Posted:2006-06-09 By notebook review Number of View:82804
LG T1 REVIEW NOTEBOOK PERFORMANCE
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LGвЂ™s T1 is the first notebook
in this review that is based on IntelвЂ™s new mobile platform. LG has
done a good job on this one and made some great progress since the
LW40. The new platform is parceled into a smaller case, weighs less,
and boasts a better configuration (it lacks integrated graphics which
is available in the LW40, but this doesnвЂ™t matter much for the user
group the T1 is targeted at). The new Bluetooth adapter
(BlueCore 4) needs a special mention as the T1 is among the first
notebooks to feature it. Also remarkable in the T1 is the new
low-consumption Intel L2300 processor (1.5GHz clock rate) that promises
a long battery life.
The exterior design is perhaps the single thing in this new model that is not perfect.
The вЂњpiano finish blackвЂќ plastic of the lid that owners of expensive
hi-fi equipment may be familiar with just cannot possibly remain long
in its ideal pristine state. Unlike hi-fi devices, a notebook is
supposed to be carried about, so all this finish will wear off
eventually. This is in fact a common problem of all notebooks whose
cases are designed like that. The case quickly gets covered with a
cobweb of micro-scratches unless you carry the notebook in a velvet
pouch and handle it very carefully. The snow-white keyboard margin is
made of the same plastic and your fingerprints are very visible on it.
Well, it is sure to wear off eventually even if you work in gloves.
Still I donвЂ™t think this will be a problem for anyone who sees this
notebook live вЂ“ LG has made a truly stylish device in which every
element is well-placed. Even the logotype has been made smaller and
fitted snugly into the computerвЂ™s lid.
he notebook status indicators are placed properly, too:
The front view reminds me of the advertising videos of ultra-thin cell phones:
The card-readerвЂ™s position is somewhat unusual:
It is in the middle and closer to the bottom of the front panel. As
the result, it is not very easy to use. And funnily enough, the labels
of the supported formats are printed upside down. Like the LW40вЂ™s, the
card-reader of this model supports xD cards, too.
There are also two speakers of the integrated audio system on the front panel:
Unfortunately, the new platform hasnвЂ™t brought any improvements in the
sound quality field. Without headphones, this audio system is only
sufficient for reproducing WindowsвЂ™ system sounds, and it seems like
notebook owners cannot hope to hear a decent sound in near future. This
is a whole new story, though, and we are going to cover it in our
upcoming review of desktop-replacement systems which have progressed
more in this respect, at least you can use them to play some background
On the notebookвЂ™s back panel there is a battery, video output, modem and LAN sockets, and a power adapter connector.
So, they placed at the back everything that indeed should be there but nothing else (like USB ports).
The remaining connectors are located on the notebookвЂ™s sides. Two USB
ports at a long enough distance from each other are on the left panel
next to a D-Sub connector for an external monitor, a FireWire port and
a set of audio connectors:
the DVD-burner, traditional for systems of this level, there is one USB
port and an ExpressCard/34 slot like in the LW40. You should be aware
that manufacturers of PC peripherals
arenвЂ™t very eager to produce expansion cards for this progressive slot,
but there are a lot of notebooks on the market that have both
ExpressCard and PCMCIA slots.
The pearl-white keyboard has a standard layout:
traditionally combines Delete and Insert in one button. Otherwise,
everythingвЂ™s ordinary. The arrow keys are separate from the rest of the
A row of text navigation buttons is on the right:
They also serve as display brightness controls. The touchpad matches the overall design concept of this notebook:
is almost invisible. The sensitive area is only half a millimeter below
the level of the case, the buttons arenвЂ™t conspicuous against the
The only manufacturing flaw I could spot was about the grid the microphone hides under.
