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GAMER LAPTOP SEEKER V5
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One of the key differences to the 17-inch siblings P177SM and P370EM is the fact that the lid and palm rest do not feature a rubberized finish, but are covered with a thin sheet of aluminum instead. The brushed finish looks pretty upscale - but we question Clevo's decision to stick with the highly reflective and extremely delicate glossy borders of the predecessor P170EM. At least the display bezel is now matte instead of glossy.
Physically and visually - partly because of the very square design - the notebook is a behemoth: the size of 412 x 276 x 53 millimeters makes it one of the largest systems currently available. The large thickness has its advantages, as the notebook is quite sturdy. The base unit is able to resist even strong pressure, although the lid could be a little more resilient.
The port selection mirrors the Haswell sister-models P150SM, P157SM, and P177SM to a tee. Three USB 3.0 ports (one of them is an eSATA/USB combo-port) are impressive - and so are the four audio jacks, which enable 7.1 output. In other words: with the right selection of cables, a surround system can be hooked up to the notebook. Three digital display outputs (HDMI, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort), an infrared sensor, and a Mini FireWire port round out the selection.
The other ports are standard fare: there is an RJ-45 Gigabit LAN connector, a Kensington lock slot, and one USB 2.0 port. The integrated card reader supports almost 10 different types of cards (see column on the right). The webcam offers Full HD resolution (2 MP). A fingerprint reader is located between the two touchpad mouse buttons.
Our review model features an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300, which supports standards 802.11 a/g/n. According to the homepage, the PCIe card not only supports 2.4 GHz, but also 5.0 GHz and can handle data transfer rates of up to 450 Mbit/s. The module does not support Bluetooth, however - and the very good range only partly makes up for that deficit.
Left side: Mini FireWire, RJ-45 Gigabit LAN, 2x USB 3.0, eSATA / USB 3.0, 9-in-1 card readerLeft side: Mini FireWire, RJ-45 Gigabit LAN, 2x USB 3.0, eSATA / USB 3.0, 9-in-1 card reader
Back: Kensington lock, DisplayPort, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, power jackBack: Kensington lock, DisplayPort, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, power jack
Right side: optical drive, 4x sound, USB 2.0Right side: optical drive, 4x sound, USB 2.0
Clevo makes maintaining and upgrading the system exceptionally easy. While other notebook manufacturers just provide access to the RAM and the hard drive - see for example the Toshiba Qosmio X870 - the One K73-3N allows the user to also get to the fan, the graphics card, and the processor (all of which can be replaced).
The maintenance covers on the bottom can be removed with a regular Phillips screwdriver. The photos in the right hand column document accessibility - some components are somewhat hidden. One of the mSATA slots is located under the space for the primary 2.5-inch hard drive; the secondary 2.5-inch hard drive sits under the optical drive. The four RAM slots are split up between both sides of the motherboard, which means that in order to gain access to the second set (and also the wireless module), the keyboard has to be removed.
Clevo experts will recognize the keyboard, as it looks to be a carry-over from the predecessor P170EM. They keyboard is not completely identical though - the FN key is now located next to the right ALT key instead of the left one and the > < | - key also moved. The German version of the keyboard also has to make do with an Enter key that doesn't span two rows, but sits in a single row instead. Touch typists will need some time to get used to the layout.
After some practice, we were able to use the keyboard without issues. Clevo appears to have reduced the stiffness of the keys, which is something we criticized in our previous review. The keyboard now feels a little softer, although the feedback is still well defined and precise. We liked the click-point, feedback, and the sound the keys produce. Fortunately, we also didn't encounter the issues with key inputs not being recognized occasionally, which is something that marred the typing experience with the first generation of the backlit keyboard.
Speaking of backlit: the included software (see screenshot) allows the user to assign different colors to three sections. A late-night gaming session in a dimly-lit room is certainly possible.
The touchpad measures 90 x 48 millimeters. On paper, its stats look good: there are horizontal and vertical scroll bars as well as multi-gesture support for turning images, scrolling, and zooming.
When we started putting the touchpad through its paces, we uncovered a few shortcomings: first of all, the surface is flush with the palm rest, which makes locating the edges difficult. The touchpad is often imprecise and cursor control suffers at times - especially if the fingers are wet. The textured surface also doesn't allow fingers to glide easily.
