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Mesh Edge15 Gamer CS review

Barry de la Rosa
6 Feb 2010
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Mesh Edge15 Gamer CS
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
699
inc VAT

Despite a uninspiring case and an imperfect keyboard, the Edge15's performance makes it a superb deal for mobile gamers on a budget.

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Specifications

15.6 in 1,366x768 display, 2.8kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh's Edge15 is squarely aimed at those wanting a laptop with bags of power. It has the fastest processor of any other laptop in this £700 group - an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 - and along with 4GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows 7, it managed a decent 77 overall in our 2D benchmarks.

There's also an ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card that returned a frame rate of 39.4fps in our Call of Duty 4 test. At this price, that's impressive. It evens manages a decent 22.6fps in Crysis at 1,280x720, with no anti-aliasing and with 'High' quality settings.

Although gaming is more enjoyable on a larger screen, the Edge15's 15.6in display is bright and colourful, with a slight blue cast to whites. It has a glossy finish, so bright overhead lights are reflected, but its vertical viewing angles aren't as restrictive as other laptops we've seen, so you can adjust the tilt angle of the screen to avoid most reflections.

The Edge15 isn't as stylish as laptops from big-name vendors, but the black plastic case isn't unattractive and the textured wrist-rest is quite practical. The keyboard flexes a bit under pressure, and there's little feedback for touch-typists. The Fn key is placed to the left of the Ctrl key, but otherwise the layout is fairly standard. The touchpad is large and responsive, with large buttons. These have a very light action, and on our review model they rattled when we typed, but were comfortable to use.

As expected, the internal speakers weren't up to the task of impressing us; they're loud, but lack a wide dynamic range. There's an HDMI port but no S/PDIF for surround sound on a non-HDMI sound system.

While we were happy to find four USB ports, three of these are inconveniently situated on the front right edge of the case, where cables may get in the way. Confusingly, there's a switch that should toggle wireless but instead controls Bluetooth, and the Fn key combination to toggle WiFi didn't work.

Despite some quirks and the flexing keyboard, the Edge15 is a great choice for gamers on a budget and it wins a Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating****
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8700
Processor clock speed2.53GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size37x374x245mm
Weight2.8kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle18W
Power consumption active42W

Display

Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366x768
Graphics ProcessorATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory512MB

Storage

Total storage capacity500GB
Optical drive modelTSSTcorp TS-L633A
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Bluetoothyes
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11a/n
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore optionbackup and recovery software
Software includedMicrosoft Works 8.5

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£699
Detailswww.meshcomputers.com
Supplierhttp://www.meshcomputers.com

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