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Compal HEL80 Review

Compal HEL80 Review Intro The Compal HEL80 laptop is equipped with the Intel ® Core ®

Intro

The Compal HEL80 laptop is equipped with the Intel® Core® Duo technology and has many useful features such as the nVidia® 7600 256MB PCI-E Graphics Card, DDR2 667MHz Memory & a built in fingerprint reader & camera. Compal is the 2nd largest laptop MFG in the world. The HEL80 WXGA model is a part of Intel's VBI (Verified by Intel) program and both current models are Core 2 Duo (Merom) ready. The HEL80 has a great feature set.

Our Configuration

Intel® Centrino ® Core Duo T2600 2.16GHz 667MHz FSB ® Centrino® Core Duo T2600 2.16GHz 667MHz FSB

2GB DDR2 667MHz Corsair RamIntel ® Centrino ® Core Duo T2600 2.16GHz 667MHz FSB 60GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive 15.4"

60GB 7200RPM SATA Hard DriveDuo T2600 2.16GHz 667MHz FSB 2GB DDR2 667MHz Corsair Ram 15.4" WSXGA+ Display Intel 802.11A/B/G Wireless

15.4" WSXGA+ DisplayFSB 2GB DDR2 667MHz Corsair Ram 60GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive Intel 802.11A/B/G Wireless Click Here

Intel 802.11A/B/G WirelessRam 60GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive 15.4" WSXGA+ Display Click Here to Configure HEL80 Compal HEL80

Processor & Chipset

Processor: Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Processors Intel® Centrino® Core 2 Duo (Merom 64-bit) ready Chipset: Intel 945PM and ICH7-M 667MHz System Bus Speed

Display

15.4" "Matte" WSXGA+ (1680x1050 Max Res) or "Glossy" WXGA (1280x800 Max Res) Widescreen Display

Video Controller

nVIDIA® GeForce PCI Express Go 7600

w/256MB

Windows Extended Desktop Supported

Disk Drives

+/-DVD R/RW DVD Burner Multi Drive Dual Layer or DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive (both include software) Supports SATA Hard Disk Drives, 2.5"

9.5mm

Built-in 4-in-1 memory card reader (MS/MSPRO/SD/MMC)

Memory

512MB DDR2/667 Memory (up to 2GB Dual Channel) Two SO-DIMM Ram sockets

Network

I/O Interfaces

3 USB 2.0 ports

Integrated 1.3 Megapixel Camera

1 IEEE-1394 Firewire Port (4 pin)

VGA port: 15 pin DDC2b compliant

1 Mic-in and 1 Headphone-out

1 S-Video TV output

1 S-Video TV input (with TV Tuner Option) Kensington lock support No serial, Parallel or PS/2 ports RF-in Connector

Input Device

Keyboard with 85/86 Full Size Keys MS Windows Function Keys ElanTech Programmable TouchPad

4 Instant Launch buttons - Internet, email, [2x]User programmable

PCMCIA/Express Card Slot

1 Type II PCMCIA slot (ENE CB-712/714/810)

54mm Express Card Universal Slot 34/54 Devices

Electrical Requirement

Full Range 90-264V A/C, Auto-Sensing, Auto-Switching 90W with 19V 4.74A DC Adapter

Cooling

Copper CPU & Video Heatsinks

1 Exhaust Fan

Size and Weight

Network Built in Ethernet 10/100/1000BaseT Network (Realtek RTL8168/8111) Built in Agere 56k V.90/V.92 MDC Fax/Modem

Audio Features

Built-in 7.1+2 HD Audio Codec (Realtek

ALC883)

3D Surround sound Full Duplex 2 Built-in stereo speakers and 1 built in microphone Mic-in and Headphone-out

Battery

Smart Lithium-Ion Battery Primary 9-cell Battery Life: 3.5 to 4+ hours Charging time is about 2.5 hours (Off) to 3.5 hours (On) Spare 6-cell (Optional)

2.5 hours (Off) to 3.5 hours (On) Spare 6-cell (Optional) 6.95 lb. including battery Warranty 1-Year

6.95 lb. including battery

Warranty

1-Year Parts & Labor Warranty Lifetime Toll Free Technical support Two & Three Year (ADP) Accidental Damage Protection Full Cover Plans (Optional)

Additional Features

Built in Fingerprint Scanner/Reader Built in Bluetooth - Foxconn® T60H928 (Optional) Internal Multi Regional TV Tuner w/Remote - Lifeview LR535 (Optional) Deluxe Carrying Case (Optional) 12V Auto/Airplane Adapter (Optional) Windows XP Pro, or XP Home (Optional) Drivers and Utility CD

This is Compal’s 1st Intel Core DUO system supporting the nVidia 7600 256MB.

