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Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini review

Katharine Byrne
10 Jan 2014
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
899
inc VAT

A great value and powerful gaming laptop in an attractive 13in chassis

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Specifications

13.3 in 1,920x1,080 display, 2.1kg, 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ, 8.00GB RAM, 1,000GB disk, Windows 8.1

We’ve reviewed many Chillblast PCs, but this is the first time we’ve seen a gaming laptop from this largely PC-based system builder. The Defiant Mini certainly makes a great first impression, though, as this 13in laptop not only has one of the best off-the-shelf Clevo cases we’ve ever seen with its soft-touch lid and angular design, but its internal components also pack a serious punch.

Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini

Our review sample used a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, which can increase its clock speed up to 3.4GHz when the processor’s cool enough to do so, and 8GB of RAM. These components powered the Defiant Mini through our multimedia benchmarks so that it scored an impressive 85 overall. This overall score puts the Chillblast Defiant Mini just six points behind the larger, similarly priced Scan 3XS Graphite LG155, and is a good score for a desktop PC, never mind a laptop. Needless to say, it’ll handle whatever desktop application you throw at it.

The Defiant Mini’s 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics processor was even more impressive, and produced a silky smooth average frame rate of 90.3fps in Dirt Showdown at a resolution of 1,280x720 with graphics quality set to High. The GeForce GTX 765M is by far one of the most capable dedicated graphics processors we’ve ever used, and while the GTX 765M’s fans certainly had their work cut out for them, this didn’t prevent it from producing an excellent 67.9fps average frame rate a 1,920x1,080 resolution with High graphics quality.

Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini

When we tested the Defiant Mini with our much more challenging Crysis 3 benchmark it produced an average frame rate of 20.5fps with High quality graphics at a resolution of 1,920x1,080. This isn’t smooth to play game properly, but reducing graphics quality to low produced a smoother 28.2fps. This is outstanding performance for a 13in laptop, although you’ll want to keep your hand away from the vents on the left-hand side because they got very warm when we were gaming.

Happily, the Defiant Mini was great to use a regular laptop to undertake everyday tasks. The keyboard was very comfortable to type on and although the Defiant Mini’s springy mechanical keys were a little noisy, they did give a good level of tactile feedback.

Chillblast Fusion Defiant Mini

We’d recommend connecting a mouse if you’re going to use the laptop for long periods of time, though, because we didn’t get like the Defiant Mini’s touchpad at all. We had great trouble performing multi-touch gestures, such as two-finger scrolling and pinch-zooming. Oddly, Windows 8 gestures worked fine.