Design

Eurocom is leveraging the Clevo P775TM1-G laptop as their base chassis for the Sky X7C, and if you’ve ever had a chance to use a Clevo laptop before, it is certainly function over form in every respect. There’s no fancy aluminum CNC chassis, but instead a big, bold, black plastic exterior, with no fancy graphics or lighting. Every dollar you pay goes into what is inside, rather than outside.

The Eurocom Sky X7C is a big laptop. It measures 40 mm / 1.6-inches thick and weighs in at a hefty 3.9 kg / 8.58 lbs. This is true desktop replacement territory, offering the size and weight to be able to handle the extra cooling that the desktop class components will require. As a DTR notebook, it’s meant to be moved from desk to desk, rather than used on the go.

The no-nonsense black plastic continues when you lift the display open. This notebook doesn’t offer the ultra-thin bezels you may expect on a smaller, lighter laptop, and the imposing size doesn’t offer the modern look from some of the more expensive competition.

If you are familiar with Clevo keyboards, this is as standard as they come. Clevo offers a full keyboard plus number pad, and it offers reasonable key feel and throw. There’s only three zones of RGB backlighting, rather than per-key like some of the competition, which limits the usefulness of the backlighting for anything other than being able to see in the dark. Per-key does offer some benefits to quickly find certain keys, or change the mapping based on application, whereas three zones, to me, looks a bit silly if all of the zones are not set to the same color.

The trackpad offers the same no-nonsense approach, with a pretty average trackpad. There’s no glass top for smoothness, but it is responsive enough and works well with multi-touch. There’s also actual buttons located below the trackpad, which is beneficial for gaming if you don’t have access to a mouse. Clevo also includes a fingerprint reader in the trackpad as an added convenience.

The sides of the laptop offer plenty of expansion ports, with four USB Type-A ports split across the right and left, and two USB Type-C ports on the left side. There’s also a SD card reader and Ethernet on the left, and four 3.5 mm jacks for the audio on the right. If there’s a small quibble here, it would be that the Ethernet cable should be located on the rear to make the cabling a bit cleaner if you do want to use wired Ethernet, where it would join the two DisplayPort outputs, the HDMI 2.0 port, and the massive 4-pin power connector.

Clevo laptops are function over form, which is really their charm, and allows them to offer more performance for less cost than most, if not all, of the competition. The design of the Eurocom Sky X7C is typical Clevo, but it still offers a reasonable keyboard and trackpad even if the overall fit, finish, and feel don’t quite stack up with the sleek aluminum you’d normally see on a gaming laptop in this price range. There’s plenty of expansion, and you could easily run this as a true desktop with a display, keyboard, and mouse connected with no fuss.

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  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    Does not matter because, like Trump, no body will use the edit feature. Reply
  • ballsystemlord - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    For the easily confused, that's a joke. Reply
  • AMD Die Hard - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    I liked the write up about the laptop so much, that I went to Eurocom's website to configure one. I was blown away by how much money they are charging for a M.2 drive. The 1TB 860 EVO is $583 when newegg sells it for $153. That is just one example, all of the prices seem out of whack. I expect a slight price premium, but that seems extreme. Reply
  • close - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    Configure the lowest spec chassis that can support your needs then buy your own RAM, storage, even CPU (although for this last one the cooling might have to be upgraded so a no-go). Reply
  • Psyrecx - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    It's cute when noobies to technology think that Clevo and Eurocom just started doing this.

    Yeah, they didn't have Dual CPU, SLI laptops over a decade ago.
    Reply
  • MaikelSZ - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    check here
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Eurocom-Sky-X7C-i9-9...
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    It wasn't immediately obvious in the article, which 1080p option did Notebook Check get? Reply
  • MaikelSZ - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    the IPS Reply
  • MaikelSZ - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    Display: 17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HAN03.1, IPS, AUO319D, glossy: no Reply
  • MaikelSZ - Monday, August 5, 2019 - link

    around 2009 - 2011 I had an Eurocom Phantom D900C, with a 4 core Xeon, 2 x 9800GTX M (SLI), 4GB and 3 x 320 GB HDD . Boy, o´ Boy!! Reply

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