First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
EA Games Need for Speed Carbon
Fulfil your need for, uh, speed.
For me, choosing between EA's top two racing franchises, Need for Speed and Burnout, has always been easy.
- It will fulfil your need for speed
- Sixaxis-specific control additions are laughable
If you have a Xbox 360 console, stick to that version of Carbon. But if you were somehow lucky enough to get a PS3 and you need a speed kick, Need for Speed: Carbon is a worthwhile investment.
Price$ 119.95 (AUD)
Burnout hits me like no other racing game and the reason is two-fold. First, the folks at Criterion are developmental wizards of console technology, and second, Burnout plays more like an action game than a racing one, fuelling competitive nature on par with multiplayer matches of Halo 2.
But while the Need for Speed series and its latest instalment Carbon shares the same speed-infused pedigree, it never grabbed me in the same visceral way that Burnout did. I guess I just prefer the balls-to-wall action and slick crashes of the Burnout series more than I liked the silky yet not as satisfying flavour of NFS. I'll just leave it up to my therapist to sort it all out. Carbon still has a lot to offer racing fans, though, and it's a nice mix of fantasy and reality that will probably fulfil your need for, uh, speed.
Now comes the part when I wish I had a dollar for every time I had to write that the PS3 version of a game is the same as the Xbox 360's, because, guess what? The PS3 version of Carbon is blah, blah, blah. I did notice that the 360 version looked noticeably better in terms of graphics. When Carbon on PS3 was first shown running on the PS3 last summer at EA Studios in Redwood City, jaws dropped...in horror. It looked like a late-generation PS2 game, at best. Thankfully, things were tightened up before launch, but Carbon on the PS3 doesn't quite meet the technical standards of the superior Xbox 360 version.
Letting Go Of The Wheel
And once again, the Sixaxis-specific control additions are laughable. Rather than remap the game to be able to drive with the tilt-sensing controller, EA uses it as a turning enhancer that, when the control is jerked to one side during a turn, gives the car an extra little bit of turn juice. The only other difference is the lack of the Xbox 360's photo mode.
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GGG Evaluation Team
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.
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