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The Sky’s The Limit? Eurocom Sky M5 R2 Gaming Notebook Review

Eurocom Sky M5 R2 Gaming Notebook

Date: December 29, 2016
Author(s): Rob Williams

Achieving excellent 1080p gaming on a modestly-sized notebook for relatively cheap has long been a difficult proposition, but Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 is up for the challenge. This $1,399 notebook comes packed with NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 and Intel’s i7-6700HQ – not just enough for 1080p, but good for 1440p to boot. Let’s dive in!



Introduction, A Look At The Hardware & Software

After taking a look at Eurocom’s excellent Monster 4 gaming notebook earlier this year, I had immediately begun anticipating the next model I’d be able to check out. And with NVIDIA having launched its Pascal-based mobile GPUs this past summer, we figured there was no better time than now to take a look at one of Eurocom’s other gaming models: Sky M5 R2.

Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 aims to deliver quality gaming in a modest form-factor – modest being that it doesn’t weigh 10+ pounds and can actually fit in most notebook bags. Part of that “quality gaming” ties to support of NVIDIA’s G-SYNC, which is even on the default $1,399 USD model – a nice touch.

Eurocom Sky M5 R2 Gaming Notebook

The notebook as tested is priced at around ~$2,100, as it includes a Windows 10 Pro license (Eurocom’s default configurations don’t have an OS), double the RAM (16GB), and Samsung’s super-fast 256GB SM951 M.2 SSD. The only GPU option available with the M5 R2 is the GTX 1060; if you want the GTX 1070, you’ll want to check out the Sky MX5 R2, and the GTX 1080, a larger (17.3-inch) Sky X7E2 or Sky X9E2.

Considering the fact that the Monster 4 I reviewed before had a GTX 970M that helped deliver great 1080p gameplay and good 1440p gameplay, this GTX 1060 at 1 TFLOPs faster should be quite the treat. So without further ado, let’s jump to checking out the hardware, and then move onto the benchmarks.

A Look At The Hardware

While the GeForce GTX 1060 is default (and exclusive) on this notebook, so too is Intel’s Core i7-6700HQ processor. If it seems odd that we’re seeing a last-gen CPU in this notebook when Intel released a handful of 7000-series models, bear in mind that all of those SKUs are designed for low-power devices, not high-end ones like the Sky M5 R2. A low-power dual-core CPU would seem a little out-of-place in a notebook like this!

A couple quick things to point out about this notebook before going forward is that all of the keys are backlight (RGB, of course!), it includes a fingerprint reader, and has space for two storage drives (eg: M.2 SSD + hard drive). It can also be upgraded to a 4K display (still with G-SYNC) for $100 USD more.

Eurocom Sky M5 R2 Gaming Notebook
ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-core @ 2.6GHz
3.50GHz Turbo; 6MB L3 Cache; HyperThreading
MotherboardEUROCOM Sky M5 R2G (HM170)
Memory16GB (8GBx2) (16-14-14 @ DDR4-2400)
Kingston KHX2400C14S4/8G Kit
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 530
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
DisplayLG Philips LP156WF6 (15.6″, 1080p)
StorageSamsung SM951 256GB M.2 SSD
HGST HTS721010A9E630 1TB (7200 RPM)
OpticalN/A
AudioRealtek ALC892 & NVIDIA HDMI
WirelessKiller Wireless 802.11n/ac 1535 & Bluetooth 4.1
Connectivity1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
3x USB 3.0
2x USB-C 3.1
3 Audio Ports
SIM Card
1x Ethernet
Card Reader
Et cetera15.16 x 10.66 x 1.02″
5.72 lbs
4-cell 60Wh Battery
Fingerprint Reader
Kensington Lock
Price~$2,100 USD (As Tested)

As a 15-inch notebook weighing almost 6lbs, the Sky M5 R2 isn’t going to be for everyone, but it’s perfect for those who want to meet a notebook in the middle of the 13- and 17-inch form-factors and enjoy the performance that can come along with it. This notebook is in all regards high-end from the GPU to the CPU, and it’s one that can power 1440p gaming with no issue when connected to an external monitor. It also has a ton of functionality and connectivity, so let’s get on with a tour, shall we?

