Well, we have to say we were
quite impressed with the N512's gaming performance here. The Mobility 9700 is a
DirectX 9 capable part, and this showed when it came to Doom 3. As we expected,
the laptop choked on the higher detail levels, but this is no source of shame.
Doom remained perfectly playable at lower detail levels.
Final Words on
the Gigabyte N512 Notebook
As a mid-range notebook, the
Gigabyte G-MAX N512 is easy to recommend. It has all the features you'd expect
at its price point, plus some extra and large, high resolution display. It's not
a hardcore gamer's laptop along the lines of Alienware by any means, but it's
certainly capable enough for some gaming and the occasional LAN party, and
ideally suited to office applications, email, and surfing the net.
The N512 is somewhat less
suited to life as a road-warrior laptop, due to its rather large footprint,
middling weight and largely plastic body construction. While it would be fun to
take on the road as an entertainment machine, there are certainly laptops better
suited to the nomadic lifestyle of the business traveller. The battery life is
certainly up to the task though.
Our main concerns about this
notebook revolve around the somewhat 'flexible' feel of the case, the side-only
USB ports and a slightly washed out display. None of these are deal-breakers
considering what the N512 has to offer. Ultimately, the Gigabyte G-MAX N512 is a
great mid-range notebook computer with a sleek, expensive and classy look
that would be at home on the desk, in the office or home.
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