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Buying a new PSU

Power Supply Unit – Buying a new PSU

Choosing the right PSUBekijk in het NederlandsWhen you are buying a new computer, or building your own from scratch you want it to be as good as possible for as little money as possible. Depending on your needs and budget, a new computer can range anywhere from €150,- to €1500,-. Most of that money is spent on the core components like the CPU, GPU and memory. This is fine as they are very important parts of your computer, but one important component is usually overlooked. The PSU, or power supply unit, is of vital importance to your computer and can greatly harm or even destroy your new computer rig when the wrong choices are made. Which PSU should you buy and which PSU should you avoid? I will try to answer those questions below.

Why Power Supply Units are important

PSU’s, or power supply units come in various shapes and sizes, but also in very different price ranges. Picking a good power supply unit can be a though one, since the speficications of a PSU are so different from any other specifications related to computers. If you know your way around Ghz, cores, clockspeed, gDDR5 and so it is very well possible that you still do not know a lot about Watt, volts, lanes and other power supply slang. You may also not be aware of how much power your computer actually needs. Most people, and manufacturers go for the lowest amount of power needed in the cheapest case. Although the first can’t really do any harm, the cheapest brand can destroy your computer in the long run.

The dangers of a bad PSU

Avoid Bad PSUPower supplies for computers advertise a certain range of power they are able to supply to your computer system. This amount should be more or equal to the amount of power your computer consumes at maximum workload. In general, all PSU’s provide the amount of power they advertise with in the beginning, but this is where it gets interesting. Cheap brands power supplies tend to lose power over time. This may not be noticed straigt away because your computer does not use all the power your PSU provides, or is not working at its maximum workload often, but as your PSU slips underneath the power threshold your computer needs, or your computer suddenly demands more power because of a heavy workload – playing games or crunching lots of numbers for example – you may experience a sudden loss of power resulting in an unexpected reboot of your computer. If this happens once, it is annoying. You usually have no idea why it happened and no error or bluescreen of death is presented. Your computer just powers down ands starts booting up again as if nothing had happened. As your PSU degrades further this tends to happen more often.

This happened to very often a few years back. Especially when I was playing a game, which requires my graphical unit to really crunch to the limit, thus requiring a lot power, my computer tended to lose power or shut down. At first I thought it was the graphics unit itself and replaced it. Luckilly for me it was time for a replacement anyway, but the problem stayed the same. After examining my computer for days, running all kinds of tests and looking at various error logs I was unable to find what was wrong with it. After a while i replaced my power unit after finding some leads to how crappy my PSU was supposed to be and voila, no more problems – ever!

Burn power supply unitIn addition to losing power over time, bad PSU’s can simply destroy your computer because of malfunctions. A power spike, short circuiting or random malfunctions can literally fry your valuable equipment by overloading them with power – something most high-tech components cannot handle very well. You can guard yourself from this by buying a PSU which has the proper protection in place for this. This will not guarantee that nothing can ever go wrong, but will greatly reduce the chance of this ever happening to your computer.

My power supply turned out to be from a very cheap brand and was known for loosing power over time. I did some research and found out there was much difference between different power supplies. Not only did I find several things to keep in mind when buying a new computer power supply, but I also find several brands to absolutely avoid and several PSU brands which tend to be way better than others.

Find out which PSU to buy and which brand of power supply to avoid…

Bad and good brands for your PSU

Power Supply Unit – Which brand to avoid when buying a PSU

Antec great PSU brandBekijk in het NederlandsWhen buying a new PSU you must consider several things, including the brand. Simply put, there are good PSU’s and bad power supplies. It just so happens that most of the good ones fall in the same group of brands, where most of the bad computer power supplies fall in a different group of brands. This results in a list of bad and good brands when it comes to your computer power supply. If you want to avoid destroying your computer due to a bad PSU, or want to buy something that will last longer than a year, you may want to spend the few extra bucks and get a AAA brand PSU instead of the cheapest one available.

PSU brands – which to avoid and which are great!

When you look at problems people tend to have with their power supply you see certain brands pop up a lot more than others. In addition, these brands tend to come up as well when you look at PSU’s failing after a year or something comparable.

