The Bottom Line
- Excellent Assortment Of Peripheral Ports
- Operating System Free Of Trialware
- Expensive Pricing
- Small Hard Drive And Memory Base Sizes
- Battery Extends Out Back Of Case
- Intel Core i5-520M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 160GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 17" WSXGA+ (1680x1050) Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 4-in-1 Card Reader
- 15.4" x 10.6" x 1.7" @ 7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium
Guide Review - Velocity Micro NoteMagix M17 Ultra 17-inch Desktop Replacemant Laptop PC
Jul 22 2010 - Velocity Micro's NoteMagix M17 Ultra has been on the market for some time in a variety of different revisions. The latest model upgrades the platform to take advantage of the Intel Core 2010 mobile processors. Unlike most companies that are using quad core processors in their desktop replacements, they have chosen a Core i5-520M dual core processor, This does provide it with a solid level of performance but those wanting a quad core processor will have to pay a fair amount for the upgrade. The base 2GB of DDR3 memory is a bit disappointing when even budget class laptops are shipping with 4GB. Users will definitely want to at least pick up the 4GB upgrade.
One of the big disappointments in the NoteMagix M17 Ultra is the base storage options. Most desktop replacement laptops comes standard with a 500GB hard drive to provide plenty of space for data, applications and media. The base drive is a paltry 160GB in size and the largest drive size is only 320GB which gives it below average space. At least the company does offer some solid state drive options for those wanting higher performance albeit at smaller storage spaces. The dual layer DVD burner is typical of all laptops these days but Velocity Micro does not offer a Blu-ray compatible drive option.
While Velocity Micro offers a wide range of configuration options, one thing they can't change is the display. The 17-inch panel offers a 16:10 aspect ratio rather than the more popular 16:9. One benefit is a slightly higher 1680x1050 resolution. It still falls short for supporting 1080p high definition video streams. Graphics are powered by an older but capable NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M graphics processor. This can handle most 3D games up to the panel's native resolution without filtering but more modern games may require lower resolutions. It does not support Direct X 11 though like ATI's graphics processors.
Unlike many companies that are shipping their power hungry desktop replacements with smaller batteries, Velocity Micro ships the NoteMagix M17 Ultra with a larger nice cell battery pack. The one downside to the larger battery pack is that it does extend out the back of the laptop case which makes it a bit more difficult to fit into various bags when traveling. In my DVD playback test, the laptop was able to run for roughly two and three quarter hours. This translates to roughly three and a half to four hours of more typical running time and slightly above the 17-inch average.
Probably the biggest drawback to the NoteMagix M17 Ultra though is the price. At $1699, the system is one of the more expensive on the market. When you take into account the base features and the necessary upgrades one needs, the price only climbs. Sure, Velocity Micro does a good job building and supporting the systems but it is easy to find a less expensive laptop that can offer more.