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MV Ixius 15

£1,179 inc VAT

Manufacturer: MV

Our Rating: We rate this 2.5 out of 5

We can't really imagine why anyone would choose a notebook for playing games on. Who wants a gaming platform that's more difficult to upgrade than a PC and less mobile than a Nintendo DS? However, if that is what you want, this is about the best you'll get.

We can't really imagine why anyone would choose a notebook for playing games on. Who wants a gaming platform that's more difficult to upgrade than a PC and less mobile than a Nintendo DS? However, if that is what you want, this is about the best you'll get.

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A GeForce Go 6800 PCI-Express card with 256MB of dedicated memory gives the Ixius awesome visuals, backed up by the 3GHz Pentium 4.

At a resolution of 1,024x768 the Ixius managed a frame rate of 67.4fps (frames per second) in Doom 3 and 44.6fps in Halo. At 1,280x1,024, results of 59.1fps and 42.6fps were achieved - impressive stuff.

The screen is just about as good as you'll get on a notebook - while it doesn't have anything like Sony's X-black technology, the balance between colour depth and glare resistance is remarkable.

Otherwise, though, the MV is a bit of a mixed bag. The performance isn't that great for nearly £1,200, managing only 78 points in our WorldBench 5 tests. There's 512MB of DDR RAM and a 60GB hard drive - good but not outstanding - and the excellent NEC ND-6500A DVD writer.

In the model we looked at there was a 7-in-1 card reader but you can opt for a second battery, another optical drive or a floppy drive instead - this will affect the price, though.

MV Ixius 15 Expert Verdict »
3GHz Intel Pentium 4 530 processor
Windows XP Home
512MB DDR RAM
60GB hard drive
15in 1,400x1,050 TFT display
256MB GeForce Go 6800 graphics card
24x/24x/16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW) 16x/8x/8x/2.4x/4x/4x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/+R DL/-RW/+RW) drive
802.11b/g facilities
Bluetooth
4.7kg
369x294x51mm
7-in-1 card reader
Ability Office
Panda Antivirus
1-year parts-and-labour, 2-year labour-only warranty
  • Build Quality: We give this item 5 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 5 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 5 of 10 overall

With brilliant frame rates and a decent screen, the Ixius 15 is a near-perfect mobile gaming platform. The graphics card and processor do a great job with games, even if the Ixius doesn't impress on many of the applications in our WorldBench 5 test suite.

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