If you’re looking for the highest performance custom notebook for gaming then a company called Clevo has you covered. Clevo notebooks are available from multiple custom-order stores and in this review we took a look at the new Clevo X7200 from AVA Direct.
This 13.4-pound monstrosity might be the world’s fastest laptop. It features a desktop Core i7 Extreme processor with six cores, dual Nvidia GTX 480M 2GB graphics cards, and 12GB of RAM.
Our Clevo X7200 review unit, courtesy of AVA Direct, has the following specifications:
- 17.3-inch 1080p (1920×1080) glossy panel with LED backlighting
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-980X six-core desktop processor (3.33GHz, 12MB L3, 6.4GT/s QPI, 130W TDP)
- Intel X58 desktop chipset
- DUAL Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M graphics cards w/ 2GB GDDR5 memory each
- 12GB DDR3-1333 triple-channel RAM (3x 4GB)
- 256GB A-DATA S599 SSD
- 500GB 7200RPM Seagate Momentus XT secondary storage drive (ST95005620AS)
- Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN wireless LAN
- Blu-ray reader (HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW CT21N)
- 1-year standard warranty
- Li-poly battery (78.44Wh)
- Weight: 13.48 lbs.
- Dimensions: 16.5 x 11.3 x 2.2~2.4 inches
- MSRP: $4,700
The base price for a Clevo X7200 customized from AVA Direct is $2,150; our test unit’s insane configuration includes the latest bleeding edge components. The most notable part is the desktop Core i7-980X processor, which has six cores and runs at a blistering 3.33GHz (which can turbo boost to 3.60GHz); it commands a $764 premium over the base Core i7 quad-core. Next on the list are the dual Nvidia GTX 480M 2GB graphics cards, which are $963 extra over the single base GTX 460 1GB. Rounding out the list are the 256GB SSD ($401), 12GB of RAM ($178), and the Blu-ray reader ($90). The only thing our test unit is missing is a custom paint scheme, which is available from AVA Direct.
Build and Design
The X7200’s defining physical characteristic is its immense footprint. At about two and half inches thick and almost 13.5 pounds, it is simply massive. Beyond its physical size the X7200 is reasonably well-appointed with an aluminum-covered palm rest and a sprinkling of blue LED indicator lights; however, as is the case with other Clevo notebooks, it was not designed to be fashionable (and isn’t).
The build quality is solid; the palm rests and other surfaces resist flexing under pressure and the chassis does not bend when twisted. The lid is more flexible than I prefer despite the fact that it has an aluminum backing. Fortunately no ripples appear on the screen when pressure is applied from behind. Fit and finish is satisfactory; the parts making up the notebook fit together with even spacing and no one area of the notebook seems of better quality than another.
The X7200 is largely constructed of thick plastic; most of it has a matte coating with the exception of the screen surround and area directly above the keyboard, which attract fingerprints and dust too easily. The display surface is also glossy, which adds to the problem. Manufacturers should take a hint and dispense with glossy plastic altogether.
Ports and Features
As expected with a “notebook” this large, the X7200 has an abundance of input/output ports. It has everything from HDMI and DVI to USB 3.0 and e-SATA. It strangely lacks an ExpressCard slot. All picture descriptions are left to right.