Darkshado's P151EM Photo Album and Technical Review

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  1. Darkshado

    Darkshado Notebook Consultant

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    So I said I'd post some pictures and a technical review soon. Well, better late than never.

    Plus most of the pictures I've seen were for the P150EM, so hopefully this'll help answer some questions about the 151.

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    Box 1:
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    Box 2:
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    Included laptop bag:
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    PSU and battery:
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    PSU close-up:
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    Lid with protective film:
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    Bottom:
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    There were foam blocks between the screen and keyboard:
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    Keyboard panel with protective films:
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    Bottom - Open:
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    SIM slot - One of these days I'll have to check if the mSATA slot can be switched to MiniPCIe to support a cellular modem card... (Does the P150 have that?)
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    Keyboard underside:
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    Memory card reader, wifi card, upper RAM slots:
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    With added RAM:
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    UEFI BIOS screenshot:
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    Out with the old, in with the new:
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    The plastic finish looks good and seems scratch resistant. It doesn't attract fingerprints or smudges.

    Although I'm ok with it, the case's edge is sharp and they should seriously consider giving it a milder contour in their next generation. You can feel it when resting your wrists.

    The screen bezel's glossy finish clashes, is a fingerprint magnet, and gives off reflections from my surroundings which can be distracting. They should have stuck with the same material throughout.

    The combination of stiff hinges (good, the thing could loosen over time and the screen won't wobble around like my old rig did) and "flexier" screen frame means I'd advise against opening it from a corner with a single hand.

    The keyboard is quite good, all the keys move nicely and register properly. No W+E+Space ghosting issues either. No flexing. The motherboard connection is a simple ribbon cable-ZIF connector affair. The chiclet keyboard is made by Chicony, one of Clevo's sister companies, whereas the backlit one is made by Sunrex.

    The trackpad is smooth and responsive, the buttons have a nice soft click sound. The fingerprint reader is a little more recessed than on my previous Acer, and I liked the latter's configuration more. The sensor itself works well, I have been using my copy of Protector Suite 2011 instead of the provided software, so I can't comment on that.

    About the graphics card: I have been using the stock AMD drivers, and they've worked OK. I can tell there are some issues and a lack of polish, but the card has done the job very well for the few games I've played. (Plenty of GTA IV lately.) The temps are a bit on the high side, staying in the 85-90°C range according to Afterburner's on-screen display. None of the 95-100°C some people have seen, and I have yet to do any repasting or foil-mod. Besides, my tools and ICD are in another city at this time so I'll just keep an eye on the temps while gaming for the next little while.

    So feel free to send a few questions my way and I'll see what I can do.

    Goodbye,

    Darkshado
     
  2. CancerJesus

    CancerJesus Notebook Enthusiast

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    Why did you purchase a P151EM instead of the 150 if you wanted a larger Power supply and the 7970?
     
  3. jaug1337

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    Your name is hilarious!

    but on topic.. probably because of the price difference and lots of people don't care for the backlit keyboard nor the rubber finish.

    Other then that, very nice review OP! +1
     
  4. Darkshado

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    I didn't care *that* much about the backlit keyboard or the rubberized finish, but this was the only way I could get a French Canadian keyboard. And it did come out cheaper with extra RAM too!

    Anecdote: BIOS and EC 1.00.05 that enabled this configuration had probably been out for less than five days when I placed my order.
     
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    Figured I could give an update a little over a year later... I now carry my laptop to class on a daily basis since I've decided to attend university last winter.

    Whoever thought of putting the page-up/page-down, home and end keys as function keys on the arrows had a pretty good idea, which I now really appreciate having to scroll through source code on a regular basis. (My old Acer had volume and brightness there instead.)

    Still dislike the glossy bezel. I notice it more with the overhead fluorescent lighting at school. Haven't done anything about it, yet. (Edit: removed it and wet-sanded it so it's now flat black.)

    Still love the screen. I eventually got it calibrated, having had the opportunity to borrow a Spyder. Out of the box, this panel looks way oversaturated because the computer treats it like an sRGB one, this applies to anything with a gamut beyond sRGB. For lack of an actual calibration, tinker with profiles a bit to tone things down and bring the whites into balance.

    Get your programs to play along and you'll be set. The built-in Windows 7 photo viewer respects calibration only when it isn't in full screen mode. It doesn't provide any way to deal with images lacking a color profile. I've switched to Irfanview since, takes care of all that plus a ton of additional features I've come to appreciate.

    This site helped me understand and sort things out: PHOTOSHOP COLOR MANAGEMENT TUTORIALS Adobe Photoshop Troubleshooting Professional Photo Shop Training WorkFlows

    I had my power supply start to make a chirping noise a few weeks ago, replaced under warranty by Eurocom, good service.
     
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