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PC Nextday Zoostorm Versa 83-6701 review

Barry de la Rosa
23 Feb 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
700
inc VAT

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Specifications

17 in 1,440x900 display, 3.0kg, 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T9300, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

The Zoostorm Versa 83-6701 has a Core 2 Duo T9300, the fastest processor here at 2.5GHz, but a slower frontside bus speed than the 2.26GHz P8400 found in the Samsung Q310.

This means that it lagged slightly behind in our PCMark benchmarks. With a GeForce 9300M GS, it also achieved comparable Call of Duty 4 scores to the Q310. However, Zoostorm's processor consumes more power, and has a battery life of just one-and-a-half hours.

The 83-6701 shares the same chassis as Novatech's X60MV, but has a more adventurous black and white livery. The lid has a glossy piano-black finish, while the keyboard panel and the keys are white, with a silver border around the keyboard itself. Although it's uncluttered, the acres of white below the keyboard will inevitably become tarnished over time. It also features the same all-in-one touch pad and buttons unit that we don't like: the buttons are stiff and have very little travel. The keyboard is better than the X60MV's, though, and feels firmer, with good travel and feedback.

The Zoostorm 83-6701 also suffers from the same lack of expansion, with only three USB ports, no HDMI port and no support for Gigabit Ethernet or Draft-N wireless networking. It doesn't even have a webcam. It does, however, have a 320GB hard disk, which is ample for multimedia files.

We were impressed by the quality of LCD screens this month, and the 83-6701's was no exception. Lighting was even and colours were accurate. However, the contrast wasn't as good as on the Satellite's screen (right), and its glossy finish won't suit brightly lit environments.

While it performs well, the Zoostorm 83-6701 lacks expansion and has a poor touch pad. The Asus X71SL has a Blu-ray drive and, at £50 less, is better value.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo T9300
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size37x359x268mm
Weight3.0kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby2W
Power consumption idle38W
Power consumption active59W

Display

Viewable size17 in
Native resolution1,440x900
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce 9300M GS
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory256MB

Storage

Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive modelOptiarc AD-7560S
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portsminijack audio output, minijack microphone input, minijack S/PDIF output

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedCyberlink DVD Suite

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£700
Detailswww.pcnextday.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.pcnextday.co.uk

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