Most media centers being built today at platform Intel second generation Centrino (Sonoma). It allows you to keep a reasonable size and power consumption simultaneously with increasing productivity and multimedia functionality. Laptop Amilo M3438G is equipped with Intel Pentium M processor and chipset Intel 915PM, supports dual-channel DDR2-533 and has a fairly powerful gaming graphics. Agree, GeForce Go 6800 is still a game of Hi-End, let and mobile. High clock frequency, the local video memory 512 MB, Shader model 3.0, 12 pixel pipelines and 6 vertex — this video will submit all modern games. However, you sacrifice some autonomy, but at the speed of mobile users always have to pay a high price.
Display with 17-inch built on the basis of «fast» by the standards of laptops matrix TN type, the stated response time is 16 MS. A special «mirror» coating «Crystal Clear» improves viewing angles (useful for home theater!) and reduces glare from external light. However, the screen resolution normal — h, it corresponds to the «widescreen» aspect ratio of 16:10.
Despite the use of expensive platforms, M3438G laptop slightly hard even for its class — 3.8 kg dimensions is quite typical for a 17-inch models, and shell thickness (excluding cover with LCD panel) a total of 26 mm. it Should be noted that the cover due to the use of a large matrix is quite heavy and massive.
the Laptop can be equipped with two hard drives with a Serial ATA interface, and there is even a RAID controller to build a disk array type 0 or 1. Optical drive — DVD burner; the ability to «hot swap is not provided. For easy upgrades and service provides easy access to almost the entire filling is enough to turn away half a dozen screws and remove the bottom cover. To extend the functionality provided one ExpressCard slot, card old PC Card this laptop does not support (please note!). Another feature of the design is a lot of ventilation holes, which you should carefully choose the installation location of the laptop.
Communication capabilities of the laptop are provided with built-in wireless card Intel with support for 802.11 b/g, Gigabit Ethernet controller Realtek and the usual soft-modem SmartLink on the basis of the AMR codec. The infrared port is designed to support remote, but not to connect your cell phone or PDA. Slot for memory cards SD/MMC and Memory Stick is a common thing for modern laptops.
Built-in subwoofer. supplementing the standard speakers is a common solution for improving sound quality.
the Developers have also provided a convenient volume control in the form of a wheel on the left side. The laptop has two analog audio connectors for microphone and headphones, which can be perekomilirovat and get the line in and optical S/PDIF output. Built-in microphone is also present, as the FireWire port. Finally, the developers thought of the owners of monitors with a digital interface DVI-I and set the corresponding output. Using the adapter, you can connect and analog VGA.
In General, the set of functions in M3438G is consistent with the requirements of home users. This truly powerful graphics, and a wide screen TV, and a subwoofer, and a remote control, and other standard attributes of mobile computers.
it would be Logical to expect from multimedia home laptop exquisite and stylish design, because this thing has to offer including aesthetic pleasure. However, the design M3438G can be described as classic: the color palette is dominated by dull silver and jet black color, edges and corners are rounded, the buttons are quite large. Quality used plastic and the Assembly can be evaluated on «four».
Keyboard laptop standard, the benefits of increased housing developers are not used. If not placed in the bottom row of buttons Ins and Del, the layout could be called standard. Large button, Shift, Enter, Backspace, convenient in use, and tactile sensations from the normal keyboard, features not to mention.
Touchpad of the laptop is quite big, wide angle, but the sensitivity seemed not too good, «not for everybody». An area of the scroll is only configurable by software. Two huge buttons are not very comfortable — they are harsh. Special button between the keyboard and the touchpad allows you to disable the latter.
Four quick start are located above the keyboard.
Launch the web browser and email client installed by default, work without software support. Without special utilities operates a low power mode, in which the reduced frequency of the processor and 3D accelerator. Another button launches the player “InstantOn that supports video and audio files of different formats without resorting to Windows XP.
a number of indicators of icons arranged on the panel under the screen. When the cover is closed, only visible points of light, which, nevertheless, it is possible to identify the status indicator (active/Standby) and battery (flashing orange, while not charged). In addition to the availability of power and disk activity are indicators of Standby, wireless activity, low consumption, as well as Lock-lights (Caps, Num and Scroll).
to disable the built-in antenna, it is enough to move the slider on the front face.
Symmetrically with him is the IR receiver for the remote control.
Three of the four USB ports built along the right side, and only one placed on the left.
On the right side there is also an ExpressCard slot and a card reader, a FireWire port, a network socket.
Outputs to the monitor (DVI-D) and TV (S-Video), and modem socket developers wisely moved on the rear panel.
In General the layout is quite good. However, the temperature of the laptop is not perfect, which is understandable powerful graphics card makes itself felt. However, especially noisy Amilo M3438G not be called. Another plus for ergonomics — comfortable screen: horizontal angles meet, colors are vibrant and pleasant, the brightness is not excessive and can be easily adjusted.
Check the Fujitsu Siemens in fact. And to compare it with. Toshiba Qosmio G20. though in design and features (TV tuner) refers to the higher price categories, built on the same platform. A different video card — Toshiba installed GeForce Go 6600 (clocked higher, but the number of conveyors less). Laptop LG LW70 almost coincides with Fujitsu Siemens functionality and concept, but its graphics card (Radeon X600) is much weaker.
SYSMark 2004 Office Productivity
In tests on office performance when connected to AC power (test SYSmark2004) performance Amilo M3438G quite adequate: slight delay from Toshiba is explained by the lower clock speed of the processor, and ahead of the LG weakness of the latter.
MobileMark 2002 Productivity
However, in offline mode (MobileMark2002) in the same applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Premiere…) laptop Amilo lost significantly. To unravel the mystery, was required to carefully watch the behavior of the processor. It turned out the laptop enforces the frequency (more precisely, the multiplier of the processor when running on battery. The processor simply refused to work on 1.86 GHz even at full load. Cost to connect the power adapter, and the situation was corrected. Apparently, the developers are so concerned about the efficiency of the laptop. By the way, the battery Amilo M3438G works long — only 2.5 hours; however, for its class it is a very good result.
3D games (1024×768)
But in 3D games Amilo M3438G yield not every desktop computer. 83 FPS in Doom 3 at max settings and resolution 1024×768 — this is not a joke. Games Halo, FarCry, Tom Raider: Angel of Darkness, Unreal Tournament 2004 it «digests» with ease. Yes, the video card Toshiba laptop sometimes shows better results (for example, in FarCry), but more often it is Fujitsu Siemens turns ahead.
I Hope you have realized that it is a great 3D performance is the main advantage of a laptop Amilo M3438G. Fun games guaranteed, including when connecting an external monitor that supports digital DVI interface. Using the remote and the player InstantOn (or program PowerCinema), it can be used as a portable media player — video, photo, music. But otherwise this is a typical modern media center, quite productive and largely easy to use.
Author: Max Kurmaz
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