Novatech X50MV Pro Gaming Notebook - Novatech X50MV Pro

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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So when it comes to looks, the X50MV is not ugly but at the same time nothing to shout about. Build quality is similarly decent but uninspiring. Overall there's a little more flex than we'd ideally like to see and, being brutally honest, from some angles it does look and feel a little cheap.

Of course, at just over £1,000 Novatech's effort is pretty good value for the money for the spec, so this is not exactly unexpected. And there are some nice touches on hand too, such as the screen which appears to transition seamlessly into a piano-black bezel, thanks to a thin plastic screen-cover much like the ones used on HP's Pavilion range - see: HP Pavilion dv7-101ea.

Another unexpectedly neat touch is Novatech's driver CD. In fact it's one of the most user-friendly ones I've ever come across; when you insert it, it simply shows a panel of icons representing various components. When you click on one of these it installs the relevant driver, simple as can be. This is very neat, though some contextual text to explain what each icon stands for might be useful to save confusion among the less computer literate.

The X50MV doesn't skimp too badly when it comes to connectivity either, with the only notable and admittedly quite regrettable absentee being e-SATA. At least everything is easily accessible along the laptop's sides and ports are logically grouped together, meaning you'll find modem and Ethernet jacks next to each other rather than at opposite ends of the machine.

On the left, then, there is a lock slot, VGA and HDMI, the aforementioned modem and Ethernet ports, followed by a single USB 2.0 and mini-FireWire port. Next to this, stacked neatly above each other, are a 5-in-1 memory card reader (supporting all variants of SD, MMC, xD and MS) and 34mm ExpressCard slot rather than the more usual 54mm one.

Along the right are 3.5mm audio jacks for headphone and microphone, a further three USB ports, the power jack and of course a DVD-writer (which can be upgraded to a Blu-ray drive for £176). The front houses an IR port which accommodates the included remote, or indeed any of the Windows Media remotes widely available.

This model is silver, which aesthetically doesn't match the laptop at all and is hardly the picture of elegance. Also, though it's a larger remote which doesn't slot into the machine, it still uses one of those difficult to get cell batteries that can't be replaced with a rechargeable one. At least the buttons are large, colour coded, fairly comfortable and logically laid out. And a good thing too, since this remote will likely see a fair bit of use, considering the Novatech X50MV Pro Gaming Notebook has a DVB-T TV tuner built in. Consequently, the only connection at the machine's back is a miniscule antenna jack, which fits the small plastic antenna included.

Getting on with usability, the keyboard is actually quite good. Its matte keys feel nice and are just the right size. Response is also good, with plenty of travel and that all-important click when depressed. Unfortunately, the old bugbear of the Function key being on the outside of Ctrl raises its head again, and after coming across it only recently with the Medion Akoya S5610, I'm starting to fear it will never die.


December 5, 2008, 1:28 am

I think that a very important point was missed in this review - novatech will sell you any of their machines without windows allowing you to buy and install XP seperatly without waisting money on a vista licence.


December 5, 2008, 3:54 pm

@whybother: That's a very good point, and something I meant to mention in the review but just plain forgot to do :S

Thanks for bringing it up!

On a seperate note, as a long-time Vista-hater myself I must admit that after using it for a while I do find many things annoying going back to XP (like the way it selects file extensions when you change a file's name)

Dave 11

January 15, 2009, 3:16 pm

@Ardjuna Would the graphics on the next model up, the X70 MV, Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS 512MB DDR3 Graphics, make the gaming performance much better, I am struggling to find the best gaming laptop for about �, any ideas would be very grateful, I have looked at the HP HDX16-1005EA 16in Blu-ray Notebook but is out of stock at Comet and Laskys who have the best price.


Andy Vandervell

January 15, 2009, 3:27 pm

The 9800M GTS is significantly better and should give you real gaming performance.


February 17, 2009, 12:13 am

@Ardjuna, you say that 'The 9800M GTS is significantly better and should give you real gaming performance.' Which is installed in the Novatech X70MV, but the X70MV has the Intel P8400 Core 2 Duo Mobile running at 2.26Ghz where as the X50MV Pro has a Intel Core 2 Duo 9500 running at 2.53Ghz. Would the difference in processor make a significant difference? because if I were to spend more on the X70MV for the Graphics card, im downgrading the processor. Is it worth it? Any help would greatly appreciated!! Thanks!


April 28, 2009, 5:51 pm


Damn the lack of auto-comment notification! Sorry for the late reply Mitchell. If it's still of any help, the simple rule when it comes to gaming is: video card over processor anytime. As a real-world example, I can still run must games perfectly on my PC at home which uses an outdated AMD Athlon 64 X2 3500 only because it's paired with a relatively modern and powerful GeForce 8800GT. Almost any game will run on a Core2Duo at 2.0GHz or above as long as it has a decent graphics chip to back it. In the above scenario (in terms of gaming, anyway), the small CPU clock-speed jump will make hardly any difference compared to a better video card, so the 'downgrade' is more than worth it!


April 28, 2009, 5:56 pm


PS The comment you refer to was by my colleague Andy, not me :)

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