Review mySN MG6 Notebook (Compal HLB2)

Bargain for Gamers.

ATI has obviously hit a captivating homerun with the 4600 series. Good performance data and a sizeable price advantage compared to Nvidia's competition make the hardware especially interesting for gaming starters. The German reseller Schenker Notebooks is, for instance, at the very front, bringing out a compact 15.6 inch notebook based on the Compal HLB Barebone with their MG6. We have taken a closer look at the device with an ATI Mobility Radeon HD4650 and Intel Core 2 Duo T9800 with 2.9 GHz.

mySN MG6 Notebook

As it is common in barebones, these can be usually offered in a wide range of different configurations. Aside from numerous CPUs, there are even often various graphic solutions available. However, Schenker Notebooks limit themselves to ATI's Radeon HD4650 in their MG6, so that the gaming notebook remains, above all, in an interesting price range.

We have to admit that the CPU we chose doesn't necessarily meet this ideology. But the tested configuration should support the efficiency of the built in graphic hardware, in order to especially define the performance spectrum of the exciting ATI hardware towards the top.

In contrast to the smallest available CPU (T4200 with 2.0 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB) the T9800 Intel CPU, currently the most efficient "non-extreme" Dual Core CPU, mounts up to a surcharge of a proud 455.00 Euros. However, if you consider this in the total price of 1440.00 Euros in our high-quality configuration (320 GB, 7200 HDD, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, Win Vista H. Prem. 64) you will rapidly find yourself in the especially fascinating range of under 1000.00 Euros again.

Case

As our colleagues at Notebookcheck.pl have already noted on the Compal HLB2 barebone tested by them, the case isn't exactly the highest quality chassis which Compal has delivered up till now. The applied plastic doesn't look very qualitative and can't really convince, especially in its haptic. The roughened surfaces in the area of the wrist rests and the high gloss finish of the display lid can't change that, either.

Fortunately, the mySN MG6 conducts itself optically rather modestly and presents full black surfaces with very well-designed contours. Due to the rounded edges the case makes a very compact impression, whereas the 16:9 format also contributes to this.
We couldn't observe any irregularities in the gaps of our test sample, but we have to confirm the already criticized wobbly battery.

The stability of the case in the base unit's upper side area turns out as satisfactory. On the bottom side of the case tray it can come to deformations at point pressure, though. The same applies to the display lid, which especially yields in the central area. The noticeable distortions on the presented image luckily stay within a limit, though.

Also worth mentioning is that the display's opening angle is restricted to approx. 140°, which shouldn't lead to any limitation of the notebook's practical use. The hinges hold the display sufficiently tight in place and also prevent a too easy opening from a closed state, as well. This is important as the notebook hasn't any locking catch which secures the display in a closed condition.

Connectivity

The mySN MG6 maybe doesn't have an extraordinarily generous interface configuration, which wasn't to be awaited in view of the price, but you do find everything you need for an undemanding office and gaming use on the notebook, anyway.
A total of four USB 2.0 ports, a LAN, a VGA and an HDMI port can be counted to this. On top of that Compal gave the barebone a 34 mm Expresscard slot, too.

The distribution quality of the ports is, once again, dependant on the intended mission of the device. Righties have a clear advantage through the positioning of the optical drive on the right side edge. But in case of requirement of more than just one USB socket, the triple-grouped USB ports on the right side edge in the front area could turn out to be a bit inconvenient.
The left side edge accommodates the vent, and the remaining interfaces, unfortunately, are all quite in the front area. Lefties will therefore only just have a hard time at an extensive port occupation.

The MG6 is also optionally available with a Blu-Ray drive, which surprisingly affects the total price comparatively little, with a surcharge of 145.00 Euros.  
The available Intel Turbo Memory Module, with a capacity of 1, 2 or 4 GB, neither has a significant effect on the price, nor probably on the gaming performance of the device.

