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Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review

Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: 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, and more...
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Feb 22 2005   Mike Dowler  
Home > Reviews > Notebooks > Gigabyte G-MAX N512

N512 Interfaces

Due to the battery pack being located at the rear of the laptop, the Gigabyte N512 scatters its plugs and interfaces widely around the sides, as well as the back, which has both positive and negative effects.

The rear of the notebook is sparsely populated with ports due to the Lithium Ion battery pack. Only the analog VGA-out, the Ethernet port and the modem port live here. A Kensington security slot for cable locks is present on the left rear.

In addition to the optical drive, the right hand side of the notebook holds a single USB port (presumably intended for the wireless mouse receiver), the DC power jack, MIC and headphone ports, and the speaker/headphone volume wheel. We liked the placing of these so close to the user.

The left side of the notebook features the PCMCIA slot and the MMC/SD/Memory Stick flash memory reader placed conveniently near the front of the notebook. Behind these are a row of three USB2.0 ports (a fourth is found on the right side of the laptop) and a firewire port, followed by an S-Video port for TV-out. Behind all of this is the vent for the processor heatsink, which while in operation is pretty silent.

We're not sold on all the USB ports being positioned on the side of the G-MAX N512. While they are certainly easier to access when plugging and unplugging devices, we found that having devices (including the receiver for the wireless mouse) plugged into these ports widened the footprint of the laptop considerably, which rear facing ports would not do. If you are planning on doing a lot of traveling or use your notebook in confined spaces, this is something to take into account. The front of the notebook is bare except for the locking catch used to secure the notebook in its closed position, and two sets of very small speakers just visible on the underside of the frame.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte G-MAX N512
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte G-MAX N512 Centrino Laptop Review
 Pg 2.  In the box
 Pg 3.  Appearance and function
 Pg 4.  — N512 Interfaces
 Pg 5.  The 15" LCD display
 Pg 6.  Battery life and performance
 Pg 7.  The N512 In Use
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Sysmark2004, Mobile Mark 2004
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: Winstone2004, Sandra 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark 2002, PCMark 2004
 Pg 11.  Gaming Benchmarks: 3DMark01, 3DMark03, Comanche 4
 Pg 12.  Gaming Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, Aquamark3, UT2003
 Pg 13.  Doom3 Gaming Benchmarks and Conclusion

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