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Nexoc M514 (Clevo WA50SJQ) Notebook Review

Florian Glaser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 02/19/2015

With the power of IPS. There are a lot of multimedia notebooks on the market, but many devices reveal drawbacks when you look at the display quality. The Nexoc M514 wants to stand out from the competition with its IPS panel. The nice metal chassis helps to compete with the rivals as well.

For the original German review, see here.

Nexoc is a German notebook retailer that specializes in the distribution of gaming and multimedia systems. The M514 belongs – as the first letter already suggests – to the latter group. Contrary to bigger manufacturers (Acer, Asus), you can configure the devices comprehensively according to your preferences.

This is a good thing since the basic configuration of the M514 for 876 Euros (~$946) is not very well-equipped. 4 GB DDR3-RAM is not really up to date, just like an Intel Pentium 3560M clocked at 2.4 GHz (no Turbo Boost). We would recommend at least 8 GB memory as well as a Core i5. Our review unit is powered by the price-performance tip Core i5-4210M with a maximum clock of 3.2 GHz for the two cores.

If you want a snappy operating system (Windows can be installed for an additional charge) you should also get a Solid State Drive. The 15-inch chassis not only has a 2.5-inch tray for conventional storage solutions, but it also has an mSATA slot. Nexoc only uses SSDs from Samsung (840 or 850), which is certainly not a bad decision.

In addition, you get a wireless adaptor from Intel. Both the Wireless-AC 3160 as well as the Wireless-AC 7260 offer brand-new technology. Furthermore we should mention the optical drive. Many multimedia notebooks cannot play DVDs anymore due to space limitations.

You can easily configure a Nexoc M514 for more than 1,000 Euros (~$1080) and our review unit (see spec sheet on the right) even retails for 1,372 Euros (~$1481). For this price you already get more powerful notebooks with a GeForce GTX 860M, like the Acer V 15 Nitro or Lenovo Y50-70, for example. Other devices with the GTX 850M are usually noticeably less expensive. Examples would be the Acer Aspire V5-573G-54218G1Taii for 800 Euros (~$863) and the HP Envy 15-k010ng or Asus N551JK-CN166H, respectively, for 1,000 Euros (~$1080). However, some devices only have a ULV CPU or a conventional hard drive.

Case

Cover with pattern
Cover with pattern

The chassis is not from Nexoc but provided by the manufacturer Clevo. Internally, the WA50SJQ chassis is very similar to the W650SJ that we already reviewed, but the two notebooks have a completely different design. While the Schenker M504 uses very dark colors, the Nexoc M514 has a light gray case. Both the cover and the palm rest also have nice patterns.

The biggest highlight in our opinion is the choice of materials. Instead of plastic, some surfaces are made of aluminum, which means the WA50SJQ leaves a more sophisticated impression than the W650SJ, even though the build quality is on a similar level (acceptable gaps). The dimensions of the two devices are very similar as well: The footprint of the Nexoc M514 is bigger with a depth of 26.1 vs. 25.2 centimeters, but the chassis is also a bit thinner in return.

Despite the textured surface, the device does not appear too playful; Clevo is able to keep a somewhat understated design. We do have to criticize the hinges (vibrations result in a bouncing lid) and the slightly loose battery. We would call the stability of the base unit decent.

Connectivity

Ports

The port variety is similar to typical multimedia devices. Two stereo jacks (headphones + microphone) are provided by many rivals, just like a RJ45 port, an HDMI output as well as a slot for a Kensington lock. Analog VGA ports are more and more replaced by digital ports like DisplayPorts. The manufacturer deserves praise for the combined eSATA/USB 3.0 port, which is only available on a few notebooks. The Nexoc M514 has a total of four USB ports (3x 3.0).

Clevo should improve the port layout in the future. Most of the ports are at the front area of the sides, which means the space at the side is limited for both left and right-handers and there can be collisions with attached cables when you use a mouse. However, this is a common problem for many all-round notebooks (Asus N551JK, HP Envy 15, etc.). Acer's Aspire V5-573G, for example, shows a better solution with many ports at the back.