Whats included:

Drivers and Utility CD This is Compal’s 1st Intel Core DUO system supporting the nVidia 7600
view larger image here Barebones Package
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Barebones Package

1.

Driver CD

2. Screws for CPU/HD

3. Screws for Back Panels

4. Compal & nVidia Decal

5. International Power Cord

6. U.S. Power Cord

7. AC Adapter

8. 9 Cell Battery

9. CPU Cooling Fan & Heatsink

10. Hard Drive Bracket

11. Keyboard

12. Top Frame to lock in Keyboard

The System:

Open

Barebone:

Bracket 11. Keyboard 12. Top Frame to lock in Keyboard The System: Open Barebone: view larger

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Assembled Unit:

view larger image here Top/Front view larger image here 1. Left Speaker 2. 4-in-1 Memory

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Top/Front

view larger image here Top/Front view larger image here 1. Left Speaker 2. 4-in-1 Memory Card

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1. Left Speaker

2. 4-in-1 Memory Card Reader

3. Wireless ON/OFF Switch

4. Lid closing latch

5. RF Input (For optional TV Tuner)

6. Right Speaker

Right Side

Barebone:

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Assembled Unit:

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1. Headphone / Audio Out

2. Mic In

3. 2 USB 2.0 Ports

4. CD/Optical bay

5. VGA Out

Left Side

view larger image here 1. Future port for Internal TV Tuner (Optional) 2. Cooling Exhaust

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1.

Future port for Internal TV Tuner (Optional)

2.

Cooling Exhaust

3.

USB 2.0 Port

4.

IEEE 1394 Mini Firewire

5.

10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN

6.

Type II PCMCIA Card Slot

7.

Express Card Slot

Back

5. 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN 6. Type II PCMCIA Card Slot 7. Express Card Slot Back

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1. S-Video Out Port

2. Battery Bay

3. 56K Modem

4. Cooling Vents

5. AC Adapter Power Input

Bottom

(closed)

Bay 3. 56K Modem 4. Cooling Vents 5. AC Adapter Power Input Bottom (closed) view larger

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Barebones:

(open)

view larger image here 1. Battery Bay with two locking mechanisms 2. Internal TV Tuner

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1. Battery Bay with two locking mechanisms

2. Internal TV Tuner Slot

3. 2 SODIMM Ram Slots (2GB Max)

4. Processor Fan/Heatsink

5. Processor Socket

6. Hard Drive Bay / Bluetooth (underneath hard drive)

7. Wireless LAN Bay

8. Cooling Vents

5. Processor Socket 6. Hard Drive Bay / Bluetooth (underneath hard drive) 7. Wireless LAN Bay

Keyboard & Mouse

Keyboard & Mouse 1. Media Shortcut buttons (Play, Pause, Stop etc) 2. Caps/Scroll/Num Lock Activation LED's

1. Media Shortcut buttons (Play, Pause, Stop etc)

2. Caps/Scroll/Num Lock Activation LED's

3. [2] User Programmable Shortcut Buttons

4. Internet Shortcut Button

5. Email Shortcut Button

6. Power Button

7. Touch Pad

8. Side Scroll Bar (Up/Down)

9. Left Mouse Button

10. Fingerprint Reader

11. Right Mouse Button

Camera

Pad 8. Side Scroll Bar (Up/Down) 9. Left Mouse Button 10. Fingerprint Reader 11. Right Mouse