Front side: Cardreader, audio ports
Front side: Cardreader, audio ports
Left side: Kensington Lock, USB, HDMI, LAN, VGA-Out, ExpressCard 34mm
Left side: Kensington Lock, USB, HDMI, LAN, VGA-Out, ExpressCard 34mm
Back side: Modem
Back side: Modem
Right side: 3xUSB, opt. drive, power socket
Right side: 3xUSB, opt. drive, power socket

Aside from the integrated Realtek Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (RTL8168C(P)/8111C(P)) ex-factory, Schenker has a correlating WLAN module available at a surcharge-item. The two up-to-date Intel modules, WiFi 5100 AGN and WiFi 5300 are offered for 25.00 Euros or rather 40.00 Euros. Bluetooth V2.0 has to be also chosen separately as an additional option and costs an additional 30.00 Euros.

You almost have the whole range of operating systems to choose from, but only for Vista. XP isn't offered. Moreover, at a configuration greater than 3GB you should consider the option of a 64 bit capable operating system so that the total memory can be used under Windows.

Schenker gives a 24 month pickup & return service ex-factory on the MG6, but only in Germany. Contemporaries from Austria, Switzerland and the rest of the new and old Europe still have to shell out the postage themselves in case of a repair. The available warranty extension of up to 36 months, which is obtainable for a rather inexpensive additional charge of 85.00 Euros, can be seen positive.

Input Devices

The built in keyboard doesn't show any irregularities in regards to the given figure keys' size. However, the positioning of the Fn-key on the outer left does seem a bit unusual for a gaming notebook, where the CRTL-key is usually found, which calls up the console of many games in combination with the ^-key. The somewhat thinner cursor keys aren't very helpful in various games, either.

The built in keyboard unit proved to be very pleasant at text-typing. Every key was hit at once and the typing feel was alright, too. This can be described as having a rather soft stroke and a slightly rebounding stop. The discreet clicking noise of the keys was also able to please in the test.

The touchpad turned out relatively large. The gliding-traits of the pad are also okay and make navigating with the pad easily practicable. Not quite as convincing were the touchpad keys which sit fairly deep in the case and can therefore often only be stroked with difficulty by the thumb. The typing feel of the keys also turn out to be a bit awkward, letting themselves only be pressed on the outer side with high pressure, whilst in the central area these respond very easily. The springing noise, which the keys emit isn't very elegant, either.
Due to an own, but somewhat difficult to use button, the touchpad can be deactivated quickly.

Keyboard
mySN MG6 keyboard
Touchpad
mySN MG6 touchpad

Display

The mySN MG6 follows a new trend in regards to the applied display format. In the opinion of media enterprises, the aspect ratio of 16:9 should also converge with notebooks, in order to render contemporary movies as bar-free as possible and to use the display to its maximum. At this point you shouldn't forget that we are still dealing with a mobile PC, for which only a small part of its application field is taken up from playing movies. For many daily tasks, a correlating image height is very much of advantage.
Then we are at the given notebook resolution of 1366x768 pixels. As a result, somewhat of height has been saved and invested into the image width, in assessment to the common 1280x800 format.

The screen (CMO 1571) built into our test device presented a good maximum brightness of 248 cd/m2 in the brightness test. But a massive brightness decrease towards the lower display edge could be observed, where the maximum brightness was merely 181.1 cd/m2. Hence, the mySN MG6 only reaches 75.5% in regards to illumination.

240
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
248
cd/m²
208
cd/m²
237
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
181.1
cd/m²
190.3
cd/m²
183.3
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Maximum: 248 cd/m²
Average: 215.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 73 %
Black: 1.26 cd/m²
Contrast: 188:1

The maximum given contrast of the built in screen reaches a ratio of 188:1, which is still rather acceptable. Subjectively, the color representation didn't show any irregularities, but there is a brightness decrease downwards on a white background which can even be seen with the naked eye.

Intensly reflective display at adverse light conditions
Intensly reflective display at adverse light conditions

The display with a reflective surface is alright at predominant indoor notebook use. But if you are often exposed to adverse bright surroundings, as it is the case outdoors, then you have to count with strong irritating reflections.

The viewing angle stability in the vertical viewing field is, as for many notebook displays common, rather restricted. Already slight deviations from the ideal perpendicular viewing angle have an obvious image distortion as a consequence. The display shows itself as much more tolerable in the horizontal area and allows also inclined viewing angles. But unwanted reflections  increase, as well.

