Eluktronics Matrix RP-17 Laptop Review: Core i9 Performance Without The Core i9 Price
Much like for the 15.6-inch Eluktronics RP-15, the 17.3-inch RP-17 is attractive for its no-frills design, 144 Hz display, easy upgradeability, and Zen 2 Ryzen 7 CPU for the same price as most Core i7 alternatives equipped with the same GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Core temperatures when gaming are also cooler than expected likely because the chassis itself can support even faster GPU options that Eluktronics is unfortunately not offering at the moment. Turbo fan mode isn’t really needed to maximize frame rates and so users can game with the feature turned off for quieter fans. The chassis feels longer-lasting than the MSI GF75 even though it doesn’t quite reach the same heights as the pricier MSI GT series or Asus ROG Strix series.
The noticeable backlight bleeding and slightly thicker chassis are the main drawbacks to the system. Don’t expect the super-sleek photogenic experience out of the RP-17 as you would from an MSI GS66, Asus Zephyrus, or Razer Blade.
Perhaps the closest competitor is the Asus TUF A17 which can be configured with the exact same CPU and GPU options for about $100 to $200 USD more. The Asus system runs warmer and louder when gaming due in part to it being the thinner machine.
The Eluktronics RP-17 focuses on the core gaming experience without any visual distractions that tend to bump up the price. The base 144 Hz panel is notable compared to other gaming laptops in this price range where lesser 60 Hz or 120 Hz panels are common.