Metabox P955ET1 Workstation Laptop Review


The Metabox P955ET1 is a workstation laptop
featuring Nvidia Quadro graphics, so while it is definitely capable of playing games
like most of the other laptops I review on the channel, it’s targeted towards more
professional users, so let’s check it out. Starting with the specs my unit has an Intel
i7-8750H CPU, Nvidia Quadro P3200 graphics, 32GB of memory running in dual channel, a
15.6” 1080p 60Hz IPS screen, and 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD. It’s also got a gigabit ethernet
port, and 802.11ac WiFi with Bluetooth 5. Many of the specs can be customized when ordering
though to get it how you want. This Clevo chassis has a metallic body and
both the lid and interior are matte black, there are no sharp corners or edges anywhere
and overall the build quality felt premium. The dimensions of the laptop are 38cm in width,
25.2cm in depth, and under 1.9cm in height, so on the thinner side for a laptop with this
much power. The weight of the laptop is listed at 1.9kg
barebones, so expect differences based on hardware selection. My configuration came
in at around 2.2kg, and over 2.8kg with the 150 watt power brick and cable for charging
included. As mentioned the screen is a 15.6 inch 1080p
60Hz IPS panel, however you’ve got the option of upgrading to 144Hz, or even 4K, and no
G-Sync available with this model. The bezels were on the thicker side, around 1.8cm on
the sides and 2.2cm up top based on my own measurements. I’ve measured the current colour gamut of
the screen using the Spyder 5 Pro, and my results returned 92% of sRGB, 68% of NTSC
and 71% of AdobeRGB. At 100% brightness I measured the panel at 320 nits in the center,
and with an 710:1 contrast ratio, so not bad, but for a portable workstation I’d probably
be looking at one of the better screen upgrade options. I’ve taken a long exposure photo in a dark
room as a worst case backlight bleed test, and there were some noticeable spots, mainly
the top right corner, though this will vary between laptop and panel. There was an average amount of screen flex,
overall it felt sturdy though as it’s got the metal back and the hinges out towards
the far corners which aids with stability. There were no problems opening the laptop
with one finger, demonstrating an even weight distribution, no issues using it on my lap. The camera is found above the display in the
center. The 1080p camera looks pretty decent, and
the microphone sounds good too, but it does seem to pick up some of its own internal noise,
even with the fans on idle. The keyboard in my unit had three zones of
RGB backlighting which could be controlled through the included control center software.
I liked typing on this keyboard, the layout was good and I liked the spacing between keys,
here’s how typing sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. There was a little keyboard flex while pushing
down hard, which is expected given the keyboard is removed to take off the bottom panel. Despite
this overall the chassis felt solid and there’s absolutely no issues during normal use in
terms of flex. The two speakers are found above the keyboard
and just below the screen on either side, they’re not excellent, about average and a
bit tinny sounding at higher volumes. The touchpad has precision drivers, was smooth
to the touch and worked well. It doesn’t click down, however it has physically separate
left and right click buttons, along with a fingerprint scanner in the top left corner. Fingerprints and dirt show up fairly easily
on the matte black interior, but as a smooth surface they’re easy to clean. On the left there’s a kensington lock, air
exhaust vent, power input, HDMI port, two mini DisplayPort 1.3 outputs, two USB 3.1
Gen 2 Type-C ports, no thunderbolt support unfortunately, and two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
ports. On the right there are 3.5mm headphone and
microphone jacks, third USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, SD card slot, and gigabit ethernet port.
Initially I was thinking it was good that most of the I/O and air exhaust were on the
left, however having the ethernet port on the right means it may get in the way of your
mouse if you’ve got limited space, as those cables are usually harder to bend. On the back there’s just air exhaust vents
towards the left and right corners, while the front just has some status LEDs towards
the left hand side. Underneath there are quite a few ventilation
holes to assist air flow, as well as long rubber feet which did an ok job of preventing
movement while in use. The bottom panel can be removed easily by
taking out 11 screws with a Phillips head screwdriver. Next the keyboard needs to be
popped off, and there are a further 5 screws here. Once inside from left to right we get
access to the battery, single M.2 drive slot, WiFi card, two memory slots and 2.5 inch drive
bay. Powering the laptop is a 4 cell 55 Watt hour
battery, and with a full charge and just watching YouTube videos with the screen on half brightness,
keyboard lighting off and background apps disabled, I was able to use it for 4 hours
and 29 minutes. The Intel integrated graphics were in use during this test, thanks to Nvidia
Optimus. While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings
and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS the battery lasted for 1 hour and 7 minutes,
and the frame rate didn’t drop at any point. Overall the battery lasted longer than I expected
given the size and hardware, and I never saw the battery lose power while using it, the
150 watt brick seemed to be adequate. Thermal testing was completed with an ambient
room temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, so expect different temperatures in different
environments. There’s also a single heatpipe shared between processor and graphics, so
a change in temperature of one may affect the other. The gaming tests were done by playing Watch
Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of CPU and graphics, while the stress tests
were done by running the Aida64 CPU stress test and Heaven GPU benchmark at the same
time as a worst case scenario. Overall the temperatures were very good, despite my warm
room temperature, not passing the mid 70 degree Celsius point on the CPU while the Quadro
