Avell has just launched its new line of HYB notebooks aimed at users who want the best performance in a portable option at home. The C65 HYB is part of this new series with 12th Gen Intel processors and an RTX 3080 Ti.
Additionally, there are options for 16GB or 32GB of DDR5 RAM (the latest technology standard) and a 512GB SSD or larger. The construction is sturdy, and the glass touchpad is very accurate during use.
Design, Construction and Connectivity
The Avell C65 HYB is a laptop designed for users looking for maximum performance. Its configuration is considered “high-end” because it has the latest processors and graphics cards available today.
Its all-aluminum body reflects Avel’s focus in this regard. Another thing to note is the touchpad, as it’s coated in glass, but we’ll get to that later.
In the tests I did, I noticed that the capture was very rough, with a lot of noise and lack of color fidelity. In this case, I believe that the manufacturer could bet a little more, since we are talking about a high-end notebook from the brand.
A total of four vents are provided to help cool the C65 during heavier activities and general gaming. Two of them are on each side of the product and the rest are on the back of the laptop.
An advantage of this model is connectivity, as we have three USB-A ports – two of which are 3.2 Gen. 2, the last, 3.2 Gen. 1 — One USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1 output, separate P2 connections for microphone and headphone, RJ-45 output and Micro SD card reader. Overall, the C65 HYB is very complete and offers advanced features for demanding users.
I know it seems redundant to say that the display is also a highlight of the C65 HYB, but it would be unfair not to say that it stands out from the rest of the competition on the market, as the manufacturer has clearly paid attention to this role.
I even beat Resident Evil in testing and the experience was great. Even the “ray tracing” technology makes everything more beautiful, as the reflections and lighting in the game are more realistic.
The fluidity of 240 Hz will be noticed during the game, especially when performing more abrupt actions or with many objects on the screen at the same time. It is worth mentioning that the human eye cannot see so many frames accurately, but you can see the smoothness that this feature brings to the use of the device.
Keyboard and Touchpad
I’ve tested a few gaming laptops on Canaltech, but I have to say that the C65 HYB keyboard is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever used. Starting with the availability of the ABNT standard in the layout helps a lot in cases where we need cedilla or adequate emphasis on words.
The keys are discreet, but I felt some resistance when typing, which made me feel safer when writing some text or sending a message to someone. After all, there’s nothing more unpleasant than accidentally hitting a key and pressing it incorrectly.
The RGB backlight is also very welcome because, in addition to helping when typing, it brings out what every gamer values in a machine of this type. We know that this is an interesting feature of this machine, although more about appearance.
The touchpad is big and wide enough for a very comfortable experience. Its glass coating makes movements precise and smooth, eliminating the need for a mouse in this case. Obviously, when we talk about games, it is necessary to use this accessory alone, but this does not take away its virtues at any time.
Finally, there are functions linked directly to the touchpad, which can be locked/unlocked if necessary. This becomes very useful for those who prefer to use the mouse in games, as there is no risk of “click miss” in important games.
Configuration and Performance
The Avell C65 HYB has three different settings, “Essential”, “Pro” and “my way”. The first and second are closed configurations, while the last one allows the user to choose between a few options.
However, the impression I give will be related to the C65 HYB Pro version that we received for testing. It has an Intel Core i9 12900H processor, an RTX 3080 Ti, 32GB of DDR5 RAM and 512GB of storage.
Starting with system startup and programs, I can say that everything was very smooth and fast during use. Windows 11 was already installed on the machine, so I was able to try the latest Microsoft OS.
In terms of gaming, the C65 HYB doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance or performance. I was able to keep the graphics at the highest settings with RTX enabled without any noticeable impact on the gaming experience. In Resident Evil, for example, I had graphics running smoothly at over 140 FPS in most scenes, even those with lots of onscreen elements.
The “Ray Tracing” technology makes the experience more immersive and very pleasing to the eyes. The reflection of in-game lights is accurate and reflects the game scene well. The light from the chandelier reflected off the piano as Dimitrescu chased me was a mixture of beauty and despair, to say the least.
A less pleasant detail is the temperature reached by the C65 HYB. It’s not uncommon for processors and graphics cards to reach numbers higher than 90 degrees, plus the keyboard gets so hot you can’t hold your hand for very long.
The first time I used the C65, I quickly downloaded a few games to test out its different features. However, the sound did not satisfy me at first. I found it very weak and low and didn’t bring any “glow” except during gameplay.
It must be said, however, that this impression is unfair because I didn’t set it up correctly in the game, which detracted from the initial experience.
Once this issue was “fixed”, my experience with the notebook was completely different. The sound is strong, full-bodied and has good clarity in the game. In Resident Evil, for example, you can tell if she is near or far from me just by listening to Ms. Dimitrescu. I must say it makes the game even scarier.
There are two audio outputs on the left and right sides of the product. The only negative part of the audio is the experience it offers when listening to other types of content, especially music.
In this regard, I think the C65 HYB is a disappointment, mainly because of the low sound and lack of power.
I know people who buy these notebooks can use headphones, but that doesn’t prove Avell’s lack of focus on this part. That said: the sound is great, but only for gaming.
Battery and Charging
Although the C65 HYB is a laptop, it follows its own rules that apply to all similar devices and focuses on performance and gaming: it must be plugged into a source for the entire period of use. It still has 280 W of total power and carries a lot of weight in its backpack.
When we’re talking about a gaming-focused notebook, they require a very high power load to reach 100% of their potential. So, even if the user wants to play games easily without connecting to the power supply, he will notice a drastic drop in performance, proving that it is not used in other conditions.
In other words: when we talk about gaming laptops, we are talking about desktop laptops, no exceptions.
The only notebook currently on the market with a configuration similar to the Avell C65 HYB is the Dell Alienware x17 R2. It also comes with 12th Gen Intel processors and the RTX 3000 in its version. There are also two different CPU versions to choose from, i7 12700H or i9 12900HK. The last one, unlock the overclock.
In addition to one or two 1TB M.2 NVMe SSDs, users can choose between 16GB or 32GB of DDR5 RAM. In the 2TB option, they are configured to work in RAID 0, resulting in faster data reads and writes, as well as improving system performance in this part.
The main difference between them is the screen, and despite having the same size (17.3 inches), the American brand model is superior in some features. It has a 360 Hz refresh rate, 300 nits and NVIDIA G-Sync technology that syncs the graphics card and monitor to ensure there is no tearing.
The only thing that makes the Avell panel better in this case is the resolution, as we have the Brazilian manufacturer’s Quad HD (2560 x 1440) versus Alienware’s Full HD (1920 x 1080). Leaving these details aside, the specifications of both notebooks are excellent and will certainly not disappoint in this section.
These models cost around R$30,000 to R$40,000, depending on the configuration.
In conclusion, I can say that the C65 HYB is an excellent notebook in many aspects. Its configuration is currently one of the most powerful in the national market, sharing this ranking with few manufacturers.
The 12th Gen i9 and RTX 3080 Ti are responsible for this. They are components built and thought for demanding users who demand the highest performance. The screen is another advantage, as we are talking about a panel with 17.3 inches, 240 Hz refresh rate and Quad HD resolution.
However, all these features come at a high cost, since we are talking about a machine that costs just over 30,000 reais, a very good value even for those who want this type of performance. Aside from these details, the C65 HYB is excellent and hardly ever disappoints.