|CPU||I5-4210M (2.5-3.2GHZ), 37W|
|GPU||GTX 860M Maxwell, 2GB|
|Screen||matte IPS 1080p screen (CHIMEI N133HSE-EA1)|
|Weight||4.6 lbs (2.1 kg)|
Coupon code: EUROCOM-GLJ-M410-150331 (10% off). PAY IN CAD to get this price, instead of USD.
My recommended configuration:
- I5-4210M instead the I7-4700MQ – you can always replace it later with some I7 from eBay (CPU is replaceable). I would wait for the Broadwell CPUs which might be compatible
- “degrade” the screen to the 1080p IPS option which is a very good display
The Clevo W230SS / Eurocom M4 / Sager NP7338 is the Clevo 13.3″ gaming laptop. The new W230SD will be available soon with a GTX 960M and probably no other real differences and since the 960M is a little overclocked 860M, I feel ok with posting this deal.
Equipped with either a very good 1080p IPS GTX 860M 2GB (Maxwell) GPU and 500GB SSHD as the basic storage, this is a very good proposition for sub-$800 gaming laptop, especially considering the extra qualities – replaceable CPU (Broadwell ahead), good selection of storage connections ports, good IPS display and the compactness.
The GTX 860M is much faster than previous generation GTX 765M for about 40-50% at least, while requiring less power. It also produces less heat – read. It is about the same performance level of the previous generation GTX 770M so generally you can run every modern game on some very high or highest settings. It is on par with the more cost effective gaming laptops in this price range, including the current generation Lenovo Y50, MSI GE70 and other GTX 860M equipped laptops.
Battery performance have also improved compared to the first W230STs, but it might be a result of the better bios rather than some better hardware or electrical gating or algorithm The previous W230ST was also quite good with one of the new bioses. You can expect around 5-6 hours under light use.
What not to expect: good speakers, thin figure, low heat. Heat can be dealt with to some degree with lowering voltages, better airflow and limiting the GPU a bit. The other stuff will remain a problem. About the low heat – again, a Broadwell CPU would make it better, if it could be installed.
So, if you can handle a 13.3″ gaming laptop, consider it seriously.