Compaq Presario 722US Laptop Review
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For several months now I have been using the Sony Vaio FXA36 Athlon notebook computer as my personal computer, almost never touching my desktop computers anymore. I love the large and bright LCD screen that does not tire my eyes like usual radiation spewing CRT’s and LCD screen sub-pixel rendered fonts. It is also nice to have my entire desktop wherever I go, be it work or school, and it is very useful to have quick portability in demonstrating the Linux operating system.
There are drawbacks to owning these laptops. As this review will show, these AMD powered notebooks tend to have weak and sometimes problematic 3D video controllers. To my knowledge no current AMD powered laptop has a decent video card that even approaches low-end Geforce or Radeon in performance, reliability and compatibility. Several video chipsets in AMD laptops are Trident CyberbladeXP in HP Pavillion 5470, ATI Rage Mobility (Mach64) in Sony Vaio FX(A) series, and S3 Savage4 Pro+ within the Compaq Presario 700 series.
Up until now, AMDMB has not yet reviewed the AMD powered Sony Vaio FXA series of laptops, so this review compares the Compaq Presario 700 series to the capabilities of the Sony series. In a sense this is a review of both laptops, though mostly about the Compaq product.
Sony Vaio FXA series
Both companies currently sell a line of AMD powered laptops, all with nearly the same motherboard, chipsets and peripherals, but with differing processors. This means that the features and capabilities of both brands discussed within this review apply to all current AMD powered laptops from these respective companies.
Compaq Presario 722US
Sony Vaio FXA36
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