PC Specialist Vortex IV X780 Laptop Review
Published: 23rd September 2013 | Source: PC Specialist | Price: £1449 |
We often comment that packaging gives an important first impression. Certainly nobody will take out this extremely plain box and be excited to pore over the packaging, but that only makes us more eager to see what is within the box. Two manuals are provided, both of which are unfortunately vague due to the wealth of options that PC Specialist provide and thus the documentation has to cover. It's "this feature is only available on model a,b or d but not c unless you've specifically requested package e" taken to the extreme. Thankfully computers are very easy to follow, and with all the ports being labelled you're unlikely to need to dip into the manual at all.
The first thing to note is that this is a review sample and thus has been around the block. Clearly other websites don't take the same care as we do with hardware and it seems to have been last handled by someone who tested it between pizza slices. With that out of the way there is little else to say. The Vortex IV is a very basic black plastic shell, with no logos, no branding, no colour and nothing more than the minimum possible to contain the hardware.
The battery is a good size which is important on such a powerful system. It would be pointless to have a Haswell and GTX780M combination if you couldn't use it for more than an hour. Drive spaces are easily accessible too, should you opt for a simpler configuration and upgrade at a later date.
The cooling is provided by two fair-sized fans and plenty of copper to help keep things under control. Between the two fans is the 16GB of Kingston memory, far more than you'd find on most other laptops of a similar price.