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​Slideshow: Venom Blackbook Zero 14 laptop: Hand's on review

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  • Venom is a global laptop company based in Australia and we’ve been impressed with its products (like the Venom Blackbook 15X and the Blackbook 13 Zero) before. It’s built up a sizeable, cult following quite simply because it believes in making the best computers with no compromises. While there are some impressive offerings from competitors out there, what’s under the hood can vary considerably according to deals made for cheap components. Meanwhile, Venom will use top-end components and tell you what’s in there even though you’ll never likely see them.

    The company has also turned our heads by telling us what it won’t be doing: it’s not a fan of hybrid, convertible, touch-screen laptops and believes that compromise enters the fray when you try and have both. The same goes for having power, long battery life, portability and a low price – you can’t have them all without major compromise.

    Venom also proudly states that its battery and SSD are fully replaceable to help reduce landfill and, as a thoughtful touch, provides two, portable power supplies so you can have one for home and away. Frankly, the thing that impressed us most was that we booted up into a Windows 10 image that already had Chrome and Firefox installed. It’s the little things.

    Let’s hope it does well in our forthcoming review!

    [Related: Venom: Making the PC great again]

    [Update: Checkout our full, in-depth review of the Venom Blackbook Zero 14, here]

  • The box.

  • Stickers! And a cool looking business card thing.

  • It's not as neatly packaged as an Apple device, but who really cares about that anyway?

  • The box includes two power supplies, a USB Restore key and Norton Internet Security. All the essentials.

  • Thin? Yes. Light? Yes. Fortunately the screen's protective film comes off.

  • Despite facing the window, the matte screen suffers from minimal reflections.

  • The Scrabble-tile keys have an unusual, slightly-rough texture to them which we like.

  • The base. Nothing but a serial number and a reset port. Unless you count the easy access screws.

  • Peeling pr0n.

  • Monolithic.

  • If it wasn't for the Intel sticker, this would be black and white.

  • The view from the front.

  • We've seen few thin, light and powerful machines like this.

  • We needed to add some colour.

  • Exactly the same thickness as a Starburst.

  • It looks great from the sides!

  • Those wonderful rough-yet-smooth lines.

  • The full black and white.

  • Nothing really blue.

  • Another b&w monolith shot.

  • The start-again, Restore USB key.

  • We won't lie, this thing is one helluva fingerprint magnet and we constantly had to wipe it down.

  • East side ports, represent.

  • Starting up in total silence.

  • USB Restore instructions.

  • Finally some colour!

  • Oddish Pokemon for scale.

  • After removing way too many screws, we found that some components were more accessible than others. We'd be interested to see what an NvME hard drive could do as a replacement but there's not much else that can be upgraded. At least the battery is replaceable.

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