AVADirect Clevo P570WM Review

by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (27,037)
Editor's Rating
8.00

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 10
    • Usability
    • 7
    • Design
    • 6
    • Performance
    • 10
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Unbelievably fast
    • Highly customizable
    • Good keyboard
    • Good port selection
  • Cons

    • Could use an IPS screen
    • Noisy
    • It's huge!
    • Two 330W power supplies!

Quick Take

If power is the primary goal, the P570WM is the heavyweight champion. No other notebook offers this much power in portable package.

This desktop replacement notebook features a 17.3″ display and tips the scales at 13.8 lbs – or 21 lbs, if we include the dual 330W power supplies. Our review unit has an ultra-powerful Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor (six cores), dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M 4GB graphics cards, 32GB of RAM and a 240GB Intel SSD. Power aside, the P570WM offers a solid keyboard, usable touchpad, high-gamut 1080p display, and plenty of input and output ports. The downsides are a sub-one hour battery life, loud cooling fans and of course the size and price.

Build and Design

The P570WM is, in a word, humongous. It’s one of the very largest computers to go through our review process at 13.8 lbs and almost 2.5″ thick. This setup weighs 21 lbs total including the two 330W power adapters.

The design is relatively plain but not boring. The palm rest and lid have brushed aluminum inlays which are smooth and cool to the touch. The chassis is inflexible; the plastic used is thicker than we’re used to seeing, no doubt required for structural support. The lid provides sufficient protection for the screen; no ripples appear on the screen when applying pressure to the back of the lid. The P570WM’s fit and finish is good, with equal gaps between parts and no rough or unfinished edges.

Something to note about the P570WM’s design is just how thick it really is; the keyboard and touchpad will physically sit higher off the surface it’s resting on compared to thinner notebooks. This means a different typing position which in my case required raising my chair a bit.

Input and Output Ports

The P570WM as expected includes a large number of ports; it has three different video output options. All picture descriptions are left to right.


Front: ExpressCard/54 slot, Infrared port, power light indicators

Back: Cooling exhaust vents, AC power jack

Left: DVI-D out, Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, eSATA/USB combo, IEEE 1394 Firewire 400/800, USB 3.0, optical drive (bottom)

Right: Line-in, S/PDIF, microphone, headphone, 2x USB 2.0, Kensington lock slot

Keyboard and Touchpad

Clevo has finally updated both its keyboard design and layout. This new keyboard is traditionally-styled but with keys that mimic the extra spacing between Chiclet-style keyboard keys. The keyboard has good tactile feedback with minimal flex; it has a slightly rubbery feel and is quiet – no “clacking” keys. Each key has a mildly rubberized matte surface which hides fingerprints. The blue LED backlighting is helpful in darker environments. The keyboard layout is the biggest improvement from older Clevo notebooks; the home, end, pgup and pgdn keys are no longer integrated as secondary functions into the arrow keys. Additionally the number pad now has a standard four-column layout.

The Synaptics touchpad seems a bit small relative to the 17.3-inch display. The matte surface is easy to track on even if your fingers are slightly damp. While the physical buttons on this touchpad are too loud for my taste, I like the fact that the buttons are indeed physical – many new notebooks have buttonless touchpads (clickpads) with clickable surfaces which not too many notebook makers “get right.” A fingerprint reader is situated between the two buttons.

Screen and Speakers

The P570WM comes standard with the glossy surface display on our review unit. It has a full HD resolution (1920×1080 pixels) and better than average color reproduction, covering 90% of the NTSC color gamut (most displays cover 60-70%). Contrast is very good, with deep blacks and stark whites. It’s a good looking display head-on but has issues with viewing angles inherent with TN-type panels. Some higher-end notebooks are coming with IPS panels which have unlimited viewing angles. Overall it’s a reasonable display but at this price point, it’s hard to impress.


The four inbuilt stereo speakers have mediocre sound; it’s hollow with no noticeable bass. Fortunately the P570WM offers multiple audio out options including headphone, HDMI and S/PDIF.


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