Pros

  • Good desktop app performance in a $1200 laptop
  • Lighter than average

Cons

  • Surprisingly poor gaming performance
  • Noisy video upscaling, visible edge enhancement

At A Glance

Micro Express manages to ship a staggeringly average laptop using Intel’s new Sandy Bridge CPUs.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.microexpress.net

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Core i7
Processor speed 2700.0 MHz
Cache size 4.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 15.6 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 7200.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Ports and Connections
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1333.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 14.9 inches
Depth 9.9 inches
Height 1.7 inches
Weight 5.6 pounds
Weight with Accessories 6.6 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 124.0
Battery
Battery Life 3:15   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 207.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 341.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 163.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 325.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 300.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 351.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 181.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 357.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 171.0   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 14.5   Watts
Sleep power usage 1.3   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.9   Watt hours
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 44.86   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 34.52   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1680 by 1050 17.89   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 38.88   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 28.88   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1680 by 1050 14.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 21.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 16.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 8.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 21.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 16.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 8.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 16.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 13.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1920x1080 12.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 16.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 13.8   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1920x1080 12.7   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 243.0