Notebook computers have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Designed mainly for the businessman on the move who has the money to spend on them, things have pretty much stayed that way up until about 6-8 months ago. Introduction of mobile components in mass quantities have helped reduce the prices of notebook computers, but big name ones like Toshiba, IBM and HP notebooks still cost quite a pretty penny.
The Excel is one of the first truly budget orientated notebooks that have come through the TweakTown lab doors, with portability as standard performance with that of your average workstation systems. The Excel is definitely one to consider if you want a workhorse and not a high end gaming machine.
Gaming wise, well, very light gaming is what you would only want on this unit. The integrated 3D graphics core is something that is very budget based with very little in the way of 3D performance. Even the Intel i845G and GE graphics cores hold up better than the M651's graphics.
The portability performance is something that is much better than the I-Buddie series. Having an integrated battery as standard gives it a portability advantage. Using mobile CPU series gives the battery performance a boost over the I-Buddies desktop components.
In all, the Excel G550 is definitely one that can replace the I-Buddie series without a look back.
Cheaper than most Notebooks
Mobile CPU reduces battery drain
CD-RW/DVD Combo drive as standard
Firewire, USB2.0, LAN, Modem all onboard
3D Graphics very poor
Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award