Keyboard and Touchpad
The X7200 has a full-size island-style keyboard with separate numeric keypad; unfortunately it is the X7200’s biggest failing. The keyboard has a cheap plastic feel and rattles with each keystroke. It does not feel well-seated at all. Furthermore it has a strange layout; the number pad has a three-column orientation as opposed to the usual four; many keys are out of place. Another annoying attribute is how the home, end, page up, and page down keys are embedded in the directional keys; the [Fn] key must be pressed in conjunction to access them. They can exist as dedicated keys if numlock is turned off; however that defeats the purpose of having a number pad in the first place.
The touchpad fares better though not by much. The matte surface is appreciated although a bit too grippy; it is like very fine-grit sandpaper (1500-2000 grit). The touchpad buttons are poor; they also feel cheap and are very loud – people across the room will know you clicked. The touchpad supports some multi-touch gestures such as two-finger scrolling and circular scrolling. There is a biometric fingerprint reader between the touchpad buttons, which works as expected.
Overall this notebook should come with much better quality input devices; the keyboard should have a standard layout and have backlighting. Additionally, the touchpad buttons need work.
Screen and Speakers
The X7200 has a 17.3-inch screen with a 1080p (1920×1080) resolution and LED backlighting. It is a TN panel and has above average image quality. The display has a slightly cold temperature (blue hue) at default. Brightness is somewhat below average at just 180.8 nits as measured with our Gossen Mavo-Monitor light meter. The contrast ratio on the other hand is outstanding; we measured it at 1272:1. The glossy screen coating helps clarity but means annoying reflections; it also attracts a considerable amount of dust and is difficult to clean. The backlighting is generally uniform with the exception of some bleed at the bottom, which does not noticeably affect picture quality. The viewing angles are typical for a TN-type panel: horizontally the screen maintains its image quality, though when viewed past 20 degrees off-center vertically colors start to distort.
The X7200 has five built-in speakers under the display and on either side of it plus a small subwoofer underneath the chassis. They sound reasonable – not great and not anything close to the Harman/kardon speakers on Toshiba Qosmio notebooks but passable. There is a hint of bass from the subwoofer. These are the best speakers I have heard on a Clevo notebook.