The Eluktronics Max-15 was announced in January 2020, alongside its bigger counterpart, the Eluktronics Max-17. Both laptops were anticipated to be the best performing gaming laptops in their class.
Many reviewers have gone on to praise the Max-15 as the most powerful 15-inch gaming laptop they have ever tested. Here is our quick review.
CPU: 10th Gen Intel Core-i7-10875H @2.3GHz-5.1GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (8GB) [with options for SUPER for +$200] / NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q edition (8GB) for +$500
Display: 15.6-inch Full HD IPS display @144Hz (Antiglare @1920 x 1080) [with option for 240Hz for +$100]
Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD [can hold up to 8TB]
Memory: 16GB DDR4 (2 DImm) [can hold up to 64GB]
Elektronics has never been a brand known for its outrageous or flashy laptop designs. Eluktronics is a company built around the idea of making Enthusiast gaming computers based on barebones designs, similar to Maingear, Sager, and Schenker’s style. Eluktronics focuses more on performance than aesthetics, and that shows in the Max-15’s design.
The Max-15 is made out of magnesium alloy, and its top lid has a matte silver finish with its logo in the middle – nothing fancy. The inside of the laptop is the same thing as well, a matte silver finish with magnesium alloy all the way around.
The laptop weighs about 3.82 pounds in weight, making it one of the lightest gaming laptops on the market with an RTX 2070.
The display is a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS screen with a 144Hz refresh rate. The display is a matte screen, and this allows for good viewing angles overall. However, the screen comes with no G-sync and no option of disabling NVIDIA Optimus; therefore, it would always be on for battery conservation.
On testing the screen, the results obtained for color accuracy was 95% sRGB and 70% AdobeRGB. With a contrast ratio of 600:1 and a brightness rating of 346.5 nits, the Max 15 is a fair laptop for most content creators, at least in terms of color accuracy, but excellent for gaming.
The display can be opened with one finger, and screen flex is only experienced when trying to bend it on purpose.
The battery is a four-cell 62Whr battery that lasts for 4 hours when watching YouTube videos with brightness at 50%.
It was impossible to test the game on the battery as gaming frame rates drop to unusable numbers.
1x Thunderbolt 3 port, 1x HDMI 2.0 port, 1x USB Type-A Gen 2 3.1 port, 2x USB Type-A Gen 1 3.1 port, 1x 4-in-1 card reader, 1x Gigabit Ethernet port, 1x Audio out and Mic in port, and 1x Kensington Lock slot.
The Max-15 was able to handle temperature fairly well. There are three temperature modes that you can choose from – Turbo Mode, Game Mode, and Office Mode. The Max-15 has three heat pipes shared by the CPU and the GPU for heat dissipation.
Testing the thermals with a 21 degrees Celsius ambient room temperature yielded good results, with the highest temperature hitting 90 degrees Celsius.
The max-15 is, after all, a gaming laptop; therefore, it would be necessary to know how well it performs in games. The test results indicated in this article are based on these laptop settings: Fan Boost enabled and Turbo Mode Enabled.
The Eluktronics Max-15 is similar in performance to that of other RTX 2070 laptops. It comes at a lighter weight and a temperature cap. The Eluktronics Max-15 has a good balance between thermals and performance. If you want lots of value for your money and prefer having a muted color accent on your gaming machine, then the Max-15 is worth checking out. Trade your old laptop for cash with us and buy the new dream machine.