Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review
has long been a major player amongst the Taiwanese
technology companies, but it used to be that all the company was known for
in North America were its motherboards and videocards. Following in the
footsteps of several other manufacturers who have diversified their product lines, Gigabyte
has successfully expanded its offerings to include networking devices, peripherals, heatsinks and even laptop computers.
American consumers are much more familiar with the 'established' notebook
brands of Dell, HP, Toshiba, IBM, etc that bombard them with
massive amounts of advertising than they are with the offerings of the Taiwanese tech
companies. Yet the fact is these technology companies are often the
manufacturers behind the parts in the big brand's laptops. With this in mind,
let's have a peek at a notebook from one of the larger motherboard and computer
technology manufacturers, Gigabyte.
review PCstats will be putting the Gigabyte
G-MAX N512, which is based on the Intel 'Dothan' processor, through its
paces. This 1.7GHz Intel
Centrino powered notebook is well equipped to succeed in a variety of roles. The
G-MAX N512 features an ample 15" wide TFT LCD screen, ATI Radeon Mobility 9700 graphics chip, 60GB hard drive, built-in
802.11G wireless networking, 512MB of RAM, and weighs a neat 2.5kg. Now, how does all this fare when we put the N512 through a couple rounds of Doom3, or some office benchmarks?
Let's find out!
||Gigabyte N512 Notebook
Speed: 1.7GHz, Intel Pentium M
User manual, quick start guide, driver CD, carry bag, wireless optical mouse (GM-W6C), WindowsXP Pro OS, power cord & battery, phone cable, Power DVD 5 and Easy CD & DVD Creator
Further Technical Details:
1.7GHz Pentium M processor (Dothan): 400Mhz FSB, 2MB L2 cache
Intel Centrino 855PM chipset w. AGP 4X
512MB DDR, upgradeable to 2GB (two memory sockets).
ATI Radeon Mobility 9700 w. 64MB video RAM
15" SXGA+ TFT LCD display (1400x1050 native resolution)
Intel Wireless 802.11b/g integrated network adaptor
40/60/80 GB hard drive (4200RPM)
DVD/CD-RW combo drive
16-bit integrated audio
4 x USB 2.0, 1 x
VGA and S-Video outs
S/PDIF out for headphones and speakers
Modem, 10/100 Ethernet
Type 2 PCMCIA connector
3-in-1 memory card reader (SD, MMC and Sony Memory Stick)
Gigabyte wireless optical mouse (battery powered)
Windows XP professional with DVD utilities and CD creation software
|Contents of Package:
Gigabyte's G-MAX N512 notebook hits all of the areas you
would expect in a
mid-range laptop computer, and is priced at the $2,000USD level. The 1.7GHz Pentium M 'Dothan'
processor provides nice performance and modest power consumption of which you can expect
about 4 hours working time. It comes with 512MB of
DDR memory installed, more than adequate for Windows XP and most work or
gaming tasks. Once a bonus and now standard with the Intel Centrino chipset is integrated
802.11B/G wireless networking access at speeds of up to 54Mbps.
An integrated 3-in-1
flash card reader on the side of the notebook just below the PCMCIA port is a
nice feature, and supports the
Sony Memory Stick, which should appeal to users of portable
MP3 players and digital cameras. The Radeon Mobility 9700 GPU is a DirectX
9 capable videocard, and it offers good gaming performance on the go, even able
to handle a little on the road Doom 3 action.
With an overall weight of 5.5 pounds (2.5Kg), the
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 is classed as a mid-weight notebook, good for office
use, and carrying around. Its frame has dimensions of 13" by 10.5" by 1.0" thick, which gives
it a nice and slim appearance. The body of the N512 notebook is mostly
plastic, with a nice metallic silver paint job on the screen panel. Gigabyte warranties the laptop itself for a generous 2 years, the adaptor for
one year, and the 4400mAhr Lithium Ion battery for six months.