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Novatech V13 review

Alan Lu
2 Feb 2010
Novatech V13 ultraportable laptop
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
480
inc VAT

If you can put up with its flaws, Novatech's V13 is a decent budget ultra-portable laptop but better-designed, better-value models are available.

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Specifications

13.1 in 1,366x768 display, 1.5kg, 1.3GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core SU4100, 2.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

Novatech's V13 is surprisingly attractive and svelte for what is a relatively inexpensive ultraportable laptop. The brown and black design looks sophisticated, but it flexes under pressure quite a bit which means you'll have to take care of it when travelling. It lasted almost four hours between charges. This isn't bad, but we'd expect longer from a thin and light laptop with a CULV processor.

The V13 has a Pentium Dual Core SU4100 processor and 2GB of RAM, which is the maximum amount possible. This could be a concern if you want to run memory-hungry programs, but it's enough for most tasks as shown by the overall score of 39 in our benchmarks. The laptop's base became a little warm and the cooling fan a little noisier during benchmarking, but not enough to be irritating.

Unlike many other CULV ultraportables we've seen, the V13 has an ExpressCard/34 slot for adding peripherals such as TV tuner or an expansion card with more USB ports. There's even an internal PCI Express MiniCard slot for adding an internal 3G modem, as there's already a SIM card slot installed.

The keyboard is large with only the cursor keys a little narrower than the others, but not enough to trip up touch typists. The soft-feeling keys don't give quite as much feedback when pressed as we'd like, but typing is still fairly comfortable. The touchpad is small but accurate, although the pivoting button feels too spongy.

We were disappointed, but not surprised to find that the bright 13.3in widescreen display has restricted viewing angles so you'll need to sit directly in front of it for the most accurate-looking colours. The lid barely tilts back at all, which could make it a tricky to use in cramped conditions, such as an aeroplane seat.

If you're on a budget or needs its expansion options, then Novatech's V13 is a fine, reasonably well-designed ultra-portable laptop. Acer's Aspire Timeline is better value though with even better battery life, a more responsive keyboard and better build quality.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual Core SU4100
Processor clock speed1.3GHz
Memory2.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size21x330x220mm
Weight1.5kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby3W
Power consumption idle13W
Power consumption active21W

Display

Viewable size13.1 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video portsHDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory32MB

Storage

Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/34
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
Operating system restore optionWindows disc
Software includednone
Optional extrasone year collect and return extended warranty £39

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£480
Detailswww.novatech.co.uk