28th November 2007

NVousPC Mercury Laptop with Custom Paint Job – Review

posted by Doomzilla in Laptops/ Computers, Reviews |

I recently found a company by the name of NVousPC that was getting some attention for its custom paint jobs for laptops. They sell custom configured, custom painted laptops, as well as allowing you to send them any laptop you already own for them to paint a custom design on. If you know anything about me, then you know that I have an unhealthy obsession with customizing everything I own. Unfortunately, all I could find was news and nothing in the way of reviews. Well, I am here to change that. If you check the NVousPC About Us page, you’ll find out that this Miami-based company was founded just this year.

The last paragraph from their About Us page pretty much sums up their entire mission statement:

“We understand the growing need for people to express their personalities and lifestyles. We have made this possible through our laptops which are now, for the very first time, complete aesthetic extensions of your personality and lifestyle. People can now paint their laptops as a means of self expression that go in accord with their tastes and styles.”

Well, a week ago I finally received an NVousPC laptop for review and couldn’t wait to open it to see what custom exterior was included. Luckily, I could withhold my enthusiasm for a moment to take a couple photos of the glorious unboxing.

Packaging Box Open Power Adapter Laptop Open

That’s right, its pink! I have nothing against pink, so this didn’t bother me at all. Anyways, I’m not here to judge the color as I am here to give you the lowdown on how well the laptop performs and the quality of the custom paint job. Now, you probably can’t tell from the picture above, but the laptop is more than just solid pink. It also has accents that really compliment the color as well as an NVousPC logo which looks much more interesting than most of its competitors. The only concern I had about the paint job is that it is painted onto the laptops plastic chassis, whereas a lot of paint jobs for full desktop machines are baked on. I was a little worried that the paint might rub off of the laptop, but it proved durable withstood several days of testing and opening and shutting the lid. I would suggest that if you purchase one of these machines that you also purchase a very soft laptop sleeve to hold it and protect the paint job while you carry it in your bag/briefcase. While at college, I saw plenty of people ruin great laptops from just throwing it into their backpack and I would hate to see such a beautiful paint job get ruined from rubbing up against your textbooks.

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Before I go into the hardware details, let me just say that this paint job is very impressive. The lid, LCD frame/bezel, and the wrist rest/keyboard frame are all painted with glossy pink paint. Also, the flower design and logos are raised just slightly to give the laptop a layered design. It is quite amazing how professional this paint job is. Though I guess it makes sense when the company’s motto is “Make it Personal”.

All of NVousPC’s laptop lines have customizable specs. The hardware in this particular Mercury unit includes:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 (2.0GHz) CPU
  • 1GB of DDR2 (1 x 1GB)
  • 80GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
  • DVD Dual Layer Burner
  • Integrated Intel 950 Graphics Accelerator (up to 256MB of shared memory)
  • Integrated High Definition Audio
  • Intel 802.11 a/b/g Internal Wireless Adapter
  • Glossy 14.1″ LCD (1280×800 Resolution)
  • PC card 95 supported with 1x Type II slot
  • PCI–Express card (54mm type) x1 slot
  • 3-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS)

All of this hardware is powering Microsoft Vista Home Basic. Now, with Vista I generally recommend 2GB because A.) DDR2 memory prices are rock-bottom low right now and B.) Vista seems to use a lot more resources than Windows XP. Fortunately, this laptop and its 1GB of memory proved to be very solid in all the tasks I threw at it and never once seemed to stutter. On starting the Mercury, it took 49 seconds to completely bring up the Windows desktop and it took 15 seconds to completely shut down. Very reasonable times for a laptop, especially with a 5400RPM hard drive.

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