PROS / A plethora of color options provide you with a fun way to customize and style your gaming machine.
CONS / The short battery life keeps you tethered near a wall outlet.
VERDICT / Powerful standard processors, hard drive varieties and video card options make the TLX a great customizable 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.
Multitasking is easy on the Falcon Northwest TLX gaming laptop. The Intel Core i7 processor choices are all up to the task of powering your most demanding sniper action games. The TLX is not a gaming laptop we'd categorize as affordable or budget, as its hefty price tag represents the high-end features available for you to customize. Even though it’s not the cheapest gaming laptop, the powerful graphics cards, large hard drives and hardcore color options make it a powerhouse of gaming performance.
The default processor installed on the TLX is the Intel Core i7-4800MQ, so you’re guaranteed speed and agility from the get-go. You have the option to upgrade to the 4930MX version with 3.00 GHz to power all your first person shooter games. The TLX doesn’t skimp on the all-important graphics card either. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M or 780M provide you with 3GB or 4GBs of super responsive visual gaming environments. You can even upgrade to the NVIDIA Quadro K1000M for increased performance. There is only one hard drive in this gaming machine, but you do have size options ranging from a 750GB hard disc drive or a 120GB-960GB solid-state drive. Battery life lasts a weak two hours and is one of the major downfalls of this premium gaming laptop. Just like the best gaming laptops though, the TLX is fully customizable and adjusts to your wallet size and personal preferences in a powerful entertainment machine.
Custom design is king with the TLX series. Every detail from the shell to the keyboard is controlled by you. You can customize just the lid color or extend your selected color throughout the whole body of this good gaming laptop. The illuminated keyboard can be customized to your color preferences, as well. The TLX only comes in a modest 15-inch screen size, which is reasonably large enough for sniper action and racing. At 7.1 pounds, the TLX weighs in at an average weight for a top 10 gaming laptop.
The TLX has all the right features to help you game all day long. Four USB ports, a HDMI port, and built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, webcam and mic make all your accessories easily accessible. The Blu-ray player is an optional add-on, which is an excellent feature, but this series doesn’t have a memory card reader.
Falcon Northwest provides a one-year warranty, and you have to option to extend to three years during the customization process. Falcon Northwest offers average customer service through a telephone support line and an email address. The one major flaw is the lack of an online chat feature, which is a disappointing oversight that would surely make the website much more convenient. We would also like to see a community forum in the future, because of the company's popularity in the gaming community.
The Falcon Northwest TLX has some high-end hardware, such as a GTX 770M graphics card and Blu-ray player, but these features come at a premium cost. This ultraportable gaming laptop has a slick design and is lightweight. We especially like the display and your ability to customize the body and keyboard. If you are a true Falcon Northwest fan, this laptop offers plenty of power for even the most serious gamer.