Aviator CX7 Duo
Integrated V.92 56K Fax/Data Modem - Qty: 1
MS Windows XP Professional CD & Manual SP2 Pre-Installed & Configured - Qty: 1
Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Controller - Qty: 1
17" WUXGA 1920x1200 VividView™ Display w/ Super Clear Glossy Surface - Qty: 1
1 Year Platinum Warranty with 24/7 Toll-Free Tech Support - Qty: 1
100GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Hard Drive with NCQ & 8MB Cache - Qty: 1
Internal 802.11A/G 54Mbps Wireless Mini PCI for CX7 - Qty: 1
Aviator CX7 in Silver with Tinted Brushed Aluminum Cover - Qty: 1
Built-in High Definition 3D Sound System for CX7 - Qty: 1
(No Disaster Recovery DVD) - Qty: 1
Internal Bluetooth™ Module for CX7 - Qty: 1
1024MB Mushkin PC5300 DDR2-667 SODIMM - Low Latency (5-5-5-15) - Qty: 2
8X DVD ± R/W Drive Dual Layer w/ DVD Recording Software - Qty: 1
Intel® 945PM chipset + ICH7M Mobile Motherboard (CX7-Duo) - Qty: 1
Aviator CX7 Duo: High Performance 17" Centrino Duo Gaming Notebook - Qty: 1
2.00GHz Intel® Core Duo Processor T2500 / 2MB Cache/ 667MHz FSB - Qty: 1
Nvidia Quadro FX 2500M PCI-Express 512MB GDDR3 - Qty: 1
1 Hypersonic 17" Koskin Laptop Carrying Case w/ Embossed Logo
Note: They threw the case in for free, but I don't think it is worth $70. If you place the order over the phone, the will give you the case for $35-$40, can't remember exactly, but well worth that amount. Even so, it is not padded very heavily, so I am thinking of adding extra there if I can, it is already pretty tight...
Ordering: Ordering went fine. There was a mix-up about what date my card would be able to be charged, but that was not entirely their fault. Otherwise, it was delivered pretty much on time, I believe a few days off their original completion date, but that is fine. I understand how these things go.
Shipping: I am a documentary filmmaker and I was in Nashville at the time and they had no problem shipping it to my address there, which went very smoothly and I was very impressed.
Initial reaction: "Oh man, did I make the right choice!" The computer with its 17" widescreen is huge! Yet it does not weigh that much even with the battery which seems to last a VERY LONG TIME. I didn't time it, but it was over an hour and a half Internet surfing. I have the power hungry Quadro FX 2500M graphics card, so I don't know if that affects the time. I believe if you had the GeForce Go 7900 the battery would last even longer. I just needed that card to crunch graphics with the Avid Xpress Pro editing program. It's funny, my buddy has a 15" Mac which looks a lot smaller than my 17", but when I put his on top of mine, it was only slightly longer on the edges. It is still very portable and I am going to take it lots of places.
Appearance: This notebook looks very professional and very technical all at once. Just size wise, it tells people that "Hey, I don't mess around with my computer." The clock in front is a nice touch.
Display: Again. "Wow I made the right choice going with the WUXGA!" It is hard to look at my desktop with the lower res now. Absolutely no dead pixels, even with no assurance purchased. There is minimal light leakage, which I can only see during the blue Windows start up screen. It's pretty tight.
Sound: The speakers on the system leave something to be desired, but I have never heard great sound on a laptop, so no big surprise there. That's why I have expensive headphones. They really do make a difference over the cheap one, by the way... I never thought it would be that much better until I bought a $100 pair - can't imagine what the really expensive ones sound like.
Fans: Mine runs a little bit warm, I think the powerful graphics card probably has something to do with it. If I am plugged in, I usually manually turn the fans on high because I think it's better for the equipment to keep it cooler. Others might feel otherwise, but after a minute or two, I don't hear it. Otherwise, the fans are very quiet, sometime adjusting speed if it heats up a little.
Intel Core Duo Chips: Definitely the way to go. These things fly and I found I can run programs on my computer, like a virus scan, and then do other things with my computer barely breaking a sweat. It seems to have something to do with the great battery life I have.
Conclusion: I have never bought a cutting edge machine like this before and certainly never spent thousands on a system, so you can understand my being a little nervous. I have no negative feelings about the process and would recommend this company to anyone, as I would buy another system from them in a second without any hesitation or shopping around. I spent three months trying to decide what computer would be best for me, as well as many hours fantasizing over the years before I knew I was actually going to buy one, and this is the the one I was comfortable with. I love it and encourage everyone to buy one also.
Rock n' Roll.
Spotted Tail Productions