Vista drivers should be available before too long. The overall feel and design of the HEL80 is well beyond that of a mainstream notebook. An external sound card is definitely not necessary in order to get enjoyable music or gaming out of this notebook. It’s a Broadcom module, and I gather that it’s connected through USB although with a custom connection to normal. Alternatively, you could just skip getting the Bluetooth module. The HEL80 is one of the best built notebooks currently on the market, and is an ideal, mid-range system for gamers and power users with a need for portability.

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It’s the same as the one used on some Dell laptops probably because Compal made those laptops for Dell. There’s a shallow cutout in the lid of the laptop. Headphone and microphone jacks, 2x USB 2. Vendors are meant to put a big plastic sheet with their logo or something similar on there.

I had no problems connecting to my wireless network. Compal’s actually the second-largest laptop manufacturer in the world after Quantabut you don’t normally hear about them because they tend not to sell laptops under their own name much like Foxconn and ECS are regarding mainboards.

Copper trim surrounds the keyboard, and gives it a sharp and elegant look. Finally, the comments I’ve seen say that build quality is somewhat better than the S96J. The thermal pad on the heatpipe is just about the right size for a Yonah die, but it won’t cover all of Merom’s die.


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You can lift the lid up without having to hold down the bottom of the notebook; the hinges are not hel811 tight and not too loose. Battlefront 2 is very enjoyable at maximum settings.

The viewing and color is good from even very awkward angles view large image Screen specifications: Do you already have an account? First, the S96J has some issues with screen quality.

Compal HEL80 Review (pics, specs)

Again, everything here is pretty much invisible. All necessary drivers were also installed. This definitely a worthwhile feature. All descriptions are from right to left. They are easy to press and look great embedded into the brushed aluminum. Ohwell, you win some and you lose some.

One thing they have left out bluuetooth a reset button. The only big disadvantage of the glossy screen is that it attracts dust pretty well, and you can actually see the dust on matte screens it’s mostly invisible. The colours seem dull at first, but if you turn on Digital Vibrance Control in the Nvidia drivers it looks very good. Front view of HEL80 view large image.

Back view of HEL80 view large image. Front view of HEL80 view large image Front: The EL80 isn’t all that much different, so I got that instead.


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Light leakage is very low and also very constant no really bright patches. Putting something between it and the laptop helps – I used a piece of 1mm-thick cardboard. The HEL80 also has media buttons, both above and to the left of the keyboard.

Back closed view of HEL80 view large image The lid is equally well enforced, with much of this due to the fact that it is covered in aluminum Although it has a small amount of flex, no ripples appear on the screen unless extreme pressure is used. The OmniPass software integrates very well into Windows. Once this part is done, make sure that you connect the fan power cable and the laptop’s main power cable it plugs in to the same area, and it’s unplugged when you get it so that there’s space to install the heatpipe for the CPU.

GPU is underclocked by default. It supports the wireless A, B, and G formats, so you can be assured connectivity where ever you go. The instruction manual included is on a CD, but it’s not particularly useful there’s no assembly guide, only a disassembly guide.