Review of the ECS G556E
Display: Looks great except there's a couple of dead pixels but barely noticable. The ATI 9700 Mobility packs enough power and games like HL2 and Doom 3 runs smooth with no noticable ghosting. The viewing angle isn't that crash hot.
DVD-Burner: Lite-On SOSW-852S. Originally I was supposed to get a 4x + only burner. When the laptop arrived, it was a 4x dual format burner. It appears to burn cheap Princo discs without problems. This burner can be flashed to support 8x burning and 2.4x DVD+R DL burning which I have, but I haven't tested DL discs yet. (If anyone has a G556 with a + only drive and it's a Lite-On, it can get flashed to support + and -.)
Wireless: Ralink RT2500 802.11G. Works ok. Same chipset as my desktop PC. I can easily get adhoc access to my home computer and it works well with the 802.11G ADSL Router at work.
Fan: Pretty quiet unless running games. The noise isn't really unbearable but I put some AS5 on the CPU.
Battery life: I can get 3.5 hours out of it when using SpeedswitchXP. For what I need is ok. It's reasonable for a Centrino with a R9700 Mobility and a 5400RPM HDD (Samsung Spinpoint).
Overall: It has been an excellent laptop since I had it. It runs anything I throw at it. HL2 and Doom 3 run great and DVD burning works great too!
Rating 4 out of 5.