Brands to avoid when buying your PSU:

Brands to avoid when buying a PSU  
A-TOP Technology Apevia
APEX Aspire
ATADC Athena Power
ATRIX Broadway Com Corp
Deer Diablotek
Dynapower USA Dynex
FSP Everest HEC Orion
Hiper Type-R Huntkey
I-Star Computer Co. Ltd In Win
Kingwin Inc. Linkworld Electronics
Logisys Computer MGE
Norwood Micro/ CompUSA NorthQ
Powmax Q-Tec
Raidmax Rocketfish
Rosewill SFC
Shuttle Skyhawk
Spire Coolers Star Micro
XION YoungYear


The same goes for positive reactions and long lasting power supplies. Several brands tend to be really reliable and their PSU’s seem to last much longer than cheaper brands.

Brands to look at when buying your computer power supply unit:

Top Notch Power Supply Unit brands  
Antec Corsair
Enermax Kingwin
PCP&C Sapphire
Seasonic Silverstone
Seventeam XFX


Great PSU brands  
Akasa CoolMax
Cooler Master Cooltek
Cougar Enhance
EVGA Fortron
OCZ PC P&C Silencer
Rosewill Sentey
SevenTeam Supermicro/AbleCom
Thermaltake Thortech
Topower Xclio StablePower
Xigmatek Zalman

Besides avoiding certain brands of PSU’s or looking at quality brands for computer power supply units there is more to it than that. Power supplies can get certificates which show you just how well they perform consumption wise. A power supply tens to lose some of its power to heat, thus resulting in more power consumed than put to good use. This is where the certificates come in.

Read more on picking a good computer power supply and PSU certificates

PSU certifications and efficiency

Power Supply Unit – Efficiency and certification

PSU 80 PLUS certificationBekijk in het NederlandsAs said before, power supply units tend to lose some of its power to heat production. This results in less power put to good use compared to the power that is drawn from your socket. PSU certifications show you just how well your PSU should perform.

Power Supply Unit efficiency

There are several different kinds of certifications for PSU’s. The normal 80 PLUS certification means that a certain PSU efficiently uses 80% of the power consumed at 20% load, 50% load and 100% load. Every PSU loses power to heat and 80% efficiency is actually pretty good. There are of course power supplies that go over the 80% and those gain other certificates. In all there are 6 kinds of 80 PLUS PSU certifications to be had, where each they all indicate a certain degree of efficiency of the power supply unit.


PSU 80 PLUS Certificates

PSU Certification standards

As you can see it goes up all the way to over 90% efficiency, which is pretty incredible, but is not that much of a necessity for the average consumer. Anything with an 80 PLUS certification or 80 PLUS bronze should do more than well for your computer and basically tells you that you are buying a decent PSU.

Besides efficiency there are of course more things to look at when buying a power supply unit. One of things is a modular design.

Read more on modular designs and getting the right PSU for your computer!

Modular power supply units

Power Supply Unit – Modular PSU’s

Modular PSUBekijk in het NederlandsSo we have discussed some brands to avoid and some brands to definitely consider when buying a power supply unit as well as some certifications modern PSU’s should have, but besides that is of course also something as usability. A very important factor for any PSU is that it should have all the connections your computer needs. Every basic PSU has connectors for your motherboard, a harddisk and an optical drive, but if you are using a lot of different expansion slots – like an advanced graphics card – you better make sure it has the connections needed for that card. Modular Power Supply Units can help you there.

What are Modular Power Supply Units?

With standard PSU’s all cables are attached to the unit at all times. If you are not using some of those cables they are just hanging there, cluttering your case and reducing your airflow. For basic users this is not a big problem, but for the more advanced users this can be very annoying. Another annoyance can be upgrading. When you buy new components and find out that your PSU does not have any free power cables for that specific component anymore, you can basically buy a new power supply unit. There is however a solution for these problems; Modular Power supply units.

Modular Power Supply UnitModular PSU’s only feature the basic elements permanently, like a cord for your motherboard. The rest of the wires are optional and can be freely switched in and out. This removes unnecessary cables in your computer case, and allows you to switch cables when your need for connections changes. These modular PSU’s usually are bit higher prices, but that small amount of extra cost can sure make a big difference.

Getting a modular PSU or a regular power supply unit is something to keep in mind when buying a new PSU for your computer.

