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The Q5 Max-Q gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15

The Q5 gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15 (Source: Eurocom)
The Q5 gaming notebook is Eurocom's answer to the MacBook Pro 15 (Source: Eurocom)
Eurocom shows us why its latest ultra-thin gaming notebook may be the better choice over the MacBook Pro.

The recently released 15.6-inch Eurocom Q5 is equipped with the same i7-7700HQ CPU and Max-Q class GPU as some of the latest gaming notebooks like the MSI GS63VR 7RG, Asus Zephyrus, Alienware 15, and HP Omen 15. Despite sharing a wide range of similarities with these systems, Eurocom is instead directly targeting potential MacBook Pro 15 buyers with marketing material highlighting the advantages of the Q5 over Apple's popular laptop. While we can't argue with the performance and gaming benefits of the Q5 over the MacBook Pro 15, it's still a rather puzzling comparison considering that the two systems are arguably of different categories.

Eurocom's banner ads reveal the Q5 to be less expensive than the Apple alternative and with faster hardware. It's vague in details not unlike most advertisements, so we've expanded on some key attributes through the table below to show more differences between the systems. In short, the MacBook is thinner, lighter, and tougher-built with a significantly brighter display, longer battery life, more accurate colors, and deeper contrast. In turn, the Q5 is a gaming machine first and foremost with significantly faster graphics performance, wider variety of ports, and easy serviceability and customization. Future Q5 SKUs will implement Sharp IGZO panels not unlike those found on the XPS 15 or Razer Blade series to narrow that color and contrast gap between the Eurocom and MacBook Pro.

It's worth mentioning again that these are two very different notebooks and the comparison is borderline apples and oranges. Nonetheless, our quick breakdown should aid those who may be on the fence. See our full reviews on the Eurocom Q5 and Apple MacBook Pro 15 for more information on each of these notebooks.

Eurocom Q5 Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017
CPU Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 GHz) Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 GHz to 3.1 GHz SKUs)
GPU GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q w/ 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM, Optimus Integrated Intel Iris, (up to Radeon Pro 555 or Radeon Pro 560 w/ 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM)
RAM Up to 32 GB DDR4-2400, 2x SODIMM expandable Up to 16 GB LPDDR3-2133, Soldered
Ports 2x mDP, HDMI 2.0, 2x USB Type-C Gen. 1, 3x USB 3.0, 2x 3.5 mm headset, SDXC reader, mini SIM, Gigabit RJ-45 4x Thunderbolt 3 + USB Type-C, 3.5 mm headset
Display Size 15.6-inch IPS (5 ms/120 Hz TN optional) 15.4-inch IPS
Resolution 3840 x 2160 (1920 x 1080 optional) 16:9 matte 2880 x 1800 16:10 glossy
Display Brightness (Nits), Contrast 279, 442:1 523, 1239:1
Storage Bays M.2 2280, 2.5-inch SATA III M.2 2280 (soldered)
WLAN Battery Life (hh:mm) 4:18 8:31
Dimensions (mm) 18.6 x 380 x 249 16 x 349 x 241
Weight (kg) 2.18 1.83
Price (USD) 1600+ 2000+
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
163 Points ∼75%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
156 Points ∼72%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
160 Points ∼73%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
159.95 Points ∼73%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼72%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
154 Points ∼71%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
152 Points ∼70%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
141 Points ∼65%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
757 Points ∼17%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
Intel Core i7-7820HQ
630 Points ∼14%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
740 Points ∼17%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
729 Points ∼17%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
738 Points ∼17%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
732 (min: 729, max: 733) Points ∼17%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
726.78 (min: 704.77, max: 731.97) Points ∼17%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
704 Points ∼16%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
666 Points ∼15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
1.85 Points ∼76%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.73 Points ∼71%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.53 Points ∼63%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.14 Points ∼30%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
7.9 Points ∼29%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.23 Points ∼27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
5906 Points ∼55%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5877 Points ∼54%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
5580 Points ∼51%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
22527 Points ∼45%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21824 Points ∼44%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
21079 Points ∼42%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
326.01 s * ∼4%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
241 s * ∼3%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
225.617 s * ∼3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
225 s * ∼3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
Intel Core i7-6820HQ
581 Seconds * ∼3%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
562 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom Q5
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
561.342 Seconds * ∼2%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
Intel Core i7-6920HQ
559.333 Seconds * ∼2%

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3DMark
3840x2160 Fire Strike Ultra Graphics
Eurocom Q5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
3262 Points ∼32%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
846 (min: 836, max: 1016) Points ∼8%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
737 Points ∼7%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Eurocom Q5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
14557 Points ∼36%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, 6920HQ
4584 Points ∼11%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
3892 (min: 3869, max: 3895) Points ∼10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ
3759 Points ∼9%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
3721 Points ∼9%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
AMD Radeon Pro 450, 6700HQ
3252 Points ∼8%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Eurocom Q5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9319 Points ∼51%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
6510 (min: 6424, max: 6636) Points ∼36%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, 6920HQ
6489 Points ∼36%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ
5812 Points ∼32%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
5809 Points ∼32%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
AMD Radeon Pro 450, 6700HQ
5227 Points ∼29%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Q5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
18684 Points ∼37%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.9 GHz, 460)
AMD Radeon Pro 460, 6920HQ
6749 Points ∼13%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.7 GHz, 455)
AMD Radeon Pro 455, 6820HQ
5388 Points ∼11%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.9 GHz, 560)
AMD Radeon Pro 560, 7820HQ
5305 (min: 5279, max: 6622) Points ∼10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2017 (2.8 GHz, 555)
AMD Radeon Pro 555, 7700HQ
5185 Points ∼10%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2016 (2.6 GHz, 450)
AMD Radeon Pro 450, 6700HQ
4502 Points ∼9%
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Allen Ngo, 2017-09- 6 (Update: 2017-09- 7)
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