AMD Turion 64 Mobile Tech ML-32 Processor
512 MB RAM
15.4 WXGA TFT Crystal Brite Display
8X DVD/24X24X24 CD-RW Combo Drive (Phillips)
SiS M760GX Chipset
3D Graphics support
Realtek AC'97 audio
56k Agere Systems Modem
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g
8 cell battery
Windows XP Home
Weight 6.17 lbs
I purchased this notebook on April 7, 2006 from CompUsa. Original price: $799.99. Final price: $599.99 after a $50 instant rebate and a $150 mail in rebate. I also purchased a 3 year extended warranty, a carrying case and an optical mouse.
Being new to laptops (this is my "other" computer, not my main one), I wasn't sure what to expect. I am happy to say that this laptop seems to be first rate. The weight is perfect, and it feels nice and solid. The outside is a very nice "brushed" finish.
The display is bright and crisp, even in bright light. The sound from the two speakers on the front is "ehhh", but I am used to a top notch sound system on my regular computer, so I'm probably not a good judge of quality laptop sound.
Different user settable "launch" buttons are laid out nicely above the keyboard. There are three USB ports, one on the front and two on the right side, along with a network jack, a modem jack and a Type I/Type II PC Card slot. The left side is the optical drive. On the front is the Bluetooth and Wireless buttons/indicators as well as the line in jack and mic jack. On the back is the power jack, the external display port and a security key lock connector (optional). Everything is laid out very nicely.
The battery life is good, lasting a solid 2.5 hours (although the specs claim 3). At home, I mostly use it with the power adapter. It has taken me a little time to get used to the smaller keyboard, as I'm used to a full size one, but that is just an adjustment issue on my part. The keyboard keys have a nice, soft touch.
It came shipped with (surprisingly) very little software installed, nothing like I was expecting. Norton Antivirus was there, but not installed, so I was able to install my AV of choice without the hassle of uninstalling Norton.
I am thinking of getting a cooling pad. It doesn't run hot enough for it to force me to not place it on my lap, but it's probably a good idea to have one anyway.
Only having had this laptop for a month, at this point I would have to say it completely met my expectations and I am very happy with it.