Viewing angle mySN MG6
mySN MG6

Performance

Based on Intel's PM45 chip set, a whole range of processors can be employed in the Compal HLB2 barebone. This applies to older CPUs of the Merom generation from Intel, which is offered as the T4200 CPU with 2.0 GHz as a starter option in the mySN MG6. This is followed from a whole row of state-of-the-art Intel Penryn chips up to the T9800 CPU with 2.92 GHz, 6MB L2 cache and 1066MHz Frontsidebus (FSB). You can discover how the single processors differ in their efficiency either in our Benchmark List of Mobile Processors or in this special editorial about Intel's current Penryn CPU generation.

The T9800 CPU belongs to the currently most efficient dual core processors, but is also an especially expensive solution with a price of 530.00 dollars (Intel's retail price at a purchase of 1000 pieces). Significantly more exciting, in regards to money for value, would be the P8400 and P8600 chips, which are available at a considerably lower price and bid good performance, as well. They also make a small contribution to the heating up of the device and to power consumption in battery mode with a TDP of 25W.

The built in graphic card, a Mobility Radeon HD 4650 von ATI, scored unsurprisingly well. Equipped with a 512 MB fast GDR3 storage module, ATI's new middle class graphic provides for first class benchmark results and admonishes the previous precursor of this league, the GeForce 9600M GT, back to the lower ranks. In the executed 3D Mark 2006, for instance, the HD 4650 establishes itself in about half way between 9600M GT and 9700M GTS.

 

3D Mark 2006
3D Mark 2006
PC Mark 2005
PC Mark 2005

The good result in the PCMark 2005 shows that the total system in combination with the efficient T9800 CPU, a total of 4GB DDR3 RAM and a fast 320GB hard disk with 7200 rpm isn't necessarily "half bad". The test system shoves itself in front of similar or even better equipped devices with a reached 6618 points.

You can usually observe the ATI graphic to also scores well in the Cinebench R10 Benchmark Test. Hence, we naturally took a closer look at the MG6 with the ATI HD 4650 graphic in this exercise – and justifiably so as the good result shows.
With its achieved 5975 points in the OpenGL Rendering Test, the mySN MG6 scratches at the score of the CAD Pro Dell Precision M4400 with Nvidia Quadro FX 770M graphic. The T9800 CPU's result in the rendering test naturally turned out impressive, too. The chip can only be closed in by quad-core processors with 6839 points in the Multi-CPU test.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10

The MG6 might also be possibly interesting for CAD users, seeing the excellent result in the Cinebench R10 Shading Test. We have to muffle our expectations in this exercise, though.
The MG6 from Schenker only reached average results in the SPEC Viewperf benchmark test, which doesn't make a use of the notebook in the CAD field very advisable.

SPEC Viewperf benchmark test
SPEC Viewperf benchmark test

Furmark

There are always again reports to be heard wherein is stated that especially ATI graphic cards have problems with the benchmark and stress test Furmark, which would render a hairy donut under the light of OpenGL and so make the graphic card's shader units get into a real sweat.

Furmark Stability Test
Furmark Stability Test

The executed stability test let the GPU's temperature (singled out with the tool GPU-Z) rise up to a maximum of 100°C. The heating then remained stable in this area, and settled at a chip temperature of approx. 98°C after about 1-2 hours of load.
The graphic card's clock rate also remained stable at maximum with a core clock of 600 MHz and a memory clock of 796.5 MHz. In comparison to the MSI GX625 with an ATI HD 4670 tested by our Polish colleagues, the observed temperatures are relatively high. Hence, the cooling system in the MG6 most probably operates rather at its limit.

The tests were executed at a surrounding temperature of 22°C. At higher surrounding temperatures, of course, an even stronger heating of the chip can't be expelled. In comparison to the competition from Nvidia, the heating turns out very high, anyway. The GeForce 9600M GT in the HP HDX16 reached in the comparison test a maximum temperature of 86°C. The differing cooling mannerisms of both devices should be considered here, though.

Random Access Memory / Hard Disk

As already mentioned in the beginning, our test sample has an apt RAM configuration in form of two 2GB memory bars, type DDR3 PC3-85000F. Therefore the mySN MG6 also reaches the maximum possible memory configuration given by Schenker. So that the whole storage capacity is available under Windows, the test system has been appropriately fitted with a 64 Bit operating system.