The Sky M5 R2 is a very sturdy, well-built notebook that feels good to hold from any angle. The left side of the notebook features an HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, and dual mini-DisplayPorts to allow up to 3 monitors to be run off of this single notebook. On the right side, another USB 3.0 port can be found along with dual USB 3.1 Type-C, Ethernet, Kensington lock, card reader, SIM card extension (optional), and a trio of audio ports. Another USB 3.0 port can be found at the back, next to the power port.

One of the coolest features of the Sky M5 R2 is the backlit keys, which can be configured myriad ways with the included software. The default color is blue, but given their RGB nature, you can change the keys to any color that your heart desires, and use up to three different colors all at once (split into even sections).

Also worth noting is that this notebook includes a fingerprint reader, a feature I think should be more standard nowadays than it actually is – no more hunching over your notebook trying to conceal your password while in a crowd!

This notebook does sport one design cue I am not a huge fan of: hinges. However, with all sorts of twisting, this notebook kept solid, so I don’t imagine that these hinges will prove to be a problem anytime soon, and not without some serious impact.

To keep cool under high load, this notebook sports thick feet that will let air circulate better underneath, made even better with the plethora of exhaust areas. The back also has a large exhaust on either side, and those help: I never once experienced lag when gaming on this notebook, although I did experience quite a bit of noise (more on that later).

With the hardware tour done, we can move on into a look at performance. Because Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 sports a GPU that’s able to deliver quality gameplay at above the display’s native resolution, I tested 8 titles at both 1080p (native) and 1440p. While 4K would be possible for certain titles, 1440p is really the cut-off I’d recommend. For 4K, or “fantastic” 1440p gaming, I’d recommend opting for the GTX 1070 or even better, GTX 1080.

1080p (Native) Gaming Performance

As mentioned on the previous page, I tested Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 at both 1080p and 1440p. The notebook itself supports only 1080p, but when you’re home, you can rest assured that it will still be able to deliver great gameplay at 1440p, and again, 4K in very limited situations (MOBA-esque titles, namely).

All of this benchmarking is performed hands-on, so no DirectX 12 testing has been included here. Instead, we rely on the trusty Fraps, which is sure to be reaching its EOL soon thanks to its lack of support for the newer APIs (which includes Vulkan).

As with our regular GPU reviews, this page represents the “Best Playable” settings I could find in each game at each resolution. To make things easier, I take advantage of GeForce Experience’s auto-configuration tool to give me a baseline, and then tweak further if I think I could eke a bit more graphical detail out of the GTX 1060 and still retain great framerates. Note that all screenshots were taken at the configuration listed. G-SYNC is disabled for benchmarking.

With that all covered, game on:

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
Battlefield 1
MinimumAverage
6479
Resolution:1920 x 1080Texture Quality:Ultra
Texture Filtering:UltraLighting Quality:Ultra
Effects Quality:NormalPost Process Quality:Ultra
Mesh Quality:UltraTerrain Quality:Ultra
Undergrowth Quality:UltraAntialiasing Post:TAA
Ambient Occlusion:HBAO

Battlefield 1 is a ridiculous beefy game, but the GTX 1060 manages to push it at high-end detail settings at well above 60 FPS. Not a bad start!

Civilization VI

Civilization VI Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
Civilization VI
MinimumAverage
4959
Resolution:1920 x 1080Antialiasing:Off
High-Res Asset Textures:OffHQ Visual:Low
Bloom:OffDynamic Lighting:Off
Shadows:OffShadow Resolution:Off
Overlay Resolution:4096×4096Screen-Space Overlay:On
Terrain Quality:MediumHigh-Res Geometry:On
High-Res Textures:OnHQ Quality Shader:On
Ambient Occlusion:OffHigh-Detail Clutter:On
High-Res Water:OffHQ Water Shader:Off
Reflections:OffAnimated Leaders:Off

