The Eurocom Shark 3 (Clevo W355SS chassis) is a solid if not terribly exciting 15.6-inch gaming notebook. It has a no-frills design as expected from a Clevo chassis; the plastic exterior is bested by other brands that market more on design like Alienware. That aside the Shark 3 ticks all the right boxes to get our recommendation.
We liked its colorful 1080p anti-glare display, excellent overall performance for all tasks including the latest games, good keyboard and touchpad, plentiful port selection, great battery life for a desktop replacement and reasonable starting price. The build quality could be stronger but it’s passable if an attractive design isn’t paramount. The chassis is thicker than a typical 15.6-inch notebook at 1.68 inches but with the benefit of improved cooling and upgrade options; it’s still relatively light however (5.95 lbs).
The Shark 3 is actually a more value-oriented notebook based on its starting price relative to other Eurocom offerings (for gaming notebooks, that is). Our review unit’s configuration was quite reasonable minus the extremely expensive Core i7-4940MX processor; the price becomes much more attractive sticking with the base i7-4710MQ processor (the majority of users won’t notice the difference).
We’re pleased to recommend the Eurocom Shark 3 to gamers and anyone seeking a high-performance 15.6-inch desktop replacement with a priority on function over form.
- Excellent performance
- Beautiful 1080p display
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Good battery life
- Plenty of ports
- Average build quality
- Relatively thick