PC Specialist Fusion II Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅15-11-18
Conclusion
Styling is, to put it bluntly, lacklustre, but as we explained, that may be exactly what you’re looking for, and the brushed steel does contrast nicely with the black keyboard and monitor surround, with the 7mm screen bezels certainly helping to ensure the laptop looks classy. The RGB backlit keyboard is a welcome addition to any laptop, making use at night and in-game that little bit easier, but the lack of customisation and any sort of vibrancy does detract somewhat.

Thanks to the Core i7 8th Gen 8750H CPU and 16GB of DDR4 2400MHz memory, you will receive a very capable machine for multi-tasking on the go with plenty of horsepower in reserve. The GTX 1060 with Max-Q design also pushed out plenty of frames to saturate the 60Hz refresh rate on the display ensuring the best possible experience but ghosting and slow response times on the display itself were noticeable.

Temperatures were never a problem, with the GTX 1060 never reaching 70°C despite the thin chassis. The CPU averaged 80°C across all 6 of the cores, with one reaching 93°C maximum, though considering the horsepower provided by the CPU, and the lack of any real noise from the system, this is perfectly acceptable.

Battery life fared reasonably well, managing a little over two hours in our test and almost 5 hours of word processing while typing up this review.



For your £1199, we feel the PC Specialist Fusion II offers reasonable performance and a decent gaming experience, but we would suggest, if gaming is the main aim, to aim for something in PC Specialist’s range with a 144Hz display.

Pros
+ Understated and simple design
+ Cracking performance from the Intel CPU and NVIDIA GPU
+ Large, easy to use trackpad (with on/off toggle)
+ Thin and solid chassis design
+ 7mm screen bezels
+- Decent battery life

Neutral
+- Laptop doesn’t stand out from the crowd aesthetically
+- Keyboard feels numb to type on
+- Webcam placement

Cons
- Not per-key RGB backlighting
- Ghosting and slow response times from the display


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