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|CPU||I5-4210M / I7-4710MQ|
|GPU||GTX 965M MXM|
|HDD||standard 500GB 7200RPM HDD|
|Weight||7.26 lbs (3.3 kg)|
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Coupon code: EUROCOM-GLJ-X3R210-043015 (10% off)
EDIT: Seems like Eurocom is not allowing paying in CAD no more for US buyers, so it means that for US buyers, the price is a little higher if indeed this is true (waiting for their reply). $850 for the I5 configuration and around $950-$960 for the I7 configuration. Still a good price for such a machine, but less tempting. Depends on what your needs are, as usual.
The high performance gaming laptop Clevo P157SM-A now has 10% off at Eurocom site. Let’s start with the configurations and pricing. The bolded parts are the ones changed:
With an I5-4210M CPU, a GTX 965M MXM GPU, 8GB RAM and 500GB 7200 RPM HDD => around $750 USD w/shipping paid in CAD
2. With an I7-4710MQ CPU, a GTX 965M MXM GPU, 8GB RAM and 500GB 7200 RPM HDD => around $850 USD w/shipping paid in CAD
Now, the P157SM-A is a high performance Clevo machine, with a replaceable CPU and GPU (using an MXM slot), so if in the future you’d want to replace the GPU, it might be possible given the bios version supports it. The CPU can be replaced to an I7, maybe even a Broadwell CPU, if it will be compatible. So, I would go with the I5 version, and not the I7 – if it comes to a point where you feel you need the I7 CPU, you can replace it.
For $850, this machine has excellent performance/price ratio and the highest under $1000 easily. There are more advantages of the P157SM-A besides the upgradeable CPU/GPU. Good thermals for such hardware and there shouldn’t be any problem with overheating and throttling (unless you’ll go with very hot chips). Good amount of storage bays (2xSATA3, 2xmSata, 1xSata2) and good selection of connection ports – HDMI out, DisplayPort 1.2, 4xUSB 3.0 (one powered) and more. TPM 1.2 is also included.
Main disadvantages are the weight, bulkiness and battery performance (though it’s ok at around 3.5 according to reviews) and the non-IPS non-eDP display which makes it hard to replace. Last, I think as usual you can’t expect much from the speakers, though the notebookreview review says the sound is “decent”.
Overall, it is a very good deal in my opinion for those who seek a good high performance machine with high performance/price ratio. The disadvantages are not enough to make the competitors like Lenovo Y50 and Acer V15 better, especially due to the fact that you’ll get around 40% higher gaming performance for the same price, at most.