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Review: LG P1 Express Dual notebook - Overview
Written by Rondog   
Monday, 09 October 2006 12:51
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The LG P1 Express Dual features the following:

  • Intel Centrino Duo 1.83GHz
  • 1 GB DDR2 667 MHz RAM
  • ATi Mobility X1400
  • 100 GB SATA hard drive
  • 5.1CH Surround Sound
  • 5-in-1 card reader
  • S-video out
  • 2600mA Battery
  • Numeric keypad
  • 15.4" WXGA screen
  • Hexa Band Antennae
  • Direct Media Button
  • Dual layer dual format DVD burner
  • 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1x 1394 port
  • 1x VGA out

At first glance this unit appears to be a very good deal at $2499 AUD. Similarly priced HP only features a nVidia GO7400 and a Centrino Duo 1.73 GHz. And identically priced LG comes in with the bigger brother processor, a Centrino Duo 2.0 GHz but only features a GO7300.

It is a very lightweight unit, easily able to be carried around in ones briefcase of backpack. I think perhaps the nicest feature, is the inclusion of the numpad, a rare find on laptops with screen sizes of only 15.4” (only is used loosely in this case), it is usually reserved for the larger units with 17” screens.

The screen itself is trimmed with black while the unit being a basic off-white colour with a silver lid. While on the subject of the screen, I can only find one word to describe it, BRILLIANT. Coming in at a 1280x800 resolution, crystal clear images and stunningly bright. It is suitable for everyday office use, or as a portable cinema. It is good for viewing for more than one person, because the screen is viewable from almost any angle, above below or almost parallel.

Further enhancing its use as a portable cinema, the speakers, are not the Marantz of home cinema or the Pioneer of car sound systems the world over. They are however, acceptable. Offering 5.1 CH surround compensates for the lack of power. After all, the unit is tiny, how can you fit powerhouse speakers inside it?

Typing on the unit is very easy, as all the keys (numbers and function keys) are placed in identical places to a standard US-101 keyboard. The trackpad is brilliant to use, I actually bought a Targus Ergonomic Laser mouse to go with the laptop, but after using the trackpad, I decided it wasn’t needed because the trackpad is very smooth and easy to operate and free from the problematic issue or an erratic cursor.

Coming with the standard compliment of software the LG doesn’t vary from all other models in this price point. Seeing how Microsoft Office of the like doesn’t come packaged any more, quite a shame really if you ask me. It does however include Cyberlink's Power DVD. This is standard now, all laptops with DVD players feature either Power DVD, Win DVD or something similar.

After several hours use (mainly setting up, installing games, software, etc) I could not fault the laptop. It did feel warm on my leg, but not warm enough to make it uncomfortable. The USB ports, I have discovered, where places very intuitively. Being located against the side, about the natural resting place of a persons arms. Making it a breeze to plug in a wireless mouse or USB memory key.

Talking about other capabilities of the laptop. I’m sitting here in a local park, in a town near where I live, and I find myself wondering about network security, I’d been sitting down all of 2 minutes when the laptop detected an undetected wireless network. So what do I do? I start using MSN. It must be a good wireless laptop, because I can’t even see the building where the wireless is originating from!

Battery life on the unit is very good as well. Downloading off the net, playing music, writing this article, and with the screen at maximum brightness while charging my wireless mouse. It is currently showing 90% battery life with 2 hours and 3 minutes of use remaining.


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