It might not be obvious at quick glance, but Civilization VI requires a very high-end PC to run at max detail. However, even though there are many “Off” settings here, the game still looks fantastic, as the screenshot can attest.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
Crysis 3
MinimumAverage
4461
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anti-aliasing:FXAA
Texture:Very HighEffects:Very High
Object:Very HighParticles:Very High
Post Processing:Very HighShading:Very High
Shadows:Very HighWater:Very High
Anisotropic Filtering:x16Motion Blur:Medium
Lens Flares:Yes

When Crysis 3 first came out, it was a pure glutton – incredibly brutal on high-end PCs. But today? Our faster-than-ever GPUs allow it to be run at Very High all-around on a meager mid-range GTX 1060. The game might be a few years old now, but it remains a gorgeous experience.

DOOM

DOOM Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
DOOM
MinimumAverage
6986
Resolution:1920×1080Anti-Aliasing:TSSAA 8TX
Overall Quality:CustomLights Quality:Ultra
Shadows Quality:UltraPlayer Self-Shadow:Yes
Directional Occlusion:HighDecal Quality:Ultra
Decal Filtering:16xVirtual Texture Size:Ultra
Reflections Quality:UltraParticles Quality:Ultra
Compute Shaders:YesMotion Blur:High
Depth of Field:YesDepth of Field AA:Yes
HDR Bloom:YesLens Flare:Yes
Lens Dirt:YesSharpening:2.0
Film Grain:1.0UI Opacity100%

DOOM isn’t just an incredible experience, it looks great while delivering that experience – even if so many of the surfaces are really shiny. With the GTX 1060, the game can run at max detail and still deliver well beyond 60 FPS.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
MinimumAverage
5365
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anti-Aliasing:FXAA
Texture Quality:HighAnisotropic Filter:16x
Shadow Quality:HighSun Soft Shadows:On
Ambient Occlusion:OnDepth of Field:Very High
Level of Detail:HighTessellation:On
SS Reflections:OnSpecular Reflection:Normal
Dynamic Foliage:MediumBloom:On
Vignette Blur:OnMotion Blur:On
PureHair:OnLens Flares:On
Screen Effects:OnFilm Grain:On

RotTR is about as hardcore a game can get on GPU hardware nowadays, but yet again, the GTX 1060 has enough power to deliver 60+ FPS gameplay at 1080p with high-end detail settings – even NVIDIA’s PureHair.

Steep

Steep Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
Steep
MinimumAverage
6271
Resolution:1920 x 1080Multisampling:None
Overall Quality:UltraEnvironment Quality:Ultra
Texture Quality:UltraShadow Quality:Ultra
Snowtrail Tessellation:HighAmbient Occlusion:SSBC
Post-effect AA:FXAA+Anisotropic Filtering:16x

It’s probably snow surprise by this point, but Steep runs fantastic on the GTX 1060, peaking at 70 FPS with high detail settings. You can enable multi-sampling, but your performance will only go downhill from there.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
Watch Dogs 2
MinimumAverage
5364
Resolution:1920 x 1080Geometry:Very High
Extra Details:0%Terrain:Ultra
Vegetation:UltraTexture Resolution:High
Texture Filtering:UltraShadows:Ultra
Headlight Shadows:Your CarWater:High
Reflections:HighScreenspace Reflections:Very High
San Francisco Fog:OffDepth of Field:On
Motion Blur:OnBloom:On
Ambient Occlusion:HBAO+Temporal Filtering:On
Multisample AA:MSAA 2xPost-Process AA:SMAA

Watch Dogs 2 might not be the most graphically impressive game out there, but it still looks great, and requires good hardware to run great. The GTX 1060 fits the bill, although the game proves too much to deliver even higher-end settings (eg: SF Fog, Extra Details).

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1080p)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
MinimumAverage
5363
Resolution:1920 x 1080Anti-Aliasing:On
Blur:OnBloom:On
Sharpening:HighAmbient Occlusion:HBAO+
Depth of Field:OnChromatic Aberration:On
Vignetting:OnLight Shafts:On
NVIDIA Hairworks:OnHairworks AA:4
Hairworks Preset:HighNumber of BG Chars:Ultra
Shadow Quality:HighWater Quality:Ultra
Grass Quality:UltraTexture Quality:Ultra
Terrain Quality:HighFoliage Visibility:Medium
Detail Level:Ultra

We wrap up with one of the best-looking games on the entire planet: Witcher 3. This is one game that happens to look great even on weaker hardware, so if you have good hardware, the Sky M5 R2’s the limit. 60 FPS is no problem at all with great graphics detail.

