Novatech nFinity 2367 Plus review

16 Apr 2012

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

Price when reviewed: 
625inc VAT
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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.

Details

Price ex VAT £521
Price inc VAT £625
Overall rating 4
Features & Design 3
Value for Money 4
Performance 4

Warranty

Warranty 1 yr return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 333 x 230 x 18mm (WDH)
Weight 1.610kg
Travelling weight 2.0kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i3-2367M
Motherboard chipset Intel HM65 Express
RAM capacity 4.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 1

Screen and video

Screen size 14.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,366
Resolution screen vertical 768
Resolution 1366 x 768
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics 3000
Graphics card RAM N/A
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 1
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0

Drives

Capacity 128GB
Hard disk usable capacity 119GB
Spindle speed N/A
Internal disk interface SATA/600
Hard disk Crucial M4 SSD
Optical disc technology N/A
Optical drive none
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

Wired adapter speed 100Mbits/sec
802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter no
Bluetooth support yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch no
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
FireWire ports 0
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 1
SD card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Audio chipset Realtek HD Audio
Speaker location Front edge
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.3mp
TPM no
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 7hr 34min
3D performance setting N/A
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.48
Responsiveness score 0.58
Media score 0.55
Multitasking score 0.31

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
OS family Windows 7
Recovery method Recovery partition