AVADirect Clevo X8100 Core i7 Gaming Notebook Review

Software & Accessories

Short and to the point, we expected a bigger bundle out of a high dollar gaming rig, but it wasn't a total wash. AVADirect included the requisite essentials, such as an AC/DC power adapter, user's manual, driver disc, and in this case a large 12-cell battery pack, but they also tossed in a free carrying case, which is always a nice touch when you're dealing with a notebook this big and heavy.

Our review system shipped with an Acronis True Image OEM serial, CyberLink DVD Suite, and of course Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, but no Windows disc. We would liked to have seen a lint free cloth thrown in to wipe off those inevitable fingerprints that glossy finishes seem to attract, and a free game would have been a nice touch, though you do have the option of purchasing a handful of titles from AVADirect during configuration, including Fallout 3 and Half Life 2: Orange Box.

Major kudos go out to AVADirect for not littering the desktop with performance robbing crapware. Volume OEMs often pre-load their systems with all kinds of useless junk, most often trialware, as a way of generating revenue from the app's developers/publishers. On a $4,000 system, the last thing you want to do is spend the first 30 minutes uninstalling toolbars, casual game trials, and other crud, and AVADirect ensures you won't have to.

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