Schenker also offers a whole range of options in regards to mass storage. Either there is the common hard disk from Seagate, with a velocity of 5400 rpm or even 7200 rpm and a capacity of up to 500 gigabytes, or there is also the high-quality Solid State Drives (SSD) from OCZ to be built in. A 60 GB memory for an additional 115.00 Euros defines the SSD starter variant. Theoretically, there is also even one of the top models available from OCZ, a 250GB SSD out of the Vertex series, which would, with a proud 820.00 Euros, cost even more than the whole notebook in its basic configuration…

You are also completely well-provided for with a 320GB disk and a velocity of 7200 rpm, which probably has the best money for value ratio at a surcharge of 40.00 Euros. This storage was also built in to our test device. The hard disk reached an attractive average transfer rate of 68.8 MB/sec as well as a very short access rate of merely 15.8 milliseconds in the HDTune benchmark test.

System info CPU
System info CPU
System info Chip set
System info Ram
System info Ram
System info GPU
System info Hdd
System information mySN MG6 (Compal HLB2)
3D Mark
3DMark 2001SE32698 points
3DMark 0321712 points
3DMark 0514191 points
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
6674 points
3DMark Vantage2727 points
Help
PC Mark
PCMark 056618 points
PCMark Vantage4515 points
Help
Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9320421AS
Transfer Rate Minimum: 44.9 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 88.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 68.8 MB/s
Access Time: 15.8 ms
Burst Rate: 77.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 2.6 %

Gaming Performance

The first results of the executed benchmarks give hope for a very positive gaming performance. As usual, we therefore put a whole row of game to a practical test in order to make more precise statements.

Crysis

The ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 has to take the challenge of this demanding first-person shooter from EA Games in the frame of our test of the mySN MG6 - very successful as the following results show.
For instance, the achieved values of the GeForce 9600M GT in the MSI GX400 could be easily topped, yes, even almost doubled. The comparison to the principally as more efficient classified Geforce 9800M GS from Nvidia turned out to be not less impressive. The results of the 9800 could be reached at middle details and at high details the HD 4650 was even slightly over that of the GeForce 9800M GS in the MSI GT627.

Comparative benchmark test Crysis
Comparative benchmark test Crysis

GTA IV - Grand Theft Auto

The latest edition of the Grand Theft Auto series, GTA IV, probably counts to one of the most hardware-exhaustive games at the moment. The mySN MG6 reaches an average of 46.49 fps in the game-integrated benchmark test in the lowest settings (all min, out 800x600). The bargain gamer scores, here as well, slightly better than the MSI GT627 with the GeForce 9800M GS, which reaches 41.36 fps in comparison.

A graphic detail increase to medium (all medium; view 21, detail 10, vehicles 50, shadow 8; 1024x768) depresses the average frame rate to 36.8 fps in the test. The GT 627 merely reaches 19.44 fps with a regular clocked P8600 CPU. In Turbo Mode (2.77 GHz) the value improved itself to 31.56 fps. This, however, shows the massive influence of the CPU in GTA IV, where the tested MG6 with its efficient T9800 CPU certainly has a clear advantage.

Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare

A must for a gaming device is of course also the as before favored shooter Call of Duty 4. The ATI HD 4650 delivered a good performance here, as well. The notebook made an average of about 66.5 fps at a resolution of 1034x768 and medium details and deactivated anti-aliasing and can leave the, for instance, MSI GX400 with the GeForce 9600 behind. The MSI GT627 with the 9800M GS graphic doesn't let itself be beaten so quickly in this exercise, though. It still lies ahead of the MG6 with an average of approx. 84 fps.

It gets tight for the mySN MG6 at a further resolution increase to 1280x1024 pixels, high detail settings and quadrupled anti-aliasing. The performance moves around 30 fps, whereas an occasional crash, that is to say studdering, has to be counted with. The GT627 with a Nvidia 9800 GS graphic remains significantly more stable and within a playable range with an average of 47.7 fps.

