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> Illegear Raven 7 Day Impression Review, Based on a Gamer Girl's Opinion (Enquiries/Recommendations)

mpenziwe
post Feb 10 2018, 07:55 PM, updated 2 months ago

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REVIEW: ILLEGEAR RAVEN
Disclaimer: This review is not sponsored. Just gotten my new laptop and first time writing a review. Don’t bash my writing. XD

Malaysian just loves a good deal don’t they? In this case, Illegear Raven seems to prove a point. This laptop has becomes so darn enticing with its flashing neon colorful keyboard. As my current laptop grows old and forgotten by recently launched games, I can’t help but wonder if I should invest in a machine and actually forgetting I have a job to go to after I start playing on such competent specs for the newest games with awesome, awesome graphics!!!

Anyhow, I’ve managed to gotten ahold of an Illegear Raven with the following specs:-

Display: 15.6" Full HD Anti-glare Display featuring IPS / AHVA Wide Color & Wide View (1920 x 1080)
Processor: 7th Gen. Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ (6MB Cache, 2.50GHz to 3.50GHz)
Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5 with Optimus (Pascal)
Keyboard: Mechanical N-Key Rollover Gaming Keyboard with Per-key RGB
RAM: 8GB DDR4 RAM 2400MHz - 1 X 8GB
1st M.2 Solid State Drive: 128GB Samsung PM961 M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
2nd M.2 Solid State Drive: None
1st 2.5" SATA Drive: 1TB 7200rpm Hitachi Hard Drive
2nd M.2 Solid State Drive: None
Wireless Network Card: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 2x2 M.2 - WLAN & Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
Operating System: Windows 10 Home Single Language 64-Bit Edition
Accessories: ILLEGEAR Velvet Sleeve, Power Cord & 150W AC Adapter

EXTERIOR
Design and built
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The design of the Raven is quite simple and there was really nothing to shout about. I was glad to point out at this moment that Illegear actually removed the red strips design from the top section of the keyboard and it’d actually looked a lot better without it. The entirely black colored laptop is now presentable for office use.
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Overall, the design is acceptable for entry-level gaming laptop in my opinion. The laptop looks of a matte UV body with aluminum feel on back cover but it is actually much sturdier than it actually looks.

Display
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Generally, the display is quite bright. There was an option for a 4K screen which will be glossy instead of matte. For practical gaming, matte seems to be the better option as the glossy screen will be reflective of what’s going behind which distracts me during a game. However, for design purposes, 4K screen offers the higher resolution which can be beneficial for designers. Too bad I’m not one.
Another feature for Illegear’s laptops are their option for Professional Color Calibration. I’ve found out that we can actually switch between the default color profile that comes with Windows and Illegear’s calibrated color profile. Surprisingly, I prefer the much vibrant feel coming from Illegear’s color profile rather than a duller and warmer lighting of the default profile. Something to consider getting as an option.

Keyboard
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I really have no words for the per-key RGB mechanical keyboard. Never seen anything like this. I guess these features are usually out of my budget range.
After going through the configurations, I found all the different effects and the colorful options really lovely. And it really, really makes my day feels a lot more brighter. It’s a girl’s thing.
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Utilizing the per key RGB keyboard for my basic gaming keys configuration. Looks awesome doesn’t it?
Typing wise, the tickity tack sounds of the keyboard makes it fun to actually type long long long contents. However, I totally wouldn’t advise it if you work in a pin drop silent office. You can’t imagine the looks you get alllll day.
I was told that there is a Version 2 of the keyboard but it seems like the sides of the keys does not emit LED lights like my current one. In that sense, I believe the new version will be well suited for professionals who do not prefer the flashy keyboard.

Touchpad
Design of the touchpad is quite interesting. Feels like I could use it as a compartment or some sort for all my knick knacks like pins and paper clips. Now that’s practical! The feel of the pad itself is quite average even though it is quite responsive.

Speakers
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Tried plenty of sounds through Raven’s speakers. Everything sounds crisp clear. Have heard of several complaints on the soft volume. However, I actually didn’t find it soft at all. Perhaps I’m in a quiet room but it makes sense that if I’m actually in a noisy environment, I tend to go for my earphones anyways. So it didn’t really reduce the points for me.

Cooling
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I noticed that there are 2 vents at the rear section of the laptop. They are pretty cool looking and they seem to function well during games. However, the fan can be quite obvious. I have actually heard louder ones. I guess I can’t really compare it though since my previous laptop isn’t a gaming laptop. But really, it doesn’t bother me too much since I use headphones during gaming.

