• Anyone have experience with Eluktronics (Clevo) laptops?
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Does anyone have any experience with Eluktronics (Clevo) laptops? I stumbled across the brand when searching for a new laptop and it seems to blow its competitors out of the water for the price!! I mean have a look at this: [URL]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR5WVY5[/URL] GTX 1070, 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD drive, 32GB of RAM for $1899. Even the other configurations are super cheap for what you get. I was previously considering an [URL="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MR2WT9P"]Acer Predator 15[/URL] but this seems to blow it out of the water in every respect. This almost seems too good to be true, so is Eluktronics actually a trustworthy brand? I believe Clevo is the parent company and it is re-sold under the Eluktronics name. I am really tempted to buy this but I haven't heard of Eluktronics or Clevo before, so I just want to make sure I am not being misled.
[url]http://www.eluktronics.com/P650[/url] You can pretty much make an identical to the acer predator 15 with the link above, while the acer one will still be about a hundred dollars cheaper. But you can make one with higher ram, 120hz (non ips) monitor, 1 more extra ssd, 1 extra HDD drive. And you can get one with monitor warranty and extended warranties. I have no idea how the build quality of eluktronics are but acer is a trustworthy brand. But i dont really like the red accents on the acer seems too tacky while the eluktonics seems more tame looking so this is down to personal preference. Also take into consideration thermals as well especially on laptops which most of them thermal throttles, cant find a review for eluktronics one but the acer one does a good job with thermals especially when you remove the optical drive and install another fan. EDIT: Another thing to take consideration is while yes, having a LOT of options for your laptop is good, it does makes you wonder how much testing they did with each part as a whole.
IMO, Clevo laptops are "meh" at best. From my personal experiences with them, their build quality is somewhat questionable, and they're quite bulky compared to a lot of other brand name laptops with similar specs.
Also check out this laptop from [URL="https://www.amazon.com/Alienware-AW17R4-7345SLV-PUS-Laptop-Generation-Silver/dp/B01N0THP9L/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1500962171&sr=1-1&keywords=alienware+17"]Alienware[/URL] almost the same specs same price range with better looks and with a better monitor panel come in 17 and 15 inches versions.
Anecdotal evidence as I've only ever touched a single Clevo/Sager/whatever laptop, the one I owned a couple of years ago. I was very happy with it, pretty sturdy, good battery life etc. Yes, they're bulky, but IMO that's a good thing, because that bulkiness makes it possible for them to install an excellent cooling system. I don't think my CPU ever climbed above 70-ish Celsius even under full load from Prime95
[QUOTE=Zekkei;52504144][URL]http://www.eluktronics.com/P650[/URL] You can pretty much make an identical to the acer predator 15 with the link above, while the acer one will still be about a hundred dollars cheaper. But you can make one with higher ram, 120hz (non ips) monitor, 1 more extra ssd, 1 extra HDD drive. And you can get one with monitor warranty and extended warranties. I have no idea how the build quality of eluktronics are but acer is a trustworthy brand. But i dont really like the red accents on the acer seems too tacky while the eluktonics seems more tame looking so this is down to personal preference. Also take into consideration thermals as well especially on laptops which most of them thermal throttles, cant find a review for eluktronics one but the acer one does a good job with thermals especially when you remove the optical drive and install another fan. EDIT: Another thing to take consideration is while yes, having a LOT of options for your laptop is good, it does makes you wonder how much testing they did with each part as a whole.[/QUOTE] My main issue with the Acer Predator 15 is that it lacks support for the latest NVMe SSD's. It's actually only expandable up to 512GB total for SSD storage. So it is not very future proof in that regard. The Eluktronics seems to be highly upgradable, with no bloatware, and an unlocked bios, as opposed to the Acer which has a locked bios. [QUOTE=Zekkei;52504249]Also check out this laptop from [URL="https://www.amazon.com/Alienware-AW17R4-7345SLV-PUS-Laptop-Generation-Silver/dp/B01N0THP9L/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1500962171&sr=1-1&keywords=alienware+17"]Alienware[/URL] almost the same specs same price range with better looks and with a better monitor panel come in 17 and 15 inches versions.[/QUOTE] An [URL="https://www.amazon.com/Alienware-AW15R3-7003SLV-PUS-Gaming-Laptop-Generation/dp/B01MTYBWHF"]Alienware with the same specs[/URL] is actually more expensive and has a pretty low rating (3.5/5). I think you are just paying for the brand name, not quality. [QUOTE=Rixxz2;52504911]Anecdotal evidence as I've only ever touched a single Clevo/Sager/whatever laptop, the one I owned a couple of years ago. I was very happy with it, pretty sturdy, good battery life etc. Yes, they're bulky, but IMO that's a good thing, because that bulkiness makes it possible for them to install an excellent cooling system. I don't think my CPU ever climbed above 70-ish Celsius even under full load from Prime95[/QUOTE] Yeah, I haven't seen any complaints of thermal issues so far when reading through reviews. The reviews are actually pretty positive. I don't mind it being a little bulky - performance is far more important to me. I do want a 15 inch form factor for portability though, which this laptop provides. [editline]25th July 2017[/editline] The more research I'm doing, the more I am running out of reasons NOT to go with the Eluctronics/Clevo. Does anyone have any other thoughts? Eluktronics also answered two of my questions on Amazon within a day! Not bad customer service.
