Mesh Edge15 Gamer CS review

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

****

Processor

Intel Core 2 Duo P8700

Processor clock speed

2.53GHz

Memory

4.00GB

Memory slots

2

Memory slots free

0

Maximum memory

4GB

Size

37x374x245mm

Weight

2.8kg

Sound

Realtek High Definition Audio

Pointing device

touchpad

Power consumption standby

1W

Power consumption idle

18W

Power consumption active

42W

Display

Viewable size

15.6 in

Native resolution

1,366x768

Graphics Processor

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650

Graphics/video ports

VGA, HDMI

Graphics Memory

512MB

Storage

Total storage capacity

500GB

Optical drive model

TSSTcorp TS-L633A

Optical drive type

DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports

4

Bluetooth

yes

Wired network ports

1x 10/100/1000

Wireless networking support

802.11a/n

PC Card slots

1x ExpressCard/54

Modem

Yes

Supported memory cards

SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro

Other ports

minijack audio output, minijack microphone input

Miscellaneous

Carrying case

No

Operating system

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Operating system restore option

backup and recovery software

Software included

Microsoft Works 8.5

Buying Information

Warranty

one year RTB

Price

£699

Details

www.meshcomputers.com

Supplier

http://www.meshcomputers.com

Author

November 25,2021

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