Performance Call of Duty 4
Performance Call of Duty 4

Race Driver GRID

The current racing game Racedriver GRID is even playable with attractive graphics. No matter if at minimum settings, hence a resolution of merely 800x600 pixels and deactivated anti-aliasing, or an even more worth seeing 1024x768 pixels – the performance always stays at an absolutely smooth playable range with about 60 fps.

A resolution increase to 1280x1024 pixels and 2xXMSAA is also tucked away without noticeable problems. The observed frame rates were practically stable at over 40 fps and therefore also in the smooth area.

Performance GRID
Performance GRID

F.E.A.R. 2

Among others, the sequel of the horror shooter FEAR belongs to the currently available gaming titles. There is also nothing to criticize on the mySN MG6's performance up to a resolution of 1024x768 pixels, medium details and double anti-aliasing. The device first gives in at 1280x1024 pixels, high graphic settings and activated quadrupled anti-aliasing.
The notebook may deliver a mostly still playable frame rate at about 30 fps, but short crashes flaw the gaming enjoyment.

Performance F.E.A.R. 2
Performance F.E.A.R. 2

Emissions

System Noise

A constant running fan could be observed even at use of the mySN MG6 without, or rather with a low load, so in office mode while surfing in the internet or even in idle mode. This can be described as very audible, but due to its pitch still very tolerable, with a volume of 34.9 dB(A) on our indicator scale. Depending on its performance requirement it could happen that the fan increases its velocity for a short period in office mode and therefore attracts attention.

The mySN MG6 reaches its maximum volume of 44.2 dB(A) under load. Occasionally to be called loud, the soundscape can still be coped with at gaming.

Noise Level

Idle 34.2 / 34.2 / 36.5 dB(A)
HDD 34.5 dB(A)
DVD 42.1 / dB(A)
Load 44.2 / 44.2 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:     (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The maximum values under load were noticeably high, even on the upper side of the base unit. The case reached peak values of up to 45.8°C. This will also be perceived at gaming, because you usually have a hand positioned in the area of the A-W-S-D keys.

The established values on the case's bottom side turn out less disturbing and slightly lower. Maximum values of up to 44.6°C were noted here.

Max. Load
 44.8 °C38.8 °C33.6 °C 
 45.8 °C38.2 °C29.8 °C 
 37.6 °C36.5 °C31.8 °C 
Maximum: 45.8 °C
Average: 37.4 °C
34.1 °C39.9 °C38.7 °C
33.8 °C43.3 °C44.6 °C
30.7 °C37.3 °C40.3 °C
Maximum: 44.6 °C
Average: 38.1 °C
Room Temperature 22.0 °C

Loudspeakers

Both loudspeakers built in above the left and right keyboard side have a very predominant place, but their tone sounds surprisingly modest. This is still more acceptable at sound rendering during gaming than at playing music. We would recommend the use of headphones or even external loudspeakers here.

Battery Life

Readers Test
Maximum battey runtime (BatteryEater Readers Test)
Classic Test
Minimum runtime (BatteryEater Classic Test)

As Schenker rightly notes in their online-configurator, the battery life is strongly dependant on the individual configuration. Because the arrangement of our test sample is more orientated on the MG6's maximum performance, the following assessments are to be seen as an informative basis for the "worst case" scene for the MG6. Less efficient CPUs should therefore have a positive effect on the possible battery runtime.

In the BatteryEater Reader's test, representative for the maximum battery runtime to be awaited at minimum display brightness, deactivated WLAN in the Window's energy savings profile, the mySN MG6 reached 292 minutes, so short of 6 hours.
A dramatic decrease of the runtime is observed under load. The runtime drops to merely 51 minutes in the BatteryEater Classic Test (load, max. display brightness, WLAN on, high performance profile) and is therefore no longer relevant for practical use.

A runtime of approx. 260 minutes can be counted with during the practical surfing mode at maximum display brightness and activated energy savings profile. This suffices for an extensive wireless notebook use.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.0 Watt
Idle 15.3 / 17.9 / 20.1 Watt
Load 53.1 / 88.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
4h 52min
WiFi Surfing
4h 20min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 51min

Verdict

mySN MG6 (Compal HLB2)
mySN MG6 (Compal HLB2)

The expectations of the Compal barebone were rather low in view of the mySN MG6's acquisition price of just about 649.00 Euros, but without an operating system and a generally very scanty configuration. Even the conservative plastic case with the impression of moderate quality wasn't much of a surprise. The positioning of the ports is also a justified critique point on the HLB2.

