Got this thing like 3 weeks ago, didn’t use it much since then but I guess I’ve figured out the good and bad attributes of this machine. Please don’t expect scientific measurements but a rather subjective “how does it feel” in my little writeup:
Build quality is very good. The lower shell is plastic, upper shell and screen cap are made from magnesium, which gives the laptop a premium touch and feel. The keyboard is okay, not the best but allows a fluid typing experience. Dunno if I’d write The Novel of the 21st Century on it but it’s more than adequate for what you do with a ultrabook.
The screen is backlit and more than bright enough for all indoor situations. Haven’t used the machine in any outdoorsy setup yet but I guess it’s better than most. It’s the traditional 16×9 ratio, not one of the newfangled (and yet so very old) 16×10, 4×3 or 3×2 ratios. Yes, I know they’re all the rage for office labour, when working on documents and spreadsheets. I hardly ever do that. But what I do is watching a lot of TV and movies. And for that 16×9 is the best format.
Hubby complains about the 14″ screen is a bit small for 1920×1080 resolution, I find it optimal. It’s a matter of taste I guess. Maybe the old man just needs newer and better glasses. 😉
I love that the keyboard is backlit in 4 or 5 levels of brightness. I hate that I have to activate it every time I start the laptop. If it was at least a 1-click operation, but no, you gotta press the F4 key repeatedly to get the keyboard to brighten up your day.
What I really liked about the Clevo NV41 is the silent operation. Not once did the fan come into action, not even during huge updates and installations. I’d preferred an AMD Ryzen processor, but Laptop with Linux, the Dutch boutique assembler where I bought this Clevo only sells the barebone with Intel chips. i5 and i7 of the 11th generation tho, so it’s at least the latest and greatest Intel has to offer. My humble i5 delivers more grunt power than necessary for a little travel companion. And from what I’ve seen on YouTube, the ~400$ premium for the i7 make no sense at all as the i5 is in some tasks even faster than its more posh sibling.
Connectivity is good/better than what many other laptops have on offer these days. Some USB 3 and screen ports, and I guess even a USB-C port for newfangled peripherals of the sort we don’t yet have anyway. 😉 And most important, this nifty lovable Clevo machine has a full sized SD-card slot! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Clevo, for that darling little detail! No dongle life for Orcsi and her Canon camera! \o/ YAY! \o/
Can’t tell you anything about then touchpad tho. I know it’s important or sumfink but I never used such things , and am much too stubborn to start with it now. I mean, what for do we have wireless mice, eh?
Battery life seems to be around 7 hours. At least that’s what is shown when in normal use. I can live very comfortably with that.
What else? I love the kinda premium but very subdued design of this ultrabook. This Clevo doesn’t even sport a logo, and the Laptop with Linux guys obviously didn’t order their contingent with any logo of their own. I love that. 🙂 Since we’re not going on our usually annually Germany trip anytime soon I can’t say how this lappy fares as a travel companion. But it’s more rugged and stable than its predecessor, OrcNet the bad Acer netbook, so let’s just assume it will do great. 😉