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CES 2020 | Eluktronics announces MAX-15 and MAX-17 gaming laptops, the lightest 15-inch and 17-inch gaming laptops on the market

The Eluktronics MAX-15 is the lightest 15.6-inch gaming laptop on the market. (All images via Eluktronics)
The Eluktronics MAX-15 is the lightest 15.6-inch gaming laptop on the market. (All images via Eluktronics)
Eluktronics has two new gaming laptops out. The MAX-15 and MAX-17 are claimed to be the lightest 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch gaming laptops, respectively, currently on the market. Despite their light weights and compact cases, both laptops pack some power thanks to a Core i7-9750H and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-P.
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UPDATE 1/7/2020: Eluktronics provided us with a bit more information on the MAX-15 and MAX-17. In particular, they pointed out that both systems also include a feature they call "EluktroBoost." This is essentially a factory overclock on the CPU and GPU. Eluktronics gave the following example to explain that feature:

As an example, the typical 80 watts from the RTX 2060 receives [sic] an additional 35 watts of power for graphical improvements which have even exceeded 2070 Max-Q equipped laptops. The i7-9750H which has a TDP of 45 watts can run more than double that wattage to significantly improve gaming as well as rendering results for content creators.

Eluktronics hasn't given any benchmarks to see just how much EluktroBoost improves performance, so we'll be sure to explore this feature should we get a review unit.

Eluktronics has steadily been growing in popularity over the past few years, primarily because of the company’s value-oriented gaming laptops. The US-based manufacturer/value-added retailer recently added two new models to its catalogue, and they are priced to compete in the upper-mid-range gaming space.

The MAX-15 and MAX-17 are the latest gaming machines from Eluktronics. As their names suggest, the MAX-15 has a 15.6-inch display, while the MAX-17 has a 17.3-inch display. The displays in both machines sport Full HD resolutions (1920x1080) with 144 Hz refresh rates.

Eluktronics claims that both devices are the lightest gaming laptops with their respective display sizes, and that may well be true thanks to their magnesium alloy cases. The MAX-15 weighs a mere 3.82 lbs, and the MAX-17 weighs in at 4.71 lbs. The laptops are also fairly compact, thanks to the narrow bezels around their respective displays. You can check the chart below for exact dimensions.

Despite their light weights, both machines are packed with fairly powerful hardware. Both use Intel’s Core i7-9750H CPU. The MAX-15 can be configured with either an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-P or RTX 2070 Max-P, while the MAX-17 can opt for an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-P, RTX 2060 Max-P, or RTX 2070 Max-P. Both laptops can be configured with up to two 4 TB PCIe NVMe SSDs and up to 64 GB of RAM.

Both the Eluktronics MAX-15 and MAX-17 are available from purchase from Eluktronics now. Both machines start at US $1499.

MAX-15 MAX-17
CPU Intel Core i7-9750H Intel Core i7-9750H
GPU Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-P (6 GB GDDR6) or RTX 2070 Max-P (8 GB GDDR6) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-P (6 GB GDDR6), RTX 2060 Max-P (6 GB GDDR6), or RTX 2070 Max-P (8 GB GDDR6)
RAM Up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz Up to 64 GB DDR4 2666 MHz
Storage Up to 2x 4 TB PCIe NVMe SSD (8 TB total) Up to 2x 4 TB PCIe NVMe SSD (8 TB total)
Display 15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080), 144 Hz 17.3-inch FHD (1920x1080), 144 Hz
Wireless Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0 Intel Wireless-AC 9560 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0
Power 230 W adapter, 4-cell 62.32 Wh battery 180 W (GTX 1660 Ti SKU) or 230 W adapter, 6-cell 91.24 Wh battery
I/O 2x mini-DisplayPort, 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB-C, 1x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, microSD card reader, RJ45, combo audio jack, Kensington lock 1x Thunderbolt 3, 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x USB-A 3.1 Gen 2, 2x USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, microSD card reader, RJ45, Audio out, Mic in, Kensington lock
Weight 3.82 4.71 lbs
Dimensions 13.97 x 9.29 x 0.77 inches 15.39 x 10.23 x 0.78 inches
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Sam Medley, 2020-01- 7 (Update: 2020-01- 7)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.