Left side: AC power, VGA, RJ45-LAN, eSATA/USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.0
Left side: AC power, VGA, RJ45-LAN, eSATA/USB 3.0, HDMI, USB 3.0
Right side: Microphone, headphones, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, optical drive, Kensington lock
Right side: Microphone, headphones, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, optical drive, Kensington lock

Communication

Wireless connections of our review unit are handled by the Wireless-AC 3160 adaptor from Intel. Similar to the more expensive sibling Wireless-AC 7260, the WLAN module supports the standards 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac as well as Bluetooth 4.0, but the transfer rates are a bit lower: Instead of up to 867 Mbps the Wireless-AC 3160 "only" reaches up to 433 Mbps. Both adaptors support 5 GHz networks (otherwise 2.4 GHz). Our Nexoc M514 did not leave a very good impression in terms of the range. The office of the author has a distance of around 10-15 meters to the router (several walls) and we could rarely establish a connection; most notebooks usually manage 3 out of 5 bars.

Maintenance

The maintainability does not leave anything to be desired. Hardly any notebook can be opened and cleaned that comfortably. You just have to loosen two screws before you can remove the bottom cover. In return, you get unrestricted access to all components. Even the cooling solution is completely accessible. It is also no problem to renew the thermal compound of the CPU and GPU. By the way, you can only replace the CPU if there are any defects; the graphics card is soldered onto the motherboard. Great: Clevo does not integrate the battery into the chassis but puts it at the back.

Preloaded software

Software

Similar to the German barebone rivals Schenker Technologies and One, Nexoc is also very restrained in respect to the installed software. Our review unit is only preloaded with 18 applications and tools (including a trial version of Office 365). Bloatware is no problem for the multimedia notebook.

Accessories

In the box you will find two driver DVDs (Windows 7 + Windows 8) and a quick-start guide. A power adaptor is obviously provided as well. It has a nominal output of 120 Watts and is not too heavy with 436 grams (14.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 centimeters). The notebook itself, including the battery and the HDD, weighs 2.45 kilograms.

Warranty

Nexoc grants a warranty of two years, which can be extended to three years for 68 Euros (~$73). An optional 72-hour service (12 months, 20 Euros, ~$21) and a pickup service (24 months, 26 Euros, ~$28) are available as well.

Control Center - System application
Control Center - System application
Control Center - Device
Control Center - Device
Control Center - Gaming
Control Center - Gaming

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keyboard is definitely a matter of taste. Clevo have been using the integrated chiclet model for a couple of years now. While the layout does not cause any criticism, the acoustics could be better. The input is pretty clattery in the area around the optical drive in particular.

The typing experience is not perfect, either. Some keys tend to get stuck under pressure, which results in a strange noise and it does not really improve the quality impression, especially since users expect a reliable input device. It is also unfortunate that Clevo waives a background illumination. But the keyboard also has its advantages; the dedicated numeric keypad and the large arrow keys improve the comfort.

Touchpad

The mouse replacement is a so-called ClickPad that does not have dedicated buttons. All inputs can instead be triggered directly via touchpad surface. This works well with cursor movements, but clicks and drag & drop inputs can test your patience since the cursor often jumps around or the system does not recognize inputs reliably. The mechanics are pretty clattery as well and the stability is not perfect, either. It is possible to push the touchpad of the Nexoc M514 down quite a bit in the upper corners.

Thanks to the multi-touch support and the very smooth finish (10.5 x 6.5 centimeters) it is still sufficient for an "average" rating. As usual, it is possible to zoom and scroll with two fingers. A scroll bar at the edge is pretty handy as well. All things considered, we prefer the mouse replacement of the Schenker M504.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

While the majority of notebooks use a TN panel with limited viewing angles, Nexoc equips the M514 with an IPS display. The AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 was already used for the Schenker XMG P505 as well as the Schenker XMG U505.