Disassembled

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1. Mouse Touch Pad

2. Scroll Bar (Up/Down)

3. Left & Right Mouse Buttons

4. Fingerprint Reader

5. Keyboard Input

6. Cooling Vent

7. Media Buttons

8. Power & Shortcut Buttons

Overview of Bottom

view larger image here Processor Bay view larger image here CPU Heatsink

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Processor Bay

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CPU Heatsink

view larger image here Heatsink Fan

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Heatsink Fan

Hard Drive & Wireless Bay 1. Internal SATA Hard Drive 2. Wireless (802.11G) Card Ram

Hard Drive & Wireless Bay

Hard Drive & Wireless Bay 1. Internal SATA Hard Drive 2. Wireless (802.11G) Card Ram &

1. Internal SATA Hard Drive

2. Wireless (802.11G) Card

Ram & TV Tuner Bay

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Battery run time (with standard 9 cell):

Run time was with all devices enabled

Screen 55% Brightness: 3 Hour and 43 Minutes Screen 100% Brightness: 2 Hour and 37 Minutes

LCD screen Clarity and Quality

The high resolution (1680x1050) WSXGA Display (uses the new Prism Technology)

37 Minutes LCD screen Clarity and Quality The high resolution (1680x1050) WSXGA Display (uses the new
Out of the box performance Specs HD Tune (60GB 7200 SATA)

Out of the box performance Specs

Out of the box performance Specs HD Tune (60GB 7200 SATA)

HD Tune (60GB 7200 SATA)

Run #1

Run #1 Run #2

Run #2

3DMark '05 Using stock nVidia Driver Score (Stock) - 3113 (350 Core / 350 Memory)
3DMark '05 Using stock nVidia Driver Score (Stock) - 3113 (350 Core / 350 Memory)

3DMark '05

Using stock nVidia Driver Score (Stock) - 3113 (350 Core / 350 Memory)

Score (Overclocked) - 3732 (486 Core / 372 Memory)

Using 91.33 Forceware Driver Score (Stock) - 3127 (350 Core / 350 Memory)

Score (Overclocked) - 3739 (486 Core / 372 Memory)

(!!Overclock at your own risk!!)

(Stock) - 3127 (350 Core / 350 Memory) Score (Overclocked) - 3739 (486 Core / 372

Resolution: 1280×1024 (Stock)

Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer Level: Research, demo: Research.tmd Pixel shader: default model Antialising: From System× Anisotropic filtering: From System× HDR: disabled Geometry Instancing: disabled Normal-maps compression: disabled

Score = 54.11 FPS (Run 1) Score = 55.16 FPS (Run 2) Average score = 54.63 FPS

Resolution: 1280×1024 (Overclocked)

Maximum quality option, Direct3D renderer Level: Research, demo: Research.tmd Pixel shader: default model Antialising: From System× Anisotropic filtering: From System× HDR: disabled Geometry Instancing: disabled Normal-maps compression: disabled

Score = 63.97 FPS (Run 1) Score = 65.53 FPS (Run 2) Average score = 64.75 FPS

Conclusion

We not only sell this model but use it in a heavy multitasking business environment. We have also used this model with of HALO and FARCRY. We highly recommend this model.

Very well design & buildwith of HALO and FARCRY. We highly recommend this model. Great cooling and very quiet Built

Great cooling and very quietWe highly recommend this model. Very well design & build Built in Fingerprint Reader Built in

Built in Fingerprint ReaderVery well design & build Great cooling and very quiet Built in 1.3MP Camera Good gaming

Built in 1.3MP CameraGreat cooling and very quiet Built in Fingerprint Reader Good gaming performance SATA hard drive support

Good gaming performancevery quiet Built in Fingerprint Reader Built in 1.3MP Camera SATA hard drive support Intel Merom

SATA hard drive supportReader Built in 1.3MP Camera Good gaming performance Intel Merom Ready Great Feature Set & Value

Intel Merom Ready1.3MP Camera Good gaming performance SATA hard drive support Great Feature Set & Value Cons: No

Great Feature Set & ValueGood gaming performance SATA hard drive support Intel Merom Ready Cons: No DVI Out 3D Mark

Cons:

No DVI OutSATA hard drive support Intel Merom Ready Great Feature Set & Value Cons: 3D Mark score

3D Mark score could be a little betterCamera Good gaming performance SATA hard drive support Intel Merom Ready Great Feature Set & Value

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