I have not yet tried Ad-Hoc mode, but hope to get around to doing so later this summer. Take a look at the 2nd picture from the bottom and you will see there is one fan. Performance really helps when working with very large datasets, so I wanted to buy a notebook that could substitute for a desktop in terms of horsepower. It does not take long to cool the warmest areas after a gaming session. The important point for me here is that the Compal HEL80 has some specific problems listed in the link in OP of this thread. I hope this review helps making your decision a little easier.

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Some well-respected NBR forum members posted very positive comments about the HEL80 in the forums and I began to weigh the two options. Click for larger image. The chassis is very rigid, and there is hardly any flex on compql unit. They have good volume; I could watch a DVD without straining. Compal placed the ports, slots, and vents in all the right places.

Compal HEL80 Review

Right of front side of HEL80 Click for larger image. A similar feature can be found under various names from other notebook sellers, for example, in the new HP line of notebooks. The screen is rated at nits of brightness, so while you can find notebooks with brighter screens, I don’t feel a brighter screen to be necessary. A few HEL80 owners have noticed a slight ringing coming out of the processor area while the notebook is on battery power.

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There is still some flex in the center, but unless I had looked at it while typing, I probably would not have noticed.

I spent the entire time on the Internet and using MS Word. Use of the optical drive on the Compal HEL80 will actually provide the noisiest experience with the notebook, as you’ll definitely find out should you decide to go the install-your-own-OS route.

I did not feel as if the notebook would overheat at any time. gel80

Compal HEL80 Review (pics, specs)

Due to the brightness and contrast latitudinal variation of the screen, I would strongly urge people of the visual arts where color is critical to look at a different notebook or only do work on an external screen whose cimpal you trust. All content posted on TechnologyGuide ckmpal granted to TechnologyGuide with electronic publishing rights in perpetuity, as all content posted on this site becomes a part of the community.

The fact that the HEL80 can handle this game at these settings is impressive, and it looks great.

HEL80 quick-launch buttons Click for larger image. The overall feel and design of the HEL80 is well beyond that of a mainstream notebook. Although I had seen 17″ systems in stores, holding one in my hands store models are famera bolted down was quite different and I did not want to take such a large system he8l0 with me. For details and our forum data attribution, retention and privacy policy, see here.

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You’ve all helped me get this far in only a week. I have a Netgear wireless router with WEP bit security.

Compal HEL80 Review

Log in or Sign up. My comapl was converted into a business machine, so I needed a new personal system. The system is very responsive in everyday tasks, and multitasking is seamless thanks to a dual-core Intel processor and 1GB cameera RAM. This comes in for two reasons: When I took this system out of the box, I immediately noticed the higher quality of it over the Dell I had returned.

It’s a testament to the solid, minimal frills construction of the HEL Middle of front side of HEL80 Click for larger image.

Compal HEL80 Review (pics, specs)

I started this thread afew days ago http: The two integrated speakers on the HEL80 actually sound decent; they are not tinny like most notebooks, and have measurable bass. The media keys located to the left of the keyboard and prove quite accessible.

It is made of higher-quality materials and has a better fit and finish than your standard mainstream notebook. Overall, I am satisfied with the sound quality and volume of the speakers.