With 1080p covered, let’s hook this notebook up to an external 1440p and test the waters there.

1440p (External) Gaming Performance

To repeat some of what was said on the last page:

All of this benchmarking is performed hands-on, so no DirectX 12 testing has been included here. Instead, we rely on the trusty Fraps, which is sure to be reaching its EOL soon thanks to its lack of support for the newer APIs (which includes Vulkan).

As with our regular GPU reviews, this page represents the “Best Playable” settings I could find in each game at each resolution. To make things easier, I take advantage of GeForce Experience’s auto-configuration tool to give me a baseline, and then tweak further if I think I could eke a bit more graphical detail out of the GTX 1060 and still retain great framerates. Note that all screenshots were taken at the configuration listed. G-SYNC is disabled by default as the external monitor used for testing doesn’t support it.

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
Battlefield 1
MinimumAverage
5560
Resolution:2560 x 1440Texture Quality:Ultra
Texture Filtering:UltraLighting Quality:Ultra
Effects Quality:MediumPost Process Quality:Ultra
Mesh Quality:UltraTerrain Quality:Ultra
Undergrowth Quality:UltraAntialiasing Post:TAA
Ambient Occlusion:HBAO

Surprisingly, Battlefield 1 can run at almost identical detail levels as I set for 1080p gaming – the big difference is with the framerate. At 1080p, I saw 79 FPS average, while bumping up to 1440p and decreasing the Effects Quality to Medium gave me an even 60 FPS.

Civilization VI

Civilization VI Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
Civilization VI
MinimumAverage
4553
Resolution:2560 x 1440Antialiasing:Off
High-Res Asset Textures:OffHQ Visual:Low
Bloom:OnDynamic Lighting:Off
Shadows:OnShadow Resolution:2048×2048
Overlay Resolution:4096×4096Screen-Space Overlay:On
Terrain Quality:MediumHigh-Res Geometry:On
High-Res Textures:OnHQ Quality Shader:On
Ambient Occlusion:OffHigh-Detail Clutter:On
High-Res Water:OffHQ Water Shader:Off
Reflections:OffAnimated Leaders:Off

For some reason, I ended up testing the 1440p Civilization VI test at slightly higher detail than I did at 1080p. It didn’t do too much to the framerate, though: ~50 FPS is more than enough for a game of this nature, but if you demand 60 FPS (or higher), the detail can be adjusted accordingly.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
Crysis 3
MinimumAverage
4462
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-aliasing:FXAA
Texture:Very HighEffects:Very High
Object:Very HighParticles:Very High
Post Processing:HighShading:High
Shadows:MediumWater:Very High
Anisotropic Filtering:x16Motion Blur:Medium
Lens Flares:Yes

Not too much had to be decreased to get Crysis 3 to run at 60 FPS at 1440p. The only difference is a drop from Very High to High for both Shading and Post Processing.

DOOM

DOOM Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
DOOM
MinimumAverage
4761
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-Aliasing:FXAA
Overall Quality:HighLights Quality:High
Shadows Quality:HighPlayer Self-Shadow:Yes
Directional Occlusion:HighDecal Quality:High
Decal Filtering:4xVirtual Texture Size:High
Reflections Quality:HighParticles Quality:High
Compute Shaders:YesMotion Blur:High
Depth of Field:YesDepth of Field AA:Yes
HDR Bloom:YesLens Flare:Yes
Lens Dirt:YesSharpening:2.0
Film Grain:1.0UI Opacity100%

While DOOM ran just fine at Ultra detail at 1080p, things had to be dropped to High for 1440p. Even still, the game looks downright amazing (and I admit, sometimes it’s hard to even tell the difference between High and Ultra – it’s just a great-looking game).

