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Two Mid-Level Gaming Notebooks Compared

Eurocom M570RU Divine-X

Eurocom is a more recent challenger in the gaming arena, but has a few years of additional experience in notebooks. The company has at least one gaming claim to fame, having launched its first SLI-equipped notebook several months ahead of competitors like Alienware. While the M570RU Divine-X configuration Eurocom sent isn’t one of its SLI configurations, the firm is going to try to beat the Alienware m9750 on value by nearly-matching it in performance.

The lower priced unit doesn’t require many sacrifices. Indeed, the M570RU Divine-X features a similar-spec 17" wide-screen display with 1920x1200 pixel resolution to support 1080p (1920x1080 pixel) videos at native resolution. It also features a full-sized keyboard and number pad to allow an easy transition for desktop users.

Eurocom puts its audio connections up front, probably for aesthetic reasons. Many buyers make their final purchase decision among similarly-specified systems based on appearance, but while the jacks adorn the front edge nicely, they also cause cables to get in the way. If you’re using the notebook on a desk, these cables will likely rest under your arms, but anyone silly enough to consider using a heat-throwing desktop-replacement notebook in their laps will find the cable ends of a headset poking them.

The M750RU Divine-X offers access to a single Express Card slot, multi-format memory card drive, two USB 2.0 ports, one IEEE-1394 FireWire port, modem and network jacks, and a TV tuner cable from the right edge. The tuner is international, to support most digital and analog formats from around the world, including the newer ATSC and DVB standards.

The DVD drive opens to the left. This 8x -R and +R burner slows to 6x for dual-layer +R media and -R rewrites, and to 4x for dual-layer -R media.

Around back we find S-Video and DVI-I outputs, two USB 2.0 ports, the power plug, and an ancient serial port. The S-Video port contains the three extra pins that are normally used for Composite Video breakout cables, but this function isn’t documented. The DVI-I port accepts DVI-to-VGA adapters and is dual-link compatible.