Optima Centoris G595

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Optima Centoris G595

Pros

  • DVD writer, long battery life

Cons

  • 3D performance

Bottom Line

With great battery life, a number of extra features and a plethora of bundled software, the Optima Centoris G595 is great value. However, those concerned about 3D performance may want to steer clear.

Would you buy this?

The Optima Centoris G595 has a multiformat (-/+) DVD writer, 802.11b/g wireless networking, four-in-one card reader and a great worst-case scenario battery life of 98 minutes--all for less than $2200.

The Centoris G595 is equipped with a 15" display with maximum resolution of 1024 x 768, a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512MB of memory and a 60GB 4200rpm hard disk.

Two Type II and one Type III PC Cards are supported. Elsewhere, the port complement includes five USB 2.0 ports and FireWire, PS/2, VGA-out, Ethernet, 56Kbps modem, microphone and headphone connections.

Windows XP Home, Power2Go (CD/DVD burning), PowerDVD (DVD playback), PowerDirector (video editing), PowerProducer (video authoring), Medi@Show (photo slide shows) and Microsoft Works Suite 2004 are all supplied with the Centoris G595, as is a carry bag and a one-year warranty with free courier pickup and return.

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