Cryo Computers are a UK system builder at the top of their relevant market, I have reviewed many of their systems in the past, including the stunning carbon fibre Cryo Nano and the watercooled, overclocked high end 980X based Nemesis SE. If you want a sexy custom system build then these guys should be high on your list.
System builders in the UK are a dime a dozen but Cryo have managed to distance themselves from the masses because they really know how to build a killer rig with plenty of attention to detail.
When Cryo recently announced that they were releasing a new range of performance laptops (for the first time) then we made sure we were one of the first publications in the UK to snag a machine from their production line. We received such an early unit that we had to apply the Cryo name badge ourselves !
The systems they are making are based around Clevo chassis and they range from the £1,395 Mercia to the £2,995 Iceni. Rather than focus on the high end model we though it would be more interesting to review the Mercia entry level unit – after all this is the model which is going to get the most sales.
So what do you get for your £1,395 ?
- 15.6in display 1920×1080 HD (3D nVidia support optional)
- Intel Core i5 540QM standard (Core i5 or i7 mobile processor support)
- DVD-RW optical (BluRay optional)
- Dual Channel DDR3 4GB PC3-10666 standard, to 8GB upgradable
- Discrete graphics card support; nVidia 285M, 360M, 260M, 280M, Quadro 2800M, and ATI HD5870 Mobility (standard)
- HD multichannel sound with stereo built-in speakers, WLAN 802.11g, one SATA HDD; 500GB WD Scorpio Blue
- Dim: 374(W) x 263.5(D) x 42(H) mm, 3.3Kg.
Our model shipped with the default configuration of 4GB of DDR3 and an ATI HD5870 mobility graphics card. We have high hopes that this is going to be a kick ass system to cover all bases.