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Can’t give up gaming, even when you’re on the move? Now you don’t have to! The Novatech Elite N1526 is the solution; coming with a hardware configuration that combines the power of a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with the breath-taking visuals delivered by an AMD Radeon 7970 GPU, all these assisted by 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, the Novatech Elite N1526 is simply unstoppable. Get it now from Novatech.co.uk for £1064.99.

Novatech Elite N1526 Review: Rediscover Gaming – Novatech Style

Remember the Novatech N1716 we reviewed a while ago? Yes, we’re talking about that 17.3-inch monster laptop that packed in a hardware configuration that made every gamer on a 50 mile radius drool. Well, get ready to be amazed again because we have another beast on our hands, and not just any beast, but the Novatech N1716’s little brother, the Novatech N1526.

Does Size Matter?

We weren’t kidding when we referred to the Novatech N1526 as being “the little brother” because the laptop really is a scaled down version of the Novatech N1716. Let us give you a little spoiler and tell you that, except for the reduced size, the N1526 steps closely on its bigger brother’s tracks, coming with a very similar configuration.

The “little brother” we’re examining today is a 15.6-inch laptop coming with an unimpressive design that doesn’t betray the fact that we’re looking at a high-end gaming machine. Novatech opted for a full black chassis with the brand name printed on the lid which, combined with the laptop’s unusual thickness, makes it look like an ancient laptop. While there is no excuse for the simple design except maybe for the reduced manufacturing costs, the excessive thickness has a justification – it provides more hardware space.

Behind The Curtains

The Novatech N1526 might not be the “sexiest” laptop out there but it certainly is among the most powerful. Under its innocent look the laptop hides a configuration consisting of a quad-core Intel Core i7-3630QM processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and last but not least, an AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU. This is pretty much the same configuration we found on the N1716, except the extra SSD drive found on the latter.

Like any other respectable gaming machine, the Novatech N1526 comes with a fully illuminated keyboard and a Full HD display.

We were eager to put the laptop to the test because we assumed that the lack of the SSD will have a slightly negative impact on the overall responsiveness of the machine compared to its bigger brother.

Lights, Camera, Action!

Finally, our favourite part is here – performance testing. We put the Novatech N1526 through every test we could think of and it stood up to our expectations, which was no surprise to be honest. The powerful GPU allowed us to run most of the recent popular games maxed out without any problems, busting the myth that laptops are not good gaming machines once again.

However, we have to be fair and mention that, despite the fact that the Radeon HD 7970 is one of the fastest mobile video cards available to date, it was still a bit overwhelmed by some games when we maxed them out; we’re talking about titles such as Far Cry III or Assassin’s Creed III, the latter only being playable with details set to medium. If you want to run these games maxed out you should seriously consider a SLI or a CrossFire configuration.

The display left us with a good impression whether we tested games, movies or programs. Its Full HD resolution made everything look clear with realistic colours and good contrasts.

We were right with our prediction regarding the absence of the SSD drive and the reduced responsiveness. Don’t get the wrong idea, the system still moved blazingly fast, the operating system booting quickly and programs starting almost instantly, but it seemed that the N1526’s “instantly” was a bit slower than the N1716’s. On the other hand, it could have just been the Placebo effect so the only accurate method of finding out how things really stand is to buy both laptops and compare these aspects yourself.

The Verdict

Rounding it all up, the only thing we can say about the Novatech Elite N1526 is that it’s awesome; of course, it has some minor let-downs but nothing that you can’t live with. We liked the fact that the laptop is not very heavy, considering the hardware it packs in, weighing only 3.1KG.

At the opposite pole, we think that Novatech could have done a bit of a better job in terms of design, making the laptop look a bit more aggressive.

The bottom line is that if you care more about the specs rather than the aspect, the Novatech Elite N1526 might just be your dream laptop.

Features and Specifications Summary

  • Laptop Model – Novatech Elite N1526
  • Processor – Third Generation Intel Core i7-3630QM, Ivy Bridge
  • CPU Speed – 2.4 GHz (Turbo Boos up to 3.4 GHz), 6MB Cache
  • Screen Size – 15.6”
  • Display – 1920 x 1080 Full HD, LED
  • Memory – 16GB RAM, DDR3-1600MHz (4x4GB)
  • Storage – 1TB Samsung M8 SATA Hard Drive
  • Graphics – AMD Radeon HD 7970 with 2GB of dedicated video memory
  • Connectivity – USB 3.0 x3 (2 normal USB3.0 + 1 USB3.0/eSATA combo port), USB2.0 x1, HDMI x1, Ethernet x1, multi card reader x1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n x1
  • Battery – 8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery – up to 5 hours


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