Originally Posted by BargainSeeker
Thanks for the excellent review. How were you able to determine that the laptop was made by Wistron?
I'm not 100% certain but I had some clues...
1. The keyboard looks exactly (down to the see through blue keys and markings) like the 505, and its rumored the 505 is a Wistron made product. (is this true 505 owners?)
2. I came across this article. The last para shows a possiblity that some AOpen laptops might come from Wistron...http://www.emsnow.com/newsarchives/a...ils.cfm?ID=501
3. On my Sandra scores (see my review), the chipset model shows as a Wistron corporation 82855PM. In the more detailed output (not on my review), all three of my USB controllers are shown as Wistron 82801DBM's.
4. In my c:\program files directory there is a directory named Wistron. This directory holds the software that runs the Launch Manager. This is the software that programs my 5 hot-key panel buttons. If I click About while running Launch Manager, it tells me "Launch Manager Version 1.1.0 Copyright 1998-2003 Wistron Corporation". I'd be interested to know if your 505 has something simular.
There is nothing on the unit itself that says Wistron. If there is a way to tell I'd be interested. There is a possiblity that AOpen simply buys the hardware (chipsets, keyboards) and software and makes the rest, but my hunch tells me its outsourced. If this is the case, the 505 and the 1557G are family.