Digital Storm Triton (Level 2)

15-inch Gaming Laptop Just One-Inch Thick With Outstanding Performance

Digital Storm Triton 15-inch Gaming Laptop
Digital Storm Triton. ©Digital Storm

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The Bottom Line

Jul 15 2015 - The Digital Storm Triton might cost a bit more than some of the competition but it makes up for it with some improved features such as a solid state drive and higher GTX 970M graphics processor. They also provide a long three year warranty compared to most that offer just one. The system does have a few drawbacks including some below average battery life and relatively loud cooling fans but many will probably look beyond this.

Pros

  • Excellent Gaming Performance
  • Solid State Drive
  • Three Year Warranty

Cons

  • Below Average Battery Life
  • Fans Can Get Quite Loud

Description

  • Intel Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core Mobile Processor
  • 8GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 120GB SATA Solid State Drive and 750GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 15.6" WUXGA (1920x1080) Display with 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5 Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 3.0, eSATA (Shared), Two Mini-DisplayPort, HDMI
  • 15.15" x 10.67" x .98" @ 5.5 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review - Digital Storm Triton Level 2

Jul 15 2015 - The Digital Storm Triton is the company's most affordable 15-inch gaming laptop available and is based upon the Clevo P650SE white box chassis. It is relatively thin for a gaming system at just under an inch thick and weighs just five and a half pounds. It offers a rather plain design that is more akin to a traditional black laptop than many other gaming systems as it does not any colored trim or fancy multicolored backlighting.

Powering just about any version of the Digital Storm Triton is the Intel Core i7-4720HQ quad core processor. This is not the most recent generation of Core i7 processors but it provides a very high level of performance that helps it excel in games or demanding computing tasks like desktop video editing.

The processor is matched up with 8GB of DDR3 memory that is more than enough for gaming but you might want to upgrade to 16GB if you are looking to use it more like a mobile workstation with lots of memory demanding applications. It would be nice to see 16GB standard as many competing laptops at this price point are beginning to offer that much.

One reason I am looking at the Level 2 version of the Triton rather than the base is the storage. Rather than relying solely on a hard drive, Digital Storm has included a 120GB solid state drive as the primary partition. This may not be a lot of space for applications and data but it provides it with very fast boot and application loads times thanks to the Samsung 850 EVO drive used. Now they do also include a 750GB hard drive for storing data and media files that don't need the same level of performance as the SSD. If you need to add extra space, there are three USB 3.0 ports and even an eSATA port for use with high speed external drives. The Triton does not feature a DVD burner so if you need that capability you would need to get an external USB drive.

Graphics are key to the gaming laptop and this is another area where the Level 2 version of the Triton differs from the Level 1.

It gets upgraded from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M to a GTX 970M. This provides it with better performance allowing for more games to be played at the full 1080p panel resolution with high detail levels and frame rates. It may still not be able to play the highest detail settings in some games but it will be a smoother image than the 965M. The 15.6-inch panel offers a 1920x1080 resolution that is common to most of the gaming laptops these days and it does feature an anti-glare coating. Contrast and viewing angles are good but this is certainly not a standout screen when it comes to the brightness.

The keyboard offers a slightly different take than some others. It uses a slightly concave key surface as a means to try and improve keyboard accuracy. It features a full layout with numeric keypad that is slightly recessed into the deck. It does feature white backlighting with special red arrows printed into the w, a, s and d keys. The trackpad is a nice large surface area and features dedicated right and left mouse buttons. Tracking is good for both single and multitouch gestures. Gamers of course will often use an external mouse.

Power for the Digital Storm Triton is supplied by a six-cell 60WHr internal battery pack. This is not as large as some other gaming laptops but this is a relatively compact and light system. It is estimated to have a running time of roughly four hours. In digital video playback tests, the system was able to run for three and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. IF you plan on gaming heavily, be sure to be near a power outlet as battery life will be dramatically lower. This is below average for most 15-inch laptops now. It is certainly much lower than the Apple MacBook Pro 15 that lasts over twice the time in similar tests.

Pricing for the Level 2 version of the Digital Storm Triton is just over $1600. This makes it more expensive than many of the entry level 15-inch gaming laptops. The closest system in terms of features would be the Gigabyte P55W that offers a similar size and basic features including the Core i7 processor and GTX970M graphics. The Gigabyte is only $1300 but it uses a single one terabyte hard drive rather than the SSD and hard drive combo of the Triton. If you go up in price, there is the Origin PC New EON15S the is prices around $1800 but it uses the GTX 980M graphics more similar to the Triton Level 3. The Digital Storm system is a bit better though because it features the SSD rather than just a straight hard drive.

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