As far as the overall usability of the touchpad is concerned, Clevo definitely has room for improvement. Other barebones - like the W150ER and the P150SM - show that Clevo generally has issues with touchpad quality.
Clevo uses the same 17.3-inch Chi Mei N173HGE-L11 (CMO1720) Full HD display panel also found in the high-end P177SM barebone. It's not surprising that the measurements are very similar: we recorded a maximum brightness of 290 cd/m² for the One K73-3N, which is quite a bit higher than the average of 200-250 cd/m².
The black level is also very good: 0.35 cd/m² ensures that dark scenes appear mostly black and not gray. We also can't complain about the contrast ratio of 870:1, which is better than what most competitors are capable of. The average notebook display tops out at 300 to 500:1. Considering this is a non-glare screen, colors are quite vivid. The small issues with color accuracy (see CalMAN screenshots) are not severe enough to be noticeable to the average user.
In theory, the K73-3N should be perfectly suited for outdoor use, since the screen is both bright and non-glare. Unfortunately though, the brightness decreases by 50% when the notebook is running on battery power. We don't know if this is a bug or a feature which is supposed to increase the battery life. Those wanting to use the notebook outside should make sure that an outlet is nearby. The 15-inch P150SM also has the same issue.
Multiple windows are no problem thanks to the resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Even though the GeForce GTX 770M is pushed to its limits at times, we think that Full HD is the perfect resolution. The times where HD+ resolution (1600x900) was sufficient for gaming are a thing of the past. The display does very well with non-native resolutions - even at 1366x768 pixels, the sharpness is acceptable.
Horizontally, the viewing angle stability is acceptable despite a noticeable yellow cast. Typically for TN panels, deviations from the vertical - especially from below - quickly result in a deterioration of the picture quality. That doesn't mean that the K73-3N is worse than the competition: less expensive TN panels often have issues with the picture quality much sooner.
INTEL Core i7-4700MQ @ 3.40GHz, Socket-947, Quad-Core "Haswell" • TDP: 47W • die shrink: 22nm • DMI: 5GT/s • L2-Cache: 4x 256kB • L3-Cache: 6MB shared • IGP: HD Graphics 4600, 1150MHz (dynamic), Wireless Display • Memory Controller: Dual Channel PC3-12800U (DDR3-1600), 25.6GB/s, max. 32GB • Features: SSE4.1, SSE4.2, AVX2, FMA3, Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, VT-x, AES-NI, Intel 64, Anti-Theft, My WiFi, Idle States, EIST, Thermal Monitoring, XD bit, Secure Key, Identity Protection
The Intel Core i7-4700MQ is a high-end quad-core processor for laptops. It is based on the Haswell architecture and manufactured in 22nm. Due to Hyperthreading, the four cores can handle up to eight threads in parallel leading to better utilization of the CPU. Each core offers a base speed of 2.4 GHz but can dynamically increase clock rates with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz (for 4 active cores), 3.3 GHz (for 2 active cores) and 3.4 GHz (for 1 active core).
Haswell is the successor to the Ivy Bridge architecture with improvements on both GPU and CPU performance. The CPUs are produced in 22nm and offer an optimized branch prediction as well as additional execution ports, improving especially the Hyper-Threading performance. Furthermore, new features like AVX2 and FMA should increase the performance in future applications.
The performance of the Core i7-4700MQ is slightly above a similarly clocked Sandy Bridge processor due to the architectural improvements. As a result, overall performance is similar to the Ivy Bridge based Core i7-3740QM.
The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 offers 20 Execution Units (EUs) clocked at 400 MHz up to 1150 MHz with Turbo Boost, making it about 30 % faster than the HD 4000.
The i7-4700MQ is rated at a TDP of 47 W including graphics card, memory controller and VRMs. Therefore, the CPU is only suited for laptops 15-inches or greater.
HI-TECH uses only full-copper heatpipe cooling. This type of cooling ensures optimal conditions and makes this unique notebook: While HI-TECH only uses this technology, other manufacturers often obstruct only inferior aluminum / copper hybrid or even pure aluminum coolers. These have a much worse cooling performance. Especially in gaming applications when devices are heavily used, there is a risk that the unit overheats. This leads to the fact that the individual components down contacts for reasons of protection, which minimizes the power of the device enormously. In the worst case, there could be breakdowns and could shorten the life lead. With the HI-TECH-copper heatpipe cooling in contrast the notebook is perfectly chilled even under extreme stress!
