Digital Storm xm15 Level 2
Average of 3 scores (from 3 reviews)
Reviews for the Digital Storm xm15 Level 2
Source: PC World Archive.org version
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%
Source: Laptop Mag Archive.org version
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%
Source: Computer Shopper Archive.org version
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.
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.
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-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
Digital Storm: American hardware shop, founded 2002, which sells an own laptop brand.
72%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
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