$1,499 – Thunder ZERO ’24: 14th Gen i9

On January 16, Raytheon launched its first gaming laptop equipped with the 14th generation HX series Core i9 processor—the Raytheon ZERO 2024, with a configuration of i9-14900HX+RTX4060+16GB RAM+1TB. After a discount, the price is 9999 yuan. Compared to the previous i9-13900HX model, the new model equipped with the new i9-14900HX processor is only 500 yuan more expensive.

Raytheon ZERO 2024
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In comparison with the previous generation, the most noticeable improvement is the upgraded CPU and enhanced heat dissipation, resulting in reduced noise. Apart from these changes, there aren’t significant differences in other aspects such as appearance and screen. However, considering the price, the new model is only 500 yuan more expensive, which is a reasonable increase. Therefore, if you are a gaming enthusiast pursuing high performance, upgrading might be a good choice. But if you don’t require exceptionally high performance or feel that the performance of the previous model is sufficient, then this upgrade may not be necessary. Overall, this upgrade can be considered a minor adjustment with little change in appearance and an acceptable price increase.

Raytheon ZERO 2024
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Additionally, Intel officially released a new product lineup for the 14th generation HX series today, leading to the arrival of a large number of new gaming laptops. Currently, competing products with the same configuration (i9-14900HX+RTX4060+16GB RAM+1TB) include the 16-inch ASUS TUF 5 Pro, ROG Gunfire 8, and MSI Titan 17 2024.

The ASUS TUF 5 Pro is priced at 8999 yuan, the ROG Gunfire 8 at 11999 yuan, and the MSI Titan 17 2024 at 12119 yuan. Although the overall configurations seem similar, the prices vary significantly, and this difference doesn’t solely reflect brand premiums. When comparing these products, we also need to consider differences in processor and graphics card performance, cooling systems, screen refresh rates, and interface configurations. For instance, higher-end gaming laptops typically offer better cooling solutions. Similarly, high refresh rate screens and better display panels also come at a relatively higher cost.

Moreover, although the basic configurations are similar, the attention to detail and optimization validate the concept of “you get what you pay for.” Additionally, higher prices often imply better after-sales service.

ASUS, ROG, Raytheon, MSI
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In conclusion, when choosing a gaming laptop, consumers should consider not only the price but also other factors beyond the three core configurations of processor, graphics card, and memory, such as screen quality, battery life, and after-sales service. Selecting the most suitable product according to personal needs and budget is the wisest decision.

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