PERFORMANCE
Gaming
I’ve tried my favourite game on the Raven. Overwatch!!! It is the first freaking time that I see such detailed graphics for this game. On my previous laptop, I had to compromise my settings to the lowest and you can never get to see all that details and little things in the maps. With this graphic card, I became sooo engrossed in exploring the maps as if seeing it for the first time again. HAHA.
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Performance-wise, I really have no complains. It is not lag at all and no screen tearing. None of that means I can actually play A LOT better. Success rate 100%
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Fan is running quite softly eventhough I have played for hours. The laptop also felt only a slight tinge of warmness on the top section but I find that the cooling system actually quite satisfying.

Youtube
I actually go on YouTube and iFlix a lot but seems like there were no bad experiences at all whilst youtubing or watching movies on the Raven. Good to go in this part.

Multitask
I tried multitasking with 3 applications at one time including Overwatch, streaming using OBS Studio and Installation of Dynasty Warriors 8. The memory was around 62%, CPU 12% and GPU 29%. Overall, seems like it is processing power is quite sufficient for my terms of heavy usage.

ACCESSORIES
Fang Mouse
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The feel of the mouse shape feels odd at first. But somehow, it manages to feel alright after some time. Loved the RGB on the design very much but too bad the colours doesn’t sync with the keyboard. If they added that feature in, it will become even more AWESOME! The mouse is quite affordable for its high specifications. Would definitely recommend this to others.

Backpack
Impressive built of the backpack even though I wasn’t expecting it. Design is simple but zippers on the front are useful. As a female who brings a lot of stuff in her purse, this backpack is very adequate for my usage.

Sleeve
The velvet sleeve seems to be sewed together quite nicely. May have a rough headstart to put the sleeve on and off. Probably because I don’t usually use one. Wait, normally we don't even get one when purchasing new laptop. That's nice of Illegear to give us something so useful to take care of the laptop. Especially when I'm so clumsy. Haha. I really started appreciating the practically of the sleeve to actually prevent my laptop from collecting dust. smile.gif

[Updated on 20/02/2018]

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post Feb 21 2018, 11:33 AM

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post Mar 6 2018, 07:45 PM

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[UPDATE: 6th March 2018]

It's been about a month. So far so good. Didn't encounter any problems with the laptop.

XD Updating with some new screenshot. Tried Fortnite on it because my previous laptop couldn't support and always lag. Finally get to play Fortnite smoothly!!!

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More Overwatch. Chinese New Year decoratives!!! ;P

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post Mar 7 2018, 10:22 AM

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This is a good review, bro! Wish more people can do laptop review like this to share
h3b388
post Mar 7 2018, 02:42 PM

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Hi,

I am surveying around for a new gaming laptop, and your review seems good for the laptop.

May i know whats the price for the laptop? and did you try PUBG in high settings?
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post Mar 7 2018, 08:44 PM

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QUOTE(h3b388 @ Mar 7 2018, 02:42 PM)
Hi,

I am surveying around for a new gaming laptop, and your review seems good for the laptop.

May i know whats the price for the laptop? and did you try PUBG in high settings?
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Base spec for this laptop (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, SSD not included) would cost you RM 4,099.

You can check the price of the laptop here (with different configurations).

BTW, I'm not sure about the battery life of the laptop. How much long does it goes under normal use?
mpenziwe
post Mar 10 2018, 01:56 PM

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QUOTE(h3b388 @ Mar 7 2018, 02:42 PM)
Hi,

I am surveying around for a new gaming laptop, and your review seems good for the laptop.

May i know whats the price for the laptop? and did you try PUBG in high settings?
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When I purchased, this spec was RM4797.

No, I haven't tried PUBG...because I'm still contemplating whether I should. The system requirements for PUBG for high settings is i7 GTX1060.
Mine is only GTX1050Ti but I believe should be able to run medium settings. Still good. As long as smooth. smile.gif

Still considering if I should buy PUBG though : /
Wait for sale perhaps?

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post Jun 6 2018, 09:57 AM

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Thanks for ur great review. I'm surveying around for a new gaming laptop. Your review do helps
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post Jun 26 2018, 04:01 PM

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This is a well written and detailed review. Have been contemplating whether to replace my old Sager NP9150 since it's been 6 years now. Has there been any issues with your Raven so far?
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post Jun 26 2018, 05:40 PM

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QUOTE(chenwfng @ Jun 26 2018, 04:01 PM)
This is a well written and detailed review. Have been contemplating whether to replace my old Sager NP9150 since it's been 6 years now. Has there been any issues with your Raven so far?
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there was plenty ouf others models better then this model, such as ASUS gm 504..

