It seems with the launch of Intel’s Haswell processors and platform, notebook manufacturers are starting to focus on smaller devices without sacrificing a lot in the way of performance. We recently reviewed the Razer Blade, a 14-inch ultrathin laptop that’s still able to pack a quad-core Haswell processor (37W TDP i7-4702MQ) and GTX 765M into an extremely stylish chassis. Unfortunately, the Razer Blade let us down with the inclusion of a 1600x900 lower quality LCD. In a similar vein, I’m working on a review of MSI’s GE40, another 14-inch laptop with specs similar to the Razer Blade, again let down by a 1600x900 low quality LCD. Digital Storm will hopefully break that trend with their 13.3-inch VELOCE laptop.

Like the Razer Blade (the MSI GE40 uses the slightly slower GTX 760M), the VELOCE uses NVIDIA’s GTX 765M 2GB for graphics duty. Where it differs from the Razer Blade and GE40 is that it supports full voltage Haswell processors, not to mention it has a slightly smaller display size but ups the resolution to 1920x1080 – anti-glare no less! The full specifications are pretty impressive, and while it’s not as thin as the Razer Blade or GE40, it looks like we might finally have a no-compromise 13.3-inch gaming laptop. Digital Storm offers for customization options on their laptops, but here is one set of specifications for the VELOCE:

Digital Storm VELOCE Specifications
Processor Intel Core i7-4800MQ
(Quad-core 2.7-3.7GHz, 6MB L3, 22nm, 47W)
Chipset HM87
Memory 2x4GB DDR3-1600
Graphics GeForce GTX 765M 2GB
(768 cores, 850MHz + Boost 2.0, 4GHz GDDR5)

Intel HD Graphics 4600
(20 EUs at 400-1300MHz)
Display 13.3" Anti-Glare 16:9 1080p (1920x1080)
Storage 750GB 7200RPM HDD
8GB SSD cache
Optical Drive DVD-RW (?)
Networking 802.11n WiFi (Killer Wireless-N 1202)
(Dual-band 2x2:2 300Mbps capable)
Bluetooth 4.0 (Killer 1202)
Gigabit Ethernet
Battery/Power 6-cell, 11.1V, 5900mAh, 65Wh
90W Max AC Adapter
Left Side Headphone and Microphone
1 x USB 2.0
Exhaust Vent
Right Side 3 x USB 3.0
1 x Mini-HDMI
1 x VGA
Gigabit Ethernet
AC Power Connection
Kensington Lock
Operating System Windows 8 64-bit
Dimensions 1.26” (32mm) thick
Weight 4.6 lbs (2.09kg)
Pricing and Availability $1535 as configured
Available July 17, 2013

The press release notes that the VELOCE include support for two storage devices (mSATA and 2.5”), with optional RAID support. There’s also a spec sheet that mentions a DVD-RW drive, but the images don’t indicate where that drive would be located unless it’s an external option. We’re definitely excited to see more competition in the (reasonably) thin and light gaming laptop market, and while the VELOCE isn’t quite as thin as some of the other options, the performance and in particular the LCD may more than make up for that.

Digital Storm is currently in the process of revamping their entire notebook lineup, so the mobile section of their website consists of a countdown to July 17. We would assume there will also be additional notebooks announced at that time, or at least sometime in the near future. We have requested a review sample and we hope to be able to provide a full review in the future. The current price is about $300 more than the MSI GE40 (which includes a 128GB SSD), but VELOCE has a higher-end processor; it’s also about $300 less than the baseline Razer Blade. Hopefully the VELOCE can live up to our expectations and deliver a quality gaming experience in a reasonably portable package.

Source: Digital Storm PR

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  • lcmarrio - Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - link

    Specs look mostly good as is; but unless the ram's easily upgradable I'd strongly recommend 12+ GB for any new gaming notebook. Console ports expecting to have 8GB to work with are probably going to show up within the useful lifetime of any current generation gaming system; and the console's OS is almost certainly going to be much thinner than Windows + whatever you leave running in the background while gaming.
  • Jape32 - Thursday, July 18, 2013 - link

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  • EHRMike - Saturday, July 20, 2013 - link

    Is there any reason why they couldn't squeeze in a GTX 780M? Is it more a cooling or a voltage issue for the mini 14" or less form factor? As soon as they figure out how to get a GTX 780M in one I'm sold. Traveled enough with a 17" to know I don't really want to even travel with a 15".
  • AlexNT - Friday, July 26, 2013 - link

    Cooling. You'd at the very least need separate heatsink + double heatpipe assembly for both CPU and GPU and a dual or even quad fan setup.

    At that point you have no space left for a regular HDD/SSD in a sub 14" chassis. (For a good example refer to the Blade 14 internals.)

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