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
Rise of the Tomb Raider
MinimumAverage
4653
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-Aliasing:FXAA
Texture Quality:HighAnisotropic Filter:16x
Shadow Quality:HighSun Soft Shadows:On
Ambient Occlusion:OnDepth of Field:On
Level of Detail:MediumTessellation:Off
SS Reflections:OnSpecular Reflection:Normal
Dynamic Foliage:MediumBloom:On
Vignette Blur:OnMotion Blur:On
Purehair:OnLens Flares:On
Screen Effects:OnFilm Grain:On

As mentioned before, RotTR is a brutal game on today’s hardware, so it’s no surprise that detail levels had to be decreased a fair bit to become playable at 1440p versus 1080p. I could have obsessed about the detail levels to hit 60 FPS, but it just wasn’t worth it. At 1440p, it’s just worth sacrificing a few frames for higher details.

Steep

Steep Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
Steep
MinimumAverage
5257
Resolution:2560 x 1440Multisampling:None
Overall Quality:CustomEnvironment Quality:Medium
Texture Quality:MediumShadow Quality:Medium
Snowtrail Tessellation:MediumAmbient Occlusion:SSBC
Post-effect AA:FXAAAnisotropic Filtering:16x

Steep saw a handful of graphics drops versus the 1080p settings, but again, the game still looks good overall. Still, I’d probably quicker recommend sticking with 1080p, because not only is the detail better, the framerate is, too – and high FPS is pretty important for sports titles.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
Watch Dogs 2
MinimumAverage
4858
Resolution:2560 x 1440Geometry:Very High
Extra Details:0%Terrain:High
Vegetation:HighTexture Resolution:High
Texture Filtering:UltraShadows:High
Headlight Shadows:Your CarWater:High
Reflections:HighScreenspace Reflections:Off
San Francisco Fog:OffDepth of Field:On
Motion Blur:OnBloom:On
Ambient Occlusion:SSBCTemporal Filtering:On
Multisample AA:MSAA 2xPost-Process AA:SMAA

Watch Dogs 2 is another case of a game looking great even though detail levels need to be dropped. Shadows and Vegetation had to be decreased ever-so-slightly to High (from Ultra), and screenspace reflections had to be dropped from Very High to off.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook (1440p)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
MinimumAverage
5160
Resolution:2560 x 1440Anti-Aliasing:On
Blur:OnBloom:On
Sharpening:HighAmbient Occlusion:None
Depth of Field:OnChromatic Aberration:On
Vignetting:OnLight Shafts:On
NVIDIA Hairworks:OffHairworks AA:N/A
Hairworks Preset:N/ANumber of BG Chars:Ultra
Shadow Quality:MediumWater Quality:Ultra
Grass Quality:UltraTexture Quality:High
Terrain Quality:HighFoliage Visibility:Low
Detail Level:Ultra

Finally, we wrap up game testing with the most beautiful (subjective) one of them all: Witcher 3. At 1080p, I ran NVIDIA Hairworks, but at 1440p, that was dropped in addition to a couple of other settings. To repeat myself again, the game still looks great at despite the detail drop, and just as important, the framerate is excellent.

It’s time for a look at system performance, battery-life, and then a wrap-up.

System Performance & Final Thoughts

With real-world gaming performance having been taken care of on the previous couple of pages, I’ll take care of overall system performance (with the help of Futuremark) on this one. Then, I’ll wrap up with some final thoughts.

While it’s easy in our regular desktop GPU content to compare one card to another, notebooks are far more difficult to compare given the sheer number of configurations out there. Fortunately, the three notebooks I do have to compare are in a similar league, at least with regards to them being gaming notebooks in general.

Here’s one thing to bear in mind: the Sky M5 R2’s GeForce GTX 1060 is actually faster than last-gen’s top-dog, GTX 980M, by about 700 GFLOPs. That means that if you drooled over a last-gen notebook with 980M but couldn’t afford it, you can get better performance right now, and for less money. You gotta love progress!

