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Eurocom Shark 4 (Clevo N150SD) Notebook Review

Shark attack. Eurocom's fourth generation Shark gets an updated chassis with GTX 960M graphics. Is this mainstream-level gaming notebook a better deal than more well-known competitors?

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The ultraportable Shark series is now in its fourth generation with compelling reasons to be an alternative to the likes of the 15.6-inch Lenovo Y50, MSI GP62, MSI GE62, Acer Aspire V15, and other thin gaming notebooks from major manufacturers. Aside from the chassis update compared to the Shark 3, the Shark 4 integrates overlooked features for its category such as an optical drive, integrated SIM UMTS/HSPA+ support, and fingerprint reader. For this review, we'll see how the Eurocom compares to its closest aforementioned competitors.

The Shark 4 starts for as low as $900 USD with a fixed Core i7-4720HQ CPU and GTX 960M GPU across all configuration levels. Thus, users can save money by simply purchasing the lower-end configuration and upgrading the notebook over time due to its ease of accessibility.

Eurocom Shark 4 (Shark Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M - 2048 MB, Core: 1097 MHz, Memory: 5010 MHz, 353.62, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3, PC3-14900, Dual-Channel, 13-13-13-32
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, IPS, LG Philips, Model: LGD046F, Name: 156WF6, Dell P/N: 3874Y, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB, 120 GB 
, Secondary: HGST HTS721010A9E630
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
4 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm S/PDIF, Microphone, Headphone, Card Reader: SD reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0, LTE/3G/4G SIM slot
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8G2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 28.5 x 385 x 268 ( = 1.12 x 15.16 x 10.55 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, 5400 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2.0 MP, 1080p30 video
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chicklet, Keyboard Light: yes, Windows 10 Drivers disc, Media and Utilities disc, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.5 kg ( = 88.19 oz / 5.51 pounds), Power Supply: 460 g ( = 16.23 oz / 1.01 pounds)
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The matte black case looks lackluster compared to the brighter and more eccentrically designed competitors, but the Clevo N150SD barebones makes up for it with fantastic build quality around the base of the unit. Surfaces are rigid and both depressions and twists are almost non-existent. The lid, however, is weaker and more susceptible to damage. Resistance to twisting is low to the point where display colors can warp in response. Pushing down on the center of the outer lid is a bit too easy as well. The dual hinges are strong enough to prevent the lid from rocking when typing up to its maximum ~135-degree angle.

Texture-wise, the rubberized palm rests and outer lid feel luxurious and smooth to the touch. The major downside compared to common brushed aluminum surfaces is its tendency to attract and accumulate fingerprints much more noticeably. Cleaning is also made slightly more difficult. The edges, belly, and display bezel of the Shark 4 lack the rubberized surfaces and are instead roughly-textured ABS plastic.

As for size and weight, the Shark 4 is thicker and larger than more popular 15-inch gaming notebooks including the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro, Lenovo Y50, and Asus UX501. The MSI GP62/GE62 series and the Alienware 15 are thicker still, so the Shark 4 strikes a solid middle-ground while maintaining its superior base quality. Its weight of 2.5 kg is reflective of its larger size as this is a few hundred grams heavier than the aforementioned thinner notebooks, yet nowhere near as massive as the 3 kg Alienware 15.

Connectivity

A healthy selection of ports is available and the ports themselves are spread out evenly between the left, right, and rear edges. Aside from having three different video-out ports, the standout feature is the easily accessible SIM slot on the right edge. Most gaming notebooks lack SIM support completely and many business notebooks that do incorporate SIM support will typically have the slot inconveniently underneath the battery.

Missing ports include Thunderbolt and support for external desktop GPUs as featured on recent Alienware and MSI hardware.

Left: Kensington Lock, 2x USB 3.0, S/PDIF (Coaxial); 3.5 mm Headphone, Microphone, Line-in, Optical drive
Left: Kensington Lock, 2x USB 3.0, S/PDIF (Coaxial); 3.5 mm Headphone, Microphone, Line-in, Optical drive
Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: SIM slot, card reader, USB 3.0, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet
Right: SIM slot, card reader, USB 3.0, VGA, Gigabit Ethernet
Rear: USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Mini-DisplayPort, Power adapterRear: USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Mini-DisplayPort, Power adapter
Rear: USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, Mini-DisplayPort, Power adapter

Communication

3G and 4G LTE are supported via the integrated UMTS/HSPA+ M.2 3042 module. There is unfortunately no dedicated GPS module which would have really made the Shark 4 more attractive.

Standard WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0 are provided by a removable Intel Wireless-AC 7265 M.2 2230 module. We experienced no signal strength issues as the notebook was able to maintain a connection to a standard home network at 30 meters away with no obstacles in between.

