Re: centrino laptops from powernotebooks?
|Originally posted by elitemetal
powernotebooks seems to have a few laptops with the pentium m, anyone have any experiences with these laptops?
I have some limited experience with their PowerPro 3:16 ...
I had my brother-in-law buy it and I've worked with it for a couple of days.
The 3:16 is a nice looking machine. Let me say first that I have limited experience with notebooks in general... I've only had one and only played with a few. But, the 3:16 is built very nicely. Screen seems nice, notebook feels heavier than it's 5.5 lbs but maybe it's just me.
Had/have 2 complaints with it --
1) under left palm, the HDD (we got a 40gb 5400rpm) and it gets a little warm. I'd prefer it not but probably could live with it. My brother-in-law said he might not have ever said anything about it if I hadn't said something to him about it ...). So, with a 4200 ... don't know if it would get warm or not. With the 7200 .. don't know how much warmer it could get??
2) the Intel integrated wireless caused me a lot of problems. Some MY fault and some NOT. MY FAULT = I didn't know the system had to have the antenna "ENABLED" ... I thought it came "enabled" but it didn't. So, I fought that for a while... really stupid on my part! (I had never had the "integrated" wi-fi card so maybe that is part of me not knowing ... i do now though!)
And, then the NOT my Fault could be anything -- the built-in Intel card, working with the stupid MS Zero config and then working with the D-Link 614 router/AP that we were using really wasn't "easy". I made it work but the wireless connection would get disconnected and we'd have to reconnect. It really was SUCKY. So, I had my notebook running a wi-fi card (pcmia based) and it was working great. So, I bought an external pcmia based card and plugged it in and dang that thing works great. So, I was a little unhappy with that part of it either.
Now, dealing with PowerNotebooks has been good. Well, when I dealt with the "tech support" person, he treated me like a consumer who didn't know anything. But, when dealing with Joel over there, he's really tried to help me out.
Overall, I'd recommend the 3:16 ... in fact, it's in the running in my list of notebooks I want.