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Mesh Edge17 HD CS review

Will Stapley
11 Nov 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
549
inc VAT

It has a big screen and a reasonably low price, but general build quality and performance didn't meet with our expectations.

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Specifications

17 in 1,440x900 display, 3.0kg, 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6500, 4.00GB RAM, 250GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh's Edge17 HD CS is a large desktop-replacement laptop.

Its 17in display is a chunk larger than the 15.4in screens that come with most laptops. Sadly, it has a resolution of 1,440x900, whereas similarly priced 17in laptops from other manufacturers manage a much higher resolution of 1,600x900.

This could be forgiven somewhat if the quality of the screen was incredible, but that isn't the case. We found that it was dark and suffered from poor viewing angles.

The size of the screen means there's plenty of room for a decent keyboard. The large keys have plenty of feedback, and we found typing at speed was both easy and comfortable. There's room for a numeric keypad, too, but its layout is a little odd, with the + and Enter keys not in their usual positions on the side.

Inside the case there's a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo T6500 processor and 4GB of RAM. These helped the Edge17 to decent scores in our 2D benchmarks, but it lagged behind similarly specified models. We think the culprit is likely to be the SiS chipset, which supports only single- rather than dual-channel memory.

The Nvidia GeForce G 105M graphics chip is a step up from integrated Intel graphics, although its score of 8.4fps in our Call of Duty 4 test shows that high-end gaming is beyond it. Older and less-demanding titles, such as strategy games, should run well.

The 250GB hard disk seems a little stingy at this price, although Mesh has fitted a faster 7,200rpm drive rather than a 5,400rpm drive. While this may slightly improve performance, we'd favour storage space over disk speed.

It didn't take much for the laptop's fans to whirr up to an audible level, indicating that it's generating a fair amount of heat. The fact that it doesn't run particularly cool could also be part of the reason behind the poor battery score; the Edge17 lasted just one hour and 41 minutes. However, weighing 3kg, it's unlikely you'll be taking it on too many journeys.

The Edge17 HD CS is far from poor, but MSI's CX700 has a larger hard disk, faster graphics and a higher-resolution screen.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T6500
Processor clock speed2.1GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size43x397x281
Weight3.0kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle38W
Power consumption active52W

Display

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

Storage

Total storage capacity250GB
Optical drive modelLG GT10N
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL DVD-RAM

Ports and Expansion

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

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Works 8.5, CyberLink PowerDVD 5
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£549
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com

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