Meet the C65 HYB, the new high-end gaming notebook from Avell | Gaming Notebook

The Avell C65 HYB is a high-end gaming notebook that will officially hit stores in May 2022. The C65 line has six options with different configurations, in addition to the “à la carte” mode, in which the user can assemble the computer. according to their own preferences. In the most basic model, the computer has an 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 GB of DDR5 RAM, a 512 GB SSD and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 video card. There is also the option of buying more powerful versions, with 12th generation Core i9 processors, 32 GB of RAM, more internal memory and an RTX 3080 Ti card.

However, all this power comes at a very high price: machine prices range from 24,000 to 34,000 rubles, which makes these computers limited in terms of audience. O TechTudo Testing the most basic version of the C65 HYB. Check out our full review of the entry-level notebook in the range below.

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The Avell C65 HYB is a new high-end gaming notebook from the Brazilian brand Avell — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

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The C65 HYB is certainly not a small notebook, especially for those who are used to ultralight models like the MacBook Air or even the Galaxy Book Pro. However, the model, which has a 17.3-inch screen and weighs 2 kg, is far from uncomfortable, especially considering the offer and category – for example, the computer can be used on your lap without much trouble.

It’s impressive that the computer considered it High end, that is, with pieces that guarantee sophistication and high efficiency, you can arrange such a powerful set in such a small space. A plus point for the engineering of the device, which still offers additional space to include another memory slot.

Avell PC has a sober design and noble materials in its composition — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

In terms of finish and design, refinement is also present in the choice of materials. The C65 HYB has an aluminum body plus a large glass touchpad that helps it feel responsive and nice. The look is very sober, and outwardly there is little reminder of the fact that this is a gaming PC – which can be good or bad, depending on the preferences of each user. The wide air vents that surround the car are one such reminder.

Another design factor reminiscent of a gamer aesthetic is the RGB keyboard. However, it is worth noting that it is possible to change the color of the light to make it more discreet or even turn it off if the user does not like it. There is a “fringe” on the front of the notebook, where the lights also leak, which guarantees a very nice effect. Typing on the computer is also a pleasant experience, as the keys are heavier, albeit a bit noisy.

Avell C65 HYB’s backlit keyboard is beautiful and comfortable to type on — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

In terms of connectivity, the notebook is also very complete. There are three USB ports in total, two 3.2 Gen 2 and one 3.2 Gen 1, plus a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4. There is also a separate P2 input for microphone and headphones, HDMI 2.1, card input microSD memory and one more. A standard RJ-45 port for those who want to use a computer connected to the Internet via a cable, which is not so common in new notebooks. For those who are more into wireless mode, don’t worry: the C65 HYB also has the AX201 Wi-Fi system and Bluetooth 5.2.

Avell notebook speaker power has never been a strong point for the Brazilian brand, and even with its high-end (and investment) lineup, the sound system is still lacking. There are only two audio outputs, both located on the bottom of the device. Even at maximum volume, the sound is still low, and in addition, it is not attractive in terms of equalization.

However, it’s worth noting that this isn’t quite the offering of a notebook that’s too focused on gaming and therefore offering a satisfying experience with headphones. Regarding this premise, there is nothing to complain about. For example, in Days Gone, one of the games we used in our tests, the headset experience was good enough to hear the infected’s sounds from a distance, as well as determine where they were coming from.

Sound isn’t the Avell C65 HYB’s strong point, but the Quad HD display with WMA standard makes up for it — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

On the other hand, the screen is the strong point of the notebook. They are 17.3 inches with Quad HD resolution, i.e. 2560 x 1440 pixels and WVA panel. In addition, the refresh rate is 240 Hz, which is double what is seen on OLED TVs like the LG C1, for example. This specification guarantees a lot of fluidity, both in the simplest tasks and, of course, during gaming.

In our tests, we also used the game Doom Eternal to observe the performance of the computer in terms of frame rate in the game at a more intense pace and with many things at once. In addition to the game looking even better than its console version, the high refresh rate of the screen helped make the experience even more organic and immersive.

