Summary: Radeon Powerhouse. In this review update, the Clevo P150EM barebones takes the form of a Eurocom Racer 2.0 complete with one of the fastest quad-Core Ivy Bridge processors and the top-of-the-line AMD Pitcairn GPU. Is this Radeon core a wiser option than the equivalent Nvidia offering?
Pros: High-end hardware and performance all-around, 3x video-out ports, Excellent matte display performance, Little to no bloatware, Illuminated keyboard with numerous color options, Good keyboard and responsive touchpad, mSATA support, Excellent balance between chassis quality, size, and specs. The style gives off a more professional feel than does the flashy and often pretentious chassis of the Alienware series.
Cons: Extremely poor graphics driver support at time of review, Low battery life, High system noise, Small touchpad, Bulky power adapter, The ability to disable Enduro at will can go a long way in improving gaming performance and reliability. Otherwise, gaming performance will continue to be a mixed bag until official drivers improve. Users are better off configuring the Racer 2.0 with an Nvidia GPU for better stability. Unfortunately, the GeForce equivalent of the HD 7970M...
Summary: For $3,348, the Eurocom Racer 2.0 is one tricked-out gaming notebook/desktop replacement that delivers solid performance and graphics with a matte display. However, its short battery life and somewhat plain chassis give us pause. To keep things in perspective, the Alienware M17x costs $700 less, but offers a sleeker design, comparable performance, longer battery life and sweeter backlighting features.
Review Eurocom Racer Gaming-Notebook (2720QM / HD 6970M)
12 March 2011
Summary: A New Challenger. The Canadian manufacturer, Eurocom, is the first to combine a speedy Intel Sandy Bridge processor with a powerful AMD Radeon HD 6970M, housed within the 15.6" P150HM barebone. The big question in the air is, of course, whether this duo can measure up to Nvidia's flagship graphics card, the Geforce GTX 485M?
Pros: Convenient Port Placement, Lots of Ports, Very Customizable, Great Application Performance, Very Good Gaming Performance, Rubberized Case Surfaces, Low Case Temp, High-Quality Display, Blu-Ray Drive, Simple Design, Good Keyboard, The high-quality display is a big plus.
Cons: Scratch-Prone Display Frame, Loud System Noise, Case Not Too Sturdy, Short Battery Life, Bulky Power Supply, Quieter performance under heavy use.