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Redfox’s ‘Vengeance’ and why you should pay attention

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Redfox Technologies Philippines Inc., best known to you and me as a well-known desktop PC brand in the country in the early 2000’s, has introduced their Vengeance gaming line-up.

Vengeance, strictly speaking, is not only Redfox’s gaming laptop line-up, but a completely new direction for the company. Think of it as what ROG is to ASUS or what Predator is to Acer, they all live and breath gaming and gamers’ needs.

[UPDATE: We’ve made a typo on the prices of the Megaera models. Prices have been updated accordingly.]

alecto
 VA-5CN75PVA-5CN76P
CPUIntel Core i7-8750H (6-core 2.2 GHz - 4.10 GHz)Intel Core i7-8750H (6-core 2.2 GHz - 4.10 GHz)
RAM8 GB x1 DDR4 2667 MHz (2x SODIMM slots)8 GB x1 DDR4 2667 MHz (2x SODIMM slots)
GraphicsGTX 1050 Ti 4GB GTX 1060 6GB
Display15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD 64Hz
100% sRGB
15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD 144Hz
72% NTSC
Storage128 GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB HDD 128 GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB HDD
KB & MouseMembrane RGB keyboard
98 x 60mm touchpad
Membrane RGB keyboard
98 x 60mm touchpad
Battery4,100mAh 46.74whr Li-Po
120-watt AC adapter
4,100mAh 46.74whr Li-Po
150-watt AC adapter
OS & SoftwareWindows 10 Home (64-bit) RS3
Sound Blaster Cinema 5
V-Console
Windows 10 Home (64-bit) RS3
Sound Blaster Cinema 5
V-Console
Wi-FiIntel 9462 AC up to 433 MbpsIntel 9560 AC up to 1.73 Gbps
I/OUSB 3.1 Gen 1 x2
USB 2.0 x4
USB 3.1 Type-C (no AV support) x1
HDMI x1
RJ45 x1
Audio out & mic x1
Fan Boost Button x1
Kensington Lock x1
Card Reader (2-in-1 card reader connector type)
HD Webcam
USB 3.1 Gen 1 x2
USB 2.0 x4
USB 3.1 Type-C (no AV support) x1
HDMI x1
RJ45 x1
Audio out & mic x1
Fan Boost Button x1
Kensington Lock x1
Card Reader (2-in-1 card reader connector type)
HD Webcam
Dimmensions374mm x 260mm x 26.0mm (width x depth x height)
2.420 Kg
374mm x 260mm x 26.0mm (width x depth x height)
2.420 Kg
PricePhp 59,999Php 79,999

Starting off with the Alecto, this is the entry-level gaming laptop of the bunch. Strangely, Redfox has started off their line-up with the Intel Core i7-8750H and not the Core i5-8300H that we’re used to seeing. The reasoning behind this, we were told, was that the extra cores on the Core i7’s will be a big help for streamers. We don’t doubt that for a second, but we would have loved to see a cheaper Core i5 variant.

Both Alecto models come with the Core i7 by default paired with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and you have a choice of an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1060. The GTX 1060 model also comes with a 144Hz IPS display. Spec-for-spec then, the Alecto can stand toe-to-toe with its competitors.

At a price of Php 59,999 and Php 79,999, it’s a little cheaper than the other entry-level laptops with equivalent specs such as the Acer Nitro 5 and ASUS TUF FX504.

Bonus points to Redfox for including RGB backlit keyboards and SSDs as standard on all models by the way (especially the latter).

Megaera
 VM-5CN75MVM-5CN76M
CPUIntel Core i7-8750H (6-core 2.2 GHz - 4.10 GHz)Intel Core i7-8750H (6-core 2.2 GHz - 4.10 GHz)
RAM8 GB x1 DDR4 2667 MHz (2x SODIMM slots)8 GB x1 DDR4 2667 MHz (2x SODIMM slots)
GraphicsGTX 1050 Ti 4GB GTX 1060 6GB
Display15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD 64Hz
100% sRGB
15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS LCD 144Hz
72% NTSC
Storage128 GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB HDD 128 GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB HDD
KB & MouseOptical RGB Mechanical keyboard
104mm x 72mm touchpad
Optical RGB Mechanical keyboard
104mm x 72mm touchpad
Battery4,100mAh 46.74whr Li-Po
150-watt AC adapter
4,100mAh 46.74whr Li-Po
180-watt AC adapter
OS & SoftwareWindows 10 Pro (64-bit) RS3
Sound Blaster Cinema 5
V-Console
Windows 10 Pro (64-bit) RS3
Sound Blaster Cinema 5
V-Console
Wi-FiIntel 9462 AC up to 433 MbpsIntel 9560 AC up to 1.73 Gbps
I/OUSB 3.1 Gen 1 x2
USB 2.0 x1
USB 3.1 Type-C (no AV support) x1
HDMI x1
Mini Display Port x2
RJ45 x1
Audio out & mic x1
Fan Boost Button x1
Kensington Lock x1
Card Reader (2-in-1 card reader connector type)
HD Webcam
USB 3.1 Gen 1 x2
USB 2.0 x1
USB 3.1 Type-C (no AV support) x1
HDMI x1
Mini Display Port x2
RJ45 x1
Audio out & mic x1
Fan Boost Button x1
Kensington Lock x1
Card Reader (2-in-1 card reader connector type)
HD Webcam
Dimmensions359mm x 242mm x 19.9mm (width x depth x height)
2.140 Kg
359mm x 242mm x 19.9mm (width x depth x height)
2.140 Kg
PricePhp 69,999Php 89,999

The Magaera is similarly configured as the Alecto models, but in a slimmer and sleeker metal chassis. The brushed metal finish gives it a more premium vibe over the Alecto. It also has thinner bezels while keeping the same 15.6-inch IPS display.

