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PC Nextday Zoostorm 82-4200 review

Alan Lu
11 May 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
500
inc VAT

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Specifications

15.4 in 1,280x800 display, 2.7kg, 2GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4200, 4.00GB RAM, 320GB disk, Windows Vista Home Premium

PC Nextday's Zoostorm 82-4200 looks plain, with clean lines and minimal controls and indicators.

The only thing to distinguish it visually is the white keyboard sandwiched between the black lid and base unit. Some may find this design a bit tacky, and it's certainly not as attractive as Sony's VGN-NS20M/S.

With its 2GHz Pentium Dual Core T4200 processor and 4GB of RAM, this laptop achieved the highest Windows benchmark scores in this category, and should cope with most tasks well. Sadly, graphics performance from the onboard Intel GMA 4500HD graphics wasn't as good. This laptop isn't capable of playing games.

It will handle HD video, though, and its HDMI output allows you to watch movies on an HD TV. There's also an S/PDIF output for connecting an external sound system. The generous 320GB hard disk provides plenty of storage for music and movies, and you can use the eSATA port to add more storage in future. There are only three USB ports, however, and no Draft-N wireless adaptor.

The 82-4200 has a conventional 16:10 widescreen, unlike the 16:9 screens on the Acer 6530G and the MSI VR630, and has a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels. It produced bright, colourful images, but the glossy finish will reflect nearby light sources.

The keyboard is a conventional, full-size model with comfortable, moulded keys and a standard layout. It's firm, and we found it surprisingly good for a budget laptop, with a crisp, light action that made touch typing a breeze. The touchpad is large and responsive, but the buttons have little travel, and it's hard to distinguish between them by touch.

Battery life is decent at three hours, which should be enough for general use around the home or the occasional short journey.

Sadly, the 82-4200 doesn't stand out. It's a good enough budget laptop, with a reasonable set of features and above-average Windows performance, but Acer's 6530G is a better all-rounder and has considerably more features.

Basic Specifications

Rating***
ProcessorIntel Pentium Dual-Core T4200
Processor clock speed2GHz
Memory4.00GB
Memory slots2
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory4GB
Size40x359x267mm
Weight2.7kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle21W
Power consumption active42W

Display

Viewable size15.4 in
Native resolution1,280x800
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 4500M HD
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory32MB

Storage

Total storage capacity320GB
Optical drive modelTSSTcorp TS-L633A
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slots1x ExpressCard/54
ModemYes
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick Pro
Other portseSATA, minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, minijack S/PDIF output

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows Vista Home Premium
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includednone
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB
Price£500
Detailswww.pcnextday.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.pcnextday.co.uk

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