W230ST - The 13" We've been waiting for!?

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  1. Ghost Stalker

    Ghost Stalker Notebook Enthusiast

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    I almost can't take the pressure anymore. I was this close to P177SM with a 770 and now the 13" portability has almost entirely seduced me. I would like to see a crude stop-motion film of one of these enthusiastically munching Mac Book Pros to classical music. In black and white.
     
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    phoduma Notebook Consultant

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    i rather run 1080p without AA than 720p with AA, AA put too much stress on the GPU
     
  3. HTWingNut

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    1080p without AA will put more stress on the GPU than 720p with AA.
     
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    LightningPL Notebook Consultant

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    From Horize forum more FAQ of W230ST :)

    1. When is the first shipment of Metabox W230ST arriving?
    Answer: First shipment date is due on approximately 12th to 15th July.

    2. How is the quality of the Keyboard?

    Answer: The keyboard is a chiclet style, backlit keyboard. There is no numpad. The backlit keyboard illuminates in white and has a very nice rubberised, matte texture to it.
    If anyone is familiar with the G series backlit keyboard from ASUS, it is near identical to those. There is no flex in the keyboard when typing, so it is very firm.
    The keys provide a nice subtle click for feedback when pressed,
    so overall a very impressive keyboard, on par with the best out there.

    3. How is the quality of the Touchpad?

    Answer: The touchpad is precise. There is no lag or delay, the far edges of the touchpad recognise input too.
    The mouse buttons offer a nice click feedback when pressed, without sounding tinny, its more of a softer click.

    4. How much noise do the fans generate and what are the system temperatures?

    Answer: The W230ST features one central fan that cools both CPU and GPU (Please see photo link) http://www.metabox.com.au/downloads/W230ST_Base_Opened.jpg
    Surprisingly, under idle conditions, when the GPU is not under load, the fan operates very quietly. In a normal office environment it would not be audible.
    Under load, as expected the fans will spin up and produce a similar amount of noise to any laptop with this type of graphics power.
    For those of you familiar with older generation Clevos, it is similar to the W350ET or W370ET when under load in noise audibility.

    5. How many mSATA sockets does it have and total hard drive bays?

    Answer: The W230ST features a total of two mSATA sockets and one regular 9.5mm hard drive bay.
    You can configure a total of three separate storage drives which include the mSATA drives.

    6. Is there an optical Drive Bay?

    Answer: There are only external optical drive options. There are the external DVD or Blu-ray Combo drives as an option but Metabox will be adding an external Blu-ray Writer to their range soon.

    7. How are the quality of the speakers?

    Answer: Interestingly the speakers are loud and very audible, which is good for a laptop of this size.
    But as one would expect with a 13.3" laptop the W230ST doesn't offer very good bass range.

    8. How easy is it to access the mSATA and hard drive bays?

    Answer: The two mSATA sockets and one hard drive bay are accessed by removing one large panel on the base of the laptop. (Please see photo link) http://www.metabox.com.au/downloads/W230ST_Base_Opened.jpg

    9. What is the battery life?

    Answer: Initial tests have shown the W230ST battery to provide approximately 4 hours of battery life on "Power Saver" mode when on idle (In windows, no sleep).
    Metabox are performing more tests to verify further results. The battery is the 6-cell battery for this model 62.16WH

    10. Will Metabox be carrying a lower voltage processor since it is a smaller form factor?

    Answer: Yes, the 4702MQ 37W processor has been introduced to the range for those wanting better battery performance. Now available as an optional upgrade

    11. How is the build quality and what materials is the laptop made of?

    Answer: The top cover of the W230ST is made of a black rubberised finish (Same finish found on the Prime P157SM etc).
    The bezel trim surrounding the LED screen is made of a plastic matte dark silver paint and the dark silver paint continues through to the palm rest, touchpad and keyboard surrounds of the case. (Similar finish found on the Metabox Alpha W350ST and W370ST models)
    The bottom of the laptop is made of very tough black plastic, which encases part of the sides of the laptop.
    The laptop doesn't have any flex, its very rigid and even the 13.3" panel feels very solid when swivelling open and shut. (We have more pictures available on our W230ST page, click on the picture to enlarge) as well as in due time Metabox will have the model on their website.

    12. Will Metabox be carrying Intel new generation Dual Band Wireless cards for W230ST?

    Answer: Yes, Metabox have made all the 7260 wireless options available and now uploaded.

    13. What is the size of the power adapter?

    Answer: The power adapters exact measurements are 14.6 cm x 7.3 cm x 2.5 cm.
    The weight is 0.40 Kg.

    14. What is the maximum amount of memory?

    Answer: The current maximum memory on the W230ST is 16GB memory.
    Technical Specifications – http://www.metabox.com.au/downloads/Metabox_Prime_W230ST_Technical.pdf

    15. Display is FHD, but any other details available? – gamut, colour accuracy etc

    I have confirmed with Metabox that the 13.3" Panel is a Chi Mei Innolux N133HSE-EA1
    Same type of IPS panel found in the ASUS Zenbook and a great review done by
    notebook check which indicates that it has excellent colour reproduction.

    Details are in the link below:
    Review Asus Zenbook UX32VD Ultrabook - NotebookCheck.net Reviews
     
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    eva2000 Notebook Guru

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    FAQ for W230ST reports around 4hrs battery life http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2120032

    ah same as what LightningPL posted :eek:
     
  6. LightningPL

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    Yeah 4hrs on battery it's not so long but acceptable.

    FHD matte Display as it is written is great, exactly that same was installed in Asus Zenbook, and what about HD+ ? Second thing are speakers, they are loud and audible but no bass. I think speakers are very similar with W110ER speakers.
     
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    zenbook ips panel is really good, I am definitely going to have to go for that now :).
     
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    so would that mean that w230st has an edp port? from what I understand this panel uses 30 pin edp interface.
     
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