Gaming notebooks are a great idea. If you’re constricted for space, then there’s no need to decide between a notebook for work or a desktop for games. Just buy a gaming notebook and be done with it.
It took notebooks some time to catch up with their desktop brethren but they are pretty much there. They can now offer fast CPUs, enough memory, a decent sized hard disk, and high resolution screens. In fact the displays attached to most notebooks are a lot higher than that of most average desktop flat panel monitors.
(I’ve long wondered why this was the case and only recently was given an even slightly satisfying answer. Apparently there are regulations on how small icons can be on a desktop monitor in the work environment, which isn’t a problem on a laptop screens as you tend to sit much closer. Trust some boring pan-European regulations to spoil our high resolution heaven.)
The last area for notebooks to really take on desktops has been graphics but now fans of the portable unit are spoilt for choice. Dell’s Inspiron XPS Gen 2 set a standard with a mobile version of the GeForce 6800 Ultra, and more recently we’ve seen a host of machines based on nVidia’s GeForce Go 7800 GTX part. You can also get the same system from Rock with a ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 XT. It doesn’t stop there though – you can even get SLI in a notebook, such as this machine from AJP. Like I said, gamers are spoilt for choice.
This is the first notebook we’ve looked at though to feature a 7900 series chip in a notebook in the guise of a GeForce Go 7900 GTX. No doubt nVidia felt it was time to introduce this chip as the ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 XT had put in a very impressive showing when we popped one into the Clevo chassis.
If you’ve seen any of those reviews, the chassis will be a familiar sight and everything that Spode wrote about there applies here. It’s the same old Clevo that been doing the rounds for some time now but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
It’s a large affair and at 3.8Kg is firmly in the desktop replacement arena. It’s not the best looking notebook in the world but it’s well built and clearly has the scope to adapt as we’ve seen faster graphics modules and now dual-core processors added to the chassis.