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With a $5,000 USD price tag, the Clevo SLI notebook will rival virtually all desktop setups - let alone notebook designs

Shortly after WidowPC's announcement of an SLI notebook, we sent a few emails out to our Taiwanese counterparts to track down the manufacturer of origin for the upcoming SLI notebook.


An employee from Clevo Computer Company, who wishes to be unnamed, indicated to us that Clevo is the OEM for the upcoming SLI notebooks.  WidowPC will not be the only manufacturer carrying SLI notebooks, and that the specifications for the computer are actually much better than originally listed on the WidowPC site before they were removed.  Our insider claims, "The image for the [notebook] is not correct, we have not disclosed those graphics yet." 


However, we were able to get a quick rundown of some of the specifications of the laptop:


  • Turion ML/MT CPU
  • nForce4 core logic, including gigabit Ethernet
  • 19" WXGA+ 1680x1050 LCD display
  • Dual GeForce G70M "Ultra" 256MB graphics
  • 8 Channel Surround Sound, 4 embedded speakers
  • MiniPCI expansion

The document with the specifications stressed that the G70M is not just a GeForce 7800 Go, but an "Ultra" version of the product with 256MB of memory per card.  The presentation also indicates that the dual graphic cards do not work over the MXM laptop interface -- NVIDIA demonstrated a dual MXM laptop at CES 2006 several weeks ago.


Weighing just over 15 pounds, the laptop and its variants will really act as desktop replacement computers rather than laptops at all.  With an 18" by 13" footprint, the Clevo notebook is not exactly something you would lug around to class either. 


Expect to see the Clevo SLI notebook from several manufacturers after the March 3rd embargo, including Alienware, Eurocom, Falcon NW and Voodoo PC for approximately $5,000 USD.  Widow PC was not one of the retailers listed on the partner listing.

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Why only 1650x1050?
By Crescent13 on 2/9/2006 9:19:56 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen 15.4 inch notebooks with 1920x1200. This company has the fastest graphic processing power you can put in a laptop, a full 19 inches of screen space, and they only make the resolution 1650x1050?

RE: Why only 1650x1050?
By ViRGE on 2/10/2006 1:03:38 AM , Rating: 2
I'd guess they're using a traditional desktop panel for this, so it would have a resolution more in line for a 19" desktop LCD.

RE: Why only 1650x1050?
By Xenoterranos on 2/10/2006 1:27:37 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree, that's total crap. You can custom configure a voodo PC for what this will probably cost, get decently on-par performance, and WAY higher resolution. They'd better have another optional screen with a widescreen resolution starting in the 2000's.

By Heatlesssun on 2/10/2006 1:39:33 AM , Rating: 2
15lbs??? I got a DTR a few years ago, and at 10lbs it was kinda nice and not too bad, but $5k will buy a heck of a lot of desktop that would smoke this puppy.

The DTR is a nice if you really need the power and a little portability, but just kinda falls of the edge of not really worth it

By KristopherKubicki on 2/10/2006 1:44:19 AM , Rating: 2
There is a school of thought that thinks most computers will eventually be DTRs like this -- appliances you could pick up and bring around with you but not necissarily somethign you would move around everyday. I don’t know if that’s something I would completely settle for, but I would rule out that we use the “desktop” form factor forever.


By tjr508 on 2/10/2006 3:36:08 AM , Rating: 2
Does this mean I'm going to have to part with my 24" 100 pound CRT =( ?

I understand the need for automobiles to get smaller for energy and what not. Small cell phones are good for those of us that dont like to wear them on our belts, but computers? come on! I have plenty of space upon my desk.

I know advertising is powerful. Bose managed to get people to think that small speakers sound better through millions of advertising dollars even though anyone who has heard a decent pair or similarly priced speakers will beg to differ.

I've also seen people on this very forum start to talk about "performance per watt" (Even with desktops, lol) right after those Intel PDFs started floating around.

