Configuration and Accessories
The configuration makes this notebook an a priori leader of this review. It is based on the i915GM chipset, features a very powerful Intel Pentium M 750 processor (1.86GHz), has as much as 768MB of system memory by default, is equipped with a DVD-burner, and a 100GB hard drive! The configuration is advanced enough to appeal strongly to the potential buyer.
It is strange that the notebook comes with a reduced-capacity battery. The powerful processor depletes it in no time under full load – the battery life is very, very limited. So you may want to ask for a higher-capacity battery when you purchase this notebook.
The standard power adapter is meant for 100-240V, 50-60Hz AC input. It has a LED indicator to report that there’s voltage in the mains.
These numbers can talk for themselves, I guess. The performance is high, but the battery life is downright bad. The battery cannot even hold out through the duration of a movie, so this notebook can hardly be normally used without a reinforced battery. Again, it is strange that such an advanced configuration comes with just a “half-capacity” battery.
Taken as a whole, the Terra Aura 1200 has more pros than cons. At a price of less than $2000, it boasts the most advanced configuration – no other notebook has that much of system memory and disk space. The ergonomic qualities and the design are also hard to find fault with (the notebook is based on the ASUS M5 design after all). The only thing that may disturb the potential buyer is the obscure brand. The laws of the notebook market are such that a less advanced, less user-friendly and more expensive model is going to be more popular just because it carries the world-famous ASUS brand.