282
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
287
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
279
cd/m²
285
cd/m²
268
cd/m²
286
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 310 cd/m² Average: 283.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 291 cd/m²
Contrast: 1039:1 (Black: 0.28 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.09 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 3.71 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
58% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.38

If you ignore the brightness distribution (clouding), the 15-inch model does not reveal any drawbacks. Besides the pretty rich black value (0.28 cd/m²), other positive aspects are the contrast ratio in particular: More than 1,000:1 is hardly managed by any multimedia notebook, and it does not matter if you compare it to an IPS panel (~850:1 @Asus N551JK-CN166H) or a TN product (~460:1 @HP Envy 15-k010ng). The brightness of almost 280 cd/m² meets our expectations as well.

CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color Management
CalMAN - Color Management
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
Nexoc M514 vs. sRGB
Nexoc M514 vs. sRGB
Nexoc M514 vs. AdobeRGB
Nexoc M514 vs. AdobeRGB

Thanks to the anti-reflective surface it is no problem to use the 15-inch device outdoors. The M514 is also well-suited for picture and video experts who do not require the full color space (79% sRGB, 58% Adobe RGB). The screenshots above show that the AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 creates a balanced picture with surprisingly accurate colors.

Nexoc M514
Acer Aspire V5
HP Envy 15
Asus N551JK
Schenker M504
Screen
-16%
-79%
-28%
-29%
Brightness middle
291
326
12%
343
18%
323
11%
307
5%
Brightness
284
306
8%
330
16%
312
10%
296
4%
Brightness Distribution
85
87
2%
84
-1%
83
-2%
90
6%
Black Level *
0.28
0.56
-100%
0.75
-168%
0.38
-36%
0.33
-18%
Contrast
1039
582
-44%
457
-56%
850
-18%
930
-10%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.09
3.2
-4%
9.72
-215%
7.4
-139%
6.98
-126%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.71
3.65
2%
11.24
-203%
6.24
-68%
6.63
-79%
Gamma
2.38 92%
2.29 96%
2.3 96%
2.98 74%
2.46 89%
CCT
6287 103%
6685 97%
11010 59%
8098 80%
6471 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
58
58
0%
46
-21%
69
19%
50
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Another advantage is the viewing-angle stability. Even unfavorable horizontal shifts do not result in visible distortions. The situation is also pretty good vertically – despite some weaknesses from an angle above or below.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

Performance

Processor

Haswell
Haswell

Even though some games actually benefit from a quad-core CPU (Watch DogsAssassin's Creed Unity, etc.), a dual-core model is sufficient for the Nexoc M514 since the GeForce GTX 850 will be the limiting factor in the majority of cases.

While the Pentium 3560M does not support Hyper-Threading, both the Core i3 and Core i5 chips can execute up to four threads simultaneously. The tested Core i5-4210M with 3 MB L3 cache is between the entry-level CPU (2 MB) and the Core i7-series (6-8 MB). However, the manufacturing process is identical: Intel's Haswell generation is based on a 22 nm process.

The GeForce GTX 850M is not the only chip that handles the graphics calculations. Simple tasks (documents, browser, etc.) do not need the Nvidia chip and are handled by the integrated processor GPU. All models except for the Pentium 3560M are equipped with the HD Graphics 4600.

System info CPUZ CPU
System info CPUZ Cache
System info CPUZ Motherboard
System info CPUZ Memory
System info CPUZ SPD
System info HWiNFO
System info GPUZ (HD 4600)
System info GPUZ (GTX 850M)
System info CrystalDiskMark (SSD)
System info CrystalDiskMark (HDD)
System info HDTune (HDD)
System info Latency
System information Nexoc M514

Turbo Boost

The CPU overclocking can be fully utilized in the case of the Nexoc M514 and we were able to measure 3.2 GHz in the single-core tests and 3.1 GHz in the multi-core tests, which are also the maximum values for the Core i5-4210M. There can be occasional throttling in the Unigine Heaven benchmark 3.0, but the CPU always ran above its standard clock in the stress test with the tools FurMark and Prime.

Single-core rendering
Single-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
Multi-core rendering
CPU & GPU load
CPU & GPU load

CPU Performance

Thanks to the 37-Watt CPU, the Nexoc M514 can surpass many all-round notebooks. 3.37 points in the Cinebench R11.5 multi-core test is almost 20% ahead of the HP Envy 15-k010ng (2.79 points @Core i7-4510U) and 40% ahead of the Acer Aspire V5-573G (2.41 points @Core i5-4210U). The Schenker M504 (3.56 points @Core i5-4310M) and the Asus N551JK-CN166H (3.5 points @Core i5-4200H) are a bit faster because of the higher clocks. Still, you won't notice any huge differences in practice. Even the frugal ULV-CPUs are usually powerful enough for many tasks and the storage solution actually has a much bigger impact on the Windows experience.

Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.39 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.37 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
51.18 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
125 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
308 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
74.5 fps
Help
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
Core i5-4210M
1.39 Points ∼57%
Acer Aspire V5
Core i5-4210U
1.17 Points ∼48% -16%
HP Envy 15
Core i7-4510U
1.35 Points ∼55% -3%
Asus N551JK
Core i5-4200H
1.46 Points ∼60% +5%
Schenker M504
Core i5-4310M
1.47 Points ∼60% +6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
Core i5-4210M
3.37 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire V5
Core i5-4210U
2.41 Points ∼9% -28%
HP Envy 15
Core i7-4510U
2.79 Points ∼10% -17%
Asus N551JK
Core i5-4200H
3.5 Points ∼13% +4%
Schenker M504
Core i5-4310M
3.56 Points ∼13% +6%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
Core i5-4210M
125 Points ∼59%
Acer Aspire V5
Core i5-4210U
103 Points ∼48% -18%
Asus N551JK
Core i5-4200H
130 Points ∼61% +4%
Schenker M504
Core i5-4310M
128 Points ∼60% +2%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
Core i5-4210M
308 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire V5
Core i5-4210U
226 Points ∼7% -27%
Asus N551JK
Core i5-4200H
323 Points ∼10% +5%
Schenker M504
Core i5-4310M
325 Points ∼10% +6%

Graphics

Maxwell
Maxwell

The GeForce GTX 850M is currently one of the most successful mainstream products. This is, however, not surprising when you consider the combination of moderate power consumption and decent performance.

The number of shaders (640) is similar to the Maxwell version of the GTX 860M, but Nvidia reduces the clock of the mainstream chip a bit. Instead of 1029-1097 MHz (core) and 2500 MHz (VRAM), the GTX 850M only reaches 902-1085 and 2000 MHz, respectively. The main difference is the type of video memory. There is actually a GDDR5-VRAM version of the GTX 850M, but the majority of manufacturers use the DDR3 version, where the 128-bit interface is a bigger limitation. 2048 MB VRAM is also a bit small in the long run.

The GTX 850M is at least significantly faster than the cheaper sibling. Considering 384 shaders and a 64-bit interface, gamers should avoid the GeForce 840M.

As expected, the graphics performance is similar to other notebooks with the GTX 850M. A total score of 4,286 points in 3DMark 11 for the Nexoc M514 is on a level with the Asus N551JK (4,255 points) and the Schenker M504 (4,270 points), whereas the Acer Aspire V5-573G and the HP Envy 15 fall behind by around 11% because of their frugal CPUs. Unigine Heaven 3.0 did not reveal any surprises, either. 1920x1080 pixels and normal tessellation result in 40.0 fps on average; the Schenker M504 was pretty much identical (40.2 fps).

3DMark 11 Performance
4286 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
79720 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
9502 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
2676 points
Help
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
GeForce GTX 850M (332.60)
4425 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire V5
GeForce GTX 850M (332.91)
4038 Points ∼8% -9%
HP Envy 15
GeForce GTX 850M (332.85)
3925 Points ∼8% -11%
Asus N551JK
GeForce GTX 850M (333.60)
4369 Points ∼9% -1%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M (332.35)
4402 Points ∼9% -1%
1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
GeForce GTX 850M (332.60)
4286 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire V5
GeForce GTX 850M (332.91)
3834 Points ∼12% -11%
HP Envy 15
GeForce GTX 850M (332.85)
3829 Points ∼12% -11%
Asus N551JK
GeForce GTX 850M (333.60)
4255 Points ∼14% -1%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M (332.35)
4270 Points ∼14% 0%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
GeForce GTX 850M (332.60)
3090 Points ∼8%
Acer Aspire V5
GeForce GTX 850M (332.91)
2954 Points ∼7% -4%
HP Envy 15
GeForce GTX 850M (332.85)
2798 Points ∼7% -9%
Asus N551JK
GeForce GTX 850M (333.60)
3054 Points ∼8% -1%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M (332.35)
3086 Points ∼8% 0%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
GeForce GTX 850M (332.60)
2676 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire V5
GeForce GTX 850M (332.91)
2506 Points ∼9% -6%
HP Envy 15
GeForce GTX 850M (332.85)
2391 Points ∼9% -11%
Asus N551JK
GeForce GTX 850M (333.60)
2675 Points ∼10% 0%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M (332.35)
2695 Points ∼10% +1%
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - 1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
GeForce GTX 850M (332.60)
40 fps ∼15%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M (332.35)
40.2 fps ∼15% +1%

