While phrases like "luxurious carbon dash" and "eye-catching orange trim" may be more at home in Top Gear than on TrustedReviews, that was the first thing that came to mind upon seeing the images of Evesham's latest notebook. Of course it must be said that, initial boy-racer impressions aside, the new Zieo NX600-HD does look rather good in its striking TR colours.
Inside things look equally promising with a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2, a 120GB SATA hard-drive and an nVidia 8700M GT with 512MB of dedicated memory which should lend itself to a bit of gaming on-the-go. This is rounded off with Santa Rosa specified (though rarely present) Draft-N wireless. Explaining the HD suffix to the notebook's name is a full-HD capable 17in WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200 pixel) screen with an integrated 1.3 megapixel camera
Weighing in at a hefty 3.95Kg and measuring 397mm x 284mm x 44mm, the Zieo NX600-HD is quoted as managing two hours of operation from its 8-cell battery. Finally, Evesham include a 3-year ‘Gold' (read: parts and labour) warranty as standard.
And how much will you expect to pay for all this technology? Well the standard spec is available for £1,399 inc. VAT, but for those who want or have to go one better Evesham also offer an 'extreme' upgrade pack costing a further £200, which gives you a 2.4GHz T7700 processor and 160GB hard-drive.
Update: We've just heard from Evesham and apparently the pictures above are of an early engineering sample. The finished product will have a plain metallic band instead of the bright orange pictured. A sad loss if you ask me.
Update 2: It looks like the orange trim is back. Evesham have now confirmed that the pictures we've used were right all along. Quite right too!