AVADirect’s new offering, W765CUH, is a multimedia notebook which doesn’t boast of a big brand name but delivers a top-notch performance all the same. It is aimed at consumers looking for a budget notebook with all great features.
1> 15.6-inch 720p (1366 x 768) display with LED backlighting
2> Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
3> Intel Core i5-540M processor (2.53GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
4> ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 512MB DDR2 graphics card
5> 4GB DDR3-1333 Kingston RAM
6> 500GB 7200RPM hard drive (Seagate Momentus 7200.4/ST9500420AS)
7> Realtek RTL8191SE 802.11n Wireless LAN adapter
7>Built-in Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
9> 8X DVD Super Multi drive
10> One year limited warranty
11>Weight: 5.82 pounds
12>Dimensions: 14.75” (W) x 10.13” (D) x 1.5” (H)
Build and Design
The W765 has a very general look with no extraordinary features. Aesthetics is not one of its characteristics. The W765 makes its somewhat chunky 1.5-inch high chassis slimmer with inward-cut sides.
The laptop is built entirely of plastic with decent build quality. The plastic has minimal flex with absolutely no glossy plastic as matte plastic is more resistant and easier to clean. But the plastic creates an irritating rattling sound on tapping. The matte plastic on the visible surfaces has a metallic gleam.
In the interior, the chassis has a strong frame. The screen also doesn’t get twisted easily. Ripples are also not created on the screen on pushing on the back of the screen. Two strong hinges hold the display. One small drawback is that the screen cannot tilt back more than15-20 degrees past vertical.
The W765 has with two different screen resolutions: HD (1366 x 768) and HD+ (1600 x 900). In the former, the screen has LED backlights with a glossy surface. The display quality is superb, with excellent brightness and contrast. Horizontal viewing angles are good with minimal distortion. Vertical viewing angles are narrow.
The 1366 x 768 resolution is insufficient for a 15.6-inch screen as a higher resolution needs less scrolling and provides easier multitasking.
The two speakers are surprisingly located in the bottom of the screen. Sound quality is tinny and poor with no tangible bass.
Keyboard and Touchpad
There’s a full-size or island-style keyboard with separate numeric keypad & the keys raised above the keyboard’s surface with more gaps. The keyboard feels hollow and unsettled with little flex.. The key action is simple and direct, ensuring typing accuracy. The matte key surfaces will wear slowly to the user’s advantage.
The drawback of the keyboard is lack of dedicated home, end, page up, and page down keys, which are incorporated as secondary functions in the arrow keys. If number lock is deactivated they can function as dedicated keys, but the number pad loses its efficiency. The number pad is an odd three-column with all standard keys present.
The touchpad is responsive, but the surface is too textured giving a rough feel. But the buttons are quiet and give good feedback
Ports and Features
The laptop has a number of input and output ports- Power, VGA out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI and eSATA, 2x USB 2.0, ExpressCard/54 (top), 7-in-1 media card reader (bottom), , USB 2.0, optical drive, 56k modem, Kensington Lock slot etc.