Man I posted before I read all the goods on this 8890. Hold ontight for a crazy ride:
From here: http://www.go-l.com/laptops/producer...ture/index.htm
They claim that the motherboard is CSA enabled. That hasn't been stated up to now, as far as I know. We all know its a 865 chipset.
They provide 433 mhz speed DDR ram(CL 2-2-7-2), while PCTorue has 400DDR.
Now they have something called CacheFlow, but I think its just software. Loads active files into RAM. Then there is something quite interesting: PuRam. "Does is smell really bad?" Anyway its
basically a really big RAMDrive that seems to retain its information after power has been lost, or maybe it stays alive on battery life when the machine is powered off. Regardless, it sounds cool, but I have to look into it more.
I read this about their XP installation, personally I think its crap:
"That is because we have additionally introduced thousands of enhancements and performing improving adjustments, to uniquely and exclusively match the new Producer with Microsoft® Windows XP Professional.
Performance improvements include refinements in the GUI, general system responsiveness, sub-layer hard disk data sub-layer buffering, file access enhancements, fine-tuned drivers and resources, added productivity tools, and upgraded workflow management utilities and applications.
In all, over 2800 specific tweaks are applied for the new Producer Laptop, taking the Windows experience to new heights making the real-world performance and usability shine at spectacular new levels, for both consumer and professional applications."
From here: http://www.go-l.com/laptops/producer/specs/index.htm
You can buy a 8890 with the new Intel P4 Extreme Edition processor. hehe, amazing. I doubt it will be available anytime soon.
CacheFlow is included in almost all the machines, makes me think that its more software than hardware.
They all have this PuRAM. Where is installed? is it a Type 2 PCMCIA or a floppy something or another?
The notes at the bottom state:
* CacheFlow™ Technology requires a minimum 1GB available RAM and a HyperThreading Processor.
** Later upgrade to CacheFlow™ Technology after purchase, requires the re-installation of the Operating System.
**** PuRam™ Drives Technology work in conjunction with CacheFlow™ Technology
So its all software. The OS must be preconfigured and if you want to whipe your hd then you'll likely loose the feature. Overall, I think its lame. I'd really like to see if it makes such an amazing difference. Your OS in RAM emulated by s/w seems extremely risky. If you were to loose power or something bad were to happen, which isn't too surprising with windows, you could loose a lot. They certainly sugar-coat it without giving too much detail.
The display is another thing:
"It starts with an ultra-high contrast 16" 1280x1024 pixels display with unmatched color reproduction, clarity, contrast accuracy, and unbelievable fast video response using 's Ultra-Speed™ Display Technology. Furthermore, derived from our engineers' expertise in Professional LCD Video Projection and photographic optical filtering techniques, the screens are exclusively coated with a super-thin UV-668 filter, that adds an extra 15% in enhanced contrast ratio."
Any truth to this 8890 as having a special filter? Can current owners also state that they have the same filter?