***I should also note that some of the close screen shots are a little blurry. I wasnt using a camera stand and taking shots with no flash. So like in the sunset shot, dont compare resolution cause the m6400 pic looks blurrier than the 9100 pic. Just compare color and brightness. Sorry, I just noticed this hours later *
Ok, Ive taken some side by side pics. Old laptop, Dell 9100 15" about 4.5 years old. New Laptop - M6400 Covet
As you can see, for me at least, buying this 17" isnt much bigger than the 15" Im used to. Ok, yeah. I wish the power supply wasnt so big but I will still carry this daily with me to work.
I have a backpack by Spire that I LOVE. They make a sleeve that fits this laptop fine and though the backpack I bought isnt SUPPOSED to fit that big of a sleeve, it actually works.
I highly recommend Spire backpacks. My old one for the 9100 has been carried almost Daily for over 4 years with good weight in it and it still really seems like new esp in the strength department.
I am no expert in video card and monitor stuff as Im an audio guy, so I havent tweaked anything with these screens. They are just both set to highest brightness level and as they came. Im not sure how "fair" it is to compare these since one is an LED screen and one is not and right there, you should expect one to be "colder" and one "warmer".
The LED on the m6400 is definately more saturated with color and way brighter. In whites, my old one looks a bit yellowish though it doesnt really show on the pics.
I tried to so some comparison glossy vs matte (9100) screen. Yep, the Covet is glossy as it IS glass after all, but nope, it doesnt bother me a bit. My first glossy screen too.
I tried to show the screen at angles but both these screens seem to have a wide angle range for viewing.
planning on purchasing either an HDX16 or HDX18 for college. Right now, the HDX18 is cheaper, but which one would be the best for transporting between classes, etc? Also, how would you take notes if the battery only last two hours?
I will also have another coupon that takes off $250 from the price listed.
I think I will purchase the HDX18, and then return it in the 21 day period if I feel it is too large or something. Which one would you choose based on the specs and price and the portability for college?
Envy 15 today from FedEx, same specs as mine, and I will take some time this weekend to run some benchmarks, before and after reformatting the drive, doing a fresh install of windows and tweaking some of the settings, including unRaiding the SSD, in order to gauge the level of improvement from these actions.
BIOS Version F.1A System BIOS Date 03/08/10 Video BIOS Date 02/24/10
I presently have a Lenovo T500 with the ATI 3650 video card, primarily use the UltraNav mouse (similar to point-stick), and regard the Lenovo keyboard as being pretty nice. Yes, i actually DO think the T61 keyboard was better.. but that's besides the point. What I want to know is..
How does the 3650 compare to the 4550? How does the ultranav compare to the point-stick? How is the keyboard in comparison to a Lenovo?
My desire is to have a number pad, nearly equivalent keyboard, faster graphics (its newer, it should be better), and hopefully, the point-stick doesn't drift like my Lenovo does. I don't do CAD, only light video encoding, and I fully intend to play Diablo-iii if it ever comes out.
I decided to do some investigating about the differences between them. What sparked this curiosity was the consistently higher temperatures I got with my new CW. Turns out the cooling design is a little different.
Not the best pics but hey this science project was done at 3am
New on the left, old on the right:
And a pic side by side just for kicks
I think I'll be adding some thermal paste to my new CW. which one? I gotta research how to do all that stuff.
it seems alot of people don't seem to understand the workings under SLI and have simply decided that the Hybrid SLI found in their laptop is pretty much useless.. While there is some truth to this it isn't completely true.
As those of you with SLI on your desktops will know, SLI is largely based on 2 things. Game support, and driver support.
By game support I mean some games will darn right refuse to work properly with SLI enabled. Some games may also work with SLI enabled, but show no clear benefits with SLI turned on. And linking in, nVidia have to make profiles for each game in their drivers. If you're up for tweaking it is possible to add your own profiles using nHancer, but then again, how many of you would be willing to do that?
So what I plan on doing, is benchmarking several games to give people an insight into the workings of SLI, what games support it, what games don't, what games need tweaking.. and hopefully based on this you can decide whether it's worth it or not for you in particular .....
The review of Laptop Magazine has comparison of the new MacBook Pro Core i7 and Sony Z11. It sounds like that the new MBP wins Sony Z11 in many places except the hard disk drive performance. Engadget published one also.
