CyberPowerPC Xplorer X6-9120 Gaming Laptop Review
A Closer Look at the Xplorer X6 -9120 (Exterior)
In terms of packaging, CyberPowerPC hasn’t really gone all out here. Inside a larger CyberPowerPC branded box (not shown), you simply get a plain brown box (left) which holds another plain brown box with a CyberPowerPC logo (right) which holds the laptop and all of the accessories to go with it.
Other than the laptop, the box also comes with a power brick, some mounting screws (most likely replacement screws), a power cord, a driver CD, and a Windows 7 installation disk. Whereas most manufacturers nowadays require you to request a new OS installation disk through their service center, it’s nice to see that CyberPowerPC is still including the re-installation disk in case of HDD/SSD upgrades or emergency OS re-installs.
Mounted on the laptop is a 6 cell, 4400mAh, 47Wh Lithium ion battery. According to the specifications, a single charge should last around 5 hours. Of course, it would greatly depend on how the laptop is used.
Taking a first look at the laptop itself, we notice that the top of the laptop is constructed of a glossy plastic finish. This is actually quite nice if you have time to constantly clean it, but the glossy finish will be extremely vulnerable to fingerprints and dust.
The rest of the laptop is constructed of plastic. It doesn’t seem like the most durable plastic in the world (more than likely to save on weight), but it should hold up fine for those who take care of their electronic equipment.
With the lid open we get the user interface area. Like the top of the unit, the entire inside of the unit is constructed of the same glossy plastic material, so lots of maintenance is required if you like your laptop looking like new.
One thing you’ll notice is that CyberPowerPC has opted to include a matte screen instead of a glossy screen with the X6-9120. Personally, I’m a big fan of matte screens as they don’t reflect light, which makes it much easier to see when working in a brightly lit room.
Another thing you’ll notice is that the keyboard included with the X6-9120 is a full sized, US layout keyboard with the long enter key, long shift keys, and long backspace key. This is great for those who type a lot with their laptops and are most familiar with the US layout. Like most other laptops though, the keys are mushy and the compact sized ten key on the right is squished to make room for the rest of the keyboard. The touchpad is fairly standard. It’s not amazing, but it gets the job done. The buttons below are nice and give excellent tactile response when clicked, which is good.
As mentioned earlier, the palm rest is composed of the same glossy plastic used practically everywhere else. Expect massive amounts of smudges here, so clean frequently is all I can say. On the bottom right palm rest is a bunch of stickers showcasing the laptop’s key features. Note the Nvidia Optimus technology, which allows seamless switching between the integrated CPU graphics and the Nvidia GT640m mobile GPU. This allows massive power savings despite the laptop carrying a discrete GPU.
The panel above the keyboard is also composed of a glossy plastic material.It houses the speakers, and the power button. Once powered on, the power button glows blue, which looks nice against the glossy black finish. One thing I’m not a huge fan of though is that huge CyberPowerPC logo. Can’t really explain it, but something is off here…
The LED indicator lights are located at the bottom left corner of the laptop. Like the power button, they glow blue as well.
Taking a look at the I/O options here, the left side has the power jack, a RJ-45 LAN connector, a VGA connector, a HDMI connector, and two USB 3.0 ports.
From the front, under the right side palm rest area is a 3 in 1 card reader with a dummy card included.
Taking a look at the right side of the laptop, we get the 3.5mm headphone/microphone ports, two USB 2.0 ports, the optical drive, and a Kensington lock port.
The entire bottom of the laptop is composed of sturdy plastic, which is quite similar to what we find on most laptops these days. There are 4 rubber feet on each corner to prevent the laptop from slipping. Vents are placed strategically above areas that need cooling the most (CPU, GPU, etc).