While it’s a big-name brand in China, THUNDEROBOT – also known as Leishen in China – is largely unknown in Malaysia, it made a big splash here with the set up and launch of its online marketplace. It is during the launch event that THUNDEROBOT reveals the four new models it plans to bring in. Among them is the main flagship – the THUNDEROBOT TR DINO, AKA THUNDEROBOT GTR. While it boasts the best specs on paper, it’s for yours truly to find out if it lives up to the hype. Since it made its debut here in Malaysia, it’s only fair that this powered gamer entry runs the PC.com Tested Lab review gauntlet and show how it performs with real world demands.
Roaring to Life
The THUNDEROBOT TR DINO reached PC.com Tested Lab in a neat and simple package – a single box with a top-lid that can be lifted up to reveal the device. This is as easy-going as it gets as, upon opening the box, one can tell that the laptop is sitting snugly inside, alongside the usual assortment of bundled materials in a separate compartment. Once out of the box, it is easy to tell the powerhouse flagship from THUNDEROBOT is very serious about wanting to look cool yet brutish. It comes in a brushed aluminium silver coat that has a futuristic looking logo emblazoned in the middle. Complementing the build material is the sleek trapezoid-like shape and those awesome cooling fins at the back.
Indeed, the THUNDEROBOT TR DINO does deliver on its promise by looks alone. In fact, at first glance, some have mistakenly identified it as a product from Alienware. Under the hood, this oversized gamer platform features some of the best specs one can get on the market right now. Powering the laptop is an Intel 7th Generation Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core processor and tagging along for the ride is an NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB GPU. Storage wise – an M2 Samsung SSD is used with a 1TB hard-disk and as for RAM, this gaming platform rocks 16GB DDR4 RAM. All of them work together to produce the highest level of gaming performance.
What good will come of all this great hardware if the display is not up to par to display visuals properly? Thankfully, the THUNDEROBOT TR DINO rocks a 15.6-inch 120Hz Full HD IPS and even has VR Ready certification, meaning it can deal with virtual reality content easily. While there is no G-Sync support, being able to offer two high-in-demand functions is more than good enough. Having ultra-fast refresh rates promises a smooth gaming experience. Being a First-Person Shooter and Racing Sim fan, it is very pleasing to be able to delve into both so easily with this optimised gamer system. Everything plays so seamlessly, with visuals looking very crisp and full of vivid clarity.
Rough and Tumble
The solid build and high-spec innards of the THUNDEROBOT TR DINO are two critical factors that inspire me to push it as hard as I can. Suffice to say, it’s been a great experience. All the games that I loaded onto it – Rise of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield 1, Project CARS, just to name a few – play very smoothly as per my expectations. If not for the 5,400rpm 1TB HDD, the load times could be faster for sure. As with any gaming laptop, this THUNDEROBOT entry does warm up when under heavy loads. It’s a good thing the nicely design cooling exhaust at the rear means that warm air gets pushed to the back and away from having any chance to be recycled.
At every aspect, the THUNDEROBOT TR DINO delivers in spade – be it the immersive capabilities or its speedy performance, everything about it is outstanding. Even normal concerns like fan noise levels or comfort level of the keyboard are properly addressed as this gaming platform is very quiet and offers awesome tactile response for all keystrokes. I can certainly see why THUNDEROBOT is pushing this system as its flagship. With a competitive price-tag, it also aims to be a serious contender in the gaming laptop category. With its good looks, coupled with awesome hardware and great performance, there is no doubt that many LAN party-goers will consider a THUNDEROBOT TR Dino this year.
Verdict: All hail our new DINO overlord!
(Text by Din)