Digital Storm Veloce: The Quick And The Cheap
Gaming on the go is no longer an awkward, back-breaking scenario. Gone are the days when one had little choice but a behemoth, 17-inch desktop replacement — a capable form factor that has its proper time and place, but is often reviled due to size and weight. You can still go down the mobile SLI road for maximum mobile punch, but many prefer portable PC gaming in a smaller chassis with less, but still very respectable, firepower.
These smaller gaming solutions, with the Razer Blade (14″) leading the way this time around, have recently gotten a serious boost, thanks to the new Haswell chips from Intel. You also have to give credit to Nvidia for making Optimus such a priority; the technology offers GTX power for triple-A games when you need it, and more efficient integrated Intel graphics when you don’t.
The Veloce from Digital Storm is one of the latest small gaming laptops to hit the streets. Sporting a 13.3-inch display, and based on the Clevo W230ST ODM platform (which is also used for the Origin EON 13-S), the Veloce is poised to offer fair performance in a messenger bag-friendly form factor. And the performance, which should be similar to the Razer Blade, comes at a considerably lower starting price point.
My review unit was the $1,596 “Better” option, as listed on the Digital Storm website. Along with a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4800QM CPU, this Level 2 configuration comes with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M, 8 GB of DDR3 memory, a 128 GB mSATA solid state drive, and a 750 GB hard drive.