Specifications and thoughts
|Novatech Centrino 2 X20mv Pro|
|Processor||Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 1,066MHz FSB, dual-core)|
|Motherboard||Clevo M720T (Intel GM45 + ICH9M)|
|Memory||2GB (2x 1GB) PC5300|
|Hard disk(s)||Hitachi 200GB, 5,400RPM, 8MB cache|
|Display/TFT||12.1in WXGA (1,280x800)|
|Graphics hardware||Intel GM45 IGP X4500MHD (IGP)|
|Optical drive||TSST SN-S083A DVD, including dual-layer support|
|Sound||Realtek HD audio|
|Networking hardware||1x 10/100/1000, Realtek RTL8168C PCIe Ethernet
Realtek RTL8187B 802.11 b/g WiFi
|Ports and connectors||3x USB2.0, VGA, ExpressCard54, RJ45
Mic-in, headphone-out, S/PDIF-out
|Operating system||Windows Vista Home Premium SP1, 32-bit|
|Notable extras||Built-in card-reader (SD, MMC, MS, MSPro, xD)
|Weight||1.93kg with supplied battery.|
|Battery||4-cell, 2,400mAh (35WHr)
|Dimensions||299mm x 219mm x 35.7mm (W x D x H)
|Warranty||One year as standard.|
|Price||£599, including VAT and delivery|
Novatech is better-known as an etailer of computer parts and consequently doesn't have the buying power of, say, Toshiba and Dell. That's why most small system integrators opt for a basic Clevo notebook chassis, complete with innards, and then build up the rest themselves, thereby offering a number of different SKUs based around one design.
The X20mv Pro is a case in point, being a thin-and-light laptop that ships with a 12.1in screen. The underlying technology is mainly Centrino 2, comprising of the newest iteration of Core 2 Duo chips and GM45 motherboard, and with integrated graphics.
The sample machine is equipped with a speedy Mobile Core 2 Duo P8400 (2.26GHz, 3MB L2 cache, 1,066MHz FSB) processor but options exist to upgrade this to either a P8600 (2.4GHz, 3MB L2, 1,066MHz FSB) or T9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB L2, 800MHz FSB) for £47 and £82.25, respectively. The base performance is enough for most, we reckon.
The new chipset, GM45, brings with it an upgraded graphics core - X4500MHD - that's capable of helping decode high-definition content and providing DX10-class graphics. It's in direct competition with AMD's mobile Puma offering, of course.
Our first bone of contention comes with the 2GB of DDR2 memory. Ideally, this should be DDR2-800MHz rather than 667MHz, but Novatech charges you £23.50 to upgrade it - about the cost of the RAM itself.
The sub-2kg notebook packs in an industry-standard 12.1in WXGA screen and a reasonable 200GB hard drive from Hitachi. Due to spatial restrictions a smaller-than-normal optical drive is used, and the option exists for substituting it for a Blu-ray-supporting model for an extra £176 - ouch! Blu-ray wouldn't make all that sense here, really, given the native resolution.
A small chassis dictates that the shipping battery provides only 35WHrs, and there's no option to purchase a larger-capacity model at the time of sale.
The quoted price of £599 includes Windows Vista Premium SP1 but one can also buy it without an operating system, saving £70. A full range of options can be found here.
The Novatech X20mv Pro, then, is a thin-and-light notebook that packs in a high-performance CPU and reasonably good integrated graphics. The asking price, too, isn't prohibitive, so let's take a visual look.