Kogan has decided to wet its toes in the enthusiast gamer space, offering a $999 Windows 10 notebook that promises to deliver a "flagship" gaming experience. Packing in a discreet Nvidia graphics card and an Intel Core i7 CPU, the Atlas Pro is certainly a cut above Kogan's previous laptop releases — but is it actually worth $999? That all depends on what you plan to use it for...
The Kogan Atlas Pro comes with a 15.6in 1080p display, a fouth-generation Intel Core i7-4710MQ processor (2.5GHz), 8GB of DDR3L RAM, a 1TB HDD (5400RPM) and a 2GB Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics card. Other notable specifications include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a full-sized chiclet keyboard with a numeric pad, a DVD optical drive and a 2-megapixel webcam.
Assuming the build quality is up to snuff — which is not necessarily a given when it comes to Kogan — these specifications are quite decent for the asking price. However, they are unlikely to satisfy the hardcore gamers that this laptop is supposedly aimed at.
The GeForce 940M isn't a particularly fearsome GPU and it will likely struggle with graphically intensive new-release games. If you're the type of gamer who enjoys blistering frame rates and maxed out settings you can basically forget it.
Plus, the hardcore gaming community aren't usually interested in cutting costs and compromising on quality — they're happy to spend thousands of dollars on the latest and greatest technology. Most of them would never show up to a LAN party with a Kogan laptop tucked under their arm. They'd much rather spend a few hundred dollars extra.
With that said, the Atlas Pro still provides a decent amount of grunt for $999. If Kogan's own benchmarks can be believed, it outpaced a range of more expensive big-brand laptops in Passmark; a third-party application that rates PC graphics performance. In other words, it will comfortably handle just about any complex application you throw at it — with the exception of cutting-edge games.
As with any Kogan product, you should definitely read as many customer reviews as possible before buying this thing to get a sense of its reliability and build quality. (We'd pay particular attention to what people say about the keyboard.) If you're looking for an all purpose laptop with a little extra grunt under the hood, this could be worth considering. But gaming fanatics should steer clear.