Heat and Noise
Gaming notebooks are notorious for generating massive amounts of heat. The problem has always been that high-performance CPUs, graphics cards and RAM all generate a significant amount of heat — even more so when those components are stressed. Although the MALIBAL Lotus P150HM does a pretty good job managing heat, there are still a few areas on the bottom of the notebook that could lead to “lap burn” after hours of playing your favorite game. During normal usage (low or idle CPU activity) the P150HM stayed reasonably cool to the touch. The keyboard and top panel were among the coolest we’ve seen on this type of notebook. Unfortunately, the areas near the CPU and GPU heat sink either came close to or exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fan noise was nearly constant with the fan cranking up the speed to keep the components cool during gaming. While idle the fan is unlikely to bother most gamers who are familiar with the noise that cooling fans produce, but if this is your first gaming notebook then be prepared for the sound of a distant jet engine when this notebook really gets going.
In our tests with the screen brightness reduced to 70%, wireless active and refreshing a webpage every 60 seconds, and Windows 7 in the “Balanced” power mode, the MALIBAL P150HM stayed on for just 2 hours and 21 minutes. This puts the P150HM roughly in the middle of the pack compared to gaming notebooks we’ve reviewed in the last year. Although this certainly isn’t horrible for a gaming notebook of this class, we had hoped that the latest generation of Clevo gaming rigs would deliver a minimum of two and a half hours in a standard battery test. You can expect less than an hour of battery life if you’re trying to play a game while unplugged.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
Every time Intel releases a new high-performance processor or Nvidia and ATI announce new graphics cards you can rest assured that a new Clevo custom gaming notebook will soon be announced. MALIBAL was the first to supply us with the latest generation P150HM and this notebook clearly offers jaw-dropping performance in virtually any game.
Unfortunately, as with all custom gaming notebooks, it’s extremely easy to end up with a jaw-dropping price tag as well. The team at MALIBAL can build a pretty impressive P150HM for less than $1,500 … but don’t expect it to perform like our $3,500 test rig. The latest Intel processors and Nvidia GPUs pack an amazing amount of power in a small space, but the less expensive configurations are probably the smarter choice if you’re willing to settle for “awesome” instead of “Holy freaking $%@#!”
- Extreme performance
- Beautiful screen
- Fingerprint-resistant exterior
- Mid-range battery life
- Horrible touchpad surface
- Expensive as configured