Ready for DirectX 10? – Znote 6625WD for Gamers

If notebook gaming is your cup of tea, brace yourself for Zepto’s DirectX 10 flavoured brew – the Znote 6625WD. DirectX 9 was limited to showing around 500 objects in one frame, but thankfully with Direct X10 that restriction has now been removed. What does that mean for mobile gamers I hear you cry?! Greater graphical detail, including more realistic shading, detailed scars and blemishes on character faces and smoother animation – that’s what!

It was only autumn 2006 when we announced that core 2 duo Merom laptops would be hitting stores. But 6 months is a long time in this industry. Zepto’s 6625WD will be powered by Intel’s 4th generation Centrino Pro platform code named Santa Rosa. That means a switch from Socket M to Socket P. The 6625WD also boasts Nvidia’s Geforce Go 8600 graphics card with 512MB of dedicated memory.

This Znote sports a 15.4 inch WSXGA screen (1680×1050 resolution), optional HD DVD RW drive, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Bluetooth 2.0 with H2DP. Overall the Znote’s design looks minimilastic and stylish. Another bonus is that the 6625wd features Robson Nand flash technology. This should mean a faster boot time for 6625wd users.

We asked Roelof-Jan van Hoften of Zepto when the Znote 6625WD would be released and for a ballpark figure on pricing. Here’s what he said:

“…..We expect to have this notebook available for pre-ordering from first week of May. The first batch is due to arrive in the second half of May. We work with a 100% built-to-order concept…..I expect to be offering from 1100-1200 USD onwards, depending on the CPU prices at the time of introduction……”

Looking at the specs of this DX10 compatible Znote, that price seems to be something of a bargain. Expect Mr Hoften to be busier than a one toothed man in a corn on the cob eating contest, dealing with pre-orders of this gaming laptop.

By Todd Gold – Laptopical

Friday, April 20, 2007