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 10/06/2003 03:10 PM
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Hi, All,

Let's face it - there haven't really been any, except Compaq's Evo N1015, but they've gone out of circulation it appears.

So once again, I depressingly search the Web for a desktop replacement notebook: Athlon CPU, 1GB RAM (or more!, at least 1400x1050. Nothing. Get more depressed. Decide to see if there are any reviews for athlon notebooks, maybe I missed one, maybe pick up a second hand one? Find a Mesh xyz notebook, but no SXGA, hit the link to their website out of desperation. There 't is! Athlon 64 3000+! 1GB option! And 1400x1050. Dream machine - at last!

I hope it turns out to be a reliable machine, I'll let you fellow Athlon notebook supporters know in a couple of weeks.

Cheers,
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 10/06/2003 03:37 PM
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That Athlon 64 3000+! 1GB option! And 1400x1050 looks like an awesome unit. I picked up a Compaq/HP Presario 2145US a few months back, had a good price/performance index after rebate. XP2400, 512 RAM, 60GB HD, 15"SXGA. The only downside if any is the max RAM being 512MB. This has not been an issue so far at all and the system runs like a dream. The new A64 lappy is a tad out of my price range currently, but the 2145 should do me fine for a few years yet. Just glad to see AMD finally competetive in the hi-end laptop market.

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 10/06/2003 03:39 PM
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VoodooPc will be adding a model 850 that should have the AXP64 as a processor option. Also, look for Alienware to announce something similar soon.

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 10/06/2003 05:41 PM
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I use an HP/Compaq Business laptop NX9005 (mobile AthlonXP 2000+). Upgraded RAM to 512 and hdd to a 5400rpm hdd.
It's my IT tool to solve a lot of customers challanges . From the very start I love this laptop. Still get a smile now and then thinking what a pleasure it is using it.

Personally I prefer 1024*768, but it's a matter of taste. Especially since I switch often from different screens. With this resolution no annoyance to getting used to different resolutions.

I also have a N800V (P4M-1.7) but hardly use it anymore since I like the NX9005 better.
Nicer faster feel
Better legacy support
Nicer screen resolution IMO
Better powermanagement (Powernow! IS better ie more frquency's)
Etc etc

Used the NX9010 (NON mobile P4=DTR latop) too and then I appreciated Powernow! even better. This NX9010 is noisy!!= real DTR
Powernow!2 is speed when you want and when surfing or typing......silence and cool running. Even every desktop should be like that(love the idea AMD put Powernow! in the Athlon64!

Finally try a laptop before buying!

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 10/06/2003 10:46 PM
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I have an Sony Vaio FR130, although its not the best on the block I think its pretty nice.

1.67 ghz athlon xp
came with 256mb of ram (I installed a 512 for a total of 768mb)
40 GB hard drive
mobile geforce gfx card (16mb of ram)
Windows xp home pre-installed
1024x768 resolution lcd screen (14.2 inch I think)
CDRW/DVD rom drive
USB 2.0 ports (3)
firewire port (1)
pcmcia slots (2)
floppy drive
Video out (uses a "camcorder cable" composite video, audio 1 and 2)
I have used the video-out a lot
VGA out
parallel port
RJ-45 port (network)
RJ-11 port (modem)

Its a bit on the heavy side, but still able to carry it around pretty easy.
 10/07/2003 09:15 AM
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QUOTE (PorBleemo @ Oct 7 2003, 04:35 AM) It's sad that no good vendor (i.e. Dell) dosen't have AMD notebooks or systems for that matter. Michael Dell said they were looking at the Athlon 64 but didn't want to ruin their relationship with Intel. As if that mattered...

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Dell would sell his soul to the devil if it meant getting 15% off CPUs in 1K quantities...

let's face it, the only way that AMD could ever hook dell would be if they managed to sell at a loss. and, IMHO, that wouldn't be worth their time.

cheers,

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 10/07/2003 12:44 PM
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QUOTE (Dave Graham @ Oct 6 2003, 11:39 AM) VoodooPc will be adding a model 850 that should have the AXP64 as a processor option. Also, look for Alienware to announce something similar soon.

cheers,

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I can't believe anyone would buy from VoodooPC... They're expensive even in comparison with Alienware!