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mpenziwe
post Jun 27 2018, 11:39 AM

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QUOTE(chenwfng @ Jun 26 2018, 04:01 PM)
This is a well written and detailed review. Have been contemplating whether to replace my old Sager NP9150 since it's been 6 years now. Has there been any issues with your Raven so far?
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Hi chenwfng,
The raven has been serving me very well, the cooling system is way better than my previous laptop. The only issue I have is the velvet sleeve attract dust easily due to the material used, sorry for being OCD biggrin.gif
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post Jun 27 2018, 02:19 PM

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QUOTE(mpenziwe @ Mar 10 2018, 01:56 PM)
When I purchased, this spec was RM4797.

No, I haven't tried PUBG...because I'm still contemplating whether I should. The system requirements for PUBG for high settings is i7 GTX1060.
Mine is only GTX1050Ti but I believe should be able to run medium settings. Still good. As long as smooth. smile.gif

Still considering if I should buy PUBG though : /
Wait for sale perhaps?
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Good news for ya
There is a 33% off right now for PUBG
Steam Store

Btw, afaik 1050ti on desktop can run medium setting with fps close to 100
Not sure for laptop tho smile.gif

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post Jul 4 2018, 12:50 AM

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Hi, looks good spec for this laptop. Do you recommend to upgrade the screen, or to take the stock?
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post Jul 6 2018, 12:11 PM

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awesome man.... raven have 2.. this is raven only or raven elite?
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post Jul 6 2018, 12:18 PM

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QUOTE(xCM @ Jul 4 2018, 12:50 AM)
Hi, looks good spec for this laptop. Do you recommend to upgrade the screen, or to take the stock?
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Hi xCM, when i bought this laptop last year Illegear only has 1 type of 60hz screen. Now the website is offering 144hz Ips for upgrade, i wish i could have that option because I play a lot of Fps games sad.gif

QUOTE(pandera999 @ Jul 6 2018, 12:11 PM)
awesome man.... raven have 2.. this is raven only or raven elite?
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I am using normal Raven cool2.gif
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post Jul 7 2018, 06:12 PM

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Awesome review biggrin.gif
Want to ask the Fang mouse sides are made from rubber or solid plastic ?
If rubber worry it might fall off after a while.
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QUOTE(mpenziwe @ Jul 6 2018, 12:18 PM)
Hi xCM, when i bought this laptop last year Illegear only has 1 type of 60hz screen. Now the website is offering 144hz Ips for upgrade, i wish i could have that option because I play a lot of Fps games  sad.gif
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I see. Thanks for the reply. I think the 144hz ugrade is too costly for me tho, on budget. Btw, it's quite rare to see girl gamer plays fps titles. haha
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post Jul 8 2018, 01:15 PM

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QUOTE(mpenziwe @ Jul 6 2018, 12:18 PM)
Hi xCM, when i bought this laptop last year Illegear only has 1 type of 60hz screen. Now the website is offering 144hz Ips for upgrade, i wish i could have that option because I play a lot of Fps games  sad.gif
I am using normal Raven  cool2.gif
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Hi, are there any issues so far that you encountered? Battery, vertical line suddenly appearing?
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post Jul 10 2018, 06:58 PM

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QUOTE(huislaw @ Jul 7 2018, 06:12 PM)
Awesome review  biggrin.gif
Want to ask the Fang mouse sides are made from rubber or solid plastic ?
If rubber worry it might fall off after a while.
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They are rubberized grip, very comfortable holding.

QUOTE(xCM @ Jul 7 2018, 11:40 PM)
I see. Thanks for the reply. I think the 144hz ugrade is too costly for me tho, on budget. Btw, it's quite rare to see girl gamer plays fps titles. haha
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Yes agree!!! I usually play with a bunch of guys!

QUOTE(leongweesin89 @ Jul 8 2018, 01:15 PM)
Hi, are there any issues so far that you encountered? Battery, vertical line suddenly appearing?
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No, i do not have any battery or vertical line problem.
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post Jul 12 2018, 03:57 PM

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Hi, I have the new Raven model also. Do you have overheat issues which causes your system to turn off instantly?

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