Maintenance

About a dozen Philips screws must be removed to access the internal hardware. The difficult part is popping out the panel as the hinges are quite tight around the edges and corners. Snapping the panel back on can also be a challenge for the same reason.

Once off, users have direct access to both system fans, 2x SODIMM slots, PCIe x4 slot, M.2 slot, 2.5-inch HDD, optical drive, WLAN card, and other core components. Note that both the CPU and GPU are soldered onto the board.

Accessories

Included extras are a handy Windows 10 Drivers disc and a Media Suite disc. The power adapter is available in 120 W and 180 W options. We recommend the higher option to avoid any potential bottleneck and throttling issues when running very high or maximum loads.

Warranty

One-year coverage and tech support from Eurocom come standard with each new purchase. Users can extend the warranty to 2 or 3 years for $175 or $375, respectively.

Full access to internals
Full access to internals

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Input Devices

Keyboard

The Chiclet keyboard (34.5 x 10.5 cm) provides satisfactory feedback when pressed with quiet keys and little clatter. On the other hand, travel is shallow and the force required to push each key is more than usual. However, this may be unfair to say as we had only recently published on the MSI GT80 and its signature mechanical Cherry keyboard. When compared to the Lenovo Y50, the keys on the Shark 4 wiggle less and feel more solid.

The full-size Arrow keys are appreciated especially when compared to the ones on the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro. However, gamers may be disappointed to see no dedicated Macro keys whereas these are common on most Gigabyte and Aorus notebooks. The FlexiKey software is the manufacturer's answer to Macro settings and key recording similar to those found on MSI, Razer, and Aorus notebooks. While easy to use, it feels more barebones and less flashy than its competitors. To nitpick even further, there is no physical light indicator for the Caps Lock key despite the keyboard itself having two levels of backlight brightness.

Touchpad

The smooth plastic surface area (10.75 x 6.25 cm) provides ample room for gestures and cursor control. The Elan software is able to recognize up to three fingers simultaneously. The bottom and right edges, however, are reserved for left-right and up-down scrolling, respectively, so the actual surface area for simple cursor movement is smaller than it appears. Disabling the edge scrolling feature does not seem to increase the size of the surface area for cursor control. Nonetheless, we experienced no latency or jumping issues during our time with the touchpad.

The dedicated mouse keys are textured similarly to the rubberized palm rests and are even quieter than the keyboard keys. In fact, these may be some of the quietest mouse keys we've seen as they are almost completely silent. Feedback suffers as a result and feels soft instead of firm with no solid "click". Travel is also quite deep and can be uncomfortable to use for extended periods since the user must push down farther on each key.

Fingerprints build up quite quickly
Fingerprints build up quite quickly
FlexiKey software for custom Macro keys
FlexiKey software for custom Macro keys

Display

The Shark 4 is equipped with a high quality 1080p panel with no touchscreen or higher resolution options. The lack of such features shouldn't really be an issue considering the target gaming audience and GTX 960M GPU. We have already seen that 2K resolutions or higher are a poor match with the 960M. Subjectively, our matte panel is crisp and free from screen-door artifacts and significant backlight bleeding. Colors also appear pure with no grainy aspects when displaying an all-white background. A very similar panel can be found on the recent Alienware 15 based on their matching LG LGD046F panel IDs.

Brightness and contrast are both higher than many competing 15.6-inch gaming notebooks including the Asus ZenBook UX501 and MSI GP62. Display quality is very close to that of the excellent Alienware 15.

283
cd/m²
280.2
cd/m²
311.2
cd/m²
301.7
cd/m²
326.8
cd/m²
329.7
cd/m²
297.1
cd/m²
328.7
cd/m²
325.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro Basic 2
Maximum: 329.7 cd/m² Average: 309.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 326.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 809:1 (Black: 0.404 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.53 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
87.8% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.12
Eurocom Shark 4MSI GP62-2QEi781FDMSI GE62 2QDLenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441229Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218HAcer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9Alienware 15
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43.2 (18, 25.2)
Response Time Black / White *
27.2 (7.6, 19.6)
PWM Frequency
Screen
-55%
-13%
-6%
-24%
-5%
10%
Brightness middle
326.8
274.8
-16%
361
10%
214
-35%
302
-8%
317
-3%
308
-6%
Brightness
309
265
-14%
345
12%
227
-27%
307
-1%
319
3%
292
-6%
Brightness Distribution
85
74
-13%
88
4%
79
-7%
87
2%
87
2%
83
-2%
Black Level *
0.404
0.69
-71%
0.646
-60%
0.23
43%
0.79
-96%
0.46
-14%
0.28
31%
Contrast
809
398
-51%
559
-31%
930
15%
382
-53%
689
-15%
1100
36%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.53
11.78
-113%
5.3
4%
4.9
11%
5.4
2%
5.79
-5%
4.28
23%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.9
13.81
-182%
7
-43%
4.13
16%
5.99
-22%
5.01
-2%
4.54
7%
Gamma
2.12 104%
2.19 100%
2.35 94%
2.44 90%
2.32 95%
2.35 94%
2.81 78%
CCT
6676 97%
15314 42%
7168 91%
7239 90%
6670 97%
7347 88%
7497 87%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57.8
47.8
-17%
58.63
1%
38
-34%
45
-22%
55
-5%
60
4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
87.8
73.5
-16%
59
-33%
71
-19%
92.9
6%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-55% / -55%
-13% / -13%
-6% / -6%
-24% / -24%
-5% / -5%
10% / 10%

