Last 2 weeks, my sister in law who are still a student in University Malaya, ask me to find her a good notebook for RM2000. Thats it. No more.
Criteria what I was looking for are :
- Light enough for her shoulder,
- The screen is big enough to watch DVD and do her homework
- Fast enough…so the notebook will not absolute in a year and able to run Vista with Aero effect)
- No Celeron
- No Sempron
- Dual Core
- DirectX 9 capable chipset at least
- Wi-Fi (Bluetooth is an option)
- Decent hard disk space
But man, RM2000 for a good notebook? Seriously I had my difficult time to satisfy my mandatory criteria with that limited budget. HP, Sony, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Asus already rule out. None of them offer a decent performance notebook for the masses cheaper than RM2500. So what the available option do I have?
After some homework with uncle google and my favorite public forum (lowyat.net), I found one candidate. Acer 4520.
- AMD Turion 64 X2 2GHz
- 2 GB RAM Mushkin DDR2 667
- 120 GB Sata Hard Disk
- 14.1 Acer CrystalBrite LCD Display
- nVidia Geforce Go 7000M with 256 shared memory
- Dolby5-certified sound system with two built-in stereo speakers
- 5-1 Card Reader
- DVD Writer (superdrive, supporting LightScribe)
- Wifi ready
- 2 megapixel webcam camera
- 2.4 kg with battery
- Acer Empowering Tech (pretty good software and utilities actually, but not shipped with the notebook. I have to download it from acer website)
- Nice design for student :p
I bought this unit and install Windows Vista Ultimate. Upon Windows Experience Index, this notebook manage to get :
- Processor : 4.8 (one of my PC use Pentium Dual Core 1.8Ghz get 4.8 too)
- RAM : 4.8 (and 2GB DDR667 for the rig above (945GC mobo) get 4.8 too)
- Graphics : 4.5
- Gaming Graphics : 3.0 (Able to run Aero and basic 3D application without any problem)
- Hard Disk : 5.0 (better thanI expect from mobile hard disk)
Wow..to be honest I am pretty impress with this little beast. For RM2000 (approx USD500) I got this kind of performance.Not bad. Vista Aero effect is activated and this notebook handle Vista flawless. Pretty responsive.
Battery life (under balance scheme, slightly logger than 2 hours) : Browsing, Office Apps, Watch DVD etc.
And what i love most is, the sound quality from this typically tiny notebook speaker. Obviously much better than my Dell Inspiron. The sound really live up to their claim :: Dolby certified :).
In term or reliability, I can’t comment yet. Need to wait another couple of months. But for now, this notebook is really a good bargain, especially for student out there.