Originally Posted by laneo
oh! i thought it was a great laptop... but for what i read it doesnt seem to be that good...
i have an athlon 64 3.4 desktop and a powerbook g4 1.53 (laptop)... and i must say that the pc is much more powerfool than the mac... (and i thought that the compaq should be pretty similar to the desktop i got..
I would not call it a great laptop but it is a good laptop and it performs excellent in all but one area i.e. gaming, the Geforce4 440Go is simply outdated. Yes it is much better than any integrated solution but in this day & age there are other options which outrun it.
Granted I am just an occacional gamer but still I would at least like to have a decent GPU. The other gripe with the laptop is that its a bit heavy than what I would have liked(especially since there are other lighter laptops in the market).
Now for the good things about the laptop - IMO the screen is just gorgeous. The high contrast and glossy screen is irresistable.
The build quality is also amazing(better than I expected) especially after my previous laptop(toshiba) had bad build quality.No problem with the hinges and they are solid even after 6 months of daily usage. The computer handles almost everything that I have thrown at it and performs very well. You wont get the best benchmarking results(due to weak GPU) but overall it responds quickly. It calculated the Pi(Super Pi)
result to the 2millionth digit in 1m 40s. It also has one of the best speakers in the market(for a laptop). Granted it cannot beat any desktop/large speakers but has pretty good bass and there is no/very little distortion at high volumes.
I am more than satisfied with the performance of the laptop considering it has many good things going for it. The ZV6000 or the yet to be released R4000 is a decent improvement over the previous generation and correct some of the weakness(better GPU). If the specifications of the laptop is on equal terms with the desktop(CPU, GPU, RAM, HD speed) I think performance between the 2 should be pretty close.