SpecificationsNotebook: ZAReason Verix
Processor: Intel Core i7 620M
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1300 euro
Sold in: Anglo-America
Reviews for the ZAReason Verix
The ZaReason Verix is certainly a nice performer with its Intel Core i7 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M, and Intel SSD. Unfortunately, with this hardware the price is also at a premium. The ZaReason Verix 1656 starts out at $1,499 USD and becomes more expensive from the base configuration. The price for how our review notebook was configured places it at $2,197 USD. ZaReason products (along with System76 and other Linux specialty retailers) are usually more expensive than the tier-one manufacturers. However, if you do not mind the greater cost for a Linux-compatible high-performance netbook and are looking to support a vendor who actively supports Linux, then the ZaReason Verix is worth considering.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/14/2010
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M: The GPU has 96 shader cores but only a 128 bit memory bus that supports GDDR5 memory. With DDR3 memory, the GTS 250M performs clearly worse. Because of the 40nm process (and a selection process) the 250M offers a relatively low power consumption (the 260M needs 10W more).
Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.
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.
The Core i7-620M is the fastest Dual-Core CPU for laptops (at the time of introduction in Q1 2010). The 620M clocks betwenn 2.66 and 3.33 GHz due to the Turbo Mode and because of Hyperthreading, 4 threads are executed simultaneously. In the package, Intel also included a second die with an integrated GPU (GMA HD) and a memory controller. Therefore, the TDP of 35 Watt of the whole package is still quite good.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
ZAReason: Californian IT-shop, focussed on Linux-systems and founded in 2007. The company has its own laptop brand.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.