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Nexoc M731III (Clevo W670RBQ) (i5, 940M) Notebook Review

Sebastian Jentsch, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 12/14/2015

45-watt processor. Nexoc is one of the first suppliers to offer a 45-watt Skylake i5. Of course, we will take a closer look at it. The i5 can even surpass the 6700HQ at times. More details can be found here.

For the original German review, see here.

We had Nexoc's 17-inch device on our desk during October. At the time, it was designed for performance with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M and Intel Core i7-6700HQ (2.6 GHz). See the short review Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ) (i7, GTX 950M).

Now we take a peek behind the scenes of the "small" model with a GeForce 940M and i5-6440HQ (2.6 GHz). For the first time, we have the latter in our tests. It is a 45-watt quad-core model. The SoC with HD Graphics 530 will certainly be found in many high-performance 15 and 17 inch laptops in future, not excluding premium range workstations and gaming laptops.

Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce 940M - 2048 MB, Core: 1072 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, ForceWare 354.00, Optimus HD Graphics 530
Memory
8192 MB 
, 1x8GB DDR3 PC 1866 Kingston HyperX single-channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1600 x 900 pixel, TN, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB, 250 GB 
, and 1 TB Hitachi HTS7210 7200
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: headphones, microphone, Card Reader: 9-in-1 (MMC, RSMMC,SD, MINI SD, SDHC, SDXC, MS, MS PRO, MS DUO)
Networking
Realtek RTL8168B/8111B Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208FB
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37.2 x 413 x 272 ( = 1.46 x 16.26 x 10.71 in)
Battery
49 Wh Lithium-Ion, removeable, 6 cells
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2MP FHD
Additional features
Speakers: 2 speakers, Sound Blaster Cinema, Keyboard: 6 cells, Keyboard Light: yes, power supply 120W output 19.5V 6.15A, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
3.1 kg ( = 109.35 oz / 6.83 pounds), Power Supply: 446 g ( = 15.73 oz / 0.98 pounds)
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DACH
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

Rigid casing, ...
Rigid casing, ...
... but with surfaces susceptible to scratches ...
... and useful keyboard.
Left: VGA d-Sub, Ethernet RJ45, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI (no eSATA as in screenshot!)
Right: Dedicated microphone and headphone jack, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, DVD multi-burner, Kensington
232
cd/m²
222
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
232
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
223
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 269 cd/m² Average: 240.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 232 cd/m²
Contrast: 258:1 (Black: 0.9 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 14.36 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2
ΔE Greyscale 16.07 | 0.64-98 Ø6.4
74% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 48% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
43 (23, 20, Plateau)
Response Time Black / White *
26 (7, 19, Plateau)
PWM Frequency
Screen
60%
74%
56%
65%
Brightness middle
232
350
51%
344
48%
329.7
42%
314
35%
Brightness
240
328
37%
322
34%
316
32%
294
23%
Brightness Distribution
83
86
4%
88
6%
90
8%
87
5%
Black Level *
0.9
0.36
60%
0.3
67%
0.5
44%
0.33
63%
Contrast
258
972
277%
1147
345%
659
155%
952
269%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
14.36
10.17
29%
4.8
67%
4.14
71%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
16.07
11.58
28%
4.91
69%
2.8
83%
Gamma
2 110%
2.46 89%
2.37 93%
3.19 69%
CCT
18685 35%
12936 50%
6796 96%
6540 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
48
60
25%
55
15%
56
17%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
74
96
30%
84
14%
85
15%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
60% / 60%
74% / 74%
56% / 56%
65% / 65%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 7 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 46 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
43 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 23 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 59 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (40.7 ms).

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Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.


CalMAN ColorChecker - high DeltaE
CalMAN ColorChecker - high DeltaE
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps - strong shifts
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps - strong shifts
CalMAN Grayscale - heavy bluish tint
CalMAN Grayscale - heavy bluish tint
AdobeRGB color space: 48 %
AdobeRGB color space: 48 %
sRGB color space: 74 %
sRGB color space: 74 %
 

Performance

Stress test: throttles to 1.6 GHz in Prime95+FurMark
Stress test: throttles to 1.6 GHz in Prime95+FurMark

Intel's Core i5-6440HQ can clock at 2.6 to 3.5 GHz. In the multi-core tests it is 66% behind the i7-6700HQ; the difference is considerably lower in the single-tests. The i5 sometimes can even outrun the 6700HQ as Cinebench R15 proves. That, however, depends on the device's cooling performance.