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 10/07/2003 12:45 PM
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QUOTE (Guntario @ Oct 7 2003, 08:44 AM) QUOTE (Dave Graham @ Oct 6 2003, 11:39 AM) VoodooPc will be adding a model 850 that should have the AXP64 as a processor option. Also, look for Alienware to announce something similar soon.

cheers,

dave
I can't believe anyone would buy from VoodooPC... They're expensive even in comparison with Alienware!
yeah, and i don't feel that they are anywhere as established as Alienware or Falcon-Northwest.

cheers,

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 10/07/2003 01:12 PM
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I have a dificult to find a notebook with a good video card like Radeon 9800 or GF4 FX5900

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 10/07/2003 01:33 PM
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Those are desktop video cards. They haven't come up with any better yet for mobile's then the ATI 9600 Mobility 128Mb.

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I hope for your sake, you really aren't in a hurry

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 10/07/2003 06:03 PM
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I agree with the keyboard thing making a difference.
That's a.o. 1 of the reasons I like the HP/Compaq NX9005 better then a Compaq N800v.

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 10/13/2003 11:49 AM
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Don't know if it helps you, while some time ago none were officially available in EUR (1400x1050)things picked up, including some 16:9 versions.
 10/13/2003 12:59 PM
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QUOTE (C!V!C @ Oct 7 2003, 12:42 PM) I have on of the heavy laptops, why it's heavy see the specs:

Athlon XP 2500+ Mobile
Via KT 333!
512 DDR PC-2700!!
40 GB 5600 RPM
GeForce 4 Go 488 (Mobile edition of GeForce 4 MX 460)
Toshiba DVD Burner!!
3x USB, FireWire, Wireless LAN etc.

Weight is also on the heavy side 3.5 kg but what i wanted wasn't a real laptop like Pentium Mobile (Centrino) but a Desktop Replacement with som power!
How does this baby perform?
 10/20/2003 02:45 AM
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Hi All,
I wanted a laptop with a mobile processor, and looked at both AMD and Intel models. I also wanted a widescreen, wireless g, about 4 hrs battery life, a good keyboard, a touchpad with a scroll, and decent enough audio and graphics to play some of my favorite PC Games.
The Emachine 5310 was the best bang for the buck, by far. I got it for 1049 at Best Buy, there was a 150 buck rebate. Its works very well. The audio is very good for a laptop, SoundMax 3D fake surround, works very well, on DVD Movies, game, and net video clips.
The graphics accelerator is a Radeon 9200, just without its own memory, so its called a Radeon IGP 320M. The graphics cpu and the Athlon 2400 XPM, work very well together. Full Direct X 8.1 support for games, which covers a couple of thousand PC Games. So far, I have Syberia, Game of the Year, Indianna Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, and Jedi Academy. So the E does a good job on non Direct X 9 games. And will be able to fake most of those.
With the default portable/laptop power settings, I get 3 and a half hours with the screen at full brightness. The Wireless G works very well. And the touchpad is very good, good enough to do without a mouse, once you mess with the settings.
My last laptop cost a lot more, and was only black and white. And the battery by itself weighed almost as much as the E Laptop does.
If you can get by with a max resotuion of 1280 by 800 the E Laptop could replace your desktop. It can take 1gig of memory, has 3 USB ports, parallel, serial, svideo, dual monitor support, mic, headphone jacks, PC Card slot. network card, built in wireless g, firewire, manuals in English, , even a seperate wireless for dummies manual.
Nicely designed, looks expensive, works great.
Happy AMD M.
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 10/20/2003 12:53 PM
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For a good price, I guess right now the best machine is the Uniwill N261C2, sold by second tier vendors in the USA/Canada. It has Kt333, plus mobility radeon 9000 dicrete graphics. Pair the platform with a mobile barton 2500+ and you got a tru desktop replacement.

Price is not bad at all, in the $1200-$1500 USd according to the vendors. MicroPro used to carry it, but they no longer do

If you want something more affordable, the Presario 2100Z is among the best pieces made by compaq (well, sort of made by them...). I really like it, and it has power to spare for mundane applications.

However, if you want the ultimate, those Athlon 64 machines are starting to pop out, so keep watching. We started a therad about laptops sporting the mobile Athlon 64

Alex
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