Performance and Benchmarks
The 10:17 rakes in high scores in our benchmark tests thanks to its top-shelf components. The Intel Core i7 processor is especially strong, and the Nvidia GTS 250M graphics card can play essentially all modern games on high settings.
The graphics performance is impressive by itself however competitors at this price point offer slightly faster graphics cards. The Nvidia GTS 250M graphics card likely has headroom for overclocking, however that is beyond the scope of this review.
Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
Crysis gaming benchmark (1600×900 and high settings):
Left 4 Dead 2 benchmark (1680×1050, high settings, and 4X MSAA):
Heat and Noise
The 10:17 has two large exhaust vents at the top right corner of the chassis. At idle the 10:17 is nearly silent; it occasionally spins up to rid excess heat from the chassis. At its highest speed the fan is audible but not intrusive; it mostly sounds like a rush of air. Under full load the chassis remains impressively cool; the surface does not even get more than lukewarm on the top and bottom. External temperatures shown below are listed in degrees Fahrenheit.
HWMonitor shows that the graphics card reaches a maximum internal temperature of 61 degrees Celsius, which is well within the acceptable range (some notebooks’ graphics cards get to 80-90 degrees Celsius or more).
The PowerPro 10:17 lasted for three hours and one minute in our battery test, which is very good for a 17-inch gaming notebook. The time was achieved while word processing and surfing the Internet with the screen at minimum brightness. The 9-cell 72Wh battery is larger than the batteries in most 17-inch notebooks.
Operating System and Software
By default the PowerPro 10:17 does not come with an operating system; ours came configured with Windows 7. We like how PowerNotebooks.com makes the operating system optional; it can save customers money if they already have a copy (or can get one for less than retail). No unwanted software came pre-installed, which is greatly appreciated. Most consumer notebooks come loaded to the gills with trial software and other gimmicks.
Warranty and Service
The PowerPro 10:17 comes standard with a one-year warranty, which includes second day shipping (both ways) for service, 24/7 domestic telephone support, and lifetime labor. A three-year warranty with next business day shipping for service (both ways) is optional. This warranty is superior to warranties offered by most large notebook companies.
The PowerPro 10:17 is a well rounded if not remarkable gaming notebook. It produced good numbers in our gaming benchmarks though some competitors were higher. Our main complaint is the screen; the high resolution is appreciated however we wish it were brighter and more vibrant. Other than the screen the 10:17 impresses in many areas, including build quality, fit and finish, the keyboard, and it even has good speakers and respectable battery life. The 10:17 is somewhat expensive however the warranty and customer service compensate for that. We can confidently recommend the PowerPro 10:17 to gamers and multimedia enthusiasts looking for a break from the mainstream.
- Solid build quality
- Superb keyboard
- Stays cool and quiet
- Excellent overall performance
- Good warranty/service
- Decent speakers
- Reasonable battery life (three hours)
- Screen not bright enough
- Gaming performance not as good as competitors
- Bland looks
- Only one internal hard drive