I recently took the plunge and purchased a new Studio XPS 16. I searched online to find images comparing the size difference between the two without any luck. Now that I have both systems in my posession, I took a few quick shots for any interested in seeing the physical difference. You'll have to forgive the fingerprints as I didn't bother to wipe either down.
With the configurations I have, the weights are 5.8lbs for the M1530 and 6.6lbs for the XPS 16.
I owned an Asus N10J-A1 for about a year and ended up selling it. It was a great little machine, but I didn't really think I needed a netbook any more. Plus I grew tired of issues with the stupid 1024x600 resolution and anemic Atom N270. It was a fun toy to tweak, but in reality, it wasn't practical. Nice to have a strong GPU like the 9300m GS but the other components really didn't push it to its full potential. Plus watching flash based video like Hulu and YouTube was less than ideal, manageable, but not ideal.
My biggest issues with netbooks have been the keyboard size, screen resolution, and enough CPU power for flash video (i.e. Hulu, YouTube, etc). This notebook seems to correct that. The keyboard looks close to having regular size keys, and the screen resolution is at least somewhat normal (16:9 and with compatability with 1024x768). The CPU is much more powerful than the Atom can ever want to be, and battery life isn't compromised really. I think it's better on this Acer than the N10J anyhow.
I was waiting for the ION platform, but it seems that will be a while and still contains the Atom CPU. It will have its caveats as well to work out. Since I realize it would be nice to have a smaller, lighter notebook with a longer lasting battery, I decided on the Acer AS1410. I have ordered it but haven't received it yet. The specs to me are perfect, and dimension-wise it's not much bigger than the N10J (only 0.4" longer and wider).
Here's the specs:
Acer AS1410 CPU: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500 @ 1.4GHz Chipset: Intel GS45 Screen: 11.6" 1366x768 Memory: 2GB expandable to 4GB (comes with 2 slots, and only one populated with a 2GB module - nice!) Hard Drive: 250GB 5400RPM GPU: Intel GMA 4500MHD Network: Gigabit LAN, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n Ports: 3xUSB, 1xVGA, 1xHDMI, 1xMic, 1xheadphone, 1xwebcam, 1xcard reader Battery: 6-cell No Optical Drive OS: Windows Vista Home Premium.............................
I originally bought an X200 and then I decided to go for the Sony Vaio Z720D/B instead. I thought I'd give a brief comparison since there are few laptops in this class: extremely portable with a full speed processor onboard. The choices for an ultra portable working laptop boils down to basically these two plus the Dell and Thinkpad X301, both of which are more expensive.
X200 pros: - Extremely durable. I have no qualms about throwing this around. - Locking and firm lid. - Amazing battery life and very cheap batteries. I bought an extra 6-cell for $50, 9-cell for $60. I get realistically 7 hours out of the 9 cell, and 13 if just reading a pdf document. - Lots of very handy keyboard shortcuts (the forward/back browser buttons are my favourite) - Amazing track point, best I've ever used. - Weak keyboard light helps somewhat - Lighter than the Sony - Spill-resistant keyboard - Tiny AC adapter..................
All tests were run on a vanilla installation of Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1 with only RMClock and 3DMark06 installed on the system, and HWMonitor included to keep an eye on temperatures.
All tests run at 1366x768 (native res) with default options.
Only drivers with WHQL certificates for this series were included; which means two that supposedly had them, 174.74 and 174.93, aren't shown.
SUMMARY - The 174 series of drivers is officially obsolete - they clearly benchmark lower than the newer 175 or 176 drivers. Upgrade if you want to. - 175.61 continues to be an anomaly, with higher-than-average HDR/SM3.0 scores, both in my previous benchmarking before this comparison, and during it. - The 176 series is probably your best bet overall. - Temperatures never really were an issue - 73 Celsius was the highest I saw.
Here's the chart - focus on the GPU score instead of the overall 3DMark to remove the variance provided by skewy CPU tests.
Just curious: has anybody come across some pics on the internet that show the differences between the display-types shipped with the new Dell M4400 - TrueLife RGB LED, AG daylight viewing and the AG WLED Backlit?
I had returned the unibody Macbook I bought last December primarily due to the low quality screen. I'm wondering if anyone has comparison photos between the two (especially at different viewing angles), as I'm seriously considering purchasing the 13" again.