To get an overview of what to consider when buying a new power supply unit I took the liberty of writing a quick summary on the different aspects of buying a PSU – read on to find out more.

Help buying a new power supply unit

Power Supply Unit – Buying a new PSU overview

What to look for in a PSUBekijk in het NederlandsWhen you are buying a new PSU we have seen several things you should keep in mind. Below is a quick overview of what to look for in a power supply unit.

Computer power consumption

The first thing you should look at is the amount of power your computer will be consuming, and attune your power supply unit to that number. To find out the power needed you can look at each individual component and find out how much power they consume, or use one of the several online tools to get a good estimate. Asking an expert is of course usually best, especially if you are pretty new at this. Although more power ensures your computer of the needed power, it is unwise to go too far above your needs, since this will cost you more money when  buying the PSU, as well as in the electric bill in the end. I have a pretty high end system with a hexa-core processor and a very decent graphics card, several hard disks and enough memory to make it all run smoothly and I am only using a 550 Watt power supply unit.

You can read more on PSU efficiency and minimizing power consumption here

PSU brands

The second thing to keep in mind when buying a new computer power supply unit is the brand you are buying. There are several brands you should avoid. On the flipside: there are a lot of brands known for their quality products and long lasting PSU’s. Here is an overview of quality power supply unit brands.

Modular Power Supply Unit

The third thing to keep in mind is wether you have or need all the connections on a PSU. Make sure you can connect all your components using the proper cables and connectors, and minimize the amount of cables not used. For an optimal effect you may consider buying a modular PSU.

Besides all this, you can also choose for a power supply unit with built in lights to create certain effects in your computer case, but this of course totally optional.

I hope this information was helpful for those about to buy a PSU and you will make the right choice for your computer’s power supply unit.

Any questions or comments? Drop them in the comments sections below and I will get back to you as soon as possible! Enjoy!

prevent viruses

Computer Virus – 5 basic tips to prevent them

computer virusBekijk in het NederlandsYou know that a computer virus can be a huge problem . It can affect your desktop’s performance. And sometimes, it eats up your important files. But as a user, do you know how you can prevent these viruses from disturbing you? I have collated some great tips from different experts. You better try those. That way, you won’t face future problems regarding viruses that your computer can get.

As always, “prevention is better than cure”. There are 5 prevention tactics that I have in mind.

1)      Scan the site first. As much as you want to check out different sites, you need to be very careful. A lot of websites contain different worms and viruses. Once you go there, your computer will automatically be affected by unwanted ‘elements’. If you are in doubt it may be a wise idea to enter the site into Google first. If Google says it is unsafe, it is probably right.

2)      Don’t open suspicious email messages. You received an email that says, “You won 1 Million Dollars”. I suggest that you put it in your spam folder. If you really want to know what is in it, you can scan it first with your virus scanner. These email messages usually contain a computer virus. You will be sending the same message without your consent. Don’t let that happen. It can be very embarrassing to your clients and colleagues.

3)      Be careful when downloading files. You want to watch your favorite sitcom and those controversial movies. But don’t get too excited. A lot of computer users became victims of viruses which can be obtained from downloaded files. It is recommended that you get your videos and other downloadable files from well known sources.

Apart from that, stay away from ‘free download sites’. Although sometimes the files are legit, there is a huge possibility that they carry viruses.

4)      Install programs that can block these viruses. This is very important if you want to stay away from those irritating viruses. It works like a ‘vaccine’. That means, it can prevent worms and other types of viruses from affecting your computer system. Get an anti – computer virus program that is widely used. Otherwise, it won’t be able to detect and cure all these viruses.

5)      Update your anti – virus application. Most people don’t update their anti – virus programs thinking that it doesn’t have any bearing. But that is a misconception. Just so you know, computer viruses evolve day by day. They form really fast. And if you will not update your application, it won’t have the capacity to fix the problem.

It’s fine if you pay a little amount for the updates. It will help you in the long run. If you really want to get a free computer virus scanner, you may want to check out AVG’s scanner.

Fighting computer viruses should be easy. You just need to be smart and cautious. Again, don’t think that updating your anti – virus programs is a waste of money. It will lessen your worries about these worms that might irritate the whole system of your device.


