[Review]: Illegear Laguna
Design Hits & Misses
Not one to rest on its laurels, Illegear has come up with the successor to the Z5 with the Laguna gaming laptop. Taking certain design elements from the Z5, the Laguna features a similar keyboard and touchpad placement. As comfortable as it is, I wouldn’t recommend it as the touchpad isn’t at the centre of the keyboard, which makes typing feel weird and awkward. This is also due to the touchpad being carved into the body rather than sharing the same height.
God of Gaming
Through the benchmark results alone, the Laguna took me by surprise as it exceeded my high standards. Not surprising since it is packing some major heat like the NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU and 16GB of RAM. Dota 2 gave me a consistent 120 fps without any lag or screen tearing. Overwatch has very similar stats as I got approximately 100 fps when my settings were set to ‘Epic’.
All-in-one Control Centre
One pre-installed feature of the Laguna is its Control Center, which gives you all the information about the laptop’s current performance like fan speed, GPU and CPU temperature and how much CPU, GPU and memory power you’re eating up. Through the Control Center, you can also customise the LED-backlit keyboard, the back panels and the power button to any colour of your choosing with plenty of modes available as well.
Loud & Clear
The built-in speakers on the Laguna is actually pretty decent. It had pretty clear highs with a study mid and deep lows; an all-rounder of a gaming laptop if I do say so myself. It also comes with a built-in subwoofer, located at the bottom for that added ‘oomph’. This is exceptionally great for movies thanks to its 15.6-inch Full HD display screen, making your movies pop with great colour and clarity. However, be sure your movie or video quality is 720p resolution at the very least.
What’s the Difference in The End?
Having only been around for a handful of years, Illegear has managed to come up with a strong lineup of gaming laptops to suit the many needs and wants. From a budget-friendly device to an over-the-top achiever, Illegear features a wide range, all of which are customisable. In the end, the Laguna was made for top quality games as the GTX 1070 can handle almost anything you throw at it.
Random Noises Everywhere
Overall, the cooling fans on the Laguna are relatively quiet except when you have multiple programs open as that is when it starts to get slightly audible.
When gaming, the GPU and CPU of the Laguna will rise from its steady 40-50 degrees to somewhere between 70-85 degrees.
Redesigned Thermal Cooling
Although it may be slightly loud, the Laguna’s new and improved thermal cooling components are largely the reason why it can be considered one of the top models of its price range.
Lasting Longer Than Ever
Thanks to the new and improved 86Wh Prismatic battery, the Laguna can last up to 8 hours on normal surfing alone. For gaming, it’d be best to use power source.
Slimming Pills Not Needed
When closed, the Laguna is much slimmer compared to its predecessor; this is great for when you want to bring it around with you.
Dimension (WxHxD): 385 x 27.8 x 267 mm
Weight: 2.75 kg
Processor: 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (2.80GHz to 3.80GHz)
Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM
Storage: 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Operating System: Windows 10
Display: 15.6″ Full HD Anti-glare Display featuring IPS / AHVA Wide Colour & Wide View (1920 x 1080)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with 8GB GDDR5
Connectivity: Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN; Killer Dual Band Wireless-AC + Bluetooth; M.2 interface
Ports: 1x HDMI; 1x Mini Display Port; 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 2 (1x USB Type-C); 2x USB 3.1 Gen. 1; 1x Audio Combo Jack (Headphone-out & Mic-in); 1x RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
3DMark Fire Strike – 13,386
PCMark8 Creative Accelerated 3.0 – 8,011
Cinebench R15 OpenGL – 110.42 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU – 710cb
V – 6
P – 9
F – 9
D – 8.5
U – 9
Total – 8.3 (GOLD)
Verdict: The Illegear Laguna is quick, powerful and packs a mean punch. Only downside – the price scares me a little bit.