However, the notebook's efficiency exceeded our expectations, especially the Mobility Radeon HD 4650 from ATI. The chip presented a first class 3D performance and even caught up to the performance of a GeForce 9800M GS from its competitor Nvidia in the single gaming tests. Equipped with the most state-of-the-art drivers from Nvidia, the GeForce 9800M GS, should however remain clearly in the front and have the whip hand at higher resolutions and detail levels in regards to performance.

As it is, the ATI 4650 places itself rather in the middle class field, anyway and can clearly detach the here mostly represented GeForce 9600M GT chip. According to first rumors on the portal VR-Zone, Nvidia will probably first be able to counter with the 40nm technology in the upcoming graphic card generation, which is anticipated to come on the market in the second half of 2009.

That the graphic chip reached a constant temperature of approx. 98°C under load (Furmark) was conspicuous, though. Even if there weren't any problems established in the test, you might just want to take the 3 year warranty upgrade, which is relatively inexpensive to avail at a surcharge of already 85.00 Euros, in order to keep a peace of mind.

The MG6 could very well be mentioned as a tip for thrifty, occasional gamers, even if it has a whole row of smaller flaws. Up till now, it is difficult to find such a load of performance at this price.

In Review: mySN MG6 (Compal HLB2)
mySN MG6 (Compal HLB2)

Specifications

Schenker MG6

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel PM45
:: Memory
4096 MB, GDDR3 PC3-8500F, 2x2048MB, max, 4096MB
:: Graphics adapter
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 - 512 MB, Core: 600 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, GDDR3, 7.14.10.0636 / Vista 64
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, WXGA Glare Type LED TFT, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9320421AS, 320 GB 7200 rpm
:: Soundcard
Realtek ALC268 HD Audio
:: Connections
1 Express Card 34mm, 4 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Headphones, microphone, Card Reader: 3in1,
:: Networking
Realtek RTL8168C/8111C Family PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5100 AGN (a b g n ), 2.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
Optiarc DVD RW AD-7590S ATA
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 37 x 373 x 245
:: Weight
2.67 kg Power Supply: 0.5 kg
:: Battery
57.7 Wh Lithium-Ion, 11.1V 5200mAh
:: Price
1400 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
24 Months Warranty

 

