Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

It’s the cheapest Ultrabook to date, and the iffy ergonomics and a very poor screen show exactly why

4
Price when reviewed 
625

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Ivy Bridge is on the way, and that means we’re seeing Sandy Bridge Ultrabook prices fall ever lower. Novatech’s first Ultrabook, the 14in nFinity 2367 Plus, crams in the same low-voltage CPUs and solid-state storage found in dearer rivals, but for a reasonable £625. It’s clear the battle for the budget Ultrabook is only just beginning.

We weren’t sure what to expect from Novatech’s cut-price effort, but the nFinity 2367 Plus makes no attempt to hide its budget. It’s shod in a basic matte black chassis with little in the way of luxurious touches. The brushed aluminium lid adds a splash of class, but the rest of the chassis is covered in a slightly rough matte plastic, and it’s not exactly a lithe design. Other details hint at the Novatech’s humble beginnings: the ugly font on the keyboard, or the cheap-feeling rubber grommet stuffing the Ethernet port on the right-hand edge.

Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus

It’s not that the Novatech feels flimsy. At 1.61kg, it’s a little heavier than some, but the stiff base and solid lid feel reassuringly stout. It’s only once you look up close that you’ll notice a slight ripple and bounce in the keyboard’s base, while further prodding reveals a few millimetres of give in the plastic wrist rest.

Yet, beneath the plain, uninspiring exterior, there beats the heart of a true Ultrabook. It’s the first time we’ve seen one sporting an Intel low-voltage Core i3 processor, and it doesn’t disappoint. Although it lacks the Turbo Boost of its Core i5 cousins, and so runs at a maximum of just 1.4GHz, it still acquitted itself well, scoring 0.48 in our Real World Benchmarks. Our review unit came with a cramped 64GB Crucial M4 SSD, but retail models will thankfully come with 128GB – which is just as well given the 15GB recovery partition.

Where many budget models suffer from poor battery life, the Novatech can hold its head up high. Our light-use test saw the nFinity 2367 Plus browse the web for 7hrs 34mins. Upping the ante with our Cinebench test, which pushes the CPU flat out, it still lasted a very reasonable 2hrs 54mins.

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Warranty

Warranty1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions333 x 230 x 18mm (WDH)
Weight1.610kg
Travelling weight2.0kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core i3-2367M
Motherboard chipsetIntel HM65 Express
RAM capacity4.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free0
SODIMM sockets total1

Screen and video

Screen size14.0in
Resolution screen horizontal1,366
Resolution screen vertical768
Resolution1366 x 768
Graphics chipsetIntel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics card RAMN/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs1
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs0

Drives

Capacity128GB
Hard disk usable capacity119GB
Spindle speedN/A
Internal disk interfaceSATA/600
Hard diskCrucial M4 SSD
Optical disc technologyN/A
Optical drivenone
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed100Mbits/sec
802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapterno
Bluetooth supportyes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchno
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports0
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks1
SD card readeryes
Pointing device typeTouchpad
Audio chipsetRealtek HD Audio
Speaker locationFront edge
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Camera megapixel rating1.3mp
TPMno
Fingerprint readerno
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use7hr 34min
3D performance settingN/A
Overall Real World Benchmark score0.48
Responsiveness score0.58
Media score0.55
Multitasking score0.31

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS familyWindows 7
Recovery methodRecovery partition

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