Friday Dec 02, 2022

Venom BlackBook Zero 15 Phantom review – CHOICE

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CHOICE verdict

The 15.6-inch 2022 edition Venom BlackBook Zero 15 Phantom is a strong offering in the power-user laptop space. It’s a no-nonsense notebook for serious users that has seven standard variations ranging from the mid-range at $2299 to the high-end at $4699. Our test model, courtesy of Venom, was the Dark Shadow Edition, fitted with an 11th-generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor, 32GB of RAM and amazingly fast 2TB solid-state drive storage. You also get the customary Venom extras, such as an extra power ‘brick’ (one for work, one for home), ready-made troubleshooting USB key, and the advantage of upgradeable and replaceable key parts – RAM, storage and Wi-Fi modules. This is part of Venom’s unique approach to eco-friendly sustainability, which also includes a buy-back offer for up to seven years. These are important considerations if you’re looking for a quality notebook for the long term.

Price: $3549
Contact: shopvenom.com

How does the BlackBook Zero 15 Phantom perform?

In a nutshell? The BlackBook mean business. Our performance findings for the Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor and Intel Iris Xe graphics processing were good, but the super-fast storage was outstanding. 

This is the fastest storage performance results we’ve achieved, taking the title from the previously tested 14-inch Venom BlackBook Zero Phantom. That 14-inch model broke all previous storage speed records with 7080MBps read speed and 5122MBps write speed. However, this 15-inch Dark Shadow Edition eclipsed that with a read speed of 7103MBps and a write speed of 5133MBps.

Super-fast storage speeds lift the BlackBook Zero 15’s overall performance considerably

Fast storage speed tends to lift the overall performance rating of a computer and in the case of the Venom BlackBook Zero 15 Phantom (Dark Shadow Edition), the super-fast storage coupled with the abundance of RAM makes this notebook a strong candidate for intensive applications such as serious video, audio, and picture editing.

With all this performance you need a good cooling system for when you’re running the laptop under sustained heavy load and it’s always best to sit the laptop on a hard, flat surface to keep it vented properly when doing so. We found the fan noise to be noticeable during performance testing, with the fan speed app set to auto by default.

Plenty of ports for connectivity

Ports on the left side (above) include power, HDMI, USB 3.2 (Type-A), USB 3.2 (Type-C), Thundebolt 4 (Type-C). On the right side are headset, Micro SDcard, USB 2.0 (Type-A), RJ45 (ethernet) and security lock slot.

Venom again appears to have versatility in mind with its approach to connectivity, so you’ll find plenty of options. You get the latest Wi-Fi 6, which gave us good wireless networking performance, and the laptop includes the latest Bluetooth 5.2 version. 

Physical connectivity ports include one each of rectangular Type-A shape USB 2.0 and USB 3.2 Gen-1 (5Gbps), plus one Type-C shape USB 3.2 Gen-2 (10Gbps) port and one Type-C shape Thunderbolt 4 port (40Gbps), which also supports power delivery and is DisplayPort compatible for attaching external monitors. 

There’s also a full-sized HDMI port and gigabit ethernet, headphone jack, plus a microSD card reader and security lock slot. This is great if you want to use this in a home office as your main computer and need an external monitor and wired networking.

We tested under Windows 10 as that’s what it shipped it with, but as you would expect it satisfies all requirements to run Windows 11, so you can upgrade at anytime. 

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Source: https://www.choice.com.au/electronics-and-technology/computers/desktop-and-laptop-computers/articles/venom-blackbook-zero-15-phantom-review

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