Storage Solution

AS SSD benchmark
AS SSD benchmark

Our review unit is equipped with the 250 GB version of the Samsung SSD 840 EVO, which leaves a very good impression. Not every Solid State Drive can keep up with a sequential reading performance of 513 MB/s and a sequential writing performance of 470 MB/s. Small files are no problem for the mSATA drive, either. You also get low access times: 0.061 ms (Read) and 0.035 ms (Write) indicate modern technology.

Nexoc also includes a conventional hard drive for the M514. Seagate's ST500LT012-1DG142 manages almost 110 MB/s in CrystalDiskMark despite the average capacity (500 GB), which is pretty good for a drive with 5,400 revolutions per minute.

Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB mSATA
Sequential Read: 529.2 MB/s
Sequential Write: 492.7 MB/s
512K Read: 460.8 MB/s
512K Write: 353.1 MB/s
4K Read: 39.66 MB/s
4K Write: 112.2 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 392 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 296.9 MB/s

System Performance

The system performance can definitely live up to the expectations of multimedia users. The Nexoc M514 beats all the rivals with a PCMark 7 score of 5,451 points; Acer Aspire V5-573G and the Asus N551JK are more than 20% lower. Even notebooks that have SSDs instead of HDDs have a hard time in a direct comparison.

PCMark 7 Score
5451 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3426 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3861 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4071 points
Help
PCMark 7 - Score (sort by value)
Nexoc M514
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210M, Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB mSATA
5451 Points ∼63%
Acer Aspire V5
GeForce GTX 850M, 4210U, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3935 Points ∼46% -28%
HP Envy 15
GeForce GTX 850M, 4510U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZNTE256HMHP
5034 Points ∼59% -8%
Asus N551JK
GeForce GTX 850M, 4200H, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4131 Points ∼48% -24%
Schenker M504
GeForce GTX 850M, 4310M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
4969 Points ∼58% -9%

Gaming Performance

The GeForce GTX 850M is only suited for occasional gaming sessions when you look at all the benchmarks. Yes, some titles can actually be played smoothly with maximum details and 1920x1080 pixels (FIFA 15Alien: IsolationF1 2014, etc.), but more demanding titles like Ryse: Son of RomeAssassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 soon become too much for the components, which means you will have to live with 1600x900 or 1366x768 pixels and medium details.

"Real" gaming starts with the GeForce GTX 860, but enthusiasts should even look for a GTX 970M or GTX 980M. Still, the GTX 850M is a great all-round chip, especially since the Maxwell generation is very efficient (power consumption, heat, etc.).

One comment on the GPU driver: The preloaded version 332.60 has already been available for a couple of months at the time of the review. Dragon Age: Inquisition refused to start because of this.

low med. high ultra
Fifa 15 (2014) 149.3121.690.7fps
Alien: Isolation (2014) 105.681.643.530.1fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 52.739.719.217.9fps
The Evil Within (2014) 68.146.927.1fps
F1 2014 (2014) 115938567fps
Civilization: Beyond Earth (2014) 68.653.335.331.1fps
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (2014) 68.851.936.720.9fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 32.228.617.77.8fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 57.250.725.820.9fps
The Crew (2014) 52.742.829.417.9fps

Emissions

System Noise

One of the biggest drawbacks turns out to be the noise development. While the HP Envy 15 and the Asus N551JK reach 42 dB(A) on average in 3DMark06, we can measure between 45 and 49 dB(A) for the Nexoc M514, which is clearly perceptible without headphones and also annoying for many users. The Schenker M504 is also a bit quieter (~47 dB(A)) thanks to its slightly thicker construction. The best notebook among the comparison devices is the Acer Aspire V5-573G, where we could only measure 40 dB(A) even under maximum load. 

