The notebook’s hard disk was formatted in NTFS before the tests. Then we installed Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate x86 and drivers from the included disc.
The following settings were used for the tests:
- Sidebar – Off
- Welcome Center – Off
- Screensaver – Off
- Windows Defender – Off
- System Protection – Off
- Windows Update – Off
- Scheduled defragmentation – Off
- User Account Control – Off
- Screen brightness set at the maximum level
- Maximum display resolution (1920x1200 pixels)
- Aero interface enabled
- Windows Vista desktop theme
- 10% volume level
Two power modes were used. First, we selected the High Performance power mode for maximum performance and the shortest battery life. Then we switched to the Power Saver mode for the maximum battery run-down time.
- Performance benchmarks: synthetic (PCMark Vantage and SYSmark 2007) and games (3DMark 2006 1.1.0, 3DMark Vantage, Half Life 2, F.E.A.R., Quake4)
- Battery life tests (MobileMark 2007)
There are three test modes in Mobile Mark 2007:
- Productivity (the system is under a high load)
- Reader’s test (the emulation of the user’s reading a PDF file; the pages are browsed through each 2 minutes)
- DVD playback mode
We also measured the notebook’s temperature after it had run 3DMark 2006 1.1.0. This test was performed twice: with the notebook standing on the smooth surface of a desk and on the soft fabric of a sofa.