Crafting a work of art requires skill, no small amount of creativity and especially for content creators in today’s digital age, a good ‘creator laptop’. But what exactly is a creator laptop, you ask? With the confusing array of marketing claptrap out there, it’s certainly a daunting task for laymen to figure out what exactly constitutes a creator laptop out of the plethora of options out there.
So what’s a creator laptop anyway?
It’s somewhat of a chicken and egg situation but by definition, a creator laptop is a notebook with a design and specifications that are intended for creatives. Not all creatives do the same thing nor have the same work style of course, which requires different specifications and indeed, different types of notebooks with some opting purely for tablets and styli…
In general, creators such as designers, mangaka or photo editors need beefy processors and large colour accurate displays while video editors such as aspiring YouTubers and movie makers will need rigs with powerful graphic cards in their notebooks. Depending on how often work is done on the go, a creator laptop may need to be light and portable too. It also helps if it looks slick like a sports car rather than something the size of a phone book while weighing like a pygmy pachyderm in the bargain.
While getting the priciest laptop with the highest end hardware possible is certainly one way to resolve the issue, it’s often a case of using a sledgehammer to swat a fly as you may get specifications way beyond what you may need along with a price tag that will cost you an arm and a leg. And maybe a kidney too.
Fortunately, Malaysian vendor Illegear has you sorted as they have two unique notebooks dubbed the Illegear Ionic and the Illegear Onyx Pro that have been crafted from the ground up specifically to cater to the needs of creators.
A proudly Malaysian brand formed in 2011, Illegear’s founding fathers consisted of hardcore gamers and hardware enthusiasts who sought to build the best systems possible but the market back then was not able to meet the needs of a user seeking a bespoke notebook or desktop. They figured out doing it themselves was the next best thing and thus Illegear was born.
From there on in, Illegear has grown from strength to strength, offering a growing line-up of desktops and notebooks with customisable specifications that can whet the appetite of any gamer which is where Illegear’s latest beauties, the Onyx Pro and the Ionic come into the picture. Here’s 5 stunning reasons why you ought to check both of Illegear’s latest notebooks out…
#1 Light and Portable Magnesium Alloy Chassis
Hauling around a ton of stuff on your back is no fun especially when you have to lug your laptop around all day for work to meet clients, do presentations and mayhaps get your next inspiration at your favourite coffee shop.
Both the Illegear Onyx Pro and Illegear Ionic are large 15.6-inch laptops but are remarkably light and slight on account of having a body crafted from ultra-light magnesium alloy. The Illegear Onyx Pro weighs just 1.55kg while being 18mm thin while the Illegear Ionic is even lighter at 1.45kg at 15mm thin. What makes it impressive is that they’ve managed to do so while cramming in massive batteries and top-shelf hardware into what is essentially a compact 14-inch notebook form factor.
#2 Large and Vibrant Displays
One of the most critical features necessary for creators is the inclusion of a large and colour accurate display and in that regard, the Illegear Ionic and Illegear Onyx Pro don’t disappoint. Both notebooks are fantastic for creators as they both have 15.6-inch sized displays with the Onyx Pro boasting of an impressive Samsung AMOLED panel with breathtakingly thin INFINIVISION bezels that are less than 4mm thin along with an amazing 4K resolution or a 240Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for animators, video editors and gamers.
The Illegear Ionic comes with their vaunted iRIS display which offers a 100% sRGB rating for colour accuracy, making it ideal for creative professionals who require faithful colour accuracy in their work like photographers and desktop artists.
The best part? Both the Illegear Ionic and Onyx Pro manage to cram these huge 15.6-inch displays into what is effectively a 14-inch notebook form factor, making them exceptionally portable too.
#3 High-Powered Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA graphics
The cornerstone of a creator laptop is what hardware it runs under the hood and both of Illegear’s creator laptops are armed for bear with some seriously beefy hardware to tackle almost anything creators would need to work on and, of course, serious gaming too.
Intended for casual creators as well as light graphics work, the Illegear Ionic sports the latest 10th Generation Intel Core i7-1050U processor paired up with up to 16GB DDR4 RAM and a workhorse NVIDIA GeForce MX250 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM graphics card. Storage needs are handled with a generously sized 512GB NVMe PCiE M.2 SSD. Just to sweeten the pot, it also has a dual digital mike for video calls paired with a webcam with Windows Hello support.
Designed for serious high-performance graphics rendering, video editing and intensive gaming with the latest AAA titles, the Illegear Onyx Pro packs the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7 processors, up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM, up to 32GB DDR4 RAM and a 512GB NVMe PCiE M.2 SSD.
To ensure this hefty array stays cool, the Illegear Onyx Pro integrates dual cooling fans and a quad-heatpipe, quad-venting array to shunt heat away from the CPU and GPU for sustained high performance. Like the Illegear Ionic, the Onyx Pro packs a dual digital mike, a webcam with Windows Hello support and takes things up a notch with a 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard.
#4 Long Lasting Battery Life for Extended Endurance In the Field
You can’t always get access to a plug point to charge your laptop which is why Illegear’s Ionic and Onyx Pro both come with generously sized built-in batteries so that you can get your work done when you’re on the go.
The Illegear Ionic is ideal for mobile workers too as it has a massive 92Wh battery that can offer excellent battery life while the Illegear Onyx Pro hosts a slightly more compact but equally hefty 63Wh battery that can get you through most of a work day.
In PCMark 8’s battery test under their Creative mode, which tests a heavy workload typical of a creator with web browsing, video calls, video editing, photo editing and mainstream gaming, the Illegear Ionic was capable of lasting an impressive 6 hours and 22 minutes while the Illegear Onyx Pro was capable lasting just a few minutes shy of 3 hours. This reduction in battery life in the Illegear Onyx Pro is on account of the fact that it packs far more powerful hardware, including a dedicated NVIDIA RTX2060 graphics card and a far crisper 4K display, both of which need more power to run. On more conventional workloads with web browsing, word processing and web browsing, you can expect almost double the battery life.
#5 Exceptional Value for Money
Both the Illegear Ionic and Illegear Onyx Pro are pound for pound, one of the best value creator laptops in the market, boasting large displays, top of the line hardware and extensive battery life crammed into a sleek magnesium chassis. The Illegear Ionic is available from RM3,705 depending on configuration with the Illegear Onyx Pro retailing at prices starting from RM6,175.
The best part is that Illegear also offers generous ZERO interest payment scheme with a 24-payment easy installment plan if you’re looking to get in on the action fast.
What knocks it out of the ballpark though is Illegear’s commitment to quality. The Illegear Ionic has a 3 year warranty while the Illegear Onyx Pro has a two year warranty extendable to 3 years for a minor additional fee. Better yet, all their notebooks sport a lifetime technical support package. This lets you focus on your masterpieces while leaving the nitty gritty to the rest.
Where can I buy the Illegear Ionic and Illegear Onyx Pro?
The Illegear Ionic and Onyx Pro are available for purchase at Illegear’s growing range of retail boutiques and online at their official page at www.illegear.com To peruse the Illegear Ionic in more detail, you can check out their official page at https://www.illegear.com/laptops/ionic/ while the Illegear Onyx Pro can be viewed at their official page at https://www.illegear.com/laptops/onyx-pro-selenite-pro/
You can also view Illegear’s extensive range of hardware and even talk to their in-house experts so that you can discuss, discover and find out how to get the customised Illegear notebook of your dreams at their flagship Illegear showroom outlet at Oval Damansara located at:
Illegear Flagship Showroom,
G3 & G3A, Ground Floor,
Jalan Damansara, TTDI,
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
General inquiries and sales: (+60) 18-6648599
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