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Novatech nSpire 2760 Black Edition review

Could this laptop be a real surprise?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great performance
  • Solid graphics
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Build quality
  • Poor screen

There's not a lot that surprises us, and when we unboxed the Novatech nSpire Black Ed 2760, we feared the worst.

A flimsy chassis and the lack of style that we've become accustomed to on high-end laptops indicated another lacklustre machine, but it appears that we were mistaken.

Under the hood is an Intel Core i7 2460M processor, which stormed our benchmark tests, scoring among the highest figures we've seen in our labs. This was also helped by the 8GB of RAM that makes this laptop positively sing.

Next up is the impressive Nvidia GeForce 555M graphics card, which is easily capable of playing HD movies and the latest games. It got strong scores in our lab tests, and while you might not be able to play Battlefield 3 on full settings, with the detail turned down, you shouldn't have any problems.

Battery life also impresses, with our power hungry tests achieving a very strong 222 minutes. This means you could work away from the power for over four hours, and even watch an HD movie on the move.

While there's enough juice for working on the move, at 2.8KG we wouldn't recommend the Novatech as a portable laptop. It's bulky, heavy and cumbersome, and not one for a day on your back.

TechRadar Labs

tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 222 minutes
Cinebench: 18842
3DMark 2006: 11654

Screen burn

However, for all the impressive tech that's packed inside, the poor build quality of the exterior does more than let this machine down aesthetically.

We tested a number of movies on the Novatech, and found the screen appalling. There was no vibrancy to the colours, it was grainy when playing back HD content, and there was substantial screen tearing. We hope this was just a problem with the review sample, but as the issue is caused by a disparity between the graphics card and screen refresh times, we think this is simply a gulf in quality between the two items.

The poor build quality manifests itself elsewhere too. The grey plastic wrist rest flexes when you push it, as does the lid. The keyboard is awful, with little refinement given to the black plastic keys. They're barely cushioned and feel loose and spongy to the touch.

The trackpad is better and we much prefer it to the current trend of single buttons which are a nightmare to master.

What we have with the Novatech is a fantastic powered laptop, admirably capable of dealing with most things you can throw at it. There's limitless performance power, great graphics and it even has a decent battery life as well.

Unfortunately, we're still yet to be surprised by a laptop, and the Novatech is no exception; a model hobbled by cost saving and corner cutting, that more than explains its low price. It's impossible to really enjoy movies or games on the poor screen, and if you have £750 to spend, we'd recommend saving up the extra for quality machines like the Dell XPS 15z.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 555M, HD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Finger Print ReaderYes
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Hybrid Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Product FamilynSpire
Processor Modeli7-2760QM
ColourBrushed Silver
Brand NameNovatech
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells8-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.80 kg
Cache6 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
ManufacturerNovatech, Ltd
Product Model2760QM
Product NamenSpire 2760 - Black Edition
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LinenSpire
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNNB-904
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.novatech.co.uk
Marketing InformationThe new NSpire black edition laptop is designed to turn heads.

With its sleek and stylish silver brushed finish. All models feature an LED backlit display which means energy consumption is reduced; battery life increased and images appear crisper, clearer and much brighter. Making the NSpire Black edition laptop the perfect choice for gaming and multimedia at home or on the move.

Quality, Reliability & Design.

Reliability is key - and the NSpire black edition laptop range is designed with this in mind. All laptops are assembled on our own production lines in the UK and are tested rigorously at every stage to make sure they work flawlessly to provide the best possible mobile computing experience for customers.

Package Contents
  • nSpire 2760 - Black Edition
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter