We're in the midst of updating all of our "best of" guides for the holiday season, and we've already covered what is likely the most popular category: Budget Laptops. Some of what we said there also applies to gaming laptops, and our budget gaming recommendations in particular will be rehashed here, along with any other potential candidates. But here we'll also be looking at higher performance offerings that can handle all of the latest games, perhaps even at maximum details. To be clear, not everyone needs or even wants a gaming laptop, and the presence of a discrete graphics chip pretty much requires that laptops include better cooling, which means they're also likely to weigh more and be bulkier. However, where other laptops can do...

AVADirect's Clevo P170HM with GeForce GTX 485M: High-End You've Been Waiting For

When we reviewed the Clevo W880CU and, by extension, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 480M, we were perplexed. Certainly NVIDIA had reclaimed the mobile graphics crown and no one could dispute...

28 by Dustin Sklavos on 2/28/2011

AVADirect Clevo X7200: Six Cores, SSD RAID, and GTX 480M SLI Yields World's Fastest DTR Notebook

The march of progress is inevitable, with faster computers constantly replacing last year's top performing parts. Clevo is a company with a heavy focus on Desktop Replacement (DTR) notebooks...

39 by Jarred Walton on 10/7/2010

Who Says Bigger Isn't Better? Clevo X7200 with 480M SLI Available from AVADirect

When we looked at NVIDIA's 480M with its 100W TDP, we were curious how long it would take for notebook manufacturers to deal with the power requirements that two...

33 by Jarred Walton on 9/24/2010

Fermi Goes Mobile: AVADirect's Clevo W880CU with GTX 480M

Ever wonder what a $3,000 notebook looks like? NVIDIA's first DirectX 11-capable GPU makes its way into notebooks to reclaim the fastest mobile graphics crown from AMD, starting with...

47 by Dustin Sklavos on 7/7/2010

Mobile Buyers' Guide: 14" and Larger Notebooks and DTRs

The back-to-school season is coming and refreshed product lines are already starting to appear on store shelves. Intel's dual-core Arrandale processors continue to dominate in terms of raw performance...

64 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/30/2010

Clevo W880CU with GTX 480M now Shipping from AVADirect

NVIDIA announced their foray into mobile DX11 parts last month with the GTX 480M. No longer content to use older desktop designs optimized for lower power draws, the 480M...

7 by Jarred Walton on 6/28/2010

AVADirect's Clevo W860CU: Mobility 5870 vs. GTX 285M

Who makes the fastest mobile GPUs right now? That question can be a bit tricky to answer, since getting identical laptops other than the GPU is difficult at best...

32 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/3/2010

The Highest-End Notebooks, 2009

Unlike desktops, it's not currently possible to get a notebook that wins every benchmark, but we have three of the fastest currently available notebooks and we'll show you where...

56 by Jarred Walton on 10/14/2009

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