It looks as if they forgot to finish it off with a file. ThatвЂ™s not
a serious defect, of course, rather a minor flaw of first demo models,
yet I think the LW series should be free even from such small
As for the display, it has average parameters,
sufficient for office use. The main advantage of this display is the
extremely high native resolution of 1440x900. The T1 is capable of
displaying more useful information that its opponents, but having good
eyesight is strongly recommended for working with a picture displayed
at such a high resolution on such a small screen!
The user is not given free access to the components. You have to
take the notebook apart to get to the hard drive or memory stick. The
vent opening is placed improperly, just like in the LW series
notebooks: itвЂ™s going to be uncomfortable to have this notebook on your
LG produced a new battery for the new series:
As a result, weвЂ™ve got a very interesting notebook with excellent
size/weight characteristics, very good configuration, and impressive
exterior design. ThereвЂ™s a lot of winning features about this model: a
very high display resolution, minimum weight in its category, good
battery, rather fast but low-consumption processor, and a new hardware
platform. The notebook lacks integrated graphics, but this is not
important, considering its target audience. If the T1 has reached the
shops before you make up your mind to buy a widescreen 14вЂќ notebook,
donвЂ™t miss it вЂ“ it is certainly worthy of a look!
First I checked the notebooks in Business Winstone 2004 and Content Creation Winstone 2004 benchmarks
LG T1 winstone benchmark
And here are the results produced by PCMark04:
LG T1 pcmark performance
The results of the Photoshop CS are indicative of the overall performance of the CPU, platform and hard drive:
LG T1 adobe photoshop
The well-balanced LW40 is almost as fast as the two notebooks
on the new platform. Other notebooks are slower. The two slowest models
shouldnвЂ™t be used to run such applications at all вЂ“ they are only
capable of performing office tasks like processing text and
spreadsheets, browsing the Web, etc.
The next test shows what you can expect from these notebooks in gaming applications:
LG T1 gaming benchmark
performed this test using the maximum display resolution of each
notebook, except for the LG T1 (I used 1280x800 with it because
1440x900 would have been too much for its integrated graphics core).
The Acer TravelMate 3222WXMi is the best and can cope with modern games
if you donвЂ™t use the highest graphics quality settings. Among other
notebooks, only models with the X600 are interesting. The Samsung X11
is second after the TravelMate 3222WXMi but I doubt itвЂ™s going to be
that fast in real games.
I also published the results of the CPU
subtest to show you that 3DMark03 favors the Centrino Core Duo
platform. This is indicated by the Samsung X11вЂ™s results. This platform
is the most promising one when it comes to games, considering that all
the leading game developers have confirmed support for dual-core
processors in their upcoming products.
And now, the results of the most important test:
I put the results the notebooks achieved in ReaderвЂ™s mode and under
maximum load into one diagram because the difference between the two is
indicative of how well the manufacturer set up the power-saving
parameters. The Sony VGN-FJ1SR looks best here as it yields you its
full computing power under max load but is very economical in ReaderвЂ™s
mode. Besides the Sony, there are two more leaders: LGвЂ™s T1 with a
high-capacity battery and an L series Core Duo processor which features
low power consumption, and ASUS W3H00V. The latter proved to be a bit
of a cheater, though. Even under max load with the portable/laptop
power management scheme selected this notebook never increased its CPU
frequency higher than 1.3GHz.
ItвЂ™s all clear with the first two diagrams, but then there are some things IвЂ™d want to single out. The LW40 is very fast in the memory test; itвЂ™s the best Centrino-based notebook IвЂ™ve seen in this benchmark. The Acer TravelMate
3222WXMi is unrivalled in the graphics subsystem test just because it
has the fastest graphics adapter among the tested notebooks.
GeForce Go 7400 is downright disappointing. If you need fast graphics,
buy a notebook that has dedicated graphics memory. Graphics subsystems
of other kind (with such suffixes as TC, HM) are not much better than
integrated graphics and cannot ensure high performance in 3D. In the
disk subsystem test the notebooks rank up according to the spindle
rotation speed of the hard drive they use.
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