Originally Posted by blix9
I am following this thread since when I sat my eyes on the 9420.
137, congrats on your lappy! I am seriously considering this model for my first notebook.
Do you have any heat issues? Would you able to find out whether the GPU is underclocked or not?
With that 17" PowerBook Pro from apple on the market, now I am kinda reconsidering my choice but hey, it's over $2,700. Also, it looks like it has some issues to be addressed such as heat and whining noise. They also say the X1600 in it is heavily underclocked.
So again, I'm leaning toward 9420.
I cant say a bad word about 9420. I mean there is this little thing on the display, but it is some manufacture problem for 99% only on this piece, so I have replacement promissed, whch I am fine, because it had stuck pixel as well, and so I have another chance to get it completely fine
I am gonna do some testing and see if it is underclocked or not. Well, about the heating issues. I do not really know how HP does that in this case, but hey it does not really matter how long is it running or what apps you are running, the air comming from the vent is still kinda cold!!! This guy has nothing to do with overheating or something like that as far as I coul observe.
Again it is very light, very portable and very good build, you wont be affraid to carry it around. I mean it is not 12"cher but the numloc is neat and there is not aninch of space not used effectievely.
About the screen - the screen is not "ultra high definition whatever..." but it is very nice glossy finish screen that will do its job. There is some minor light leakage from the bottom, but really only if you are too too picky.
It is not any lamp but as for me bright enough, really over the average. I was affraid of the ambient light sensor, but it is working very smoothly and you still can turn it off.
What is amazing on this laptop is the battery life. 3.40hours with no problem if you let the settings the way HP has them for portable situations and it is important to add - they are satisfying for most tasks.
I am coming from TravelMate 8204 WLMi and have no complaints. That one was crap, this is neat IT piece! I mean it has far from feeling flimsy or cheep, it runs VERT QUIETLY, no buzzin, no whining, only sometimes you can hear some squelch coming from the fan, which is well located on the left and back side of the notebook.
I am very positively surprised with the performance!!! Gosh it is 1.83GHz with 1GB 667RAM (+1slot free!!!!
) and it gives the feeling that it is faster and prompter than that lousy 8204, which was 2Gigs CoreDuo and 2GB 667RAM with 512 X1600 HyperMemory. So I have nooo complaints on this side, ran the 3DMark05 with score like 3492, which is not bad.
The BrightView: the black is black, the white shines and there is no extra reflection that could bother me as some people say when complaining about brightview screens.
So if you ask me, I say - go for it!!