipping delays, they had to adequately test the system and a few other small issues that came up.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Wow 4k at a refreshing double cinematic rate.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      And probably horrible for anything else (gaming, productivity, 30/60fps content). On the desktop, at least, you can use gsync to watch movies, as long as your player can use a d3d renderer (mpc-hc can), but since laptop gsync is a variation of vesa adaptive sync, I’m not sure if it’s subject to the same limitations.

        • Firestarter
        • 3 years ago

        No G-Sync on that 4K panel

        [quote<]your choice of a Full HD, IPS, G-Sync panel, for first-person shooters, or a 4K QFHD, IPS display, for epic fantasy lovers[/quote<]

          • Voldenuit
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, I was referring to the 1080p panel, and wondering how mobile g-sync compares to desktop monitors.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 3 years ago

    Wow, they fit a pascal card in there?

    I knew we’ve had desktop CPUs in laptops for a while, but that’s impressive.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      You just roll out of bed or something? The only mobile Pascal is desktop Pascal.

      [url<]https://techreport.com/news/30522/nvidia-brings-its-gtx-1080-gtx-1070-and-gtx-1060-to-laptops[/url<]

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