As for the single-core computing power, the i5 easily keeps up with the 45-watt models (Haswell, Skylake). One of the strongest 15-watt SoC, the i7-5600U, is outclassed by 31% (18% single-core).

The stress test causes obvious throttling to 1.6 GHz, which is a clear performance decrease. However, this is rather theoretical since such massive and lasting simultaneous CPU & GPU load will be very unlikely in practice.

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1.51 Points ∼62%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1.42 Points ∼58% -6%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
1.66 Points ∼68% +10%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.24 Points ∼51% -18%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
1.69 Points ∼69% +12%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
1.68 Points ∼69% +11%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1.3 Points ∼53% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.48 Points ∼61% -2%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
1.6 Points ∼66% +6%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1.56 Points ∼64% +3%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4.48 Points ∼17%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
7.45 Points ∼28% +66%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
6.81 Points ∼25% +52%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.75 Points ∼10% -39%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
7.48 Points ∼28% +67%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
7.49 Points ∼28% +67%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
3.22 Points ∼12% -28%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3.07 Points ∼11% -31%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
7.32 Points ∼27% +63%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
7.18 Points ∼27% +60%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
143 Points ∼66%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
131 Points ∼60% -8%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
149 Points ∼68% +4%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
108 Points ∼50% -24%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
146 Points ∼67% +2%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
149 Points ∼68% +4%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
108 Points ∼50% -24%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
131 Points ∼60% -8%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
117 Points ∼54% -18%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
135 Points ∼62% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
514 Points ∼12%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
586 Points ∼13% +14%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
619 Points ∼14% +20%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
247 Points ∼6% -52%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
680 Points ∼16% +32%
Medion Erazer X7841 Pre-Sample
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
677 Points ∼15% +32%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
292 Points ∼7% -43%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
279 Points ∼6% -46%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
676 Points ∼15% +32%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
661 Points ∼15% +29%
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5091 Points ∼47%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5404 Points ∼50% +6%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
5516 Points ∼51% +8%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4061 Points ∼37% -20%
Clevo P651RE
HD Graphics 530, 6700HQ
5093 Points ∼47% 0%
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4380 Points ∼40% -14%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4945 Points ∼46% -3%
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
5226 Points ∼48% +3%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6724
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
13998
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5091
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
30.83 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
4.48 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.51 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
39.54 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
514 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
143 Points
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System Performance


PCMark 7
Computation (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
14477 Points ∼51%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
15974 Points ∼56% +10%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
15900 Points ∼56% +10%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
10840 Points ∼38% -25%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
17491 Points ∼62% +21%
Productivity (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4887 Points ∼45%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4950 Points ∼45% +1%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
4970 Points ∼46% +2%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4313 Points ∼40% -12%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
1780 Points ∼16% -64%
Score (sort by value)
Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5427 Points ∼63%
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
5629 Points ∼66% +4%
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
6052 Points ∼70% +12%
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2780 Points ∼32% -49%
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
4518 Points ∼53% -17%
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
3571 Points ∼42% -34%
PCMark 7 Score
5427 points
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Storage Device


Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Sequential Read: 506.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 449.9 MB/s
512K Read: 415.9 MB/s
512K Write: 374.9 MB/s
4K Read: 46.75 MB/s
4K Write: 106.9 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 328.7 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 294.6 MB/s

Graphics Card


3DMark 11 Performance
2662 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
71504 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
7531 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1457 points
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Emissions & Energy

Noise Level

Idle
33.6 / 33.6 / 33.6 dB(A)
DVD
36.7 / dB(A)
Load
39.8 / 48.7 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1 Arta (15 cm distance)
Max. Load
 47.8 °C
118 F
50.6 °C
123 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 50.2 °C
122 F
48.3 °C
119 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
 35.5 °C
96 F
32 °C
90 F
24.3 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 50.6 °C = 123 F
Average: 37.9 °C = 100 F
23 °C
73 F
33.7 °C
93 F
48.9 °C
120 F
23.3 °C
74 F
31 °C
88 F
46.5 °C
116 F
19.7 °C
67 F
26 °C
79 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 48.9 °C = 120 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  69.4 °C = 157 F | Room Temperature 19.1 °C = 66 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.9 °C / 100 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 50.6 °C / 123 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.9 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 32.8 °C / 91 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 37.2 °C / 99 F.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-8.1 °C / -14.6 F).

