Custom manufacturer CyberPowerPC has announced its latest gaming machine in the form of the Fangbook III HX6. If you’re familiar with gaming laptops, then you’ll know that they have a tendency to get a little hot when running intensive titles. The company thinks it has a solution to this problem, augmenting its latest system with a kickstand that allows for better airflow, leading to improved cooling.
As you would expect from a gaming notebook, the HX6 can be configured with some powerful internals including an Intel Core i7-4940MQ processor and up to 16 GB RAM. While the system doesn’t make use of Nvidia’s new Maxwell GPUs, it is fitted with a GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, providing a healthy 4GB GDDR5 memory. The machine totes a full 1,920 x 1,080 LED IPS panel and can be configured with a range of storage options including a huge 1TB SSD.
Aside from some solid raw specs, the HX6 has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Most notably, there's a small stand that props up the rear edge of the notebook when you open it up.
This isn’t likely to be all that helpful if you’re using the system on your lap, but will provide better airflow to the base air intakes all the time it’s parked firmly on your desk. Given its hefty 5.9-lb (2.7-kg) weight, that’s likely to be the more user-friendly setup.
There are also three customizable keys located above the keyboard that can be configured to perform a number of functions, including turning on the built-in backlight, increasing fan speed and underclocking the CPU.
At 1.24 in (3.15 cm), the HX6 is a fairly chunky machine. But unlike a number of other gaming notebooks, it doesn’t pack an optical disk drive, meaning you’ll have to rely on downloading games or picking up an external drive. Luckily, there aren’t any issues when it comes to connectivity, with the HX6 offering 802.11ac wireless and Bluetooth 4.0.
The CyberPowerPC Fangbook III HX6 gaming notebook runs on Windows 8.1, and is estimated to start shipping in the first week of November. Prices start at US$1,100 for the base configuration.
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