- Excellent performance
- Components can be removed or swapped
- Four storage bays with RAID 0/1 support
- Great cooling system
- Short battery life
- No macro keys
- Fans can get loud when taxed
The Eurocom P7 Pro is an incredibly well rounded device with some of the best performance seen on the market from a single GPU machine.
While it might be wrapped in a familiar Clevo chassis the Eurocom P7 Pro still delivers killer looks and performance. Packed with Intel’s Broadwell i7-5775C CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPU the P7 Pro offers some of the best performance we’ve seen from any laptop with a single GPU. The wide array of customization options and the ability to remove or swap components likewise extends the potential lifespan of the Eurocom P7 Pro. Keep reading to see why we consider the Eurocom P7 Pro to be one of the best gaming laptops on the market.
Build and Design
Eurocom, as with most custom notebook resellers, typically bases its gaming notebooks on a Clevo chassis; an OEM known for its simple-yet-functional designs. The Eurocom P7 Pro utilizes a Clevo P770ZM with a more refined look. The thick black frame sports raised slants and sharp angles offering a stylized look. The display lid is rounded at the corners and the center of the lid is raised, almost like that of the hood of a muscle car. Sitting in the center of the lid is the “Eurocom” logo in silver lettering.
This notebooks is similar to other Clevo designs in that it’s comprised of thick durable plastic, instead of the aluminum alloy solutions featured in many high-end gaming devices. The protective lid and deck are made from a matte black ABS plastic that feels smooth to the touch. The bottom of the device has a more coarse texture but proves just as durable. The thick plastic frame (including the laptop’s hinges) feels incredibly sturdy, firmly holding the desktop replacement screen in place.
Measuring 16.72 x 11.28 x 1.58 inches and weighing 8.49 pounds (closer to 11.5 pounds with the power adapter) the Eurocom P7 Pro is hardly portable. The large hulking 17-inch gaming powerhouse is too big for most moderately sized backpacks. The Aorus X7 Pro is considerably lighter at 6.9 pounds, but the P7 Pro matches up nicely with the 8.4 pound MSI GT72 Dominator Pro.
The spacious chassis design does come with a few perks. First there’s plenty of room for additional storage options. The unit that Notebook Review tested came with a single 512GB SSD, but users can add up to four drives with two PCIe x4 and x 2 slots and two 2.5-inch SATA III bays with RAID 0/1 support. The storage devices aren’t the only things that can be swapped. None of the components are soldered, so even the CPU and GPU (given that it’s MXM 3.0b-compatiable) can be upgraded later.
Like most desktop replacements the Eurocom P7 Pro offers excellent connectivity. The left side features a Gigabit Ethernet connector, three USB 3.0 ports, a 6-in-1 SD card reader, and a USB 3.0/eSATA combo port. The right side houses a Kensington Lock, Line-In jack, SPDIF jack, microphone jack, headphone jack and a USB 3.0 port. All of the video ports are located at the rear of the chassis, including an HDMI 2.0 port, two DisplayPort 1.2 connectors and the power jack. With the three video adapters users can connect to upwards of four displays at 3084 x 2160 resolution.
Display and Sound
The Eurocom P7 Pro features a 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS matte edp display. Eurocom also offers two additional glossy display options along with another matte display option. The edp matte display that NBR tested is the premium option, costing an additional $125. The bright 300 nit panel offers excellent visibility, making it perfect for productivity, web surfing or consuming media. However, what really makes the panel ideal for gaming is its rich color contrast. NBR was impressed by the screen’s ability to capture the lush greens and browns of the cascading mountains in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt’s opening sequence. The matte IPS panel offers extremely wide viewing angles, with images holding up well past 120 degrees. The screen also holds up well in direct light, with almost no color deterioration.
The Eurocom P7 Pro houses dual 2-Watt stereo speakers located directly between the display hinges and subwoofer located at the center bottom of the chassis. The 17-inch desktop replacement proves quite boisterous and is easily able to fill a modest size room with audio. The subwoofer adds a bit of texture to the soundscape, the twang of our character’s daggers flying through the air in Dragon Age: Inquisition were particularly satisfying. However, the audio quality does leave a bit to be desired with more delicate works. While listening to an orchestral track at max volume there were a few instances where the speakers produced noticeable distortions. Turning the volume down slightly improved the quality dramatically. Even with this slight hiccup the Eurocom P7 Pro’s speakers performed far better than the laptops on the market.
The Eurocom P7 Pro features a full keyboard, complete with numberpad. The black plastic keys are slightly curved on the surface, offering excellent grip. As with other Clevo models the keyboard offers firm responsive feedback. The keys quickly snap back into place after being struck, making it easy to hit keys quickly, a must for any gaming keyboard. The travel distance is a bit shallow, especially given the device’s large 17-inch frame. The Eurocom P7 Pro also lacks a set of dedicated macro buttons, which many 17-inch gaming keyboards offer.
Located directly below the spacebar is a moderately sized Synaptic touchpad. The large rubber pad offers smooth travel, allowing for excellent control. Clicks, swipes and multi-finger gestures read well and users can even customize gestures and alter the pad’s sensitivity. Located below the bad are two mouse buttons, which are separated by a fingerprint scanner. The buttons offer excellent travel and feedback.