Power Consumption


Nexoc M731III W670RBQ
GeForce 940M, 6440HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Nexoc M731III (W670RCQ)
GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Schenker XMG A706
GeForce GTX 960M, 6700HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2 250 GB
Acer Aspire E5-473G-59QT
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Nexoc M512 III W650RB (i3,940M)
GeForce 940M, 6100H, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
Lenovo ThinkPad T550
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Acer Aspire VN7-791G-79GT
GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ, Kingston RBU-SNS8100S3256GD
Alienware 15 (R9 M295X)
Radeon R9 M295X, 4710HQ, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-75JC3T0
Power Consumption
-24%
-9%
40%
-9%
62%
-47%
-60%
Idle Minimum *
11.3
9.9
12%
5.4
52%
4.6
59%
12.7
-12%
3
73%
7
38%
10
12%
Idle Average *
16.6
16.6
-0%
11
34%
6.3
62%
17.8
-7%
6
64%
16.5
1%
15
10%
Idle Maximum *
19
22.4
-18%
16.5
13%
8.8
54%
19.3
-2%
6.8
64%
26.1
-37%
28.2
-48%
Load Average *
40.9
81.4
-99%
77.8
-90%
43.3
-6%
53.9
-32%
24.3
41%
120
-193%
117.2
-187%
Load Maximum *
88.7
104
-17%
137.7
-55%
61.5
31%
80.5
9%
30.4
66%
129
-45%
165.1
-86%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.5 / 0.9 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 11.3 / 16.6 / 19 Watt
Load midlight 40.9 / 88.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Pros

+ individual configuration
+ extensive upgrade possibilities
+ backlit keyboard
+ high performance
+ SSD + HDD

Cons

- low-contrast HD+ display
- TN panel with limited viewing angles
- ports not positioned ideally
- high noise development during load
- sensitive, glossy finish
- poor sound

Verdict

In review: Nexoc M713 III (W670RBQ). Test model courtesy of Nexoc
In review: Nexoc M713 III (W670RBQ). Test model courtesy of Nexoc

Intel's Core i5-6440HQ is definitely a recommendable processor with a good price-performance ratio. The 6440HQ is quite a good choice where massive multi-core computing power where every second of calculating time does not really count. Therefore, the buyer can confidently opt for the lower priced i5 version, and not notice any losses in routine work.

Compared with that, the M731III (W670RBQ) is still an outdated chassis with weaknesses in noise development during load, a sensitive high-gloss finish and poor speakers. Nevertheless, the configuration will find its fans because Nexoc offers the hardware, composed of an i5, a 250 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD, a 940M as well as very good maintenance at a cheaper price than those offered by other mass producers.

The latter are also increasingly omitting 45-watt SoCs from their mainstream laptops, and at most install them in their high-end lineups: Acer, for example, in its Nitro Black Edition 792G, Asus in its N751JX series or MSI in its Prestige-PE-models.

We cannot recommend the outdated HD+ screen (TN) at all. Firstly, the coarse resolution is no longer appropriate for a 17-inch device and secondly, the contrast is low, the bluish tint is very prominent and the color shifts are too high. Here, a very fast processor and there an inferior mainstream panel - they simply do not fit together.

Nexoc M731III W670RBQ - 03/08/2016 v5
Sebastian Jentsch

Chassis
68 / 98 → 70%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
64%
Connectivity
45 / 81 → 55%
Weight
56 / 20-67 → 77%
Battery
Display
73%
Games Performance
65 / 85 → 77%
Application Performance
88 / 92 → 96%
Temperature
84%
Noise
76 / 95 → 80%
Audio
50%
Camera
38 / 85 → 44%
Average
65%
71%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sebastian Jentsch, 2015-12-14 (Update: 2018-05-15)