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Mesh Edge 17 M870CL CS review

Alan Lu
13 Oct 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
650
inc VAT

Mesh's Edge 17 is an attractive laptop, but others here have better battery life, faster 3D performance and more responsive keyboards.

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Specifications

17 in 1,440x900 display, 3.0kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Mesh's large desktop-replacement laptop has a big 17in screen with a resolution of 1,440x900, which is slightly higher than the 1,366x768 used by many 15.6in laptops.

Sadly, though, it's not one of the newer 17.3in screens with an even higher resolution of 1,600x900.

The screen is bright, but colours aren't as sharp or as vibrant as on other displays. If you'd rather connect an external monitor, there's a VGA output, but no HDMI.

Sadly, the onboard Nvidia GeForce G 105M graphics aren't very quick, scoring just 7.8fps in our Call of Duty 4 test. If you're more interested in work, however, you'll be pleased with the large keyboard. Feedback isn't perfect and the keys feel a little soft, but we soon got used to them. The touchpad is small compared to the size of the laptop, but it's accurate.

Power isn't a problem with this laptop as it has a fast 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo P8700 processor and 4GB of RAM. It sped through our benchmarks. Its image-editing score of 101 is around the same speed as our Phenom X4 reference system.

The 500GB hard disk is large enough for all but the biggest media libraries. The speakers sound tinny, but there's an S/PDIF port for connecting a surround-sound amplifier for better-quality sound. The Edge is the only £650 laptop here without built-in Draft-N wireless networking, but this will only be a concern if you regularly copy large files over your wireless network.

As you'd expect for a laptop with such a large screen, the Edge 17 is heavy at 3kg and bulky to carry - not that you'd want to take it out anyway, as the incredibly poor battery life of just over an hour-and-a-half means you can't use it away from a power socket for long.

The Edge 17 M870CL CS's big screen and powerful processor make it a decent choice for a desktop replacement, but its poor battery life and 3D performance let it down. Dell's Studio 15 is a better choice for most people.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8700
Processor clock speed2.53GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size42x398x281
Weight3.0kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby8W
Power consumption idle42W
Power consumption active60W

Display

Viewable size17 in
Native resolution1,440x900
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce G 105M
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory512MB

Storage

Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive modelLG GT10N
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsoptical S/PDIF output

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc
Software includedCyberLink PowerDVD 7, CyberLink PowerDirector Express 5, CyberLink PowerProducer 4, CyberLink MediaShow 3, Microsoft Works 8.5
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£650
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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