For years, Intel has owned the notebook processor market, but that's starting to change. AMD has come up with a set of Athlon XP processors specifically designed for mobile applications. These processors are every bit as capable as AMD's desktop chips, which are impressive performers on their own, but the mobile chips also pack PowerNow! technology to maximize battery life. Though Dell and other major manufacturers have yet to produce notebook lines based on AMD's mobile Athlons, Compaq has cranked out a very competitively-priced contender in the Evo N1015v.
Today, we're examining Compaq's Mobile Athlon XP-based Evo N1015v to find out if AMD's Mobile Athlon XP's chips are really ready for prime time, and whether this low-cost notebook has any serious chinks in its armor. What are the Evo N1015v and Mobile Athlon XP all about? Can they give you the performance you need with the portability you crave? Keep reading to find out.
Let's have a look at what has Compaq packed into the Evo N1015v.
|CPU support||AMD Mobile Athlon XP processors|
|Dimensions||10.5 x 12.83 x 1.83" (L x W x H)|
|Chipset||ATI Radeon IGP 320M|
|North bridge||ATI Radeon IGP 320M|
|South bridge||ALi 1535+|
|Interconnect||PCI Bus (133MB/s)|
|Memory||2 200-pin SODIMM sockets
Maximum of 1GB PC2100 DDR SDRAM
|Storage I/O||Floppy drive
Toshiba 40GB 4200RPM hard drive
Toshiba 8x8x24x DVD/CD-RW
|Legacy ports||1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 PS/2 mouse, 1 Parallel port|
|USB||2 USB 1.1 ports|
|Audio||SoundMAX digital audio
analog headphone and microphone ports
|Video||Integrated Radeon VE-class graphics
1 VGA port
|Ethernet||Realtek RTL8139C 10/100 Ethernet|
|Modem||Conexant 56k V.92|
|PCcard||1 Type II/III|
The Evo N1015v has everything you might expect from a mainstream notebook PC. USB 2.0 and Firewire support don't make the cut, which might annoy some, but sacrifices have to be made. After all, there's only so much room inside a mobile package for ports, chips, and other goodies, and Compaq is selling one version of the Evo N1015v for under $900. Evo N1015vs can be had with smaller screens, slower processors, less memory, smaller hard drives, and with only a vanilla CDROM drive for those on a tight budget. Overall, though, the core platform is shared across all iterations.