Laptops aren’t just for jet-setting executives anymore. We look at the Hypersonic Aviator CX7 to see how much we can get out of a gaming laptop and how well Hypersonic stands by its hardware.
We invite you to take a moment to read our editorial on how the [H] Consumer Systems Evaluation program works.
As many of you might know, [H] Consumer doesn’t "review" personal computer systems; we evaluate the experiences they facilitate. We order the system the same as you would and weigh every aspect of the end-user experience. Not only does this give us a better idea of what hardware an end-user actually receives, it also allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of just how each company functions and treats its customers. As fast as PC hardware has become over the years, we think giving a personal computer "5 stars" based on how fast it ran a synthetic benchmark is simply irresponsible. We think service, support, and reliability are much more important factors in today's climate rather than speed. Fast is easily paid for, but purchasing and ownership satisfaction can be elusive regardless of price.
We’ve previously used the evaluation program to take a look at computers from Dell, Gateway, PC Club, Falcon Northwest, Puget Systems, ABS, Maingear, Overdrive PC, WidowPC, and Velocity Micro. This is our first computer from Hypersonic.
We ordered the Hypersonic Aviator CX7; a “desktop replacement” that cost us $2604 after shipping. We decided to go with a 1.86GHz Intel Pentium-M 750 Processor. We also got two gigabytes of RAM and a 60GB 7200RPM SATA hard drive.
Notably, the computer also comes with an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7800 GTX graphics solution. With our 17-inch, 16:10 display at 1680x1050, we should be able to get some serious gaming out of this machine. We also decided to get a PCMCIA Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS notebook soundcard, and we got the 1 year Platinum warranty.
* We did not order these products – they were provided by Hypersonic at no additional charge with our order.
** Hypersonic claims that the Aviator CX7 weighs 8.3lbs w/battery on its website. We took the laptop to a local butcher’s to get an accurate reading off the scales there to get 9.5lbs.