* ... smaller is better

The panel is capable of deep colors at almost 88 percent and 58 percent of AdobeRGB and sRGB standards, respectively. Gamut is notably better than the MSI GP62 and Lenovo Y50, both of which carry much poorer TN panels in comparison. When combined with its high contrast, games and movies look phenomenal on the Shark 4. Professional graphics artists may want at least 95 percent sRGB coverage, which is not available for the Shark series.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. Alienware 15
vs. Alienware 15
vs. MSI GP62
vs. MSI GP62

Further color analyses with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal relatively accurate colors out-of-the-box. However, we recommend a quick calibration as both grayscale and colors will become much more balanced. Colors will still become more inaccurate the higher the saturation level due to the imperfect sRGB coverage of the LG panel.

Grayscale pre-calibration
Grayscale pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
Saturation Sweeps pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
ColorChecker pre-calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Grayscale post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
Saturation Sweeps post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration
ColorChecker post calibration

Outdoor visibility is poor under direct sunlight and acceptable under shade. The matte AH-IPS panel aids greatly in reducing glare if outdoor use is inevitable. The maximum brightness setting is recommended whenever possible to reduce eyestrain. Note that an IPS glossy panel is available from Eurocom as well if users prefer the glossy coating.

Viewing angles are excellent with no major shifts in colors or brightness when viewing from extreme angles.

Visibility under direct sunlight
Visibility under direct sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz for all cores
Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz for all cores

The Core i7-4720HQ CPU and GTX 960M GPU are a common pairing for high-end gaming notebooks and are the only options available for the Shark 4 thus far. The Haswell CPU will idle at just 800 MHz if on the Power Saver profile, but can otherwise run up to 3.4 - 3.6 GHz with Turbo Boost. Similarly, the Nvidia GPU will idle at 135/405 MHz core/memory with a base clock rate of 1097 MHz + GPU Boost. Optimus is supported for additional power savings with the integrated Intel HD 4600 GPU.

Two SODIMM slots are available as opposed to four on most thicker Clevo barebones. LatencyMon shows no recurring latency spikes as expected from Eurocom notebooks where bloatware is kept to a minimum.

Processor

Raw CPU performance from the 2.6 GHz i7-4720HQ should be slightly above the 2.5 GHz i7-4710HQ and 2.4 GHz i7-4700HQ. In reality, however, any performance differences are hardly noticeable when gaming as the i7-4720HQ is already sufficiently powerful. CineBench benchmarks place our Shark 4 on essentially equal footing with the Aorus X3 and Clevo P150SM with the aforementioned slower CPUs. In fact, results are a bit lower than expected for our Shark 4 due to weaker Turbo Boost performance. The i7-4790K and i7-4940MX in the Eurocom P5 Pro and Eurocom X8, respectively, can provide double-digit percentage gains over our i7-4720HQ.

More benchmarks and comparisons on the Core i7-4720HQ can be found on our dedicated CPU page here.

CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R10 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15 64-bit
CineBench R15 64-bit
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
8373 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
23386 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6849 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8116
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
18041
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5224
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
43.7 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
6.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.59 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
47.25 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
596 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
136 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
136 Points ∼62%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
171 Points ∼78% +26%
Eurocom X8
157 Points ∼72% +15%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
143 Points ∼66% +5%
Clevo P150SM-A
135 Points ∼62% -1%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
135 Points ∼62% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
596 Points ∼14%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
873 Points ∼20% +46%
Eurocom X8
708 Points ∼16% +19%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
682 Points ∼16% +14%
Clevo P150SM-A
644 Points ∼15% +8%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
608 Points ∼14% +2%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
6849 Points ∼67%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
8911 Points ∼87% +30%
Eurocom X8
7696 Points ∼75% +12%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
7216 Points ∼70% +5%
Clevo P150SM-A
6622 Points ∼64% -3%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
6610 Points ∼64% -3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
23386 Points ∼31%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
33974 Points ∼45% +45%
Eurocom X8
26547 Points ∼35% +14%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
26738 Points ∼35% +14%
Clevo P150SM-A
24475 Points ∼32% +5%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
24459 Points ∼32% +5%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
1.59 Points ∼65%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
2.07 Points ∼85% +30%
Eurocom X8
1.77 Points ∼73% +11%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
1.66 Points ∼68% +4%
Clevo P150SM-A
1.5 Points ∼61% -6%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
1.55 Points ∼64% -3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
6.45 Points ∼24%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
9.4 Points ∼35% +46%
Eurocom X8
7.64 Points ∼28% +18%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
7.53 Points ∼28% +17%
Clevo P150SM-A
6.99 Points ∼26% +8%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
6.73 Points ∼25% +4%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
545.423 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
437 Seconds * ∼2% +20%
Eurocom X8
491.477 Seconds * ∼2% +10%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
561.953 Seconds * ∼2% -3%
Clevo P150SM-A
564.976 Seconds * ∼3% -4%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
575.629 Seconds * ∼3% -6%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
246.964 s * ∼3%
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme
174.76 s * ∼2% +29%
Eurocom X8
218.553 s * ∼3% +12%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
210.067 s * ∼2% +15%
Clevo P150SM-A
240.126 s * ∼3% +3%
Aorus X3 Plus v3
246.038 s * ∼3% -0%

Legend

 
Eurocom Shark 4 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
 
Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme Intel Core i7-4790K, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 2x Micron M600 MTFDDAV128MBF (RAID 0)
 
Eurocom X8 Intel Core i7-4940MX, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB mSATA
 
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Clevo P150SM-A Intel Core i7-4700MQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, Crucial MX100 256 GB
 
Aorus X3 Plus v3 Intel Core i7-4710HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 2x Lite-On LMT-256L9M (RAID 0)

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

PCMark scores are unsurprisingly very high as usual for Eurocom notebooks. The fast primary SSD is largely responsible for its fast system performance. Its PCMark 7 score of 6184 points is about 1000 points less than our current Eurocom P5 Pro Extreme record holder. Systems with RAID 0 SSDs will score higher, such as the MSI GE62. 

Subjectively, Windows 10 responds quickly and without latency issues on our Shark 4. We experienced no peculiar software problems during our time with the test model.

PCMark 7
PCMark 7
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 7 Score
6184 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3683 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4526 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4916 points
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Storage Devices

M.2 2280 and PCIe slots
M.2 2280 and PCIe slots

Available storage ports include M.2 2280, M.2 PCIe x4 (2242), and a 2.5-inch SATA III bay that can accept both 7 mm and 9.5 mm drives. The optical drive can also be swapped for a fourth storage drive if desired. The Shark 4 is rather unique in that two types of M.2 slots are included, yet there is no official RAID support. Competing gaming notebooks tend to offer fewer internal storage options than the Eurocom.

Our specific test model is equipped with a primary 120 GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 2280 SSD and a secondary 1 TB Hitachi Travelstar HDD. Read and write performances from the Samsung max out at around 500 MB/s as usual for most SSDs under SATA III speeds. It's worth noting that SSD performance is very consistent between read and write even for different block sizes. As for the secondary 7200 RPM HDD, HD Tune records an average transfer rate of just over 110 MB/s, which is very good for a mechanical drive. Most 7200 RPM and especially 5400 RPM drives tend to perform well below 100 MB/s under the same benchmark. For more benchmarks and comparisons, see our HDD/SSD list here.

CDM Primary Samsung SSD
CDM Primary Samsung SSD
CDM Secondary HGST HDD
CDM Secondary HGST HDD
HD Tune Primary SSD
HD Tune Primary SSD
HD Tune Secondary HGST HDD
HD Tune Secondary HGST HDD
Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
Transfer Rate Minimum: 382.1 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 439.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 400.37 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 170.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.4 %

Graphics Card

The Nvidia GTX 960M is a very popular high-end GPU for gaming notebooks as of 2015. We've benchmarked the GPU extensively and recommend checking out both our dedicated review and technical data page for more details and benchmarks.

