Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1 Review: A great gaming notebook
July 11, 2018

Everything you want from a gaming laptop.

Gaming notebooks are now a common choice not just for gamers but also for users that require that extra power. Monster isn’t usually the first brand you’d think of when looking for gaming notebooks, but so I have been impressed with the first product I’ve tested from them: the Tulpar T5 V18.1.1.

Putting that confusing naming scheme aside, the Tulpar T5 looks pretty much like any other gaming notebook. There’s the strong metal frame with an edgy design all throughout, and a plethora of vents on the side and below the notebook to keep it cool even when you’re playing a game.

The Tulpar T5 also includes a plethora of ports so that you can connect any peripheral possible. There’s a USB 3.0/2.0 port, an SD card reader, Ethernet, audio and microphone inputs, Thunderbolt, HDMI, and USB-C.

The Tulpar T5 also includes a full-size mechanical keyboard that’s also backlit. The keys are easy to type on, but the clicky effect makes it a more desirable keyboard especially when used during gameplay. The RGB backlight can be configured to show different light patterns and colors, though I personally chose to use it with a standard backlight instead. There’s also a special ‘Fan Boost’ button located next to the power switch, that increases the fan speed for better cooling.

Specifications-wise, the Tulpar T5 has a pretty good set of hardware inside:

  • Intel Core Coffee Lake i7-8750H Processor
  • Intel HM370 Express Chipset
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX1060 with 6 GB GDDR5
  • 15.6-inch Matte LED display (1920-by-1080 pixels)
  • 256 GB SSD / 1 TB HDD
  • Windows 10

The screen is sharp, and while it doesn’t offer a higher resolution, it’s enough for me to enjoy the games I’m playing at a decent framerate. It’s made even better since the matte finish helps avoid glare.

For testing, I’ve loaded up the Tulpar T5 with some of the games from my Steam and Microsoft libraries and played these games in the recommended setting.

For Rise of the Tomb Raider, I’ve gotten a decent framerate that doesn’t dip below 30 fps, but it did have a hard time reaching 60 fps. It isn’t a problem though since most of the visual enhancements for the game are already enabled.

Forza Motorsport 6 was smooth and visual clarity is awesome thanks to the GeForce GTX1060 GPU from Nvidia. Details on the cars were clear, especially the surroundings while I’m on a race (the Dubai backdrop is equally awesome).

The specifications of the Tulpar T5 also make it a decent multimedia machine. I edited a couple of 4K videos on Adobe Premiere with ease, and watching 4K content on Netflix was an easy task for the notebook.

That being said, putting an intense load on the Tulpar T5 does require the fans to operate at full speed, and in turn, create a rather noisy sound that could probably annoy you the longer it goes on. I used it in a rather quiet office, and I’ve gotten some looks when the fans got too loud. One even suggested the notebook might be heating up – but I had to explain that’s how it really works.

Overall, the Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1 does a good job in delivering a decent gaming experience. The 6,599 price may be on the premium side, but the internals clearly works well to give you everything that you need from a gaming notebook.

We Love:

+ Good design

+ Mechanical keyboard

+ Great performance

We Hate:

– Fans can get too loud at times

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Has passion for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and recently discovered his love for gaming.
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