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There's nothing unresponsive about the performance though, as you might have guessed given the specification. For testing we ran our usual set of benchmarks, which include PCMark 05 and our in-house Photoshop Elements and Virtual Dub rendering tests and the 6625WD sailed through at impressive speed.
In PCMark 05 results were comparable to those of the Rock X770-T7700, which had a similar specification albeit with a faster 8700M GT and which has been superseded by the T7800-8800 that we reviewed recently. Much the same can be said of the Qomsio G40-10E, which managed slightly higher scores in the HDD tests, but was slower in the CPU test due to its lower spec 2.0GHz CPU. Moving to our in-house tests, the Zepto trailed the Rock X770-T7700 by around 60 seconds in both tests but was, as expected faster than the Qosmio and despite it trailing the Rock this is still an impressively fast notebook.
In gaming, however, results were solid but not outstanding. In both Counter-Strike: Source and Prey the Zepto comfortably managed playable frame rates at 1,680 x 1,050 with no anti-aliasing or filtering, but when these features were turned on, performance was obviously affected and though both games would be playable, slow down would be noticeable too. Switching down to 1,280 x 800 obviously helped matters and should ensure smoother if not super fast frame rates, but ultimately games will look a good deal better at the native resolution. As a gaming machine then, the Zepto isn't perfect, but as long as you're willing to turn down some effects and texture quality it will deliver playable frame rates. It should go without saying that Crysis is a no go.
Less appealing though is the battery life. In Mobile Mark 2007's Productivity test it managed a disappointing 108 minutes, which translates to less than two hours of moderate use. This was borne out by a simple idle test, which also fell short of the two hour mark. Given these results it would be wise to spec a 12-cell battery, which is an option, if battery life is important to you.
Overall one comes away with mixed feelings about the Znote 6625WD. Its excellent screen and decent specification are attractive, but these good elements are let down by a dated chassis and poor battery life. These concerns are, however, tempered by the current pricing. You can currently get hold of this specification for as little as £895.40, due to a generous price offer of £190 inc. VAT off the 'Power' default specification. Obviously, at this price it's something of a steal and even without this offer a price of £1,095.40 inc. VAT isn't too shabby either.
Thus, it comes down to priorities. If you're more interested in performance, features and customisation and couldn't give two hoots about looks, then the Znote 6625WD is definitely worth considering. It has all the ingredients, bar battery life, for an excellent household notebook, but in these "image" dominated days its dated looks will deter others from taking the plunge.
A solid if rather dull looking notebook, the Zepto Znote 6625WD makes up for its mundane looks thanks to high-end components and mostly excellent performance at a price that won't break the bank.
NB: As reviewed price based on offer. Normal price is approx. £1095.40 inc. VAT.
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