For our Shark 4, synthetic GPU tests place our notebook roughly 20 to 30 percent over the GTX 950M in our MSI GP62 and about 40 to 60 percent behind the more powerful GTX 970M. The performance gap between the 950M and 960M compared to the 960M and 970M is thus noticeably smaller.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Cloud Gate
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 06 Standard
23733 points
3DMark 11 Performance
5683 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
84865 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
16414 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
4079 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
2040 points
Help
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
5525 Points ∼30%
Eurocom P7 Pro
10105 Points ∼56% +83%
Razer Blade 14 2015
7787 Points ∼43% +41%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
3907 Points ∼22% -29%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
3674 Points ∼20% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1876 Points ∼10% -66%
1280x720 Performance Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
7504 Points ∼40%
Eurocom P7 Pro
10077 Points ∼54% +34%
Razer Blade 14 2015
8080 Points ∼43% +8%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
9024 Points ∼49% +20%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
8487 Points ∼46% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
3523 Points ∼19% -53%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
5440 Points ∼11%
Eurocom P7 Pro
12562 Points ∼25% +131%
Razer Blade 14 2015
9571 Points ∼19% +76%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
4624 Points ∼9% -15%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
3593 Points ∼7% -34%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
2313 Points ∼5% -57%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
5683 Points ∼18%
Eurocom P7 Pro
11836 Points ∼38% +108%
Razer Blade 14 2015
9110 Points ∼29% +60%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
4892 Points ∼16% -14%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
3942 Points ∼13% -31%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
2380 Points ∼8% -58%
3DMark
Fire Strike Extreme Combined (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
907 Points ∼11%
Eurocom P7 Pro
1982 Points ∼23% +119%
Razer Blade 14 2015
1498 Points ∼17% +65%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
633 Points ∼7% -30%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
493 Points ∼6% -46%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
235 Points ∼3% -74%
Fire Strike Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
9002 Points ∼33%
Eurocom P7 Pro
11899 Points ∼44% +32%
Razer Blade 14 2015
9235 Points ∼34% +3%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
11387 Points ∼42% +26%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
8340 Points ∼31% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
4233 Points ∼16% -53%
Fire Strike Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
2065 Points ∼10%
Eurocom P7 Pro
4412 Points ∼22% +114%
Razer Blade 14 2015
3367 Points ∼17% +63%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
1585 Points ∼8% -23%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
1150 Points ∼6% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
330 Points ∼2% -84%
Fire Strike Extreme Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
2040 Points ∼12%
Eurocom P7 Pro
4290 Points ∼25% +110%
Razer Blade 14 2015
3270 Points ∼19% +60%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
1551 Points ∼9% -24%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
1145 Points ∼7% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
365 Points ∼2% -82%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Combined (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
1688 Points ∼14%
Eurocom P7 Pro
3639 Points ∼30% +116%
Razer Blade 14 2015
2748 Points ∼22% +63%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
1086 Points ∼9% -36%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
924 Points ∼8% -45%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
489 Points ∼4% -71%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
9011 Points ∼33%
Eurocom P7 Pro
11862 Points ∼44% +32%
Razer Blade 14 2015
9193 Points ∼34% +2%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
11440 Points ∼42% +27%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
8666 Points ∼32% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
4237 Points ∼16% -53%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
4432 Points ∼11%
Eurocom P7 Pro
9700 Points ∼24% +119%
Razer Blade 14 2015
7321 Points ∼18% +65%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
3330 Points ∼8% -25%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
2501 Points ∼6% -44%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1627 Points ∼4% -63%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
4079 Points ∼15%
Eurocom P7 Pro
8514 Points ∼32% +109%
Razer Blade 14 2015
6445 Points ∼24% +58%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
3026 Points ∼11% -26%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
2350 Points ∼9% -42%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
1426 Points ∼5% -65%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
6150 Points ∼16%
Eurocom P7 Pro
8602 Points ∼22% +40%
Razer Blade 14 2015
6422 Points ∼16% +4%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
8125 Points ∼21% +32%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
5510 Points ∼14% -10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
2859 Points ∼7% -54%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
31379 Points ∼17%
Eurocom P7 Pro
67742 Points ∼37% +116%
Razer Blade 14 2015
38777 Points ∼21% +24%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
22869 Points ∼12% -27%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
15500 Points ∼8% -51%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
9120 Points ∼5% -71%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
16414 Points ∼28%
Eurocom P7 Pro
26798 Points ∼46% +63%
Razer Blade 14 2015
18294 Points ∼31% +11%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