Futuremark PCMark & 3DMark
Eurocom (1060)Eurocom (970M)ASUS (980M)
PCMark 8 – Home474636894776
PCMark 8 – Work516948185245
PCMark 8 – Creative697245865378
3DMark – Fire Strike943567328528

Overall, the GTX 1060 helped the Sky M5 R2 to trump the rest, with massive gains seen in PCMark’s Creative test and of course, 3DMark. So what does all of this GPU power mean for the battery-life?

ASUS G751JY – Futuremark Powermark
Eurocom Sky M5 R2Eurocom Monster 4ASUS G751
Balanced2 hours 20 minutes3 hours 16 minutes2 hours 46 minutes
Productivity3 hours 35 minutes3 hours 57 minutes3 hours 11 minutes
Entertainment2 hours 27 minutes2 hours 19 minutes2 hours 5 minutes

What the GTX 1060 means for battery-life is that a gaming notebook is still a gaming notebook, and since people don’t like lugging around 10lbs notebooks too much, the best we can get is a few hours at best. That’s the price you pay for having such a powerful machine when plugged-in.

Final Thoughts

Before wrapping-up, I wanted to quickly show off two pieces of software included with Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 (or, it can at least be downloaded at its website), for both overclocking and keyboard configuration.

Up first is the “CPU Memory Overclock”. This app has a bit of a strange name, because it makes it sound like the CPU can be overclocked. What it actually means is that the memory can be overclocked. Ahem, and even that is misleading, since the frequency can’t be increased. Instead, the timings can be adjusted. I didn’t spend much time with this, and wouldn’t even recommend touching the memory overclocking since a timing adjustment isn’t going to matter much in the grand scheme. The tool overall is nice for monitoring basic CPU and memory stats, though.

Eurocom Keyboard Configuration Software

The companion GPU Overclock tool is actually aptly named, as it does allow you to overclock the GPU. Again, I didn’t fiddle with this, as I found the notebook got warm enough on its own, and the fan speed was already bad enough. The option is there if you want it.

The most useful tool I found was Flexikey, which lets you configure your keyboard. This tool allows you to create macros, peak at statistics (which are monitored in the background), and adjust the RGB LED backlit keys. You are able to turn the entire keyboard one color, or split it into three sections and choose those accordingly (useful for certain flag imitations, perhaps).

Eurocom Overclocking Software

With hardware, performance, and software all taken care of, I guess it’s time to answer the big question: is Eurocom’s Sky M5 R2 worth your hard-earned cash?

That’s not too difficult to answer.

If you’re in the market for a mid-sized gaming laptop that won’t break the bank too badly (based on the $1,400 USD stock configuration) that performs like a good gaming desktop, then you can’t go wrong here.

Eurocom Sky M5 R2 Gaming Notebook

Overall, this $1,400 laptop delivers fantastic 1080p gaming performance, and great 1440p performance. The GTX 1060 is a beast of a GPU, and the Core i7-6700HQ is a beast of a CPU. Together, this notebook is essentially a solid gaming desktop condensed into a notebook form-factor. Bear in mind that “fantastic 1080p” and “great 1440p” are tags that also belong to the desktop GTX 1060 (and Radeon RX 480).

I am not kidding when I say I have a hard time finding a real fault with this notebook, but it’s also not hard to mention its standout issue: its noise.

When gaming, the Sky M5 R2 ramps up the fan on the GPU to such a degree that it could never be ignored if gaming without headphones. I believe that this makes this a gaming notebook best used with headphones, or at least loud speakers. There’s no whine to the fans, but they’re very obviously pushing a lot more air than normal when the going gets gaming. A laptop cooler might assist with this, but I can’t confirm that. If you’re really sensitive to noise, you’ll want to get a beefier Sky model, with even larger exhausts.

Aside from that, I enjoyed the heck out of testing this notebook. As I mentioned at some other point in the review, the GTX 1060 is faster than last-gen’s GTX 980M, which I drooled over last year. The Sky M5 R2 is a well-designed, well-built notebook that packs a serious punch for its price tag.

Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook - Techgage Editor's Choice
Eurocom M5 R2 Gaming Notebook

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