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Clevo’s W860CU

AVADirect's W860CU: Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Vs. GeForce GTX 285M
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At a moderately hefty 7.7 lbs. without accessories, size is the only real concession the W860CU makes towards portability. Its 15.6” “True HD” 1920x1080 TFT display still displays most of the detail of competing 17” models and it does weigh slightly less.

A 2.0 megapixel webcam is well-hidden at the panel’s top edge, perfect for videoconferencing and video message recording.

Like many other high-end notebooks, the W860CU offers fingerprint identification for logging in.

The full-size keyboard isn’t backlit, and the activity lights above it aren’t distractingly bright. A full numeric keypad is part of the W860CU experience

In addition to the onboard speakers are headphone and digital outputs, plus microphone and line-level inputs. The right edge also provides a single USB 2.0 port, an ExpressCard slot, eSATA, and a DVI-I video connection.     

An RJ11 modem jack, a USB 2.0 port, a mini IEEE-1394 port, an MMC/SD/MS flash media interface with a deceptively color-matched rubber cover, and a Blu-ray combo drive are on the left edge. AVADirect offers less-expensive optical drive alternatives, if desired.

The W860CU rear panel provides a Kensington Lock hole, HDMI, two USB 2.0 ports, a power-input connector, and an RJ45 network jack. Already disappointed by the presence of only four total USB ports, this editor also would have preferred to see the DVI connector on the rear edge, rather than on the right side.

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    ksampanna , 15 May 2010 17:13
    I must say I was under the impression that mobility graphic cards are similarly specced versions of their desktop counterparts & perform the same. Thanks to AVADirect & Toms for making me aware of my ignorance.
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    tranzz , 15 May 2010 23:09
    Dirt 2 the full game has the benchmark feature at the bottom of the graphics options. You say it dosn't but I have double checked. Only diff is I run under XP.
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    Silmarunya , 15 May 2010 23:54
    ksampannaI must say I was under the impression that mobility graphic cards are similarly specced versions of their desktop counterparts & perform the same. Thanks to AVADirect & Toms for making me aware of my ignorance.


    Simple logic was enough to figure out it isn't the case. A Radeon 5870 is 11 inches long, way larger than you can fit in a laptop. It generates significantly more heat than a laptop can possibly dissipate. And the big one: a laptop has to be able to run on a battery at least for a while. It can't power a desktop graphics card for any length of time...
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    eriko , 20 May 2010 08:47
    I'd love to see the industry forced not to be able to name COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HARDWARE - ie.e graphic cards for laptops and desktops, via the same name.

    'tis common sense.
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    Anonymous , 20 May 2010 22:26
    why? It's built on the same architecture. Thought it would be pretty obvious it's going to be a mild alternative considering the space it has to fit in. Portable gaming should be left to ignorant people anyway. Buy a DS
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    Anonymous , 30 May 2010 01:52
    I didn't see a mention of the max resolution of the two cards, the 5870 is the only of the two cards that can drive a 30" screen at 2560x1600 which is why i'm considering an upgrade.
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    Anonymous , 30 May 2010 01:53
    I didn't see a mention of the max resolution of the two cards, the 5870 is the only of the two cards that can drive a 30" screen at 2560x1600 which is why i'm considering an upgrade.