( put the review back here for ppl who are still interested in the mitac8335 )
[Ordering and Shipping Process]
I ordered my laptop from ibuypower on March 25th. I paid for normal shipping and received it on April 1st. It arrived double boxed and packaged very well. Nothing was missing from my order.
[Installing and Setting Up]
Since I ordered my laptop without an operating system I had to do a clean full install of everything. At first I had issues with my copy of windows xp because it wouldnt bootup with it, but that was a problem related with my CD being a copy and not the regular store bought version. I went out and got the real thing and it installed fine.
After the o/s install I installed all the bundled drivers that came with the laptop. At first when I was testing these devices I noticed that my laptop would freezeup when playing neverwinter nights. I went and downloaded the latest ati omega drivers and I never had a problem with that again. Another thing I noticed when testing installed devices was the internal wireless lan card. This card could not be turned on using the wlan toggle on/off switch. Further more, the card did not send data to the send/recieve LED's, nor did it have a very stable connection to my Linksys 54g wireless router at my home network. This issue has not been resolved, I am temporarily using pcmcia linksys 54g card to get by with wi-fi.
I downloaded CPU-Z to get a reading on my cpu, cache, motherboard, and memory. Here are the pics to the data I got:
After my intial test run I decided to find data on how the computer was running when It was idling and running during general use (aim, wlan, surfing web, checking mail, etc).
38c cpu - 38c hd
laptop during general use:
41c cpu - 48c hd
laptop on full power idling:
45c cpu - 48c hd
laptop on full power after gaming:
55c cpu - 51c hd
Using directx 9.0B and Omega 2.5.36a drivers (as of 4/8/04) I ran free trial benchmarks of 3Dmark03, Aquamark03, and PCmark04. Here are the results:
Using AtiTool I found that my video cards default operating core/mem and tweaked it to an OC'ed setting where it ran stable with no artifacts. Cpu is still running at full power and not OC'ed.
Video card default:
Video card overclocked at a stable level (no artifacts, no overheating):
[to be continued later...coverage on battery life, real game benchmarks of farcry, unreal2, ut2k4, etc]
Here are some pics of the laptop and the battery which I will cover later when I have time.