Need some examples? Maximum 34.9 ° C on the top and a maximum of 34.5 ° C on the bottom are given the high performance, a very low value. Make long gaming sessions are extremely comfortable, more than 24.5 ° C we could not measure on the palm rest. In idle mode, not even a temperature of 28.4 ° C is exceeded.
One might assume that the low surface temperatures expense of its components. But thought wrong: In our several-hour full load test (Furmark & Prime), the processor and the graphics card was far from critical regions, a maximum of 76 respectively 80 ° C gave the CPUID from Hardware Monitor. In idle mode, the components are shuttled one to nearly 40 ° C.
The mobile Intel® HM87 Chipset is part of the mobile Intel® 8 Series chipset family, providing integrated USB 3.0 and supporting 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor families.
Support for 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors: Support for 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0,1 Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology), 2 next generation Intel® HD Graphics and built-in visuals,3 and Intel® Power Optimization that provides improved CPU, graphics, and media performance, as well as improved battery life.
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): Provides small businesses with out-the-box features to enhance the security and productivity of their small business with software monitoring, data backup and restore, USB port blocker, health center, and wireless display.
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST): With additional hard drives added, provides quicker access to digital photo, video, and data files with RAID 0, 5, and 10, and greater data protection against a hard disk drive failure with RAID 1, 5, and 10. The Dynamic Storage Accelerator feature unleashes the maximum performance of solid-state disks (SSD) when multitasking.
Intel® Rapid Recover Technology (Intel® RRT): Intel’s latest data protection technology provides a recovery point that can be used to quickly recover a system if a hard drive fails or if there is data corruption. The clone can also be mounted as a read-only volume to allow a user to recover individual files.
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Feel safe that when you lose your notebook, you can remotely disable your notebook to be inoperable and lock your hard drive to protect your data with an Intel AT-enabled service.
Intel® Identity Protection Technology: Protect your one-time password (OTP) credentials and add a layer of encrypted second factor authentication for online transactions. Log into your system or make secure credit card purchases on your system using near field communication (NFC)-enabled cards.
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Integrated audio support enables premium digital surround sound and delivers advanced features, such as multiple audio streams and jack re-tasking.
Intel® Smart Response Technology: Wait less with faster access to the files and applications you use the most.
Intel® Smart Connect Technology: Stay current with automatic, no-wait updates to your e-mail and social networks, even when your device is asleep. Automatically connect to free public Wi-Fi hotspots and refresh content in more locations worldwide.
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: Instantly return to where you left off with a device that goes from deep sleep to fully awake in a flash.
Universal serial bus (USB) 3.0: Integrated USB 3.0 support, provides greater enhancement in performance with a design data rate of up to 5 gigabits per second (Gbps) with up to 6 USB 3.0 ports.
Universal serial bus 2.0: High-speed USB 2.0 support with a design data rate of up to 480 megabits per second (Mbps) with up to 14 USB 2.0 ports.
USB 2.0 rate matching hub: Enables lower power requirements and manages the transition of the communication data rate from the high speed of the host controller to the lower speed of USB full-speed and low-speed devices.
Serial ATA (SATA) 6Gb/s: Next generation high-speed storage interface supporting up to 6Gb/s transfer rates for optimal data access with up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s ports.
Serial ATA (SATA) 3Gb/s: High-speed storage interface supporting up to 6 SATA 3Gb/s ports.
eSATA: SATA interface designed for use with external SATA devices. Provides a link for 3Gb/s data speeds to eliminate bottlenecks found with current external storage solutions.
SATA port disable: Enables individual SATA ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through SATA ports. Especially targeted for eSATA ports.
PCI Express* 2.0 interface: Offers up to 5 GT/s for fast access to peripheral devices and networking with up to 8 PCI Express 2.0 x1 ports,12 configurable as x2 and x4 depending on motherboard designs.
USB port disable: Enables individual USB ports to be enabled or disabled as needed. This feature provides added protection of data by preventing malicious removal or insertion of data through USB ports.
Integrated 10/100/1000 MAC: Support for the Intel® I217LM Gigabit Network Connection.
Green technology: Manufactured with lead-free and halogen-free component packages.
