- Editor's Rating
- Great performance
- Loud fan
- Awkward palm rests
Quick TakeIt may not have the exciting specs of higher priced machines, but the AVADirect Clevo W230ST offers an easy-to-tote notebook with great performance at an affordable price point.
The AVADirect Clevo W230ST 13.3-inch gaming notebook received the Editors’ Choice Award from NotebookReview for its exceptional performance and portability at an attractive price. NBR called it “one of the most attractive portable gaming machines on the market,” noting it weights only 4.1 pounds, yet offers strong performance and is customizable. The notebook starts at $1,279 at the time of the review. The unit tested by NBR is priced at $1,566 at the time of the review.
The notebook has a black rubber lid and features a metallic casing that houses the front end of the display case, while the bottom half of the chassis is outfitted with durable plastic. NBR noted the device is both lightweight and durable and is easy to hold. It is 12.5 x 8.44 x 0.88 inches and weighs 4.1 pounds, making it one of the lighter gaming machines on the market. NBR also found it offers impressive durability, proving resilient to extreme pressure. In terms of ports, the Clevo W230ST offers a USB 2.0, headphone jack, microphone jack, power jack, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and thee USB 3.0 ports.
The Clevo W230St has a 12.3-inch LED LCD display with 165 dpi resolution and 307 nits brightness, which NBR noted produces crisp images ideal for watching media and reading text. The screen also offers robust color contrast and “pretty flexible viewing angles.” The notebook has two Onkyo speakers, which NBR found “offer decent sound levels” and “clear consistent audio,” however do lack some bass.
Incorporated into the Clevo W230ST is a Chiclet-style keyboard with LED backlighting. NBR noted key travel distance is decent and the keyboard offers strong responsive tactile feedback. NBR did find that the limited deck size can make using WASD controls “somewhat uncomfortable.” The notebook also has a modestly sized touchpad with dedicated mouse buttons. NBR found the touchpad works better than most gaming notebooks with quick response times, no noticeable lag and consistent accuracy.
The Clevo runs on a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics with 2GB of DDR5. It also has integrated Intel Graphics HD 4000, a 16GB DDR3, 128GB SSD and 750 GB HDD. NBR found the notebook’s high-end specs and strong performance to be the most notable reasons to buy the machine. Standard web and word processing functions are no challenge for the notebook, while more demanding Office tasks are also handled easily, as is multi-tasking. The high-end graphics make the device perfect for editing HD movies and paying most games on the market with high graphical fidelity. However, NBR does not some games will still prove to be too much for the machine, although users can play more demanding titles like Crysis 3 at lower settings.
NBR found the Clevo to be loud, noting the fan revs up at all times, although the device does remain relatively cool. The Clevo lasted two hours and 45 minutes in stringent NBR tests, which NBR notes is a strong battery life, beating our the Alienware 14, although coming in slightly behind the Razer Blade.
Overall, NBR was more than impressed with the AVADirect Clevo W230ST, giving it the Editors’ Choice award for offering great performance at an affordable price. NBR was impressed with the performance, affordability and portability of the device, but was a bit disappointed in the small palm rests and loudness of the fan.