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ACI Matrix 1500

£1,199 inc VAT

Manufacturer: ACi

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

We've managed to get our hands on a laptop that will demonstrate the power of Intel's new Core 2 Duo processor family.

While we quite liked last month's Core 2 Duo-equipped Hi-Grade UltiNote, we were slightly disappointed by its speed. But we've now managed to get our hands on a model that will demonstrate the power of Intel's new processor family.

See our Laptop Advisor website for expert reviews of today’s best laptops, plus read our essential advice to make sure you choose the right specs

The Matrix 1500 from ACI uses the Core 2 Duo T7200. It's been teamed up with 2GB of DDR RAM – twice the amount you'd generally expect to get in a laptop at this price – and a 100GB hard drive.

A WorldBench 5 score of 120 might be some distance off the record score we've seen for desktop PCs, but in terms of laptops, it's a good eight points clear of anything else. This is impressive work considering the price – normally you'd pay through the nose for the latest chips and fastest performance.

The 15.4in screen stretches to a resolution of only 1,280x800, but the image is clear and crisp, and the colours are deep and true. A 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card processes the visuals, and though it does a solid job, it is by no means outstanding.

The Matrix 1500 features Wi-Fi capabilities galore: it can connect to 802.11a, b and g wireless networks. A dual-layer DVD writer handles backup duties and will do a job for you if you wish to burn home movies to disc.

The battery life of 139 minutes isn't exactly superb, but it's about what you'd expect for a laptop of this size. There's not much in the way of software, but there is a two-year collect-and-return warranty.

ACI Matrix 1500 Expert Verdict »

2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 processor
Windows XP Professional
100GB hard drive
15.4in 1,280x800 TFT display
256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics card
8x/8x/8x/4x/4x/4x/4x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-R DL/+R DL/-RW/+RW) 24x/24x/24x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) drive
2-year return-to-base warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The one question we’re left asking ourselves is this: how can you sell a laptop with a Core 2 Duo processor and 2GB of DDR RAM for £1,200? ACI has done a great job of wringing every last bit of speed from this combination, and at this price, the Matrix 1500 is a bargain.

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