16GB ( 2 x 8 GB Module ) Kingston HyperX DDR3, 1333 MHz
The Kingston HyperX DDR3 1333Mhz Dual Channel 16GB kit is a very good kit in our opinion. The modules run at their listed speeds without needing to go into your BIOS, the heat spreaders are low profile, and the sticks run pretty fast, and very stable at stock speeds.
16GB (4 x 4 GB modules) Kingston HyperX DDR3, 1333 MHz Why Kingston: These high-performance memory for gamers and enthusiasts have been designed for high speed. A special aluminum body helps to improve heat dissipation. Visually, the modules have to offer the typical HyperX heatspreaders in blue color - for example, which looks very chic on Gigabyte motherboards. The RAM also have a very good quality, which is already recognized by the detail that each module Kingston missed a serial number. Thus, one can easily get the thumbs up ...
Benefits / differences:
- especially for higher frequencies, developed lower latency and better cooling
- only the best memory chips directly from the major chip manufacturers
- first-class service with 24/7 technical support
SAMSUNG SSD 840 Serie, 250GB, 2.5", SATA 6Gb/s, read: 540MB/s • write: 130MB/s • Random 4K read: 86000IOPS • Random 4K write: 32000IOPS • Power consumption: 4.37W (working), 0.31W (idle)
Outstanding Performance in Multi-Tasking
Samsung’s fast random read speeds (up to 86,000 IOPS) maximize performance* when it matters most. A Samsung SSD is the ideal solution for your everyday computing needs, such as web browsing, document creation, viewing or editing multimedia files, playing PC games, etc.
Lightning Fast Speed. At Your Command
The 840 Series’ 540MB/s sequential read speed provides lightning fast access to your files, loading large multimedia files quickly and smoothly.
Sustained Performance and Unrivaled Reliability
Samsung SSDs are designed and build completely in-house. The Samsung SSD 840 Series is optimized for exceptional, sustained performance and unrivaled reliability through its specially- engineered wear-leveling and garbage collection algorithms.
HITACHI Travelstar, 1000GB, SATA 6Gb/s • 8MB Cache • 5.5ms • Height: 9.5mm • Power consumption: 1.6W (working), 0.5W (idle) • Special features: 4KB Sectors.
Travelstar 5K1000 is a 5400 RPM, 500GB/platter, 2.5-inch hard drive with 1TB. This standard 9.5mm, two-disk design, intended for use in notebook PCs, external storage, gaming consoles and other mobile applications, leverages Advanced Format, which increases the physical sector size on hard drives from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes to increase drive capacities and improve error correction capabilities. Consult the Hitachi Advanced Format Technology Brief for more information on using these hard drives. The Travelstar 5K1000 is the first 1TB 2.5-inch HDD with a 6Gb/s SATA interface and delivers best-of-breed 5400 RPM performance in PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage testing. The 5K1000 continues to demonstrate Hitachis ecological leadership with its halogen-free design and power-efficient operation, and carries the EcoTrac classification. Travelstar 5K1000 delivers the highest mobile capacity with excellent performance to meet the needs of consumers and commercial users in an eco-friendly, rugged design.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M, Architecture: Kepler, Pipelines: 1536 - unified, graphic clock: 964 MHz, Memory Clock: 5000 MHz, Memory Interface Width: 256 Bit, Memory Type: GDDR5, Memory Size: 4096MB, DirectX: DirectX 11, Shader 5.0, Power Consumption: 100 Watt, Transistors: 3540 Millionen, Die shrink: 28 nm, Features: Battery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M is a high-end DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2014. Similar to the GTX 780M, it is based on the 28 nm GK104 chip (Kepler architecture), but features a higher core clock rate. As of spring 2014, it is the fastest laptop graphics card on the market.
The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the GTX 880M, all eight blocks are active for a total of 1536 CUDA cores and 128 TMUs. The chip can access up to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory connected via a 256-bit interface.
Due to the higher core clock, the computing power has been increased by about 15 percent compared to the GeForce GTX 780M. However, the memory bandwidth stagnates, so the average performance gain is lessened. First benchmarks show an increase of about 10 percent, making the GTX 880M the fastest mobile graphics card as of spring 2014. The GPU has enough power to run demanding games of 2013/2014 fluently with Full HD resolution and maxed out graphical settings.
The feature set includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a (if available). HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.
The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.
New features of the GTX 800M series include Battery Boost (longer battery life while playing games), Shadowplay (recording of in-game videos) and Game Stream (stream PC games on the Nvidia Shield console).