Another factor to note is the colors, very nice, even if the notebook is not ideal to buy if the priority is sRGB fidelity. WVA (Wide Viewing Angle) technology ensures, for example, that it is not distorted when viewed from the side. In games, this is enough to get a memorable visual experience. However, if the intention is to buy the C65 HYB for design work, for example, it may be necessary to have a monitor to ensure faithful color reproduction.

The C65 HYB’s screen colors are quite different from those of the Asus Vivobook, which does not have the WMA standard — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

In-game performance and experience

As expected from a car with the C65’s specs, the performance is worthy of a true technological masterpiece. When starting the computer, it is already obvious – the device takes a few seconds to be ready for use. However, the duration can be a little longer due to Windows Hello facial recognition, which can be a little confusing, but nothing that breaks the speed of the notebook.

Avell C65 HYB offers a sophisticated gaming experience — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

In our tests, we used GTA 5, Days Gone and Doom Eternal to evaluate how the PC would handle the various games on offer. In all cases, the C65 performed very well, despite the need for some adjustments, mostly in terms of resolution. The only change we made to the Rockstar game was downscaling it to Full HD, which allowed the game to run at over 60 FPS without even the sound of the PC being felt. Additionally, the RTX 3080 helps create a visually stunning rendering with ray tracing that illuminates reflections and lighting.

It seems that GTA 5 is not a 10-year-old game on the market with maximum settings — Photo: Reproduction/Luiza M. Martins

A similar case was Days Gone, which also required scaling down to 1920 x 1080 to run at a good frame rate. With the graphics on Ultra, the game clocked in at just under 60 FPS and remained stable the entire time while fighting off hordes of infected and using the bike. Bend Studio’s game, which is already a real treat for the eyes, has become even more impressive with detailed textures, especially vegetation and well-made shadows. At maximum settings, the game looked better than its native PlayStation version running on PS5.

Days Gone was even prettier than its native PlayStation version — Photo: Reproduction/Luiza M. Martins

The only thing is that with all this power, the computer heats up and heats up quickly. The “Fan Boost” function, which can be activated by pressing the button next to the power, gives a little relief, but not in a way that looks like the Avell PC is about to take off. For the most demanding, this can be a negative point. However, it is worth noting that during our tests the temperature was not an obstacle to running programs or games.

As with other notebooks focused on offering a gaming experience, to get the most out of the C65 HYB, one measure is required: keep the computer connected to a source at all times, especially while gaming. This is because due to the high processing power, it is common for these machines to also have high power consumption and need constant power. In the case of this particular computer, this need is evident even in the size of the font – the device has 280 W and weighs almost 1 kg, which can cause discomfort when carrying the computer.

The C65 HYB power supply has a power of 280 W and weighs almost 1 kg — Photo: Luiza M. Martins/TechTudo

In testing, we tried running games without connecting the device to a power supply and, as expected, performance dropped dramatically. The battery also clearly showed that this was not its function – the autonomy, in this case, did not reach three hours. For lighter, more routine tasks, the computer could hold a charge for about six hours.

Direct competition from the C65 HYB is very scarce in the Brazilian market. The main competitor in its version with the most powerful configuration is Dell’s premium gaming notebook Alienware x17 R2. The main difference between the two is the display, which has a 360Hz refresh rate on the North American machine, in addition to some other technology improvements.

However, the resolution on the C65 HYB is higher: Quad HD 2560 x 1440 versus Full HD 1920 x 1080. It is worth noting that in both cases the performance is guaranteed, but not without a high investment cost – both C65 HYB and Alienware are not for everyone’s pockets, and perhaps this is the main “defect” of both machines.

The Alienware x17 R2 is the only direct competitor to the C65 HYB in the Brazilian market — Photo: Disclosure/Dell

In its most basic version, the C65 HYB costs R$ 24,222 on Avell’s website. The cost, which is already quite high, still reaches R$ 34,677 if the customer wants a car with the most advanced settings. Obviously, the central purpose of this PC is not to cater to all audiences, but to offer the best gaming experience within the current technology. At this point, the triumph is indisputable, but it doesn’t change the fact that it would be more interesting to see a computer at a more affordable price and bring this experience to a more diverse audience.

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