The noise development is not perfect while idling, either. Both the fan and the HDD are deactivated after a while, but the system can sometimes be pretty loud (35-45 dB(A)). Barebone manufacturer Clevo should definitely improve the fan control. Some rivals are clearly superior right now.

Nexoc M514
Acer Aspire V5
HP Envy 15
Asus N551JK
Schenker M504
Noise
16%
13%
8%
7%
off / environment *
Idle Minimum *
29.6
30
-1%
29.7
-0%
32.1
-8%
29.5
-0%
Idle Average *
30.8
30
3%
31
-1%
32.9
-7%
31
-1%
Idle Maximum *
44.8
30.6
32%
31
31%
33.7
25%
31.8
29%
Load Average *
49.3
39.7
19%
41.8
15%
42
15%
47.4
4%
Load Maximum *
53.4
40
25%
43
19%
44.8
16%
53
1%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.6 / 30.8 / 44.8 dB(A)
HDD
30.8 dB(A)
DVD
36.8 / dB(A)
Load
49.3 / 53.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

The temperatures are not first-class, either. The cooling solution is at the left side of the case, so the warming of the M514 is very uneven. Up to 48 °C at the top (WASD area) and up to 54 °C at the bottom (fan exhaust) are only reached under maximum load, but you still have to live with increased temperatures during 3D tasks. Except for the Acer Aspire V5-573G, all the rivals are more than 10% cooler.

There is not that much criticism for the Nexoc while idling. Almost 29 °C at the top and 27 °C at the bottom are no problem at all. Only the palm rest could be a bit cooler for our taste.

The temperatures in the stress test show that the hardware is working at its limits. After maximum load for one hour, the Core i5-4210M levels off at 90 °C (according to CPUID HWMonitor). The GeForce GTX 850M did not get quite that warm with 78 °C – despite the maximum Turbo utilization.

Nexoc M514
Acer Aspire V5
HP Envy 15
Asus N551JK
Schenker M504
Heat
2%
17%
22%
10%
Maximum Upper Side *
47.8
52.3
-9%
44.2
8%
39.4
18%
39.4
18%
Maximum Bottom *
53.9
50.2
7%
43
20%
37.6
30%
41.2
24%
Idle Upper Side *
34.6
31.3
10%
28.2
18%
28.7
17%
34.2
1%
Idle Bottom *
34.1
33.9
1%
27.3
20%
26.1
23%
35.9
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Max. Load
 42.6 °C
109 F
42.3 °C
108 F
30.5 °C
87 F
 
 47.8 °C
118 F
47.5 °C
118 F
30.8 °C
87 F
 
 45.2 °C
113 F
43.4 °C
110 F
28.9 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 47.8 °C = 118 F
Average: 39.9 °C = 104 F
30.2 °C
86 F
40.3 °C
105 F
53.9 °C
129 F
31.8 °C
89 F
40.3 °C
105 F
49.8 °C
122 F
29.4 °C
85 F
39.9 °C
104 F
43.8 °C
111 F
Maximum: 53.9 °C = 129 F
Average: 39.9 °C = 104 F
Power Supply (max.)  55.7 °C = 132 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-900
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.9 °C / 104 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 47.8 °C / 118 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 53.9 °C / 129 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °C / 88 F.
(-) The palmrests and touchpad can get very hot to the touch with a maximum of 45.2 °C / 113.4 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (-16 °C / -28.8 F).

Speakers

Unfortunately, the sound system cannot keep up with the quality of the display. You will probably be disappointed with the stereo speakers, even if your expectations were not that high to begin with. Music, movies and games also do not sound very balanced because of the missing subwoofer. The precision is not very good, either, and the maximum volume is only sufficient for smaller rooms.

