Gigabyte's G-MAX N512 notebook features a 15" SXGA+ TFT LCD with an unusual native resolution
of 1400x1050 pixels. Viewing Windows XP at this resolution made us
wonder why other laptop manufacturers don't adopt it. For us, it provided
an ideal balance between sharpness, desktop area and text legibility.
The screen itself is good, with viewing angles of 40 degrees horizontal left and right, and contrast ratio of
250 nits. It provided a clear, sharp image with no sign of ghosting on fast
moving images, as you would expect from a modern LCD screen. However, at times (and
especially on the Windows XP desktop) the colours seemed slightly
washed out. The display specs include a luminosity uniformity of 1.25
(5pts) / 1.65 (13pts).
When it comes to
notebooks, manufactures still invariably try to integrate sound into a frame
which is too thin for the task. The Gigabyte N512 notebook
features the SOUNDMAX 16-bit integrated audio chipset, but even this
can only go so far when speakers measure less than an inch.
The sound quality was good through headphones or attached
speakers. Bass was decent, as was the clarity of music or movies. The built-in
speakers are fairly hopeless, as you would expect from a laptop. Gigabyte makes
no special claims about the speakers' abilities, and they performed as we
had expected they would - tiny, bassless, and well, like you would expect
from something so small.
One nifty feature of the notebook's sound system is that the headset jack double as a S/PDIF
out for external powered speakers. It can even support 5.1 speaker
combinations for DVD and gaming, provided there is an external encoder