Digital Storm Veloce: The Quick And The Cheap
Display, Sound, and Battery
The 13.3-inch, 1920×1080 display on the Veloce is one of its best features. Brightness (350-nit) on the matte panel is not a problem, nor are the fantastic viewing angles, even from the top and bottom. Clevo chose an IPS display, which explains the top-notch performance, and the Veloce does not disappoint. Gaming and movie-watching are a pleasure with this display.
The Full HD resolution gives the Veloce plenty of desktop real estate, and — even with the small screen — doesn’t shrink anything to the point that you’re squinting at the screen. It could pose some problems while gaming, but I’ll circle back to that later.
Going from the high of the display to the lowest of the low: the Veloce’s speakers are downright awful. I loaded up some Major Lazer, as I did with the Blade, and the tracks sounded like they were being played from a tin can a few rooms away. That, and the complete and utter lack of bass, was a bit of a surprise. I never expect speakers in gaming laptops to be good — a few brands, like MSI, aside — but why even bother with a “Onkyo Speaker Installed” logo if the speakers sound terrible? Definitely bring your headphones or earbuds along when using the Veloce or any other Clevo laptop, kids.
Another low point for the Veloce is the 62 Wh battery, which is good for about 2.5 hours of runtime when watching video or gaming. Lackluster cordless performance is usually expected with gaming PCs, but I was hoping for more with this Haswell-based laptop. Furthermore, the small-gaming-PC competition (Razer and MSI, specifically) gives you better battery performance for your dollar. Razer uses a 70 Wh battery, which helps explain why its battery performance is so much better.