Clevo is a Taiwanese computer manufacturer founded in 1987 whose main focus is on laptop computers shells. They try their hand at putting together a complete computer system every so often and the Clevo W870CU is the result of their latest effort. It has enough great features to be awesome.
The Clevo W870CU has a 17.3-inch display and is the largest and most apparent feature on this computer. Clevo provides a 1080p resolution, which is the best on the market. For the computer’s graphics there is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M. This GPU includes a newer technology dubbed CUDA. It decentralizes processing, allowing the CPU more room to work effectively. This is such a great technological leap that it is worth mentioning. Having both the CPU (the traditional processor) and the GPU (alternative processor) share the load of data flow balances out the whole computing system.
There are three different offerings for the Clevo W870CU’s i7 quad core processor: 720QM, 820QM and 920QM. Intel claims the i7 is fastest computing chip sold to the mass market. A good way to think of the difference between the three new processors is the higher the number, the higher the clock speed. The clock speed is the frequency level the processor can run at. To add some context the first commercial PC (the Altair 8800) ran at 2 mega-hertz and currently the fastest clock speed is 8.42 giga-hertz (AMD’s bulldozer). The i7 720QM has a clock speed of 1.6 GHz, the 820QM has 1.73 GHz and the 920QM has 2 GHz. These speeds all depend on how heavy your games are.
Included is a 4-cell battery pack. By compromising the amount of battery cells that can be loaded into a battery back the W870CU has a very low battery life. The trade-off is that the unit only weights 8.8 pounds, making it easier to carry around. Currently there isn’t too much a computer company can physically do to increase the power supply while decreasing the weight. Unless you’re the type of gamer who is so glued to the screen that you can’t find the time to locate a power outlet then the W870CU is for you.
The case design locates two heat exhausts facing away from the user. This is a plush feature heightens the gamer’s comfort level. With such a high-powered design under the hood there is a lot of heat coming out of the computing system. Just like a car’s exhaust, it’s best to only look at what is coming out and not breath it in.
It’s always a best practice not to buy products produced outside of a company’s competency. But the Clevo W870CU is an exception to the rule. There are a few shortcomings to this unit. Overall it has more than enough going for it. Buyers beware though once this computer enters your life it has the ability to suck up all of your time and attention.