Digital Storm xm15 Level 2


Digital Storm  xm15 Level 2Notebook: Digital Storm xm15 Level 2
Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.6kg
Price: 1100 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Average Score: 72% - average
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)

Reviews for the Digital Storm xm15 Level 2

80% Digital Storm xm15
Source: PC World English
If you include the power brick, the xm15 weighs just under 7 pounds, which really isn't bad for a 15.6-inch, 1080p laptop with discrete graphics and a 90-watt power supply. At $1029 for this configuration, it's a tad on the high side, but not exceptionally so. Despite Digital Storm's marketing, the xm15 is not a gaming powerhouse, but it otherwise seems to be a well-rounded unit with decent battery life. Still, I wish it had a Blu-ray drive and looked a little less generic.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/26/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Digital Storm xm15 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Gaming on a budget is a tricky proposition, but the $1,049 Digital Storm xm15 is a pretty good value. Despite its somewhat basic design, the xm15 performs well for the price, pairing robust Nvidia graphics with a full HD display. Unfortunately, the speakers are too underpowered, and you'll have to dial down the resolution to play the most demanding titles smoothly. For the same price, we prefer the ASUS N53, an update to the system we reviewed in December 2010. You can now order it with nearly identical specs to the xm15, and you get a sleeker design and better sound. Still, the xm15 offers plenty of oomph for the money and a support package that inspires confidence.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
76% Digital Storm xm15 (Level 2)
Source: Computer Shopper English
What makes a gaming notebook a gaming notebook? Is it the graphics chip inside? The design on the outside? Flashing lights, an automotive-grade paint job, or a monster screen? This laptop will make quick work of your productivity workload, but we expected better graphics performance—and a more daring look—from a machine touted as a gaming notebook.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2011
Rating: Total score: 76%


NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M:

Mid-range graphics card based on the GT 435M chip (GF108) with higher clock rates and DDR3 support.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

2630QM: Fast Quad-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.6 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Digital Storm: American hardware shop, founded 2002, which sells an own laptop brand.

72%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2012-05-26)