First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Optima Centoris G595
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 $2200.
- DVD writer, long battery life
- 3D performance
With great battery life, a number of extra features and a plethora of bundled software, the Optima Centoris G595 is great value. However, those concerned about 3D performance may want to steer clear.
Price$ 2,199.00 (AUD)
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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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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