Originally Posted by airwick
i bet you anything once this hits america (or Canada) the silly consumers won't care abouteh 7200 rpm or 1gb ram or sxga so it'll xga 512 80gb 4200 rpm and maybe even 64mb m11 :P
This is available now in the US with the older 64MB M10. Talk to CoffeeShark. I also found one other reseller:EBC Computers
The problem is, it's hard to settle for the limited specs available in the US, when much better options are already available in Japan. Hopefully, MSI will bring the 128MB 9700/SXGA over here soon.
FrancisQ, does the shop you're talking to have a website by any chance? What's the name of the store? I looked through a number of Japanese resellers sites today and couldn't find a trace of this model online.
Originally Posted by FrancisQ
Do you think this will be able to handle some of the latest games like Doom 3 and HL2. I deffinitely will be getting HL2 but might wait for reviews on Doom 3. Anyway would the above specs enter this laptop in to the gaming laptop arena or would it still be a wannabe gaming laptop?
See rincewind's thread: How doom3 will run with a 9600 and 9800
I think basically, yes, it should be able to play the new games at med-low settings and resolution. The specs put it close to the top range of Pentium-M machines (unless you want to spend a fortune on a 2.0GHz chip). If you wanted higher performance on a notebook, you'd really need to go for a heavier machine with the fastest A64 or P4 chip you can get. Of course, you'd be giving up at least half the battery life too.M510C Review and Benches on Cnet Taiwan
The model tested is the P-M 1.5GHz/64MB M10/40GB HD (4,200RPM?) which gets 2633 in 3DMark03. The Japanese model should perform much better.
FrancisQ, please give us a full review with benches and photos if you do pick this one up. Maybe you can convince the shop to run 3DMark03 while you're still considering it.
Here's a review in Polish. I don't know what it says, but it has great close-up pics of all the details of the machine inside and out.MSI MEGABOOK M510C on pclab.pl