P3200 graphics were even cooler in comparison. Temperatures of the CPU could be improved
further by maxing out the fan speed or undervolting the CPU, as listed by UV, I was able to apply
a -0.14v undervolt. These are the average clock speeds for the
same tests just shown. No major changes to the graphics, as I wasn’t able to overclock
them, however the CPU sees the most improvement by applying the -0.14v CPU undervolt. We’re
still quite below the 3.9GHz all core turbo speed of the i7-8750H CPU though, which explains
why the temperatures were so cool in the previous graph. I wasn’t able to boost the power
limit while under these combined CPU and GPU loads either, and tests were done with the
control center software set to the performance profile for best results. These are the clock speeds I got by just running
the CPU stress test only without any GPU load. When we don’t have combined CPU and GPU
load the CPU clock speeds are much higher, as there was less power limit throttling now.
At stock it wasn’t possible to reach the full 3.9GHz all core turbo speed of the i7,
however with the undervolt applied it was possible to get there in this test. These
are the temperatures from the same tests, and once undervolted the temperature lowered
by over 10 degrees Celsius while also boosting clock speed. To demonstrate how this translates into practical
performance I’ve got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here. Full performance was achieved
with single core in either test, as power limit throttling only takes place under multicore
workloads, and once undervolted we’re getting full speed of the i7. As for the external temperatures where you’ll
actually be putting your hands, at idle it was in the mid 30s toward the bottom of the
keyboard, otherwise fairly average. While under stress test the keyboard area was warmer,
getting to the mid 40s, again fairly average and it was only warm to the touch, but then
a bit warmer while gaming, reaching 50 degrees in some parts. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop
I’ll let you have a listen to some of these tests. At idle it was almost silent, the fan was
only just audible. While under stress test it was about average, a little loud, and then
with the fans at maximum speed it was a bit louder but still similar to many other laptops
I’ve tested. Finally let’s take a look at some benchmarks.
We’ll first take a look at the sorts of applications you’d typically be using Quadro
graphics for, followed by some gaming benchmarks afterwards just for fun to see how well the
Quadro stacks up. Specviewperf is a standard benchmark tool
that’s based on professional applications and measures 3D graphics performance of OpenGL
and Direct X, so these results can be used to compare with other laptops that have also
run the same benchmark. LuxMark is an OpenCL benchmark tool, and I’ve
run the LuxBall HDR, Neuman TLM and Hotel lobby tests 3 times each to get these averages.
I’ve also run these tests with both the GPU only, and with Quadro GPU and i7-8750H
CPU combined. I’ve also got the results from Unigine Heaven,
Valley and Superposition benchmark tools, as well as 3DMark’s Firestrike, Timespy
and VRMark, just pause the video if you want a detailed look. Now let’s check out the gaming results.
While I fully understand that Quadro graphics cards are not really intended for gaming,
that’s what the GeForce series of graphics are designed for, I was interested to see
how it performed, and if you’re buying a laptop like this for work you might also want
to play some games on it too. All games were run at a 1080p resolution with all Windows
updates and these Nvidia drivers. Battlefield V was tested in campaign mode,
rather than multiplayer mode, as it’s easier to consistently reproduce the same test run.
In this game even with ultra settings I was able to average above 60 FPS and it was playing
alright. Far Cry 5 was tested with the built in benchmark,
and the results were decent for this test, with over 60 FPS averages possible at ultra
settings again, showing the Quadro P3200 graphics are definitely capable of some gaming. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested
using the built in benchmark, and to achieve 60 FPS averages in this test high settings
were needed, so again decent results. The Witcher 3 was tested with hairworks disabled,
and this was another game where 60 FPS averages were possible even with max settings. For
comparison most GTX 1060 laptops I’ve tested seem to get less than 50 FPS averages at ultra. I haven’t bothered testing any more games,
as mentioned this isn’t really a gaming laptop, but as we can see it seems to be performing
close to 1070 Max-Q graphics which is great. I’ve used Crystal Disk Mark to test the
storage, and the 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD was performing quite well, however this will of course vary
based on what drive you select when ordering. The UHS-II SD card reader was also performing
quite well, excellent read speeds and alright writes. For updated pricing check the links in the
description, as prices will change over time. At the moment the base configuration goes
for around $3,000 AUD, so for my international viewers without our taxes, conversion brings
that to about $1,900 USD, which also seems to be what other international retailers are
selling it for. As a professional workstation grade laptop
with the Quadro graphics you’ll be paying a bit more in comparison to the standard GeForce
series of graphics cards. If a Quadro is something you need though, this laptop could be what
you’ve been looking for and it’s still capable of playing many popular games at 60
FPS max settings when you’re ready to take a break from work. So what do you guys think about the Metabox
P955ET1 workstation laptop? Overall it seems quite good for a thin machine, the only issues
I had with it were the slight backlight bleed and that under combined CPU and GPU load the
CPU didn’t get up as high as I expected, although this did mean it ran cooler as a
result, and the quadro graphics still performed well. Let me know what you guys thought about the
P955ET1 laptop down in the comments, and leave a like to let me know if you found the review
useful. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget to subscribe for future tech videos like this
one.

