Novatech X1 PRO
Average of 4 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Novatech X1 PRO
When shopping for a top-end gaming notebook, there aren’t a huge number of options to choose from and even fewer in the UK. From the limited options available to British consumers one of the first sites on everyone’s short list should be Novatech who have been producing high-performance laptops for a few years now to compete with the likes of Alienware and more recently Asus. The X1 CA boasts an excellent specification and is sure to turn heads with its sleek looks, imposing size and top notch performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 100% workmanship: 90%
Lacks the wow factor of the Alienware M17x, but a good performer nonetheless. Novatech is a UK-based company that makes gaming PCs and laptops. The X1 GTX Pro uses a generic chassis also used by other gaming laptop manufacturers, but it also manages to pack in a high specification for the money. The X1 GTX Pro is a decent gaming laptop and much cheaper than the Alienware. Although it can't match its rival for quality, design and all-round usability, this is still a machine we can easily recommend.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro
The folks at Novatech are obviously an ambitious bunch. As soon as they saw that we'd reviewed the superb Alienware M17x, they crammed the X1 GTX into a box and dared us to line it up against Dell's finest. But despite the good-value extras, we're just not as convinced by this Novatech as we were by the Alienware M17x. Alienware's system is better designed, boasts a stunning screen, punchier speakers and a more rounded specification - and it costs only £20 more than the £1,646 X1 GTX. With such quality competition, Novatech has to do more to impress.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 50% performance: 83%
Novatech's X1 Pro is probably as good as it gets for a gaming laptop, but you'll pay the price. Novatech's top-of-the-range gaming laptop is a show-stopper in many respects. Firstly, it's got a massive 18.4-inch screen which looks absolutely sublime, thanks to its massive 1,920x1,080 resolution and bright panel. It is very glossy though so if the sun's out you'll get a lot of reflection. The Novatech X1 Pro admittedly costs a huge amount of money, but its closest competitors – Dell's Alienware M17X and the Asus G71V – are more expensive when you compare a like-for-like specification, and as these only come with a 17-inch display, you could call the X1 Pro good value for money in comparison.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M:
The GeForce GTX 280M is based on the G92b chip with all 128 pipelines and, as a result, shares more similarities to the desktop 9800 GTX+ than the desktop GTX 280. Regardless, the high clock rate makes the GTX 280M considerably faster than the 9800M GTX.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
T9900: Fastest (in 2009) Core 2 Duo Dual Core CPU and similar to the Core 2 Extreme X9100 (withouth the free multiplicator, but instead less TDP and cheaper). Very well suited for games and demanding applications. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a very large display size for laptops on a desk without mobile use.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Novatech: This British Computershop also sells laptops with its own brand. The marketshare is very low and there don't exist many laptop reviews for Novatech laptops.
79.25%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.