The Clevo W270HUQ is also sold as V•BOOK 17CL11. It’s based on Intels Sandy Bridge platform, has a 17 inch screen with a resolution of 1600×900 and is powered by Intels HD Graphics 3000. The biggest advantage with Clevo notebooks is that they are Built To Order, so you can decide which hard disk, wireless card, memory or operating system you want in your notebook when you order it. My test model has an Intel i5-2520M processor, 8GB of memory, a Seagate ST9500420AS 500GB 7200rpm hard drive, an Optiarc AD-7710H 24x/24x DVD writer and an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 802.11a/g/n Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 3 adapater.
All in black with a subtle dark grey pattern plus a small silver bto logo on the lid, this Laptop looks very good. Fingerprints are noticeable on the shiny surface but can be simply wiped away with a dry tissue. The keyboard is large and feels nice but the keys are just evenly distributed over the available space without grouping of the arrow keys or numpad. This makes blind typing a bit more difficult.
A lot of connections are offered on the left and right side. 2 USB2 ports plus 1 USB3 port, VGA, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, Headphone and Microphone jack. The laptop is rather thin but still bulky being a 17 inch laptop and weighting 3.1 Kg and does not fit in most backpacks. The 65 watt power supply has a reasonable size, is silent and does not get hot.
The 1.3 megapixel webcam (BisonCam, NB Pro) is responsive and produces good clear pictures. The 9-in-1 card reader works well too and supports MMC / RSMMC / SD / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC / MS / MS Pro / MS Duo. The build-in microphone is unfortunately located directly underneath the keyboard and close to the fan and records a lot of noise. It is still usable with e.g. Skype but I would recommend to get a USB microphone or headset.
Finally a laptop that comes without an operating system preinstalled and does not force you to pay for a Windows license you wont use. Linux works just fine out of the box, all necessary drivers are automatically installed. Here the output of lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) 00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04) 00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05) 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5) 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b5) 00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev b5) 00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b5) 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05) 00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05) 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05) 02:00.0 USB Controller: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller (rev 04) 03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Advanced-N 6230 (rev 34) 04:00.0 Ethernet controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMC250 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 05) 04:00.1 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller (rev 90) 04:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller (rev 90) 04:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller (rev 90)
The BIOS is very simplistic and does not offer many options. Virtualization support (VT-x) is thankfully enabled by default as there is no option to enable or disable it in the BIOS and allows you to run KVM and virt-manager.
All in all this could be a good notebook with agood value for money. It runs very stable, has a lot of outputs, a good screen and if you are not a gamer it can be a replacement for your desktop computer while still being portable. Unfortunately the fans are often extremely loud which does not make it nice to work with.