38 thoughts on “Metabox P955ET1 Workstation Laptop Review

  1. I have seen a few new RTX card laptops have single channel ram does it effect performance ? Can you add a different brand ram stick to make it dual channel ? With same clock speed like 16 GB + 8GB at 2666mhz both

  2. Damn yesterday i saw Dave2D benchmark on the Legion Y740 and i really wanted to watched aa detailed review from you until i remembered that Lenovo doesn't send you review units :'(

  3. Not bad for the money if you need a mobile quadro system though Id like to see these start coming with 2 m.2 slots.

  4. They need to provide an option to boost the power limit. Otherwise, the CPU is really lagging at only 2.8GHz.

  5. im getting the rog strix II gl504gs should I get it or get a different 1070 laptop? if so what 1070 laptop that will go above 100fps in most games

  6. be able to open the lid without the bottom coming up shows the opposite of an even weight distribution, it shows the strength of the hinge mostly. not much weight in the top, screen is always lighter than everything else lol

  7. jarrod, I really need help with my asus strix scar 2, the power option in windows 10 keeps switching to high performance from balanced every time I restart my laptop. also is it normal for the keyboard to be kinda warm?

  8. If i am not wrong,nvidia quadro is a type of cards that is used for solidworks best on it,bcoz i use solidworks on 1050ti😁….
    But it is more costly!!!!

  9. Hi Jarrod,you also could use lite windows version from team os,in their web site you can find that which weight is 1.5 gb of win 10,for proper gaming test would be a bit better,nice review anyway:D

  10. Hi! Will you test asus TUF Gaming FX705DY with Ryzen ? New stuff πŸ™‚ I'm very curious how it works πŸ™‚

  11. are there any rtx 2060 laptops with g-sync support? G-sync seems like it would be much more useful at lower specs but only shows up on higher end like Rtx 2080

  12. It does not matter with this video, but there is something I want to ask.

    I want to buy a gaming laptop, so I'd recommend a laptop with the best cooling.

  13. This isn't relavant to this video but do the new dell G5 and G7 series have a 144hz display? Can't seem to find the answer anywhere

  14. Hi Jarrod, is the maximum output resolution (if connecting to an external monitor) the same for each model regardless of which built in display option you choose? From what I understand it should be dictated by the graphics card if I'm correct? If this is the case, how do you find out what maximum output resolution the Quadro P3200 is capable of?

    I'm essentially trying to figure out if I can purchase the P955ET1 with the base level display (1080p, 60hz), but connect it to a 1440p or 4k monitor and understand if it will be capable of meeting the display output of the external monitor.

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