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the display - VERY BRIGHT. i like it. everything is crisp and clear, colors seem very nice, cant compare to my samsung 957mb 19" flat crt, but thats to be expected. the viewing angles are pretty decent, much better than other comparable notebooks such as cl56. the pics i took dont show how bright the screen really is. B+ on the display!
*** update- 4 dead pixels not in center of screen but still...i hate that, oh well not noticeble unless ur whole screen is black.
^^^ sent it in for lcd replacement on may 16th via 3 day express, getting a new one june 2nd.
the chasis- first off, let me set the record straight. the laptop is exactly 1.1" thin, front and back with lid closed. its a very sexy laptop, very thin for its power, the color scheme is great, it think its all plastic im not sure though. the wavy grill...well wow i cant believe voodoo people complained so much about this. i dont know maybe mine is less wavy than the rest of the voodoo m460 owners, but the speaker grill is not that wavy guys, i wouldnt have noticed it unless i started looking closely and running my fingers across it to make sure. besides being a tad bit "wavy", it is very sturdy. A on the chasis!
***** update...ok i said the grill is sturdy, that is true. but if u press on the small part above the grill it bends slightly. i have been pressing everywhere on the chasis to see if it is sturdy and the part above the grill bends if u press on it, it pops up and down..SLIGHTLY. i just wanted to be fair and point this out. aside from that part, the case is sturdy, everywhere.
*****UPDATE # 2 ^^^ disregard that, there is no bending!!! u see, on the back of the lcd the 2 hatches have this plastic cover that can either slide up or down on each one, i will explain better in a picture later. if they are snapped down then there is NO BENDING, its completely sturdy. if the are snapped off then there is bending, its intentional to be able take the top part above the keyboard OFF, i think to upgrade ram or something i dont know but its definetely there on purpose. they dont snap off unless u do it manually so u dont have to worry about that...the chasis is excellent.
mousepad- no problems, installed windows xp it ran fine, no crazy mouse with a mind of its own here. keep in mind ive only been using it a few hours. the left and right buttons work fine, havent tried that little navigational circle buttont thing yet. doubt i ever will since i just bought the new microsoft intellipoint explorer 4.0 (great mouse btw)
keyboard- i havent gotten any stuck keys but again, i havent been using it that much. i like the keyboard, its not too springy...i guess its kinda springy but im just saying that because past m460 owners complained about it. i wouldnt, feels fine. im typing this all on the laptop and yea, it feels fine. B+ on the keyboard. I would give it an A but ive used better laptop keyboards. i cant complain with this one tho, for how thin it is, its very decent.
the fan- sorry cant really review this yet, havent tried games. but let me just say, since i turned the machine on, ive only noticed the fan a few times when i was installing windows xp. its very quiet so far, scratch that, its SILENT....will play games in a few hours and let you all know how it handles then.
****update- fan is silent unless running something intensive like games. then its not silent, but i wouldnt call it loud. i cant describe how loud with text but for me its not loud enough to complain. im not just saying this to justify my purchase or to spite the voodoo m460 owners, the fan really isnt that loud for me...it seems very normal.
lets see what else...OH! it came with a sleeve! YAY! i love this thing, was very surprised by it. i didnt need a case but a sleeve i did need for this thing. for those who dont know what a sleeve is, its a padded cozy basically for the laptop, very nice. has 2 velcro patches to close it with the laptop inside. very snug.
also, the company that sent me the laptop is HUGEBEE, or hugebee.com its part of internetishop i guess. so far no problems with them. received an invoice with the laptop everything is in order, i have the 1gig of ram i custom ordered, received the tracking number the day after i ordered (had to call because they couldnt email me for some reason, due to filters on my email addresses..we tried 3...i thought that was weird)
so far i am very happy with my purchase. stay tuned i will be updating this thread over the next few days. expect some 3dmark03 scores and gaming performance along with fan noise updates later tonight.
update* using radlinker i overclocked the card to 459/243 and got a score of 3051 in 3dmark03