AVADirect’s Clevo M770CUH is a gaming notebook configurable with the latest Intel Core-series processors. Packing the ATI Mobility Radeon 4570 graphics and a 17-inch WXGA+ display, the system is a desktop replacement capable of watching HD movies or playing some of the latest games. Read the full review to see how this system performs in our tests.
Our AVADirect Clevo M770CUH Specifications:
The Clevo M770CUH has an almost silhouette-like appearance with a glossy black cover and bright white keyboard, palmrest, and touchpad. The top cover is spotless with no company logos or added design elements outside of a mirror-like black finish. Inside the entire typing surface is white with a silver tray surrounding the keyboard and thin silver border outlining the touchpad. If there was ever a Storm Trooper inspired notebook, it’s this one. The bottom of the notebook is matte black plastic and generally blends in with the background when it is sitting on a desk surface.
The M770CHU is easy to upgrade with two access panels located on the bottom of the notebook. The hard drive is located under one panel and the CPU, wireless card, RAM, WWAN slot, and SIM card slot are located under the other. No warranty void if removed stickers were seen anywhere.
Screen and Speakers
For such a large notebook, the Clevo M770CUH has a lower resolution than we would like to see – 1440x900—instead of something with a higher pixel density such as WUXGA. This usually comes down to the buyer’s preference since with higher resolution, the screen becomes more difficult to read for people with poor vision. The screen has very good color saturation when viewed head on but the contrast levels seemed lacking even at a perfect 90-degree angle from panel. Backlight levels were more than acceptable for indoor viewing in a home or office, but did seem weak in very bright office conditions. We measured a peak brightness of 160cd/m2 in our lab with the screen brightness turned to 100%. Viewing angles were average with colors starting to wash our or invert within 15 degrees of tilt forward or back. Horizontal viewing angles were perfect with little or no color distortion, even at steeper angles.
The speakers are forward and lap-firing with outlet ports on the front edge of the palmrest and below the notebook. Peak volume from the speakers was more than enough to fill a small room with music, but they did leave something to be desired in terms of bass and midrange. Users who watch movies on this notebook might want to invest in headphones or connect the system to a stereo through the SPDIF or HDMI-out connections.
With its spacious 17-inch form-factor Clevo has no problem fitting a full-size keyboard with a three-key wide number pad on the M770CUH. The layout was easy to follow, including the preferred control key in the corner key position, with generous spacing around secondary keys like the direction buttons. The typing surface itself was comfortable to type on with very responsive keys. Individual key action was smooth with a light click emitted with fully pressed. If you spend hours typing, you will love the M770CUH’s keyboard. The only thing we felt was missing were multimedia keys around the keyboard. Touch-sensitive volume controls would have been a nice addition.
Ports and Features
Port selection on this notebook seemed uninspiring with plenty of open space along the back. In total, the M770CUH included three USB ports, one eSATA port, HDMI and VGA-out, LAN, modem, analog in/out, and digital audio out. A combo USB/eSATA port would have gone a long way to increase the port availability.
Right: Audio jacks, one USB port, optical drive, modem, Kensington Lock slot
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