In short: We definitely recommend external speakers or a headset. You should adjust the Sound Blaster Cinema 2 software if you have to use the notebook speakers. We do not know why the application was not preinstalled on our review unit.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The power consumption is much lower compared to a real gaming notebook. 54-71 Watts in the first sequence of 3DMark06 and up to 96 Watts during our stress test are no problem for the power adaptor. If you do not stress the device and Nvidia's Optimus technology switches to the HD Graphics 4600, the 15-inch notebook only consumes 8-17 Watts. All in all, the results remind us of the Asus N55JK. Even more frugal are the Acer Aspire V5-573G and the HP Envy 15 (both ULV processors).

Nexoc M514
Acer Aspire V5
HP Envy 15
Asus N551JK
Schenker M504
Power Consumption
9%
25%
-0%
-17%
Idle Minimum *
8.3
7.2
13%
5.3
36%
8.6
-4%
11.2
-35%
Idle Average *
12.6
11.3
10%
9.8
22%
12
5%
15.2
-21%
Idle Maximum *
16.5
17.4
-5%
9.9
40%
13
21%
17.2
-4%
Load Average *
63
54
14%
60.4
4%
72.2
-15%
72.6
-15%
Load Maximum *
96.2
85.9
11%
72.1
25%
104
-8%
106.4
-11%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 1.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 8.3 / 12.6 / 16.5 Watt
Load midlight 63 / 96.2 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

Maximum battery runtime (Reader's Test)
Reader's Test
Minimum battery runtime (Classic Test)
Classic Test

The battery runtimes do not have to hide behind the rivals. 2.5 hours in the Battery Eater Classic Test for the Nexoc M514 is more than twice as long as the HP Envy 15 and the Asus N551JK.

The Reader's Test, which simulates an ideal scenario, only determines an average result. More than 5 hours is managed by all comparison devices. The Acer Aspire V5-573G even lasts for more than 10 hours. Watching a DVD with the maximum brightness is possible for around 4 hours. A wireless web browsing session lasts for around 4.5 hours (medium brightness).

Nexoc M514
Acer Aspire V5
HP Envy 15
Asus N551JK
Schenker M504
Battery Runtime
41%
0%
-5%
-6%
Reader / Idle
316
624
97%
507
60%
436
38%
316
0%
WiFi
278
346
24%
249
-10%
271
-3%
244
-12%
Load
154
159
3%
77
-50%
76
-51%
146
-5%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 16min
WiFi Surfing
4h 38min
DVD
4h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 34min

Verdict

Nexoc M514
Nexoc M514

Despite some drawbacks in respect to the input devices, the port variety and the fan behavior, the Nexoc M514 still gets an overall rating of 79%. The high-contrast IPS panel and the powerful mainstream hardware result in a real 15-inch all-rounder. A weight of 2.45 kilograms also ensures stress-free transport. In combination with the matte display surface you get good outdoor capabilities

Another advantage is the comfortable maintenance; it is no problem to open the device and you can remove the battery from the outside. If you are looking for a nice design that is not too playful, the WA50SJQ chassis is the right choice.

In the end it is not enough for a top position among multimedia notebooks. With a quieter fan and a better sound, the rating would have at least been on a level with the Acer Aspire V5-573G (82%) or HP Envy 15 (81%), respectively.

Note: The Clevo homepage already indicates that the chassis will be available with the GTX 960M soon.

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Nexoc M514. Test model courtesy of NEXOC.
Nexoc M514. Test model courtesy of NEXOC.

