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Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review

Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The G-MAX N512 features an ample 15" wide TFT LCD screen, ATI Radeon Mobility 9700 graphics chip, 60GB hard drive, built-in 802.11G wireless networking, and more...
 82% Rating:   
Filed under: Notebooks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Feb 22 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Gigabyte G-MAX N512

In the box

Along with the G-MAx N512 laptop and power adaptor, the bundle includes a few necessary software titles, a laptop bag, a wireless optical mouse (which we will describe in detail later) and a printed manual and quick start sheet.

The review unit PCstats Labs received came with Windows XP Professional (service Pack 1) pre-installed, along with copies of Roxio's Easy CD and DVD Creator v.6 and Cyberlink PowerDVD 5 software. An operating system re-installation CD and a Utilities CD containing drivers and a copy of Norton's Internet Security application is also included.

The included Gigabyte (GM-W6B) Wireless Optical Travel Mouse was an early highlight for us. This round and comfortable optical mouse has a hidden surprise... turning the mouse upside-down reveals an 'eject' button which, when pressed, pops out a USB wireless receiver from its hiding place in the belly of the mouse.

Great for portability and 'toy value.' A small velvet bag is included for transporting the mouse, which runs on two AAA batteries. It's a cool little extra, but North American buyers of the N512 will find the Gigabyte GM-4U mouse included with the notebook instead of the GM-W68 model.

The included nylon laptop carrier is rugged and a useful addition to the bundle. It has plenty of available pockets for your sundry items, and a big comfy pouch for the notebook itself.

The manual and quick instruction sheet included in the G-MAX N512 package are both easy to understand and clear. The printed manual goes into the necessary details on a number of topics such as the BIOS, and system maintenance. The colourful quick-start sheet presents the N512's ports and interfaces, and provides a quick 'getting started' guide. Not quite up to the level of say Dell in user friendliness, but comprehensive nonetheless.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte G-MAX N512
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review
 Pg 2.  — In the box
 Pg 3.  Appearance and function
 Pg 4.  N512 Interfaces
 Pg 5.  The 15" LCD display
 Pg 6.  Battery life and performance
 Pg 7.  The N512 In Use
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Sysmark2004, Mobile Mark 2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Winstone2004, Sandra 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark 2002, PCMark 2004
 Pg 11.  Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark01, 3DMark03, Comanche 4
 Pg 12.  Gaming Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, Aquamark3, UT2003
 Pg 13.  Doom3 Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusion

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