Eurocom Shark 3 (Clevo W355SS) 15.6″ gaming laptop, I5-4210M, GTX 860M, 8GB DDR3, 1080p display (TN), 500GB HDD for $783 ($23 shipping)

Eurocom Shark 3. Available from

US:

  • Eurocom
More Eurocom Shark 3 variants
  • I7, GTX 860M
Eurocom Shark 3 main specifications
CPU I5-4210M (2.6GHZ – 3.2GHZ)
GPU GTX 860M
RAM 1x8GB DDR3 (can be changed)
HDD 500GB 5400RPM HDD
Screen 1080p
WiFi RTL8732AE 802.11n
Keyboard Backlit
Weight 5.94 lbs (~2.7 kg)
Eurocom Shark 3 Reviews

Eurocom Shark 3Coupon code: EUROCOM-GLJ-S310-141130

The Eurocom Shark 3 is based on the Clevo W355SS barebone and it’s the latest midrange 15.6″ gaming laptop barebone from Clevo.

The price is for the configuration with an I5-4210M and you can replace it with an I7-4700HQ for another $73, but it will make the price too close to some other high performance machines with an IPS display.

The W355SS has 2×2.5″ and 1xmSata storage bays, which is advantage for some. 3D performance for money is very good, keyboard and touchpad are ok, but not exceptional and speaker are average at best.

For less than $800, this is a very good deal, even compared to the Y50 (see below), due to some advantages, like the extra storage space = 2×2.5″ storage bays and 1xmSata. Another advantage is the little bit better default display and replaceable CPU, in case you’d want to replace for an I7 or even Broadwell which should be pin compatible (no sure it will work though)

About drawbacks, it doesn’t come with an OS for this price, which might not matter for some and speakers, as I said, are not that good. It’s also bulky and the display panel doesn’t use an eDP connection like new models, so replacements are not widely available.

This coupon will be up until the end of November.

 

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  • Alex

    thank you for review.

    I’m quite interested in getting a ClevoW355SS as it has a good price/performance value and is not too heavy.

    What is an eDP connection? I’m asking because I’ll be tempting to replace the screen by an IPS one.

    • Hi Alex!

      That’s not really a review, just a small deal description..

      An eDP is a connection type, used also for displays in laptops. If you have another 30-pin eDP panel, you can replace this one

      Currently there are better deals, check the BF deals list:

      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/black-november-black-friday-2014

      • Alex

        Thank you for the link. I’m also quite tempted by the gigabyte P25w v2. I’m going to buy early next year and from Europe.

        • I don’t think it’s the usual price
          Also, you might want a difference thing next year and in Europe. For example, currently the N551JM is sold in Europe for a nice price

  • Mark Seabrook

    Is the optional LCD any good? I know it could be replaced for less if you do it yourself but for an extra $138 it may be an worthwhile upgrade if it’s really good quality.

    I really like the upgrade options this laptop has to offer, but I never even seen an Eurocom before in my life.

    • 1. The Eurocom is based on Clevo laptops, which is used by mant, like XoticPC Sager and with the Clevo name by others (Avadirect, Gentech and many more..) – you’ll get around the same performance/quality with all Clevo machines of the same model

      2. I wouldn’t go for the 3200×1800 display.. the advantages in quality are unclear if exists at all..

      • Mark Seabrook

        Oh, that’s a 3200×1800 display? Forget it then, i have a 1920×1200 15″ inch laptop and I already have to lower the resolution or else I’d go blind. I would need a magnifying glass with an resolution that high on a 15″ LCD, I’m not kidding you.

        Nevertheless I’m still seriously considering getting the Shark 3 since the Y50 has been getting a lot of bad user reviews lately – enough that I’ve decided not to purchase it anymore. Having the option to upgrade the CPU, RAM (it comes with one 8GB chip) and mSATA at a later point is very tempting indeed.

        The Acer V5-552PG for $370 is also on my short list, i didn’t think you could get a 2GB dedicated video card laptop for that price anywhere. It comes to about $412 where I’m at including shipping and taxes, not too shabby. I’m a very light gamer so it might just fit the bill.

        Decisions, decisions…

        • oh, sorry, I was thinking about the M4.. no, it’s an 1080p display
          The optional display is better, but not great – many people liked it though.

          About the Acer – 2.5 years ago you could buy around the same performance for $400 regularly..

          • Mark Seabrook

            Ah right it’s a 1080p display, that I could live with but I ended up getting the Acer V15 Nitro yesterday for $910 including an Asus 7″ tablet, AC:U game, shipping and taxes.

            To be honest I wasn’t aware they were even making laptops with 2GB dedicated video cards 2,5 years ago, let alone at that price point. That’s mad cheap.

            • The VRAM amount is not the whole story. You could put 10GB on a 8750M and you won’t see any difference in performance..

              and tell me how it is when you’ll get it!

              • Mark Seabrook

                Will do, thanks for all your help Junky.

  • Sluppo

    I’ve been looking at reviews on Eurocom, and I see many people saying that they had a bad experience with Eurocom.
    What do you think? Are they reliable?
    I live in India, and my brother (who’s studying in the US now and will be coming home this December) will be buying the laptop. So do you think it’s risky to buy a Eurocom laptop since I won’t be able to approach them for any problems with my laptop?

    • Sometimes they are annoying and some of the others too. From my experience, some of their represntatives are ok and some are less. I don’t think they are as bad as few years ago

      In case of India, maybe it would be better to get the Y50 for $800 (which also includes OS):

      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/lenovo-y50-15-6-gaming-laptop-i5-4200h-gtx-860m-8gb-ddr3-1080p-display-1tb-hdd-sshd-intel-3160-wifi-card-800-760-bh/

      • Sluppo

        Oh, I see.
        I’ve been looking at the Y50 too, but the screen sounds like a deal breaker.
        I play games a lot (mostly DotA), so I don’t want the screen to suck.
        Well I’ve used a CRT monitor all my life (I’m using the same even now) and it looks pretty fine to me, I couldn’t find much difference between this and my brother’s old Dell Inspiron 15R, so do you think I’d be bothered by the screen? Would I be forced to replace it?

        • not forced, but encouraged (-:
          Some of the old CRT display are still better than today LCDs, but anyway, you shouldn’t be “not bothered” with it, but happy with it, as it affect on your eyes and comfort too. However, you can replace the screen down the road and not immediately
          Moreover, the default Shark 3.0 display is not that good either..

          • Sluppo

            Mm-hmm, I understand. So I think I’ll stick with the Y50 for now and wait, in case I see better deals during Black Friday.I really appreciate your help, Junky. Thank you!

  • Sluppo

    Uhhh? Where do I enter the coupon code?

    • lol that’s the same question everytime – there is a message box in the bottom of the page upon ordering

      • Sluppo

        Oh, thanks 😛
        And the store says the HDD is a 7200 RPM, not 5400 RPM, you might want to correct that in the specifications.

      • Sluppo

        And by the way, the Eurocom has a student discount program too, right? Which gives 10% discount to university students. So can that be clubbed with this 10% discount?

        • I don’t know if you can combine – guess not