MALIBAL's Lotus P150HM: GeForce GTX 485M Gets Its Game On

MALIBAL’s Lotus P150HM

With a combined notebook and power brick weight of only 8.8 pounds, the Lotus P150HM is different from every other Clevo-based design we’ve tested. Those differences aren’t limited to weight, as the entire unit is given a grippy texture that feels like rubber, rather than the traditional polished or anodized aluminum panels for which the manufacturer is known. MALIBAL’s logo is proudly displayed below a 1920x1080, LED-backlit panel.

A 2.0 MP webcam is situated in the familiar location, within the display panel’s bezel.

Two USB 3.0 ports are surrounded by gigabit network and a USB 2.0 ports. Clevo’s 9-in-1 flash media drive is standard.

An IR receiver cover is found on the P150HM’s front edge, but this version didn’t include a remote to use with it.

A second USB 2.0 port is found on the right edge, along with the optical drive and audio ports.

HDMI, dual-link DVI, and eSATA connectors are all conveniently placed on the P150HM’s rear edge.

We were surprised to find CyberLink’s BD and DVD solutions bundled separately in the Lotus P150HM’s support kit. Clevo includes the platform driver CD and a DVI-to-VGA adapter, while MALIBAL adds the OS and upgraded wireless controller disk.

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  • cable4
    Sweet laptop!
    Now all I have to do is plan a bank robbery to afford it ;)
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  • Crashman
    cable4Sweet laptop! Now all I have to do is plan a bank robbery to afford it
    I think you can save around $1500 and still keep the good graphics card if you're willing to give up the fast processor, SSD, and extra RAM :)
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  • lee3821
    CrashmanI think you can save around $1500 and still keep the good graphics card if you're willing to give up the fast processor, SSD, and extra RAM

    Good point.
    With that taken off price, it looks really appealing, honestly.
    Size+Wieght+Power+Price+Battery=great!
    ...if I wanted a gaming laptop.
    For me, the HD6550M and i5 480M serve me well enough at 1366x768 until I can get back to my kickass desktop.
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  • Bigmac80
    I have a pretty good gaming laptop Asus G73. I remember when i bought it i was thinking to myself that this can really change everything because of how fast and how portble it was. But even though i have a fast laptop i still prefer gaming on a desktop.
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  • neiroatopelcc
    Too bad you made no comparisons to desktop midrange systems. So we still don't know if it's worth going for only a laptop like this, or getting a cheap i3 laptop for the road and a proper gaming system for stationary use.
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  • Maziar
    Impressive results. 1:38 is quite good for a gaming notebook like this.
    to neiroatopelcc
    GTX 485M performs between desktop GTS 450 and GTX 460
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  • bhaberle
    I wouldn't say only seven pounds mate. That is on the heavier side for notebooks. =) But I am glad that laptops are finally not going to be a huge compromise.
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  • oz73942
    The batterly life on the review is no where close to what owners are getting. 3 hours under typical daily use ;)
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  • WyomingKnott
    Am I just stupid? What is "Clevo?"
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  • JackNaylorPE
    WyomingKnottAm I just stupid? What is "Clevo?"


    Most of the brands you heard of don't actually make any laptops. The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Original Design Manufacturers (ODM).

    Major relationships include:

    * Quanta sells to (among others) HP/Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, Acer, NEC, Gateway and Lenovo/IBM - note that Quanta is currently (as of August, 2007) the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world.
    * Compal sells to Toshiba, HP/Compaq, Acer, and Dell.
    * Positivo Informatica sells to Samsung, Sony, Siragon, Toshiba, HP
    * Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to HP/Compaq, Dell, IBM, NEC, Acer, and Lenovo/IBM.
    * Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP/Compaq, NEC, and Dell.
    * Itautec sells to Siragon, LG, Samsung, Sony
    * ECS sells to IBM, Fujitsu, and Dell.
    * Asus sells to Apple (iBook), Sony, and Samsung.
    * Inventec sells to HP/Compaq, Toshiba, and BenQ.
    * Lanix sells to Sony, Compaq, Toshiba, Siragon, Itautec
    * Uniwill sells to Lenovo/IBM and Fujitsu & PC World UK own brand Advent.
    * Clevo sells to known boutique brand OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)… notably Sager, VoodooPC, Falcon Northwest, Eurocom, Xoticpc, Prostar, etc.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/sager-clevo/91510-clevo-guide-v2-0-faq-reseller-info.html

