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Mesh Edge15 Gamer CS review

Mesh Edge15 Gamer CS
Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £699
inc VAT

Despite a uninspiring case and an imperfect keyboard, the Edge15's performance makes it a superb deal for mobile gamers on a budget.


15.6 in 1,366×768 display, 2.8kg, 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8700, 4.00GB RAM, 500GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Mesh’s Edge15 is squarely aimed at those wanting a laptop with bags of power. It has the fastest processor of any other laptop in this £700 group – an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 – and along with 4GB of RAM and 64-bit Windows 7, it managed a decent 77 overall in our 2D benchmarks.

There’s also an ATI Radeon HD 4650 graphics card that returned a frame rate of 39.4fps in our Call of Duty 4 test. At this price, that’s impressive. It evens manages a decent 22.6fps in Crysis at 1,280×720, with no anti-aliasing and with ‘High’ quality settings.

Although gaming is more enjoyable on a larger screen, the Edge15’s 15.6in display is bright and colourful, with a slight blue cast to whites. It has a glossy finish, so bright overhead lights are reflected, but its vertical viewing angles aren’t as restrictive as other laptops we’ve seen, so you can adjust the tilt angle of the screen to avoid most reflections.

The Edge15 isn’t as stylish as laptops from big-name vendors, but the black plastic case isn’t unattractive and the textured wrist-rest is quite practical. The keyboard flexes a bit under pressure, and there’s little feedback for touch-typists. The Fn key is placed to the left of the Ctrl key, but otherwise the layout is fairly standard. The touchpad is large and responsive, with large buttons. These have a very light action, and on our review model they rattled when we typed, but were comfortable to use.

As expected, the internal speakers weren’t up to the task of impressing us; they’re loud, but lack a wide dynamic range. There’s an HDMI port but no S/PDIF for surround sound on a non-HDMI sound system.

While we were happy to find four USB ports, three of these are inconveniently situated on the front right edge of the case, where cables may get in the way. Confusingly, there’s a switch that should toggle wireless but instead controls Bluetooth, and the Fn key combination to toggle WiFi didn’t work.

Despite some quirks and the flexing keyboard, the Edge15 is a great choice for gamers on a budget and it wins a Budget Buy award.

Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8700
Processor clock speed 2.53GHz
Memory 4.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 4GB
Size 37x374x245mm
Weight 2.8kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 18W
Power consumption active 42W


Viewable size 15.6 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650
Graphics/video ports VGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory 512MB


Total storage capacity 500GB
Optical drive model TSSTcorp TS-L633A
Optical drive type DVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11a/n
PC Card slots 1x ExpressCard/54
Modem Yes
Supported memory cards SD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option backup and recovery software
Software included Microsoft Works 8.5

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £699

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