16297 Points ∼28% -1%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
11048 Points ∼19% -33%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
6134 Points ∼11% -63%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
46937 Points ∼54%
Eurocom P7 Pro
58293 Points ∼67% +24%
Razer Blade 14 2015
45849 Points ∼53% -2%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
57446 Points ∼66% +22%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
53710 Points ∼62% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
36691 Points ∼42% -22%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
244093 Points ∼46%
Eurocom P7 Pro
337762 Points ∼64% +38%
Razer Blade 14 2015
273460 Points ∼52% +12%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
198867 Points ∼37% -19%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
188948 Points ∼36% -23%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
120224 Points ∼23% -51%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
126248 Points ∼54%
Eurocom P7 Pro
163535 Points ∼70% +30%
Razer Blade 14 2015
130021 Points ∼55% +3%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
128544 Points ∼55% +2%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
121156 Points ∼52% -4%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
79833 Points ∼34% -37%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
44007 Points ∼52%
Eurocom P7 Pro
58400 Points ∼70% +33%
Razer Blade 14 2015
42018 Points ∼50% -5%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
54233 Points ∼65% +23%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
46505 Points ∼55% +6%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
33006 Points ∼39% -25%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
111094 Points ∼15%
Eurocom P7 Pro
280576 Points ∼38% +153%
Razer Blade 14 2015
42740 Points ∼6% -62%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
120877 Points ∼17% +9%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
95708 Points ∼13% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
43434 Points ∼6% -61%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
82982 Points ∼39%
Eurocom P7 Pro
152039 Points ∼71% +83%
Razer Blade 14 2015
42577 Points ∼20% -49%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
94948 Points ∼44% +14%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
77489 Points ∼36% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
40584 Points ∼19% -51%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
38206 Points ∼25%
Eurocom P7 Pro
57711 Points ∼37% +51%
Razer Blade 14 2015
42044 Points ∼27% +10%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
54154 Points ∼35% +42%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
43477 Points ∼28% +14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
32714 Points ∼21% -14%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
130341 Points ∼17%
Eurocom P7 Pro
331040 Points ∼44% +154%
Razer Blade 14 2015
65105 Points ∼9% -50%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
145368 Points ∼19% +12%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
137091 Points ∼18% +5%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
46225 Points ∼6% -65%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
84865 Points ∼8%
Eurocom P7 Pro
161287 Points ∼15% +90%
Razer Blade 14 2015
58031 Points ∼5% -32%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
105776 Points ∼10% +25%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
92723 Points ∼8% +9%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
42339 Points ∼4% -50%
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit
Room GPUs-only (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
879 Samples/s ∼17%
Eurocom P7 Pro
1209 Samples/s ∼23% +38%
Razer Blade 14 2015
1172 Samples/s ∼22% +33%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
782 Samples/s ∼15% -11%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
379 Samples/s ∼7% -57%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
431 Samples/s ∼8% -51%
Sala GPUs-only (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
1254 Samples/s ∼12%
Eurocom P7 Pro
2258 Samples/s ∼21% +80%
Razer Blade 14 2015
2134 Samples/s ∼20% +70%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
1334 Samples/s ∼12% +6%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
659 Samples/s ∼6% -47%
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00
878 Samples/s ∼8% -30%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
937 Points ∼8%
Eurocom P7 Pro
2022 Points ∼16% +116%
Razer Blade 14 2015
1550 Points ∼13% +65%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
908 Points ∼7% -3%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
581 Points ∼5% -38%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
806 Points ∼13%
Eurocom P7 Pro
1370 Points ∼23% +70%
Razer Blade 14 2015
1028 Points ∼17% +28%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
802 Points ∼13% 0%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
676 Points ∼11% -16%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
752 Points ∼15%
Eurocom P7 Pro
1535 Points ∼31% +104%
Razer Blade 14 2015
1235 Points ∼25% +64%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
714 Points ∼14% -5%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
413 Points ∼8% -45%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
374 Points ∼10%
Eurocom P7 Pro
762 Points ∼21% +104%
Razer Blade 14 2015
571 Points ∼15% +53%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
212 Points ∼6% -43%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
252 Points ∼7% -33%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
396 Points ∼10%
Eurocom P7 Pro
789 Points ∼20% +99%
Razer Blade 14 2015
590 Points ∼15% +49%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
216 Points ∼6% -45%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
305 Points ∼8% -23%
1024x600 Normal, Score (sort by value)
Eurocom Shark 4
3265 Points ∼12%
Eurocom P7 Pro
6478 Points ∼23% +98%
Razer Blade 14 2015
4975 Points ∼18% +52%
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
2853 Points ∼10% -13%
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
2226 Points ∼8% -32%