    Quote:
    They are also considered (by whoever knows about notebooks) to design and manufacturer the best of the best notebooks in terms of superior build quality and innovative designs
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  • nebun
    ok...we have high performance laptop...where are the high performance batteries to go with them? why can't they make a small power brick like the ones that apple makes?
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  • envolva
    What about Optimus or some way to switch between the GTX 485M and the i7 2920XM integrated graphics? Is it something out of reach for these parts?

    I wonder because you absolutely don’t need the GTX while doing mundane work, and the notebook could run for 4+ hours with that battery.
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  • Crashman
    envolvaWhat about Optimus or some way to switch between the GTX 485M and the i7 2920XM integrated graphics? Is it something out of reach for these parts?I wonder because you absolutely don’t need the GTX while doing mundane work, and the notebook could run for 4+ hours with that battery.
    Intel demonstrated at CES a compact desktop system that could do that using Lucid software, but I believe we may have to wait for the Z68 before we see it in any retail products. Intel didn't provide the technical details of its demo and if I had urgently wanted to know them, I probably would have been forced to sign an NDA to see them.
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  • WyomingKnott
    Most of the brands you heard of don't actually make any laptops. The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Original Design Manufacturers (ODM)..
    Thanks!
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  • shrapnel_indie
    Why no thermals? I know we got power, and efficiency, but if it can't cool itself well for extended use (say, away from home, and taking care of the gaming urge) it will be wasted money when parts breakdown from being too hot for too long.
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  • lostandwandering
    envolvaWhat about Optimus or some way to switch between the GTX 485M and the i7 2920XM integrated graphics? Is it something out of reach for these parts?I wonder because you absolutely don’t need the GTX while doing mundane work, and the notebook could run for 4+ hours with that battery.


    I was wondering the same thing and after reading the initial reviews of the white books that were handed out, I was hoping we would see this. The ability to have a gaming laptop that is able to achieve more than 2 hours of battery life would really turn the mobile world on it's head.
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  • Crashman
    lostandwanderingI was wondering the same thing and after reading the initial reviews of the white books that were handed out, I was hoping we would see this. The ability to have a gaming laptop that is able to achieve more than 2 hours of battery life would really turn the mobile world on it's head.
    Let's recap before we continue that discussion:
    CrashmanIntel demonstrated at CES a compact desktop system that could do that using Lucid software, but I believe we may have to wait for the Z68 before we see it in any retail products. Intel didn't provide the technical details of its demo and if I had urgently wanted to know them, I probably would have been forced to sign an NDA to see them.
    Intel's NDAs tend to be regressive, so if Intel had asked and I had capitulated I wouldn't have been able to tell you that much. I'd rather have the ability to report a few things than have "total knowledge" and no ability to speak of it.

    What I'm saying is that the technology you seek should be possible, but we will likely have to wait for the public announcements.
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  • voltagetoe
    Please get proper noise dB tests for everything. Many people buy only quiet computers/components. I'm freaking tired of the fact that PCs get more noisier year by year. It's getting harder and harder to find acceptable hardware.
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  • lostandwandering
    CrashmanLet's recap before we continue that discussion:


    lol, don't get me wrong. I read what you wrote and fully understand that. One can be hopeful though ;)

    edit: Like I said, I also read the reviews on the White books that Intel released for Sandy Bridge. Anandtech wrote the same thing you did, the "it's possible" thing. Just hoping to see it in implementation is all.
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  • msgun98
    NeBuNok...we have high performance laptop...where are the high performance batteries to go with them? why can't they make a small power brick like the ones that apple makes?


    Because you can't make a small power brick for a computer with that kind of power. Apple can make small power bricks because they use sub-par graphics components in their machines that are at most, 20% the power of the 485m.
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