LCD Redux

The Clevo X7200 we received for testing uses the same HannStar Display HSD173PUW1 found in 17.3" notebooks like the W870CU, W880CU, and ASUS G73Jh. This is an older LCD using CCFL backlighting, but the good news is you get a great contrast ratio. The not so good news is that the maximum brightness isn't as high as the latest LED backlit displays. We ran the X7200 through our display tests just to confirm there's no major differences from previously tested LCDs (i.e. the G73Jh).

Laptop LCD Quality - Contrast

Laptop LCD Quality - White

Laptop LCD Quality - Black

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Accuracy

Laptop LCD Quality - Color Gamut

No surprises here: the G73Jh and X7200 results are extremely similar, and any differences we can chalk up to minor variations between panels. The G73 had slightly better color accuracy while the X7200 has a higher contrast ratio. Both have similar gamuts and maximum brightness. While the contrast ratio is lower, the Dell Precision M6500 is easily the best looking panel of this selection. Some will complain that high color gamut displays make images look oversaturated, but I'll take that over the undersaturated 58% gamuts any day of the week. Of course, the RGB LED panels also cost more, but since the X7200 is a premium product we'd appreciate it if Clevo added a truly premium display as opposed to using last year's offerings. (Note that the HannStar panel isn't listed on their site as a current product anymore, likely because it was discontinued a while back.)

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  • CharonPDX - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    My Macintosh Portable weighs 16 pounds. It's a monster. A gigantic behemoth.

    This thing weights almost as much. And once you include the power bricks, it's probably a tossup.

    And whaddaya know, they're pretty close to the same physical size, too! The Macintosh Portable is 15.25" wide, so this thing is an inch wider; the Macintosh Portable is 14.83" deep, so this thing is 3.5" narrower, but this also has 2" less thickness. (4" for the Portable.)

    Although the Macintosh Portable came with a 2 pound lead acid battery that could run it for nearly 10 hours... Or nearly 1400% the battery life of this new behemoth.
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  • MeTechE - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    A bit heavy on the memes here, eh? Otherwise an excellent review, what an outrageous notebook... Reply
  • CharonPDX - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    I mean, with that little battery life, it's just a glorified UPS, as you call it.

    Why not just go for a dual-socket briefcase computer with a full-blown desktop video card in it? http://www.nextcomputing.com/products/mobile-works...

    Their website doesn't list their latest models. While at Intel, I played with one that had dual Xeon L5530s in it, and a GeForce GTX 280. (The fastest GPU available at the time.)

    Now you could throw in two 6-core L5640s and a GTX 480 or Radeon 5970. And with its 520W power supply, you could *POSSIBLY* go with a Crossfired pair of 5870s.
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  • yelped - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Isn't X59 under Chipset a Typo? Reply
  • yelped - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Spotted another one. Under the specifications it says that the USB 3.0 ports are on the right side, a few paragraphs later it states that they are on the left side.

    I don't mean to nitpick, just making it look more professional for those who will read it later.
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  • JarredWalton - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Thanks, no problem with the corrections. Got the sides switched in the table. :-) Reply
  • my_body_is_ready - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Choose one Reply
  • SteelCity1981 - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Really Clevo, only a 9 cell Battery? At least throw in a 12 cell battery for how much this thing cost. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Friday, October 08, 2010 - link

    And that would change what except price?

    MrS
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  • jed22281 - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    So who's getting their wallet out?
    Pics or it didn't happen!!! :)
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