Sister has a similar rebranded Clevo. Hasn't had any problems yet. Not to go? The build quality maybe. I have a few other Clevo rebrands and 2 chargers wore out (simple fix, the plug contacts bent inside too much and didn't give a connection), and one flexes at the hinges too much. Finding spare parts later can be hard too (batteries mainly, finding a new keyboard is easy). They are easy to take apart even without guides, you can understand what is where without google and they are reliable enough.
Thank you, I appreciate the info! I think I may pull the trigger on this laptop. The positives really seem to outweigh any potential negatives, and competitor products of the same spec seem to cost more and have a larger amount of downsides.
I'm thinking of getting an Eluktronics laptop, but they don't ship to the EU. Is Clevo the same thing or what?
[QUOTE=KlaseR;52506622]I'm thinking of getting an Eluktronics laptop, but they don't ship to the EU. Is Clevo the same thing or what?[/QUOTE] Clevo is a brand that sells a lot of generic computers to "custom laptop builders". Pretty much every small customizable gaming laptop brand that doesn't list any other major brand uses clevo computers as a base. I'm a fan of Clevo for laptops that won't be moved from a desk too much, but they're all flimsy enough that they [I]will[/I] wear out and eventually crack if you carry one around daily for a few years, and once it breaks there isn't much support past the first year unless you pay for it. Namely, plastic trackpads and cheaper plastic in keys that wear down quicker to flat spots, the plastic in the housing becoming gradually brittle and coming apart, and the hinge assembly wearing out from flex. In comparison, offerings from Dellienware, Lenovo, HP, Razer, Apple and so on are usually decently resilient to wear and tear and don't feel like boxes with a bunch of ports slapped on them.
Well I went ahead and ordered this version: [url]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MY86R8G[/url] Eluktronics's customer service has been outstanding so far. They answered all of my questions within a half hour via email. I'll even be able to add my existing 1TB 2.5" SATA III SSD in as a secondary drive. This thing is about as future proof as it gets. Hopefully all goes smoothly! Thanks for all of your help and opinions guys!
[QUOTE=Matt2468rv;52507448]Well I went ahead and ordered this version: [url]https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MY86R8G[/url] Eluktronics's customer service has been outstanding so far. They answered all of my questions within a half hour via email. I'll even be able to add my existing 1TB 2.5" SATA III SSD in as a secondary drive. This thing is about as future proof as it gets. Hopefully all goes smoothly! Thanks for all of your help and opinions guys![/QUOTE] Nice! Also can you check back after using it for a bit (like a month or so) if you dont mind, i might be interested in getting one myself as well.
[QUOTE=Zekkei;52507955]Nice! Also can you check back after using it for a bit (like a month or so) if you dont mind, i might be interested in getting one myself as well.[/QUOTE] Sure thing!
Well, after using it for a few weeks I can say that I absolutely love it. It came with a fresh Windows install and absolutely NO bloatware. The build quality is honestly very good and seems nice and sturdy. Performance is lightning fast. I put in my existing 1TB SATA SSD as a secondary drive with ease, so now I have 2TB worth of SSD's. Customer support was also excellent throughout the entire purchasing process whenever I had any questions. I have nothing but good things to say so far and I hope it stays that way!
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