Legend

 
Eurocom Shark 4 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
 
Eurocom P7 Pro Intel Core i7-5775C, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung SSD SM951 512 GB MZHPV512HDGL
 
Razer Blade 14 2015 Intel Core i7-4720HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, Lite-On IT L8T-256L9G
 
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD Intel Core i7-5700HQ, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, Micron M600 MTFDDAV512MBF M.2
 
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 Intel Core i7-4870HQ, AMD Radeon R9 M370X, Apple SSD SM0512G
 
Lenovo ThinkPad T450s-20BWS1UT00 Intel Core i5-5200U, NVIDIA GeForce 940M, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP

Gaming Performance

Most intensive games as of 2015 are playable at native 1080p30 with settings on High or maximum. For higher resolutions or 60 FPS playback, however, we recommend moving up to the GTX 980M or a system with SLI 9xxM graphics.

Certain Nvidia-specific effects for Batman: Arkham Knight would cause an error when benchmarking as of its September 3 update. Given the title's infamous PC performance issues, this is perhaps unsurprising. Thus, our performance results on Ultra cannot be provided for this specific title.

Thief
Thief
Metal Gear Solid V
Metal Gear Solid V
Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight
low med. high ultra
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 93.824.7fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 116.553.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 120.347.1fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 59.532.3fps
Thief (2014) 56.128.8fps
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (2014) 43.732.4fps
F1 2014 (2014) 10988fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 6033fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 58.438.1fps

Stress Test

We stress the Shark 4 with synthetic benchmarks to identify for any throttling or stability issues.

First, with just Prime95 active, the Core i7-4720HQ plateaus at 2.8 GHz and a core temperature as high as 89 C. This multi-core Turbo Boost is 600 MHz slower than the rated 3.4 GHz maximum for the i7-4720HQ, which shows that the notebook exhibits weak Turbo Boost when under CPU-intensive tasks. Conversely, FurMark stress causes the Nvidia GPU to plateau at its base 1097 MHz clock rate and a core temperature of 85 C. The clock rate will occasionally drop further to 1084 MHz for brief periods, though such a small dip is largely insignificant.

Full system stress with both Prime95 and FurMark causes the CPU to drop to the 2.6 - 2.8 GHz range. Interestingly, GPU Boost remains active for steady GPU clock rates in the 1149 - 1162 MHz range. Fortunately, neither the CPU nor the GPU will throttle below their respective base clock rates. CPU and GPU temperatures plateau at 85 - 90 C and 87 C, respectively.

Unigine Heaven is a more accurate representation of gaming stress. Under these conditions, the CPU is able to maintain a higher Turbo Boost of 3.2 - 3.5 GHz while the GPU is able to maintain a higher GPU Boost of up to 1201 MHz. Stable core temperatures are also much lower for the CPU at 65 - 70 C and only slightly lower for the GPU at 85 C.

Running on battery power will throttle the CPU and GPU to just 1300 MHz and 300 MHz, respectively. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returns Graphics and Physics scores of 1521 and 4492, respectively, versus 5440 and 7504 points when running on mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Maximum stress
Maximum stress
Unigine Heaven stress
Unigine Heaven stress

Emissions

Dual 50 mm fans
Dual 50 mm fans

System Noise

The cooling solution consists of a pair of identical 50 mm fans and four short heat pipes. The system is surprisingly small, especially when compared to the larger and much more powerful 15.6-inch Eurocom P5 Pro or even other ultrathin notebooks like the Gigabyte P35X or Asus G501.

Both system fans are always active even with the Quiet setting enabled through the pre-installed Fan Speed software. The fans are at 32 dB(A) at their quietest and can pulsate up to 33.5 dB(A) when browsing and multi-tasking on High Performance mode. Thus, we recommend browsing on Power Saver mode to avoid higher fan noise. The fans are also adaptive, meaning that only the CPU fan will increase in speed if the workload is CPU-intensive and similarly for the GPU fan.

Gaming will bump fan noise up to the 38 - 42 dB(A) range, which is common for regular-size 15-inch gaming notebooks. Ultrathin gaming models like the MSI GS60 or Gigabyte P35X can easily reach the high 40 dB(A) range under similar conditions, though they do house faster GPUs. Fan noise in the low 40 dB(A) range is mostly manageable when gaming. However, users will find that certain games where soft sounds are vital to gameplay are better played with headphones instead, such as Metal Gear Solid V.

Activating Maximum fan mode will raise fan noise to 48.5 dB(A). The feature is not necessary when gaming as it will not increase performance by any noticeable amount, but it will help in increasing CPU Turbo Boost just slightly during extreme loads.

Noise Level

Idle
31.8 / 31.9 / 32 dB(A)
DVD
35.2 / 38.2 dB(A)
Load
38.2 / 48.5 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The short heat pipes mean higher surface temperatures will be concentrated on a smaller area. When idling, hot spots can already be felt near the bottom rear of the notebook closest to the heat pipes. Thus, certain quadrants will feel much cooler in comparison, such as the front areas of the notebook.

Maximum processing loads will cause the rear of the notebook to reach well over 50 C. Fortunately, this is concentrated on a very specific spot of the notebook that is far away from the palm rests. The WASD keys remain cool for gaming, though the center of the keyboard will become much warmer. The temperature gradient on the Shark 4 is indeed steeper compared to models like the MSI GE62 or Alienware 15 where temperature rise is spread more evenly throughout the notebook.