But the Megaera’s main party piece is arguably it’s mechanical keyboard. It’s not the same as the one found in Cherry MX-based keyboards, but is more of a mechanical-chiclet hybrid. The result is a more tactile and clickier keyboard with substantial travel. Upon inspection, it looks similar to those low-profile mechanical switch Razer made a while back.

Priced at around Php 70k and Php 90k, both models are tempting propositions, especially with their included SSDs and outstanding mechanical keyboards.

Availability for the Alecto and Megaera will be on the 2nd week of November, just in time for the holidays. The Alecto will be available through Laptop Factory while the Megaera and Tisiphone will be available through Lazada. Speaking of Tisiphone…

tisiphone
 VT-7CN76PVT-7CN77PVT-7C78P
CPUIntel Core i7-8700k (6-core 12-threads 3.70 GHz - 4.70 GHz)Intel Core i7-8700k (6-core 12-threads 3.70 GHz - 4.70 GHz)Intel Core i7-8700k (6-core 12-threads 3.70 GHz - 4.70 GHz)
RAM16GB DDR416GB DDR432GB DDR4
GraphicsGTX 1060 6GBGTX 1070 6GBGTX 1080 8GB
Display17.3" 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD
120Hz GSYNC
17.3" 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD
120Hz GSYNC
17.3" 2560 x 1440 IPS LCD
120Hz GSYNC
Storage256GB SSD + 2TB HDD256GB SSD + 2TB HDD256GB SSD + 2TB HDD
KB & MouseMembrane keyboard & touchpadMembrane keyboard & touchpadMembrane keyboard & touchpad
PricePhp 99,999Php 129,999Php 149,999

This behemoth here is, at first glance, just another beefed up gaming laptop. But after a few slides from Redfox, it was clear that this was something a bit more than your usual gaming laptop.

For starters, this “laptop” is packing a desktop-class six-core Intel Core i7-8700k and up to a GTX 1080. Don’t think they’ve just bolted that on BGA-style though, because Redfox says that both the GPU and CPU are upgradable. They specifically mentioned that you can upgrade to a 9th generation Core i9 and an RTX 20-series later on if you so desired. That’s right, this one of the handful of consumer laptops in the country that’s upgradable.

While we weren’t able to test it out for ourselves with the dummy unit being, well, a dummy, the huge AC power adapter is enough of an indication as to what this machine is capable of. Redfox is so confident with the performance of this machine that they’ve deemed it necessary to equip the Tisiphone with a 1440p 120hz G-Sync display.

“The rig”

“The Rig” is an all-in-one VR gaming PC which fits into a heavy duty-looking case. It’s still in early development (the name isn’t even decided yet, hence the quotation marks) and the specs have yet to be finalized. But the working demo Redfox showed us works well enough and was able to run Far Cry 5 smoothly, although the settings used was not shown.

Included in this all-in-one package is a mouse & mechanical keyboard, noise cancelling headphones, and the VR headset. It doesn’t have any fancy motion tracking components like the HTC Vive, and Redfox says that their VR solution is more similar to those found on the consoles rather than the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. As we’ve said before, it’s still in early development so we could see more features added upon release.

and more

Aside from hardware, Redfox was keen to show off future plans for next-generation internet gaming cafes. They showed us pictures of space station-like concepts clad with the Vengeance branding filled with gaming PCs. This is a place for PC gaming enthusiasts and we imagine this would be a sort of open space where gamers could organize LAN parties and meetups.

Surprisingly, Redfox also seems to be working (in close partnership with a third-party game developer presumably) on a game. Based on ancient Greek mythology, the game focuses on the clash between the Greek gods and goddesses and the Titans. The game is aptly called “The Bloody Beginning”. There’s little to no details aside from the backstory, but we’re guessing this is going to be an MMORPG.

All of these sounds like a big leap into gaming for Redfox. And we have to admit, their image as of late hasn’t exactly been pristine. Redfox says they’re working on changes behind the scenes such as changing their business model.

But for now, absolutely everything they’ve shown us were compelling products with definite potential and we certainly hope to hear more from them soon. As their product manager said to us, there’s definitely more in store to keep us excited.

Jude De Leon
Ever since he's built his dream rig during his early high school years, Migs has always been a keen PC enthusiast. He's been the go-to guy for computer advice for his friends and family ever since.

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