Review: JOI Amazer (MAG15)

JOI Amazer GL7000

RM6600 (MRSP)
8.3

Design and Build

9.0/10

Performance

9.0/10

Value

7.0/10

Pros

  • Balance of performance, mobility and price (with 11.11 discount)
  • Good fit, finish and solid build
  • Per-Key RGB 4th-Gen Opto-Mech keyboard with Project Aurora support
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Good battery life (93Wh)
  • Customizable options in BIOS
  • 115W-boost capable 90W 2070MQ
  • Continual software/driver support (from Eluktronics/XMG/Intel)
  • Good thermal management
  • Battery charge limiter (Flexi-charge)

Cons

  • 9th-Gen i7 with no upgrade option
  • Relatively loud full load fans (no adjustable curves)
  • 75c GPU thermal cap (can be overridden with tweaks)
  • Average built-in speakers
  • Screen locked at 144Hz
  • Picky with TB3 docks/display adapters
  • Huge AC adapter (FSP 230W)
  • Very limited support from JOI

Today, let’s review the JOI Amazer GL7000 (aka the MAG-15), an attempt by rising ODM TongFang and Intel to create a “value” challenger to the Razer Blade 15. Did they succeed, and if so, why did the Amazer (specifically) end up being so… unknown locally here in Malaysia?

As a disclaimer, the unit reviewed is my personal use unit (hence the carbon stickers) purchased with my own funds, and I am in no way compensated in any way for this review.

With all that out of the way, let’s move on to the review proper, shall we?

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