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Horizontal and vertical viewing angles are excellent. If you have no interest in playing intensive games, and want more battery life, the KN1-GM model with integrated graphics will probably get substantially better battery life since the GeForce Go consumes a fair amount of power. There are no custom controls for the touchpad outside of the Windows mouse control panel, but because this is a Synaptics touchpad you could probably download an updated driver from Synaptics. Heat and Noise The KN1 is cooled by a single fan in the upper left corner of the notebook. I had wanted something that would be rather uncommon and distinctive, but not something so flashy it would immediately stick out like a sore thumb amongst my classmates which was why I never considered the Acer Ferrari

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Note that the left Ctrl key is inboard of the Fn key. The KN1, being a Display KN1 display view larger image The display is surprisingly good.

Heat and Noise The KN1 is cooled by a single fan in the upper left corner of the notebook. Benchmarks We use the program Super Pi to calculate the number Pi to 2-million digits of accuracy, this is a good way of simply forcing the processor to do work to calculate a number and deriving performance from the time it takes to achieve the end goal. KN1 keyboard and touchpad with integrated scroller view larger image.

I chose the 1. The KN1 satisfies my aesthetic needs, being good-looking in an understated way, and quite unique amidst the sea of Dell ms and s in class.

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Like most laptops without a subwoofer, the KN1 lacks good bass response. The brightness is very consistent and there were no dead pixels. Quanta KN1 on the left, Toshiba s on the right view larger image. Speakers The speakers are mounted at the front, firing forward. The KN1 is a versatile well-rounded machine that gives an overall impression far more favorable than the sum of its parts.

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The interior of the laptop is black, with a black keyboard and a silver border around kn11. It was a day later than scheduled only because FedEx missed me while I was in class.

It may not be the flashiest notebook, but it has plenty of power to run most games, but it is also quite portable and practical to use as a mobile computer for productivity work. The charge rate then tapers off, taking about 2 hours total to top off the battery. I had wanted something that would be rather uncommon and distinctive, but not something so flashy it would immediately stick out like a sore thumb amongst my classmates which was why I never considered the Acer Ferrari KN1 underside view larger image.

The Intel wireless connection management program is actually rather useful, and offers a few more features than the standard Windows wireless connection interface. The fan is quiet at its lowest speed, and is hardly noticeable except in a completely quiet room. It was tough to decide between the rest, as they were all on a par performance-wise.

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Therefore, reliability, a good keyboard and portability were important criteria. There was a refreshing lack of useless trial software and other bloatware. The chassis of the laptop does get a little warm on the bottom, but not unbearably so.

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The battery charges very rapidly, going from 3 percent to around 80 percent in under an hour while plugged in. It was built noebook shipped within 3 days, and I received it on December 9, KN1 rear view view larger image. Rick at ISTNC answered all of my pre-purchase inquiries very promptly, and did a great job of keeping me updated with the status of my system as it went through building and testing. The gets decent signal reception in most notebbook, and I have had little trouble connecting to the encrypted network in my house or to the school-wide network on campus.

Nevertheless, these speakers are relatively good for tiny noebook speakers, rendering good midrange and high notes, and after tinkering with the included Realtek HD Audio controls you can actually make them knn1 rather substantial.

Quanta KN1 Notebook Review (pics, specs)

The keyboard is a little on the noisy side, but not loud enough to be offensive. After undervolting the processor, I have been getting around 3 hours and 25 minutes of battery life. Design kb1 build quality The KN1, being a The KN1 came with only the basics installed: