Vertical viewing angles on the HEL80 are not good. From the bottom of the display, there is a small amount of light leakage, but it is unnoticeable unless the screen is completely black. The chassis is very rigid, and there is hardly any flex on the unit. Even viewing the screen straight on, I can detect contrast and brightness variation from top to bottom, with the top having greater brightness and contrast than the bottom. Based around the Intel GM chipset, this notebook targets users interested in a lot of power in a semi-portable form.
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Compal HEL80 Review (pics, specs)
Immediately upon bootup, the Compal HEL80 will blast the fans at full throttle, which can be rather noisy, though I’ve never heard them at this level during even the heaviest of tasks. I also recommend calling in your order rather than going through their website, as they have very prime special offers only available by phone. As I did not purchase the optional TV tuner, this shall not be covered in this camerz. The HEL80 is also configurable with internal Bluetooth wireless, a very worthwhile option if you have Bluetooth-enabled devices or plan to buy some, such as PDAs, cell phones, or even other computers.
From the bottom of the display, there is a small amount of light leakage, vompal it is unnoticeable unless the screen is completely black. The headphone cojpal is not quite crystal clear. The viewing and color is good from even very awkward angles view large image. I spent the entire time on the Internet and using MS Word.
Compal HEL80 Review
It looks rather standard but there is no flex, with the expected exception of the open grills over the fan and heatsink areas. Keyboard and Touchpad The standard-sized keyboard does show signs of flexing, particularly over the optical drive. For software, with Ubuntu, you get all critical software such as a web browser Firefoxemail client Evolution, though I prefer to comppal Thunderbird, which can be easily obtained through either Synaptic or the Gnome Application Installeroffice productivity software OpenOffice.
Copper trim surrounds the keyboard, and gives it a sharp and elegant look. For all others, however, the screen should be quite adequate. Having owned three Dell systems one notebook and two desktopsI went with the Inspiron e There is still some flex in the center, but unless I had looked at it while typing, I probably would not have noticed.
Here’s a quick listing of the ports of the HEL Tapping the plastic yields camear solid sound, not a cheap, rattling noise as so many notebooks exhibit. I will discuss overclocking later in the review.
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Get the TV card working. Boy, do I feel so geographically inane, now. For colors, the viewing angle is less than stellar, though still fair; I estimate that within approximately 30 degrees off center the colors and contrast cmopal to skew, with 60 degrees from center creating a large loss in color integrity. The HEL80 comes with an integrated 1. Speakers Perhaps in recompense of the underwhelming WXGA resolution screen, the speakers of the HEL80 prove superb considering their diminutive size, which makes me happy as an audiophile.
Jefferies Compal HEL80 However, our left-handed friends have nothing to fear, as the air escapes as anywhere between balmy to quite warm, but never what I would describe as hot. The only warm spots on the HEL80 are the touchpad and the area to the left of it. cpmpal
Hibernate suspend to disk works properly in Ubuntu, however, currently Suspend suspend to RAM has issues with turning the screen camfra on; I am investigating this matter currently.
The best part is that with the dual cores, you perceive no sluggishness in currently open applications.
I went through this very process five months ago when they were both newly released. It is evenly lit, and contrast is excellent.
Compal HEL80 Review (pics, specs) | NotebookReview
I believe the screen is rated somewhere close to 18ms for gray-to-gray, which is quite acceptable, and I detect no ghosting in visually-demanding applications. It is made of higher-quality materials and has a better fit and finish than your standard mainstream notebook. The only areas that warm up are the touchpad and to the left of the touchpad. I find its surface comfortable, even cxmera long use of hour sessions.