Clevo D900t laptop (aka Alienware m7700)
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Posted: 21/04/2008 7:04 PM
At a glance:
A Desktop relacement 17 inch laptop which is the no-name version of Alienware and other (eurocom) brand name high end laptop are based on. It was purchased almost 3 years ago for $3500
Fastest laptop of its time.
Abilty to play games at good resolutions
Easy to move around (compared to desktop)
Terrible battery life (<less than 1 hour)
Heavy 6kg + 1kg power adapter
Multiple HDD failures
3.2ghz pentium 4
2x 80gb HDD (raid 0 or 1)
nvidia 6600gs mobile video card
17" screen (1650x1080)
4xusb, firewire, 1gbit LAN, webcam, multi-card reader
headphone, SPDIF, microphone, good quality speakers
The Clevo D900T desktop replacement laptop was the fastest laptop around in 2005 and remains a highly useable today. It does this via the use of a desktop processor and at the cost of high heat production and weight for a laptop. When it initially came out the only processor available was the pentium 4 which is now fabled for its high power and heat output.
The clevo's performance excelled through its life, it managed to play F.E.A.R. at good frame rates on medium settings and now runs two monitors with multiple programs running and not displaying any lag or hangtime on a fully updated windows XP system.
You shouldn't really be looking to get this computer if you plan to move it very often. It is too heavy and hot to place on your lap. It will make your shoulder sore with any extended carrying (and is too heavy to take as hand luggage on airplane's should they check). The battery lasted just under an hour the first time I used it fully charged and within a year this was under 30 minutes. It is however not really designed to be used in that capacity. It strength is being able to pack it up easily on the odd occasion you need you computer elsewhere (LAN parties, visiting the in-laws whose TV is smaller than the clevo screen)
Under minmal stress the fans will fire up delivering a fairly loud, high pitch whirl that distracts in the quiet moments of a movie. The D900T has been bulletproof reliability wise except for one area(which may not be it fault) The original two samsung HDD developed multiple bad sectors after about a year, prompting me to to replace them with two new samsung ones. One of these (containing the OS ) once again went bad another year late. It was replaced with a WD HDD and there have been no problems since. On the positive side replacing the HDD was as easy as it is in a Desktop.
Overall the Clevo D900T did a very good job at what it promised, that is to provide maximum performance in something approaching laptop form factor. If you need a laptop with maximum performance, will have a power point handy and only need to move it around occasionally then a desktop replacement laptop is for you.
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