Christmas 2007: We wish something: That!

Christmas 2007: We wish something: That!


On my part, my desire for a little more performance on the desktop is slowly growing. Be it that HD cinema trailers do not always run smoothly in a medium 720p, that a bit more RAM would be necessary for a more fluid workflow, or that after a long period of abstinence, a current computer game would like to be played in as full of glory as possible. 'The Witcher' recently caught the attention of the moderator interested in role-playing games and the shooter 'Crysis' also looks pretty nice. But what to do with an old Athlon XP class carrot that the previous generation à la Gothic 2 and FarCry could do usefully well?

Gradually the decision has matured to completely replace the existing PC, because due to the current PCIe graphics cards, DDR2 RAM, SATA2 hard drives and burners, hardly any of the long-serving companions could be used. When composing a new arithmetic servant, an FAQ thread in our forum, “The ideal gaming PC” , is always very helpful, its founder _DJ2P-GER_ and currently with a lot of vigorWe would like to take this opportunity to thank the supervising Campino219.

This is how the current dream device was put together, ultimately based on an Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 boxed processor and an MSI P35 Neo2 mainboard -FR, equipped with a kit of 2048 MB RAM from MDT, an ATI Radeon HD 3870, a 320 GB Samsung SpinPoint T166 hard drive and a SATA DVD burner Samsung SH-203. The system is to be supplied by a Seasonic S12II-430 power supply unit and packaged in a Coolermaster Centurion-5 miditower. A total of around € 700 acquisition costs are expected (as of the end of November).

Centurion 5

Unfortunately, this combination will no longer make it under the Christmas tree. The purchase is targeted for five or six weeks after the festival, when, due to the rapidly falling demand, all of the components mentioned are available again without any problems and one or the other price has perhaps even leveled off a bit.

The smart SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 player with 4 GB capacity is also planned as a mid-winter purchase in the immediate vicinity. Together with the Sony MDR-EX71SL earphones provided as a replacement for the supplied Quaker and a separate USB charger for the socket, this item costs around 110 €.


'Mobility' is one of the new, important buzzwords of our time. Not only as a good editor you should therefore have a decent desktop PC, a Blackberry (preferably with its own Exchange server, of course) and a good notebook.

Since the former is somewhat available, a Blackberry, however So far, it has not been actively used as it is worth the still quite juicy volume tariffsideally this year a fancy, small, portable computer belongs under the Christmas tree. Precisely because mobility is so important for everyone these days, there is also a correspondingly huge selection - a fact that is actually good for the customer, but traditionally makes the search for the 'right' product difficult.

Helpful is to set some exclusion criteria in advance. For me it should be a subnotebook that should offer mediocre performance and an average price. Why this? You don't need a power machine for text editing, surfing the web and checking e-mails, even if it might 'last' longer. Furthermore, all brands and series are allowed - except for Sony's Vaio series and the MacBooks from Apple. The latter two product lines undoubtedly belong to the “creme de la creme”, but exceed my expectations (not least in terms of price) by far, are now a dime a dozen (because of individuality) and are first stolen from you.

In this respect, there are still numerous notebooks that can be considered. So I just picked one out that I think is quite convincing, especially in terms of price-performance. This is the ASUS F9F-2P037C 12.1 ', which offers the following performance for around 799 euros:

  • 12.1 'WXGA, (16:10) active matrix TFT, 1280x800, Color Shine Display
  • CPU: Intel 945 GM + ICH7M Core Duo T2350 2x 1.86GHz
  • RAM: 1024MB DDR2 667MHz
  • Hard disk: 120 GB S-ATA; 5,400 rpm
  • Drive: 8x DVD RW Super Multi D/L
  • Graphics: Intel® Int. GMA 950 Gfx (Intel 945GM)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 53WHrs (6 cells, 4800mAh)
  • Modem/WLAN: 10/100 bps Fast Ethernet controllers/Support Wake-On- LAN on S4 AC-In Mode only/Intel Golan & 3rd party WLAN
  • (Mini Card Form factor) (2nd mini cardreserved)
  • MIMO (antenna reserved)
  • MDC Azalia Fax/Voice Modem
  • 1.3 megapixel camera
  • PC card slot: 1x Express card/8 in 1 memory card slot/MMC, MS, MS-Pro, SD, xD -mini-SD, MS Duo, MS-Pro Duo via adapter
  • WLAN: 802.11 b/g
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Dimensions: 310 x 223.5 x 27 ~ 34 mm
  • Weight: 1.9Kg (w/12.1 panel, 2.5? HDD, ODD , 3cell)

Sure, it could add twice the RAM and I could do without Vista right now. Nevertheless, the Asus device - probably a discontinued model - appeals to me a lot, especially with regard to the price, so that Santa Claus will perhaps put this notebook under the tree for me, if it should actually be a technical gift.

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