Currently in review: The mySN MG6, a compact 15.6 inch multimedia notebook,…
Currently in review: The mySN MG6, a compact 15.6 inch multimedia notebook,…
WLAN is a surcharge-item and unfortunately not included in the base price of the notebook.
WLAN is a surcharge-item and unfortunately not included in the base price of the notebook.
But there is a webcam included, in any case.
But there is a webcam included, in any case.
Despite a couple of peculiarities which need getting used to in regards to the layout,…
Despite a couple of peculiarities which need getting used to in regards to the layout,…
…the keyboard is quite pleasant to use.
…the keyboard is quite pleasant to use.
The touchpad size is a surprise, but has two somewhat unpleasant to use keys.
The touchpad size is a surprise, but has two somewhat unpleasant to use keys.
The hotkeys didn't have any function on our test device.
The hotkeys didn't have any function on our test device.
The display in 16:9 format has a good brightness,…
The display in 16:9 format has a good brightness,…
…but only an under-average illumination, too. You have to live with reflections turning up at adverse light conditions, as well.
…but only an under-average illumination, too. You have to live with reflections turning up at adverse light conditions, as well.
The built in hardware of the mySN MG6 provides for suspense:
The built in hardware of the mySN MG6 provides for suspense:
A strong T9800 CPU and an ATI HD4650 graphic card are employed in the test sample.
A strong T9800 CPU and an ATI HD4650 graphic card are employed in the test sample.
The notebook can convince especially in current games with a good performance in combination with a 4GB DDR3 RAM.
The notebook can convince especially in current games with a good performance in combination with a 4GB DDR3 RAM.
The device is freely configurable in regards to the hard disk,…
The device is freely configurable in regards to the hard disk,…
…wherein SSDs can also be utilized, among others.
…wherein SSDs can also be utilized, among others.
The fan was always busy and even constantly audible in office mode.
The fan was always busy and even constantly audible in office mode.
The surface temperatures turned out respectable, to a part and even reached up to 45°C on the upper side.
The surface temperatures turned out respectable, to a part and even reached up to 45°C on the upper side.
You also find a fingerprint reader on the mySN MG6
You also find a fingerprint reader on the mySN MG6
The device can also be fitted with a Blu-Ray drive if required.
The device can also be fitted with a Blu-Ray drive if required.
…which is based on the HLB2 barebone of the Taiwanese manufacturer Compal,…
…which is based on the HLB2 barebone of the Taiwanese manufacturer Compal,…
…and is marketed, among others, from Schenker Notebooks under the name MG6 in Germany.
…and is marketed, among others, from Schenker Notebooks under the name MG6 in Germany.
The notebook can't exactly be called an optical highlight.
The notebook can't exactly be called an optical highlight.
Fortunately, the device conducts itself very modestly with its black surfaces.
Fortunately, the device conducts itself very modestly with its black surfaces.
The display lid in high gloss varnish has almost become standard for multimedia notebooks.
The display lid in high gloss varnish has almost become standard for multimedia notebooks.
Thanks to the rounded edges on the display and base unit,…
Thanks to the rounded edges on the display and base unit,…
…but also because of the video-friendly 16:9 format,…
…but also because of the video-friendly 16:9 format,…
The mySN MG6 appears very compact and agile.
The mySN MG6 appears very compact and agile.
Even if the case partly shows weaknesses especially at point pressure,…
Even if the case partly shows weaknesses especially at point pressure,…
…the workmanship of the notebook can be described as very satisfactory.
…the workmanship of the notebook can be described as very satisfactory.
The hinges generally hold the display sufficiently tight in place.
The hinges generally hold the display sufficiently tight in place.
The maximum opening angle is restricted due to the hinged lid.
The maximum opening angle is restricted due to the hinged lid.
Hence, even most of the connections drift to the side edges of the device.
Hence, even most of the connections drift to the side edges of the device.
The typical multimedia ports are offered, as also a HDMI port.
The typical multimedia ports are offered, as also a HDMI port.
The assemblage of USB ports on the right front edge might be somewhat of a problem.
The assemblage of USB ports on the right front edge might be somewhat of a problem.
The restrained sound of both integrated loudspeakers couldn't convince.
The restrained sound of both integrated loudspeakers couldn't convince.

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Pro

+Individual configuration possible
+Blu-Ray available
+Inexpensive warranty upgrade to 36 months available
+Good display brightness
+Convincing performance of the ATI HD 4650 graphic
+Good money for value ratio of the total system
+Good battery life also at good configuration
 

Cons

-Moderate material impression
-Awkward port-placing
-Constantly present fan
-Bad sound rendering quality

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What we liked

Congratulations to ATI – Welcome back to the efficient multimedia category. We are looking forward to ATI's upcoming high-performance chips, which will very likely let Nvidia work up a sweat.

What we missed

On the MG6 itself - almost nothing. Somewhat better speakers would be nice. These could certainly also be realized at this attractive price. The port placement is very much worthy of improvement. It would also be nice if there were an optional display with a higher resolution, there is enough power at hand.

What surprised us

And again: The performance of the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 graphic. It flings the mySN MG6 into spheres where the GeForce 9800M GS is usually at home in accordingly expensive devices - it's to be understood, at an acquisition price of 800.00 Euros and average equipment.

The competitors

Low-priced gamers in the 15 inch sector. Probably the hottest candidate: MSI GT627. Upcoming, low-priced models from all brands with a GT120M, GT130MNVIDIA GeForce GT 130MNVIDIA GeForce GT 130M Graphic from Nvidia.

Rating

Schenker MG6
05/03/2009
J. Simon Leitner

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
84%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
86%
Weight
79%
Battery
88%
Display
78%
Games Performance
94%
Application Performance
94%
Temperature
75%
Noise
75%
Add Points
86%
Average
83%
84%
Multimedia *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review mySN MG6 Notebook (Compal HLB2)
Author: J. Simon Leitner, 2009-05- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)