Sager NP5320 with 15.4-inch WSXGA TFT Display

Sager claims that they test every one of their notebooks for 96 hours straight before they ship them out to their customers. This obsessive product testing-which takes place in not one, but two labs-is a major reason that Sager is synonymous with reliability and performance. Or it could just be that they take the time to build their computers right in the first place.

Either way, the Sager NP5320 is no exception. For a price in the mid-$1000s, this gaming system is not the pricey BMW of the laptop world that you may expect from Sager. Instead, it’s a steal.

You get an Intel Pentium M 750 microprocessor (such as the 1.86 GHz) with the IntelPRO 2915 wireless card and 915M Express chipset for mobile performance and extended battery life. Dig as much as 1014 MB of DDR2 RAM, along with dedicated 256 MB of memory to the ATI Mobility Radeon X700 graphic card. The hard drive is more than adequate with at least 80 GB of storage space.

The peripherals aren’t too shabby either. The screen-a 15.4-inch WSXGA+ TFT display with 1680 x 1050 resolution. The drive-a 24X CD read-write with DVD. The highlights-a digital video camera and Intel hi-def audio.

The Sager is also jacked with ports. You’re looking at multiple USBs, a gig Ethernet, a DVI-D for a digital LCD screen, a CATV jack if you get the optional TV Tuner, a PC Card slot, a 4-in-1 media reader, and a IEEE 1394 Firewire. This heavy accessibility makes sense considering that the NP5320 is meant to replace a desktop. To wit, there is even a modular bay on the side of the laptop, for an additional disc drive, hard drive, or battery.

The 5320 laptop is even designed with your lap in mind. Its chassis has been manufactured so it’s thicker toward its back, where the heat-building hardware is. So the heat is likely to dissipate within the notebook, instead of overheating your crown jewels. That, and the two fans, are liable to keep you cool during heated work sessions. All of Sager‘s testing and re-testing seems to have paid off.

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By Matthew Brodsky

Wednesday, November 16, 2005