The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 880M should be similar or slightly above the GTX 780M, leading to a TDP of more than 100 W. Therefore, only large desktop replacements can support the power demands of the GTX 880M.
Full Range AC adapter, AC in 100~240V, 50~60Hz, DC output 19.5V, 11.8A, 230W
SONY Optiarc DVD ReWriter. Reads DVD-ROMs/CD-ROMs with up to 8x/24x speed and writes DVD-R, +R or +RW with 8x. Also writes DVD-RAM, etc.
Read speed: DVD: 8x max. CD: 24x max.
Write speed: DVD-R: 8x max. DVD+R: 8x max.
DVD-RW: 6x max. DVD+RW: 8x max.
DVD-R DL: 6x max. DVD+R9: 6x max.
DVD-RAM: 5x max.
CD-R: 24x max. CD-RW: 24x max.
Access times DVD: 180 ms CD: 150 ms
Mechanism Tray load
Burst transfer rate 150 MByte/s
Cache 1 MByte
Supported Discs DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R9, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW
Supported Modes DVD-Video, CD-ROM XA, CD-Audio, CD Extra, CD Text, CD-I Ready, CD-Bridge, PhotoCD, Video CD, Hybrid CD
Miscellaneous & Accessories
MS-Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit, 30-day trial version
- Windows 7 Home Premium (includes 32-bit & 64-bit versions) makes it easy to create a home network.
- And share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music--you can even watch, pause, rewind, and record TV
- Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often
- Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8
- Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
- Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation
MS-Security Essentials (also installed for free)
Microsoft Security Essentials will run quietly and efficiently in the background so you can use your PC in Windows the way you want it - without interruptions or long computer wait times. Your computer is through a variety of harmful attackers threatened from the Internet, including viruses, Trojans, worms and spyware. Microsoft Security Essentials provides comprehensive, award-winning protection against these intruders without you interfering with your work on the PC. Microsoft Security Essentials is designed for home users and small businesses, however, is based on the same technology that Microsoft Enterprise protects (security products like Microsoft Forefront, the Malicious Software Removal Tool, and Windows Defender). A whole team is looking for new threats and develop effective ways to combat it.
HI-TECH Anti-Cucumber Warranty (when you buy a HI-TECH PC and / or laptop already completely in the scope of services)
- Complete assembling the PC system or notebook computer with serial number management
- Optimization of the wiring between the individual components of PC in order to optimal air flow in the system
- Optimization and performance of different hardware components (graphics / CPU, etc.)
- install the latest BIOS update (motherboard, graphics)
- Complete configuration of BIOS settings to provide maximum performance and reliability of the system PC + save settings to load it in a later episode again (eg after changing bios battery)
- Free Hotline
- 24-hour endurance test for quality control of PC components at maximum load of processor, RAM, graphics card and mainboard test run (consisting of: 2 instances of Prime95 + Furmark + Intel Burn) including continuous observation of the temperature and volume development
- Connection and function control of all ports (USB / Audio Front / Rear audio / network / etc)
- partitioning the drive into 3 partitions (system 1x / 1x data / 1x Hi-Tech Drivers)
- Optical quality control by 2nd employee (wiring, damage to the housing, fully bundled accessories)
- depositing the latest device drivers for your PC on the 2nd Partition of the disk in order to start working with the new drivers can, for example, or for self-installation of the operating system
- For Shipping: fitting transportation safety, so that the PC or notebook reaches the customer without harm
- Additional monitoring by the 2nd employee of the measures transportation safety
- 24 months full warranty
Enjoy a Breathtaking Gaming Experience with the Systems of HI-TECH!
Our perfectly configured high performance systems offer you the power that you need to win against all your opponents. Real graphics and extreme performance lead you into new dimensions of gaming. Independent journalists attest: our PCs and notebooks are a "masterpiece" (Ingame.de) and the "antithesis of the iMac" (Profile)
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GAMER LAPTOP SEEKER V5
Benutze das Notebook zum gamen und fuer die normalen Aktivitäten zb Internet Drucken Die Leistung und Qualität sind hoch angesiedelt Kann ich mit gutem gewissen empfehlen
GAMER LAPTOP SEEKER V5
Funktioniert alles sehr gut. Spitzen Grafikkarte, mit der alle bisherigen Games in höchstmöglichen Grafikeinstellungen flüssig laufen.
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