Digital Storm X17E Gaming Laptop Review

Posted: November 8, 2012
Digital Storm X17E Gaming Laptop Review

Digital Storm's X17E gaming laptop is powered by an Intel i7 Extreme Edition processor, NVIDIA's SLI technology with two GTX 680S graphics cards and more for all of your hardcore video game needs. Matt Mira and Josh Meyers weigh the pros and cons of the $1,900 laptop for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know

  • The design of the Digital Storm X17E is pretty much what you'd expect from a 17-inch gaming laptop.
  • It's thick, heavy and weighs a little over 9 lbs.
  • Ports include 4 USB 3.0, ESATA, HDMI and GB Ethernet.
  • There's a good full-sized keyboard which is LED backlit, and you can even change the colors.
  • The trackpad has a weird glossy finish but true PC gamers will hook up a mouse anyway.
  • The screen is huge at 17.3-inches with a 1920x1080 resolution so you can play games at full HD.
  • The LED blacklight feature with the glossy surface makes the colors really pop.
  • Unfortunately, the screen does not come with a matte display option so that may be a turn off for some.
  • The specs of this laptop includes an Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition 4.5 GHz processor, 16 GB of RAM, an SSD drive, two 4 GB NVDIDIA GTX 680 GPUs which is 8 GB of total video RAM.
  • We played Dishonored and Crysis 2 at the max settings without any problems.
  • This is the best hardware you can get and you're paying a pretty price for it.
  • Because this is a laptop, you can't upgrade the graphics hardware down the road.
  • The battery power gives you about an hour straight.
  • It is worth nothing that this has NVIDIA's Optimus technology, which intuitively shuts down any graphics power that's not in use.


  • $2,000 for the basic configuration.
  • The one we tested totaled at $4,139.


  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • It's a ridiculously fast laptop with a good display.
  • We just don't think the design is very inspiring and at this price, it doesn't feel like a premium product.
  • This is probably the fastest gaming laptop you can get.
  • For $4,000, you can get a pretty good laptop from Falcon Northwest, which definitely makes premium products.

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