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Sager Laprtops for DAW use?
Old 14th April 2003
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Sager Laprtops for DAW use?

Mac guy needs help with laptop pcs!

I am forced to use a pc in my live rig for software reasons, and a laptop for ergonaomic reasons.
I'm looking for the right one, cost no object.

I'm hoping some of you pc-daw guys can give me your opinions about the new Sager lapops, since in many ways these are the perfect solution for me. (see specs, below) I'm looking at the 5670 and 8887.

The HD's are not a factor, since if the internal drives don't cut it I will go with a firewire drive. However, the firewire interface and chip are of course important.

I'm also concerned about the TI PCI1520GHK PCMCIA Control Chip, as RME has listed this as "Taiwanese junk."

I assume also that the onboard audio must be defeated in the bios. Not all laptops can have this done. can you tell from the hardware if this is possible?

One major advantage of these models for me is that they are available with a VERY good LCD. this is critical since I will have to be able to read it outdoors in medium-strong daylight.

Any other suggestions, with great LCD's, would also be welcome.

SPECS: model 5670-V:

Processor 3.06GHz Pentium® 4 (533MHz FSB)

System Chip: Intel FW82801CAM (ICH3M) ?

L2 Cache 512KB on-die

Max RAM 1024 meg 266MHz PC2100 DDR

LCD Screen 15" TFT UXGA wide-angle 200 nits, 400 contrast.
- model 8887: 16.1" UXGA wide-angle

Video Memory Samsung K4D263238M-QC50 x 8 (128MB)

Graphics Chip ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000

Graphics memory 128MB DDR

Video-In Control Chip Conexant

Audio Control Chip ALC201 AC'97 Audio CODEC

Sound system Wavetable 3D Stereo Audio/AC'97 2.1
- model 8887: Wavetable 3D Stereo Advance AC97

I/O Control Chip National Semiconductor PC87393VJG

Integrated LAN Chip Realtek RTL8100BL

Integrated Modem Controller Smartlink

** PCMCIA Control Chip TI PCI1520GHK

IEEE1394 Control Chip TI TSB 22AEJKT/43AB21

IEEE-1394 Port 1 IEEE-1394 Port (4 PIN)
-model 8887: same, but 6-pin

* PC Card slots 1 Type II
-model 8887: 2 Type II or 1 Type III

Touch Pad Synaptics, with Scrolling Keys

USB Controller Integrated VIA VT6202 USB 2.0

Any other specs that I should find out about, that can seriously affect DAW use?

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