During normal use, the system stays pretty cool and the keyboard itself is nice to type on. The same app that controls the system fans also lets you set up key combos and adjust the three-zone RGB lighting.
For gaming, the WASD keys are outlined to find them more easily, but I wish there was some separation between the keyboard and the number pad. The Asus Zephyrus' keyboard, for instance, has a defined break between its keyboard and number pad, the arrow keys are dropped and separated, the space bar is wider on the left side and the function keys are broken into three sets of four.
Digital Storm doesn't actually design the laptop hardware and other than being thin, its design is nothing special and it picks up and holds on to the oils from your hands. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since it sort of gives you a blank slate to cover how you choose. And it doesn't skimp on ports and connections including two Mini DisplayPorts and a full-size HDMI out so you can surround yourself in external displays.
This is a power-hungry laptop, too, with only a little more than 4 hours of battery life in our tests, so you won't want to stray too far from an outlet.
Great gaming with a personal touch
While it's not nearly as nice to look as one of its custom desktops, the Digital Storm Equinox is still assembled and tested by its team of experts. If there's a problem, you can call them up and get personal service with lifetime support. Just as important, though, gaming performance is excellent -- even if it does get a little hot while you're playing.
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