This is a revised review from the original that was done as a pre-release which you may remember
Sager 7620 Notebook Specs Overview
•PCI-Express 16x modular Video Card Design
•Intel 915P + ICH6 Chipsets supporting LGA775 processors
•Intel High Definition Audio
•Front Panel Audio DJ with MP3 compatibility
•1 Modular SmartBay for configuration options
Sager 7620 Notebook detailed specs
Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0/3.2/3.4/3.6/3.8GHz (LGA775, 800FSB) w/HT
1024KB On-die L2 Cache
Intel® 915P chipset + ICH6
Dual Channel DDR 400 (2 DIMM required for Dual channel mode)
4MB Flash ROM BIOS
- Hard Disk Drive
PCI Local Bus Interface
Detachable 2.5” 9.5mm ATA100 Hard Disk Drive
- Floppy Disk Drive
Modular 3.5” 1.44MB Floppy Disk Drive (SmartBay)
- Built-in 3-in-1 Card Reader (MS/SD/MMC)
15.4” (16:10) WSXGA+ / WUXGA TFT
PCI-Express 16x Modular Video Card
ATi MOBILITY™ RADEON® X800 256MB Video Memory
Dual-View Display Capability
DVD or CD-ROM Drive
1 fixed Optical Drive Bay
Interchangeable with DVD/CD-RW Combo drive or DVD±R/RW Combo drive
Built-in 8ch Azalia Sound System (with 8 external speakers output without Ext. decoder)
S/PDIF Digital output
SRS WOW support
Audio DJ Access Front Panel with MP3 playback compatible
1 Built-in Microphone
6 Built-in Speakers
PCMCIA 3.0 Standard Compliant
1 Type II PCMCIA Slot
Integrated Touchpad With Scroll Wheel
Full Sized Keyboard
Windows 95 2 Hot keys
Integrated with Hot Keys for LCD Brightness, Suspend, Panel/CRT Display
5 Hot Keys for E-Mail, Web, Wi-Fi, BT, And Camera
Infrared Communication, FIR, SIR and ASK Compliant
1 16c550 Compatible Serial Port
1 Parallel Port, with ECP/EPP Support
1 External Keyboard Port
1 DVI Port
4 USB 2.0 Ports
4 multi-function Audio Jacks
1 RJ-45 LAN (10/100/1000Mbps)
1 RJ-11 Modem
1 IEEE 1394a Fire Wire
1 S-video TV-Out
1 Lithium-Ion Battery
Full Range Auto-Switching 100V/240V AC Adapter
System Management Mode (SMM)
Suspend to HDD / DRAM
Full features of SMI Power Management, Doze, Sleep, Suspend/Resume Mode
10.6lbs loaded @ PCT
14.2”(w) x 12”(d) x 2” (h)
Second Optical Drive
Second PATA Hard Disk Drive
7-in-1 Card Reader
The 7620 is being released standard with the ATi MOBILITY™ RADEON® X800. The GPU has the potential to be upgradeable, but there has been nothing confirmed to say if there will be other options in the future.
Removing the GPU requires taking out the 4 screws holding the cover on:
Then the 4 screws (in order) that hold the heatsink on which reveals the GPU to be unplugged.
So, as you can tell from the benchmarks the 7620 hangs with the 9860 in video scores provided they have the same GPU. Both systems were tested with the X800.
After initial testing Sager was able to make some adjustments to get the sound level down from where we originally tested it at. It's still louder than the 9860 and has a pitch much easier to notice.
Quick Swap bay
The left side bay which comes default also can hold a second battery, card reader, media drive, or another hard drive. Not pictured are the 2nd media drive and 2nd hard drive brackets. They are easily swapped with the quick-release tab pictured here.
Just like the 56XX series, the 7620 has an option for a 2nd battery that slips into the quick-swap bay. The main battery is also quick-release allowing rotation while powered up if necessary. The main battery is 6600mah and the 2nd bay battery is 3600mah.
Battery life is 1hr 15 mins with the single and just under 2 hrs with both installed. This was tested with DVD playback, which is greater than average use load for most.
The LCDs offered are the WUXGA and the WSXGA+, below pictured is the WUXGA:
It had a nice viewing angle and over all look though the pictures look a bit hazy.
The cmos camera is built into the trim of the LCD panel. It's a 300K USB 2.0 Bisoncam (or in our test unit). It's the same camera found in other Sager models such as the 9860 which runs live video @ 640X480 and can integrate with your favorite video conference program.
Here's a couple of snapshots from the built in camera in Windows XP:
The Keyboard is also something I'd like to note. It's the same as used in the 4880, and the 5690. What makes a solid keyboard is what's behind it with this one. The 7620 seems to have a slight keyboard flex as the 5690 did which I didn't notice with the 4880.
Front Panel DJ and indicator LEDs
The front panel DJ shows the time, as well as the track on the CD/MP3 player. You can turn the DJ panel on when the computer is off by hitting the switch on the front. It powers up the DJ panel, speakers, audio out, and media drives. You can listen to your CD/MP3s through headphones or the speakers without having to power up the computer. Also on the front panel display you can see the battery/AC status showing the charging status.
Also shown in the pic above is a clear shot of the touchpad. I would prefer a square shape over round considering the screen isn't round. I guess we'll see how people take to it. The middle touchpad button is actually a scroll wheel and operates really well, just like a middle mouse scroll wheel.
The 7620 comes with 6 speakers built in. The sound quality is excellent. It's no theater with seating for 100, but the 7620 and the 9860 both are far beyond any other laptop that I have heard in internal speaker quality. The 7620 can easily kick out the volume and clarity to watch a DVD without needing to crank it up, even across the room.
Over all it has good performance with the X800, but with models on the market started to take pre-orders for the 6800 Ultra it has no chance of being on the performance top. It has the expected DTR battery life and weight, but is a pretty solid machine, looks great, and the DJ panel is very sweet. The biggest problem this system has? The fan noise and the fact that nobody is expecting any other GPU options to come. I still think this system will fit well with the right user at its price.