CyberpowerPC Fangbook III HX6-200

Customizable 15-inch Gaming Laptop That Weighs Just 5.3 Pounds

CyberpowerPC Fangbook III HX6-200
Fangbook III HX6-200. ┬ęCyberpowerPC

CyberpowerPC has discontinued the Fangbook III series of laptops and replaced them with a more upgraded Fangbook 4. If you are looking for a 15-inch laptop for gaming, be sure to check out the Best 14 to 16-inch Laptop list for options that are currently available.

The Bottom Line

Jul 13 2015 - Cyberpower's Fangbook III HX6-200 offers a well-rounded package for those looking for a 15-inch gaming laptop.

Performance is strong and the display is better than many other systems. The customizable lighting makes it stand out from the standard black gaming notebooks. The lightweight is nice but also highlights one of its biggest problems with a smaller battery that results in shorter running times.

Pros

  • Solid Gaming Performance
  • Above Average Display
  • Customizable Keyboard Lighting

Cons

  • Poor Battery Life
  • Fans Get Noisy Under Heavy Workload

Description

  • Intel Core i5-5700HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3
  • 1TB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 15.6" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display With 720p Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 3.0, One USB 2.0, Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, SD Card Slot
  • 15.08" x 10.2" x 1.06" @ 5.3 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - CyberpowerPC Fangbook III BX6-200

Jul 13 2015 - Cyberpower's Fangbook III HX6-200 is the company's latest affordable 15-inch PC gaming laptop.

It is based on the white box chassis that is used in the MSI GE62 Apache laptop. The exterior looks identical minus the MSI markings. It is relatively lightweight at just five and a third pounds and just over an inch thick. It features your standard black coloring but with customizable color zones for the keyboard backlight.

One of the big updates for the system over the Fangbook III BX6-100 is the latest Intel Core i7-5700HQ quad-core processor. Performance wise, the new processor does not add that much more performance but theoretically is more efficient. Regardless, this is a fast processor that offers more than enough performance for gaming and should be well suited for demanding tasks like desktop video work. The 8GB of DDR3 memory is sufficient for gaming but if you are thinking of doing desktop video work with it, you might want to upgrade the memory to 16GB for the smoothest experience with Windows with very demanding applications.

The base storage for the Fangbook III HX6-200 is fairly typical of a gaming laptop in its price range. It uses a one terabyte hard drive that provides it with plenty of space for applications and games along with any digital media you have. Performance is decent thanks to the 7200rpm spin rate but it is nothing compared to using a solid state drive. Of course, you can always upgrade to either a 2.5-inch SATA based SSD to replace the hard drive or use a M.2 card to provide it with faster booting into Windows or applications. If you need additional space outside of this, there are three USB 3.0 ports for use with external hard drives.

It does include a DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

Gaming is the focus of the Fangbook III HX6-200 and it does this job quite well thanks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M and the 15.6-inch display with 1920x1080 resolution. It can play most modern games up to the full resolution with medium to high detail levels and still have over 30 frames per second. It will struggle on some very demanding games from time to time but it is still a satisfying experience. The 15.6-inch display offers some good color and viewing angles with some very responsive action thanks to the embedded DisplayPort connection to the graphics system.

It uses an anti-glare coating which is useful for helping to keep the glare down when playing outdoors or in certain lighting.

The MSI based chassis uses a Steel Series keyboard that features an isolated layout design common to most laptops now. It does feature a full numeric keypad but the keys are of reduced size compared to the rest of the keyboard. As mentioned before, it has a customizable backlight with various zones and color options. Overall, the experience typing on it is comfortable if a bit stiff at times. The trackpad is a good overall size and features dedicated buttons rather than integrated ones. Accuracy is good for single and multitouch but most gamers will be using an external mouse anyways.

If there is an Achilles heel to the Fangbook III HX6-200 it is the battery life. Protected running time for the system is just over four hours on its six-cell pack. This already puts it below most other 15-inch laptops. In digital video playback testing, the system is able to go for three and a half hours before going into standby mode. This is far below average for a 15-inch laptop and less than half what the Apple MacBook Pro 15 can achieve with its massive battery but also twice the cost.

Pricing for the Cyberpower Fangbook III HX6-200 is just below $1200 and roughly equivalent to what MSI would charge for the base setup. Of course, the system can be customized and upgraded which increases the cost. There is a lot of competition in this price range. The Alienware 15 costs roughly the same but offers a slower processor, larger profile and heavier weight It makes up for this with a better screen and longer battery life.

The Gigabyte P55W is slightly more expensive at $1299 but it comes with a faster GTX 970M graphics processor but otherwise very similar size and features otherwise. Finally, the Lenovo Y50-70 is somewhat more affordable with a similar size but uses a previous generation processor. It does offer a solid state hybrid drive though that gives it a slight boost for storage performance.

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