nVidia also claims that its technologies can help to extend battery life. The 7800 GPU employs numerous clocks inside it, and intelligent dynamic clock scaling will vary these clocks depending on demand. This ensures that the power draw is kept as low as possible. Unused portions will even shut down completely, theoretically greatly improving battery life. However, we didnâ€™t have time to run our usual battery tests on this preview machine but we will do when we have a final machine.
Another great feature is that nVidia has the part at launch so that vendors such as Evesham can start offering machines based on it straight away. Hats off to Evesham for being there right away. It seems that whatever new technology arrives, be it nVidia SLI, ATIâ€™s Crossfire or the latest CPUs, Evesham is there with a machine to showcase it. For a market where Dell is increasingly taking over, thatâ€™s impressive stuff.
Having said that though, there is one reason you might want to go for the Dell. The Clevo isnâ€™t as much of a looker as the Dell, and it doesnâ€™t match up to the Dell for build quality.
That said, when youâ€™re â€˜p0wningâ€™ a Dell XPS owner in the heat of battle at a LAN party, youâ€™re not going to mind too much, especially when you know that heâ€™s paid a lot more for the privilege of being â€˜0wn3dâ€™ by you. Furthermore, the system we had to test for a brief time was a pre-production unit so we canâ€™t make a final judgment until we see a finished machine. As such I wonâ€™t go into too much detail about the system itself.
The screen supplied was 1,440 x 900 resolution standard TFT and equipped with a camera. Shipping versions however, will have an X-Bright screen. A screen with , with an camera, along with a higher resolution 1,680 x 1,050 screen and integrated Bluetooth will cost you an extra Â£150 â€“ which sound like worthwhile upgrades to me.