I guess my point is that times change but I don't.

SLI on the Go?
By SGTPan on 2/9/2006 8:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
This thing sounds pretty cool, although, I wonder how hot an SLI laptop would get. I'm not taking one of these to Iraq with me if it has cooling issues in normal temps.

RE: SLI on the Go?
By stmok on 2/10/2006 7:01:02 AM , Rating: 2
You should consider a Panasonic ToughBook instead. They're design for Mil-Spec standards and are ruggered-ised for dust, rain and such.

Ultra version?
By DigitalFreak on 2/10/2006 7:58:54 AM , Rating: 2
"The document with the specifications stressed that the G70M is not just a GeForce 7800 Go, but an "Ultra" version of the product with 256MB of memory per card."

I'm confused. Isn't there already a GeForce 7800 Go GTX? Is this the "Ultra" they are referring to, or is this yet another new GPU?

RE: Ultra version?
By KristopherKubicki on 2/10/2006 11:02:12 AM , Rating: 2
or is this yet another new GPU?

So I'm told.


By THEREALJMAN73 on 2/10/2006 3:08:04 PM , Rating: 2
It's amazing how many people don't understand the concept of a mobile desktop. There is a HUGE demand for this type of product and it meets the needs of many users.
I will probably buy one because it affords me the opertunity to bring a powerful yet portable computer to my friends houses, lan parties or something as simple not wanting to sit at my computer desk and moving it to the coffee table.
I have a 17" laptop now and it's great to watch movies on when I travel. I set it up on a night stand in my hotel room and it's like my own personal theater. I cannot wait for 19 or even 21 inches of screen.

RE: Hmm
By suryad on 3/9/2006 12:26:15 AM , Rating: 2
I absolutely agree. In fact I would get this over a desktop simply because it is still mobile though it is 15 lbs and face it you are in bad shape if you cant haul 15 lbs...but imagine someone working for a client doing editing and so on and they need to whip up something or a little demo, haul your desktop around??? I think not! I for one would get this at the drop of a hat. This is one par with some of the most powerful unclocked desktops around. Brilliant!

15 lbs
By Howard on 2/9/2006 8:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
Wow. Sure wouldn't want to carry that thing around.

A laptop?
By pixelslave on 2/10/2006 10:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
At 15 lb, I call it a AIO, not a laptop!

By Z3RoC00L on 2/10/2006 2:05:54 PM , Rating: 2
I wonder how long the battery would last.. LMAO. Seems pointless to me.

By DavidJ on 2/12/2006 9:24:47 PM , Rating: 2
I bet the family jewels are going to get roasted by this monster!

By thecomputerer on 3/2/2006 6:31:17 AM , Rating: 2
I have the Clevo D480W. It has a 6W power supply with a fan. this will have a 9 or 10W power supply with a fan and will be *really* heavy. However those of us who need the power on the desktop (as opposed to the move) will buy this regardless of weight. I'm pretty big so a 25lb bag is not too much of an issue.

As for 1650x1050? The D480W has a 1440x990 and the graphics size is just about right. 1900 x 1200 on a 15.4 laptop is just ridculous and ruins your eyes (something I now have a laptop to avoid doing any more).

The laptop resolutions are governed by the screen manufacturers. Expect to see 1920x1200 within the next year.

If you want to see more, you can get the user manual from Clevo at

They have done a lot to upgrade the usability of this laptop. Burying the subwoofer in the body of the machine will reduce the booming of the older versions. The speakers look like they have been upgraded. The screen has a significant border which will reduce the warping and cracking of the screen casing seen on older versions.

I have been waiting 2 years for this model and it still doesn't seem to have what I want (800 Firewire and 4 Gig of RAM).

By cgp99 on 3/15/2006 2:08:34 PM , Rating: 2
Clevo M590K is available for Pre Order at Sager and at this place for a little less $. They both say it's shipping in a few weeks.

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