Specifications

Nexoc M514
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M - 2048 MB, Core: 902 MHz, Memory: 2000 MHz, DDR3, ForceWare 332.60, Optimus
Memory
8192 MB 
, 2x 4 GB SO-DIMM DDR3-RAM PC3-12800 (1600 MHz), 2 of 2 slots occupied, up to 16 GB
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, AU Optronics B156HAN01.2 (AUO12ED), IPS, Full HD, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Samsung SSD 840 EVO 250GB mSATA, 250 GB 
, + Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142, 500 GB HDD, 5400 rpm. Slots: 1x mSATA & 1x 2.5-inch
Soundcard
VIA VT1802P @ Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Card Reader: MMC,RSMMC,SD,Mini SD,SDHC,SDXC
Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SU-208DB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 30 x 376 x 261 ( = 1.18 x 14.8 x 10.28 in)
Battery
62 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V, WA50BAT-6, 6 cells, 334 g
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 1.0 MP
Additional features
Speakers: 2.0 (Sound Blaster Cinema 2), Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Power adaptor: 120 Watts, Quick-start guide, 2 driver DVDs (Windows 7 & 8), Microsoft Office 365 Trial, 24-36 Months Warranty
Weight
2.454 kg ( = 86.56 oz / 5.41 pounds), Power Supply: 436 g ( = 15.38 oz / 0.96 pounds)
Price
1372 Euro

 

The chassis is partly made of aluminum.
The chassis is partly made of aluminum.
Some surfaces are texturized.
Some surfaces are texturized.
Three centimeters is not too thick.
Three centimeters is not too thick.
The maximum opening angle is okay.
The maximum opening angle is okay.
A large maintenance hatch is on the bottom.
A large maintenance hatch is on the bottom.
The device is not perfect for left-handers (fan exhaust & port variety).
The device is not perfect for left-handers (fan exhaust & port variety).
It is easier to use a mouse on the right side.
It is easier to use a mouse on the right side.
All components can be accessed.
All components can be accessed.
This includes the fan,...
This includes the fan,...
...the memory slots and the processor,...
...the memory slots and the processor,...
...the graphics card,...
...the graphics card,...
...the mSATA slot and the wireless module,...
...the mSATA slot and the wireless module,...
...as well as the 2.5-inch bay.
...as well as the 2.5-inch bay.
The battery can be attached at the back.
The battery can be attached at the back.
Nexoc equips the M514 with a configuration sticker and security information.
Nexoc equips the M514 with a configuration sticker and security information.
On the cover is a logo from the manufacturer.
On the cover is a logo from the manufacturer.
The sound is pretty weak without Sound Blaster Cinema.
The sound is pretty weak without Sound Blaster Cinema.
The webcam takes pictures with 1.0 MP.
The webcam takes pictures with 1.0 MP.
Next to the power button are three status indicators.
Next to the power button are three status indicators.
The chiclet keyboard does not have an illumination.
The chiclet keyboard does not have an illumination.
However, the layout is good.
However, the layout is good.
The number of ports is sufficient.
The number of ports is sufficient.
You also get an optical drive.
You also get an optical drive.
The build quality is average.
The build quality is average.
Most of the ports are on the left side.
Most of the ports are on the left side.
Underneath the status LEDs is a card reader.
Underneath the status LEDs is a card reader.
Battery with a capacity of 62 Wh.
Battery with a capacity of 62 Wh.
The power adaptor is specified with 120 Watts.
The power adaptor is specified with 120 Watts.

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Pros

+Power-efficient hardware
+Individual configurations
+Usable battery runtimes
+Good all-round performance
+Comfortable maintenance
+Optical drive
+No bloatware
+Nice design
+IPS panel
 

Cons

-Inconvenient port layout
-Fan sometimes pretty audible
-Mediocre sound quality
-No keyboard illumination
-Mediocre WLAN performance
-Clickpad with issues

Shortcut

What we like

The IPS panel can convince us in almost every respect.

What we'd like to see

A conventional touchpad would be nice.

What surprises us

Clevo's fan control is once again inconvenient.

The competition

15-inch all-round notebooks with a GTX 850M like the Acer Aspire V5-573G, Asus N551JK, HP Envy 15 or Schenker M504.

Rating

Nexoc M514 - 02/14/2015 v4(old)
Florian Glaser

Chassis
74 / 98 → 76%
Keyboard
71%
Pointing Device
69%
Connectivity
68 / 81 → 84%
Weight
60 / 20-67 → 85%
Battery
85%
Display
88%
Games Performance
89 / 85 → 100%
Application Performance
86 / 92 → 93%
Temperature
74%
Noise
61 / 95 → 64%
Audio
50%
Average
73%
79%
Multimedia - Weighted Average
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Florian Glaser, 2015-02-19 (Update: 2018-05-15)
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