Monday, March 14, 2011

HCL ME Laptop review

HCL has Re branded its Laptops under the new name as HCL ME ( Mobile Entertainment). I just Brought a new ME range laptop HCL ME ICON L 54 A.

So here is the Configuration:

Processor:     Intel® Core™ i3 380M Processor (2.53GHz,3M Cache)
Chipset:     Intel® HM55 chipset based , 2 Inbuilt Antenna
Memory :    2 GB DDR3 RAM
Hard Disk Drive:     320 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive
Optical Disk Drive :    Slim DVD DL Super Multi Drive
WLAN :    b/g/n WLAN card
Bluetooth/Web Cam:     Integrated Bluetooth & 1.3MP Web Camera with one Mono Internal Mic
Card Reader :    4 in 1 card reader (Multimedia Card (MMC) / Secure Digital Card (SD) / Memory Sticks (MS / MS Pro)
Screen:     14.0" Wide XGA TFT LCD Panel (LED backlit) , 16:9 aspect ratio, Glare type with Native Resolution:1366 x 768
Graphics Card :    Intel® HD Graphics-Inbuilt in HM55 chipset
Audio:     1 Audio Out , 1 DC-IN Jack
On Board:     10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet controller
Keyboard + Touch:     87 Keys Keyboard + 2 Hot Keys Keyboard , Touchpad with 2 click buttons and has Multimedia mode with illuminated touch buttons(called MMB – Multi-Media Buttons)

Input/Output Port:     PCI -e Slot, USB Port :Three (Ver. 2.0) -(one port combined with E-Sata) , 1 RJ 45 - LAN port , 1 VGA Port , 1 External Mic Input , 1 Audio Out , 1 DC-IN Jack, Finger Print Sensor, e-Sata Port,3G SIM Card Slot, HDMI Port, Kensington Lock
Weight:     Approx. 2.2 Kg weight without Adaptor
Colour :    Burgundy Red fade-out Black IMR finish
Warranty Support :    One Year On-Site Warranty with unique 24x7x365 days helpline support from HCL

It comes bundeled with Loads of  cool HCL proprietary softwares like Erase for ME, Encrypt ME, Lock ME, Secure ME, EC2 Technology and Split ME.
  • Value for Money (Priced at Rs. 28,600)
  • EC2 Data recovery software is great
  • Nice Bright Display
  • 3G SIM Card Slot available 
  • Touchpad  has Multimedia mode with illuminated touch buttons(called MMB – Multi-Media Buttons)
  • Free ME Backpack and addons (You have to pay bit extra) available for online purchase
  • Only 2 USB ports
  • The Battery life too isn’t great at only 2.5hours where company claims  it to be up to 4.5 hours :(
  • Bulky , Approx. 2.2 Kg weight without Adaptor