PROS / The DRX is fully customizable so you can upgrade, style and add hard drives, a Blu-ray player and more features.
CONS / The battery life is rather short, and no matter how you customize this machine, it's very heavy.
VERDICT / The freedom to customize this gaming system is excellent, but the excess weight keeps it from being a truly ultraportable gaming laptop.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about Gaming Laptops here.
The fully customizable Falcon Northwest DRX laptop series allows you the freedom to adapt your gaming machine to your personal style. The standard features of this top gaming laptop are plenty powerful, but you can upgrade the video card, the processor, the hard drive space, colors and more to match your gaming routine and life. Flexibility and a strong list of standard features make the DRX a solid choice in gaming laptops.
One of the most important components of a good gaming laptop is always the video card. With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765m 2GB model or the 780m 4GB model, you won't miss a single second of action. Also, the base DRX model starts out with an Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor with 2.7GHz of speed. You can, however, customize up to 4930MX and 3.00GHz of speed for more responsive game play. Such a fast processor helps handle the heavy load of running applications and software.
One hard disc drive option is available on the DRX series laptops, and it holds 750GB of storage space. You can also choose from solid-state drives that range in capacity from 120GB-960GB. Solid-state drives are more durable and less likely to break or have problems. To maximize your storage space for new games, you can always add a second hard disc drive or solid-state drive to your DRX model. For a formidable gamer-targeted laptop, the DRX series does skimp a whole lot on battery life. Two hours of gaming and 89.21 watt-hours of battery life are all you'll get, so use it wisely and stay close to outlets. Flexible hard drive space and the best gaming graphics cards and processor technology, however, do help make the DRX a good gaming laptop.
After you customize the inside, don't forget about the outside of your DRX laptop. The best gaming laptops have at least a 17-inch screen size with 1920 x 1080 pixels of screen resolution. The DRX laptop series does have a 17-inch screen size, but it also weighs 9.4 pounds making it one of the heavier models among the gaming laptops we reviewed. The keyboard illuminates to any of your own custom color combinations for speedy navigation. You can also fully customize the color scheme and add graphics as well to this top 10 gaming laptop.
Built in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an HDMI port, webcam, mic and four USB ports make the DRX laptop a mobile gaming battle machine. A standard DVD drive comes preinstalled, but you can easily upgrade to a Blu-ray player to improve your post-game movies. No memory card reader is included, but otherwise, the DRX is a good option for an affordable gaming laptop.
Falcon Northwest has a reputation for solid, responsive customer service. You can contact the company via phone and email. There is an extensive FAQs list that covers almost every question we could think of. The DRX comes with a one-year warranty, but Falcon Northwest does offer an extension of up to three years. Falcon Northwest does lack a user forum and an online chat feature, unfortunately.
The Falcon Northwest DRX is a high quality device, but it sacrifices the portability you look for in a gaming laptop with its weight and short battery life compared to the best gaming laptops. The DRX's processor and video card can run any game on the market smoothly, so you don't have to worry about power as long as you don't plan to move your laptop far from an outlet.