Max. Load
 37.2 °C
99 F
48.8 °C
120 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 30.4 °C
87 F
39.2 °C
103 F
39.2 °C
103 F
 
 25.6 °C
78 F
27.4 °C
81 F
28.2 °C
83 F
 
Maximum: 48.8 °C = 120 F
Average: 34.9 °C = 95 F
36.8 °C
98 F
54 °C
129 F
40 °C
104 F
36 °C
97 F
32.2 °C
90 F
27 °C
81 F
27.6 °C
82 F
31.8 °C
89 F
26.6 °C
80 F
Maximum: 54 °C = 129 F
Average: 34.7 °C = 94 F
Power Supply (max.)  52.4 °C = 126 F | Room Temperature 22.5 °C = 73 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.9 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 48.8 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 54 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.6 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 29.8 °C / 85.6 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-0.7 °C / -1.2 F).

Speakers

The redesigned stereo speakers now face diagonally and directly towards the user. There is no subwoofer, so music is noticeably lacking in bass. Thus, while maximum volume is sufficiently loud, sounds still feel weak without resorting to headphones or external speakers.

The Sound Blaster Cinema 2 software alleviates some of the shortcomings of the speakers with processing effects to enhance bass and voices alongside the usual Music, Gaming, and Movie preset settings. However, we still recommend headphones for extended video playback and gaming sessions.

Battery Life

Runtimes from the removable 62 Wh battery pack is good and slightly better than many competitors. Part of the reason is because of its higher capacity, especially when compared to the MSI GE and GP series. Users can expect 3 to 4 hours of constant Wi-Fi use on the Balanced profile with integrated graphics active. 

Note that the battery pack requires a Philips screwdriver to remove instead of the familiar latch-and-lock on most other Clevo barebones.

Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
WLAN runtime
WLAN runtime
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 11min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
3h 35min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 56min
Eurocom Shark 4
62 Wh
MSI GP62-2QEi781FD
42 Wh
MSI GE62 2QD
51 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
55 Wh
Asus Zenbook Pro UX501JW-FI218H
60 Wh
Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro VN7-591G-77A9
52.5 Wh
Alienware 15
92 Wh
Battery Runtime
-52%
-27%
-3%
-26%
26%
51%
Reader / Idle
311
131
-58%
277
-11%
388
25%
596
92%
696
124%
WiFi v1.3
215
96
-55%
161
-25%
203
-6%
159
-26%
Load
116
66
-43%
64
-45%
84
-28%
68
-41%
91
-22%
WiFi
277
266

Pros

+ High quality 1080p matte or glossy panel
+ 3x storage bays with removable optical drive
+ Strong base quality
+ Removable battery pack
+ 3x video-out ports
+ Mini-SIM slot support
+ Accessible internals
+ Fingerprint reader; TPM 2.0

Cons

- Lid could be more rigid; Susceptible to twisting
- No touchscreen or 2K+ resolution options
- Soldered CPU and GPU
- No Thunderbolt, subwoofer, RAID, or dedicated Macro keys
- Thicker than many competing 15-inch gaming notebooks
- Rubberized matte surfaces attract fingerprints very quickly

Verdict

In review: Eurocom Shark 4 (Clevo N150SD) notebook. Test model provided by Eurocom.
In review: Eurocom Shark 4 (Clevo N150SD) notebook. Test model provided by Eurocom.

The Shark 4 excels at providing excellent accessibility with a high quality accurate display, removable optical drive, and an unexpected SIM slot for 4G connectivity. The latter feature is what really separates the Shark 4 from other gaming notebooks, so users who know they can make use of it should definitely consider the Eurocom over other thin gaming notebooks. Even if users aren't interested in UMTS/HSPA+ connectivity, the base of the Shark 4 is stronger than the Lenovo Y50 and Asus G501 for a better sense of longevity, so there are still incentives in favor of Eurocom. The multiple storage bays only add to its advantages.

Notable downsides include its larger size, heavier weight, weaker lid, lack of RAID, and no dedicated Macro keys or subwoofer. Turbo Boost is also weaker than expected as the system is unable to maintain its maximum boost under synthetic stress. An upgradeable CPU or GPU would have been fantastic to really set the Shark 4 apart against other mainstream gaming notebooks, but users will have to make due with the GTX 960M as there are no other options.

Ultimately, the Shark 4 feels like a perfect middle-road solution between ultrathin gaming notebooks and much larger, thicker gaming notebooks.

Users who want a more well-made notebook than the Lenovo Y50 without the inflated size and cost of an Alienware will be satisfied with what the Shark 4 has to offer.

Eurocom Shark 4 - 09/11/2015 v4(old)
Allen Ngo

Chassis
86 / 98 → 88%
Keyboard
85%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
78 / 81 → 96%
Weight
60 / 20-67 → 85%
Battery
83%
Display
85%
Games Performance
93 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
93 / 92 → 100%
Temperature
82%
Noise
82 / 95 → 86%
Audio
82%
Average
83%
84%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2015-09-11 (Update: 2015-09-11)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.