- Editor's Rating
- Top notch performance
- Surprising portability
- Solid display
- Inconsistent touchpad
- Bland design
Quick TakeThe fully upgraded Eurocom X3 offers top-notch performance, but users will find a better deal with the machine's more affordable builds.
The Eurocom X3 (Clevo P157SM) is a gaming notebook. The Eurcom X3 uses the Clevo P157SM barebones housing model, giving the notebook a bulky look, but that doesn’t hide the top-notch performance the machine offers. However, while the base-price of the notebook is $1,467 at the time of the review, to configure the Eurocom X3 for high-end performance, users can expect to pay more than $3,000 for the machine.
The gaming notebook has a box-like minimalistic design and is made of a mix of rubber and plastic. The plastic chassis creates a sturdy build, but NotebookReview found some build-quality issues. For instance, the display flexed slightly when pressure was applied, and there was noticeable rippling on the screen.
The device is 14.25 x 10 x 1.43 inches and weighs 7.8 pounds, which NBR noted makes it more portable than many other gaming devices. In terms of ports, the Eurocom X3 offers a power jack, DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, mini ieee1934a, e-SATA/USB 3.0 combo, 9-in-1 card reader, USB 2.0, Line-in, S/PDIF-Out, mic, headphone and an optical Blu-ray Drive. The machine also has a biometric fingerprint scanner, which NBR said “proved beneficial.”
NBR found the 15.6-inch matte LED backlit display with 141 dpi resolution produces crisp, clear images with robust color contrast, which is great for playing games. NBR also noted text reads well on the screen. The display provides generous viewing angles, but does succumb to slight reflection in heavy lighting conditions. The Eurocom X3 sports a pair of Onkyo speakers, which NBR noted have limited amplitude, yet produce solid sound quality. The notebook has a full keyboard with number pad, NBR found the keys have limited travel distance, but have good tactile feedback. The touchpad is generously-sized, but NBR found the touchpad had many issues reading multi-finger gestures.
The Eurocom X3 unit reviewed by NBR features a 3.0GHz Intel Core i7-4930Mx processor and has Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics with 4GB DDR5, a 120GB SSD and 16GB RAM. The price as configured is $3,036 at the time of the review. NBR found the machine can “tackle most processes with the greatest of ease,” and has lightning quick responsiveness. The notebook is also able to juggle multiple applications without any drop in performance. Where the Eurocom X3 really shines, NBR noted, is in performing graphically intense functions. NBR also found the notebook remains relatively quiet, but when under stress the fans do become audible. Though to be fair, they keep the notebook cool, even when pushed to the limits. The 8-Cell Lithium-ion battery lasted two hours and 31 minutes in stringent NBR tests, which is better-than-expected life for a gaming notebook.
The Eurocom X3 prioritizes performance over all else, but consumers will have to pay for the top-notch execution. Overall, NBR was impressed with the performance, display and portability, but was disappointed in the touchpad, design and price. In the end NBR said the fault of the notebook comes in its poor design qualities and noted that while there is a lot tol like about the Eurocom X3 users can find the similar power with better build quality for the price.