Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

An Ultrabook that's affordable for all

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Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

Almost everything you'll find on a more expensive Ultrabook is present on the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus. There's a good number of ports: three USB 2.0 connectors (USB 3.0 is unfortunately absent), an HDMI port and an analogue VGA connector, along with an SD card reader and the usual audio outputs.

It isn't all good news, though. In no way is the build quality or general feel of the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus anywhere near as good as the bigger brand models.

You could say the all-black appearance is extremely minimalist, although you may also argue that it's plain boring. There are also gaps where pieces of the chassis come together, a far cry from the unibody designs found on other Ultrabooks.

The trackpad is small, and not much better than one found on a typical netbook. The keys are laid out with an isolated style, but they feel spongy, so typing is less comfortable than on, say, a MacBook Pro.

Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

The case feels strong at least, but flexes slightly in places. The screen is far from terrible, but it isn't the brightest, and colours aren't as clean as on higher-end laptops.

It's not especially thin or light either, despite that being one of the supposed benefits of an Ultrabook. At its thickest point, the chassis is 21mm in depth, and it weighs 1.7kg. When held, that extra weight is noticeable.

To put the weight difference in perspective between this and another Ultrabook, the astoundingly light 1.1kg Toshiba Satellite Z830, it's about the equivalent of a whole iPad 2.

But inside, even on this inexpensive and relatively mid-range model, everything is there to give a good computing experience.

Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

An Intel Core i3 2367m processor isn't suited for heavy video encoding tasks or gaming, but it's enough for general use, and 4GB of memory is just enough to ensure Windows 7 is perfectly responsive.

Likewise, a 128GB SSD matches what's on offer from other Ultrabooks and provides enough space for Windows, applications and a modest file collection.

As with almost every other Ultrabook, the Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus uses Intel's HD 3000 graphics processor, which is integrated into the CPU. This GPU may not be the most powerful around, but it can at least cope if you throw a 3D game at it, as long as you turn the detail and resolution down.

While it's still no powerhouse, this is a far cry from Intel's integrated processors of the past, which could barely get past the loading screen of even old games.