Summary

Our Score

8/10

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Novatech X70 CA Pro - 15.6in Core i7 Gaming Laptop - Novatech X70 CA Pro

Considering this is one powerful and power-hungry machine, it's no surprise that the 3,800mAh (42.18Watt-hour) battery delivers extremely poor longevity. This battery would be mediocre at best on any laptop, so on a powerhouse such as this it ensures you'll regularly need a power socket nearby, with the X70 CA Pro lasting just 45 minutes in MobileMark 2007's Productivity benchmark - not enough to complete a single run. This doesn't factor too highly in the overall score, but even for a gaming laptop it's a very poor result.
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This leaves the X70 CA Pro in a slightly awkward position. Without any battery life to speak of it doesn't represent much of an advantage over a larger 17.3in or 18.4in machines, aside from being physically smaller. However, while its GPU can't quite handle Crysis at its highest settings, it will have no problems with most other games and the Core i7 Mobile processor makes it an outstanding option for anyone in need of a powerful quad-core system for CPU intensive tasks like video editing and RAW image manipulation.

This leaves just the irksome build issues: namely the dodgy spacebar and touchpad's horrible buttons. While annoying, if you can live with these issues the X70 CA Pro offers excellent value for a laptop of this configuration. Its nearest equivalent would be the Alienware M15x, which offers an identical specification for £1,607 save for one important detail: you get a far inferior GTX260 graphics card. Clearly its chassis is far more refined and exciting to behold, but in price-performance terms the Novatech is the better option.
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Verdict

You get a lot for your money with the X70 CA Pro, making it all the more disappointing that silly build issues prevent it from winning an award. It's still and excellent option, though, particularly if you want a powerful desktop replacement in a smaller footprint. And, Crysis aside, it will run games at high settings with smooth frame rates - anything more requires SLI and over £2,000 to spare.

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