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|GPU||GTX 960M 2GB GDDR5 (non-MXM)|
|HDD||standard 500GB 7200RPM HDD|
|Screen||1080p AUO B156HAN01.2 IPS display|
|Weight||~5.6 lbs (~2.5 kg)|
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Clevo N150SD, GTX 960M
The Eurocom Shark 4 is based on the Clevo N150SD which is Clevos’ new midrange gaming laptop. The N150SD adopts the competitors approach of having the CPU and GPU soldered to the motherboard in order to make a smaller frame and maybe, lower price too.
With an I7-4710HQ and a GTX 960M, the N150SD is as fast as the competitors with GTX 960M or 860M (VN7-591, Y50, Asus N551/G551). The GTX 960M has a small advantage (maybe 10%) over the 860M thanks to slightly higher core clocks even though these are the same chip basically.
However, the N150SD has some advantages that makes it a good option to consider. First, the N150SD comes with the very good default B156HAN01.2 IPS display, while the Y50 1080p display (IPS or not) is not as good and probably the VN7-591G display neither.
Secondly, accessible 1xSATA + M.2 slots except the included DVDRW which can be replaced with an HDD/SSD. That’s more than the VN7/Y50/G551 with the MSI GE60 standing out.
Third, the N150SD seems to be able to handle heat better. Consider the Notebookcheck stress tests results – VN7-591G, Y50 and N150SD: both the VN7-591G and Y50 clock down to 800MHZ under full load – I guess that it can somewhat be mediated with ThrottleStop by limiting the starting core clocks, like in many cases, but still it might show something.
Last, the N150SD comes with some extra features – TPM 2.0 which is somewhat useful for security (encryption your data) and a bunch of connection ports like DP 1.2, HDMI 1.4a, VGA, 4xUSB 3.0 and more. That’s useful.
Now, for the price – $800 (w/ shipping) isn’t a huge difference from the VN7-591G or Y50 for $900 especially as it comes with no OS included for the price, but you do get, probably, a more convincing machine – less Wifi problem (google VN7-591G Wifi problems), enough storage options (Y50 has only one SATA connection port and the VN7 has 1xSATA and 1xM.2), easy maintainability unlike the VN7, very good display out of the box and extra features and connection ports.
The N150SD lacks in the Wifi department with a non-ac adapter (can be upgraded manually or through the Eurocom site) and in the storage department where you’d get a non-SSHD HDD for that price. Speakers are also mediocre at best and build quality is average (not sure if it’s lower than the Y50 or VN7 though).
So, bottom line, this is a good machine for the price, especially if you don’t need an OS included in the price (and many people don’t). Just remember that indeed, sometimes you’d have stuff like the AW15 for $800 refurbished (but not often).
What say you?