Computer tips and tricks

Five common computer problems – A guide to easy fixes

Computer tips and tricksBekijk in het NederlandsIf you use a computer as much as I do, you have probably had your fair share of computer problems. If you haven’t, maybe your friends or family have. Although I know my way around a computer, I usually end up fixing the errors of said family and friends on their computer. Especially family tends to crash a computer every now and then, and get about a virus a week. In this post I will try to cover some common computer problems and try to give you a simple solutionOptimize your PC quick and simple with these tips!

Common computer problems

After a year or two, or for some people a week or two, computers tend to lose the edge they once had when they were new. They tend to lose a little bit of speed here and there, and become sluggish in everyday tasks. They may have some annoying pop-ups, or you get some reports of viruses but just don’t know what to do with those. Some people decide to throw away the pc and buy a new one, but with some simple tweaks and solutions, you can get your ‘old’ PC up and running again in a second. Computers usually become slower than they used to because of malicious use. The installation and un-installation of various programs leave its marks on the computers registry. The bigger this gets, the longer it takes for your PC to find what it needs. A lot of free programs come with some added ‘extra free’ programs as well, also known as adware, spam and pop-ups. These programs slow your system down as well. Anyways, let’s get to business.

1: Your computer has become slow and sluggish

The main reason for this is already explained partly above. You tend to install and uninstall things every day. This results in a corrupted or bloated registry. In turn, it takes more time for your PC to locate the files it needs. The same goes for your hard drive. This gets filled with fragmented data which needs to be defragmented from time to time. Spyware and unnecessary computer programs have its fair share in these matters too. Getting rid of these programs as soon as possible can speed up your system a lot.

To defragment your HDD, go to the control panel, then to system and security and you will find it under Administrative tools. Note that newer versions of windows tend to defragment automatically. You can also clean up some disc space here while you’re at it.

To get rid of unwanted programs click on default programs under the start button. Once there you will see Programs and Features in the bottom left corner, and when clicked you will see a complete list of every application installed on your computer. It is wise to run through this list every now and then, and remove any unknown or unused programs.

To get rid of spyware and viruses it is a good idea to run your virus scanner. If you do not have one, get one as soon as possible. In the meantime you can use Windows defender, which is free for windows users. Another powerful and free tool is malwarebytes. More on anti-virus programs in a later post.

In addition, you can try cleaning your registry, but this is a risky business. Do not attempt to mess with this unless you know what you are doing, or unless you make a proper back-up of basically everything.

2: Computer system freezes and shows a blue screen

In order to find out why you computer is freezing you will need to do some proper research. Try to find out if you can trigger the freezes, and what you are doing at that time. Then narrow your search for the problem around that piece of software or hardware. I can however list some basic tips for dealing with this problem.

As with the previous problem, viruses may cause problems like these. Do a complete scan of your computer with a proper anti-virus program and windows defender. Make sure your computer is clean before continuing.

The next step is to update drivers to your hardware. Windows uses drivers to make sure hardware is able to communicate with each other. If there is a driver problem and your hardware is unable to properly communicate this can result in freezes and blue screens.

To update drivers you must first find out what hardware is in your computer. Go to the control panel and open up the Hardware and Sound section. Here you can open the Device Manager. In the Device Manager you will find all the hardware that is currently recognised by windows. If you see any errors, try to download drivers for those devices. In addition you can automatically update the drivers on all the devices by clicking ‘update drivers’ for each device. This is sometimes rather buggy, so I would advice to search for driver updates manually by going to the manufacturer’s website and look for updated drivers there. Do this for the most important devices. Your sound drivers for example usually do not generate blue screens, so this is a somewhat less important driver to focus on.

Another possibility is that your RAM is not sufficient. Try to stick some more RAM memory in your PC and see if the problem persists. Some more RAM never hurts.

3: Your computer keeps on rebooting

computer problem helpWhen your computer keeps on rebooting without reason you can probably say this is hardware related. When your computer suddenly powers down or reboots it could well be overheating of a certain part. It is therefore very important to check if all your fans are still working. Also, if your case is filled with dust, and your fans are stuck because of this dust, your computer cannot lose its heat. Make sure you get rid of all excess dust, and make sure your computer is sitting in a rather clean environment. If you want to get rid of this issue for once and for all maybe you should buying a case with dust filters all around and excellent cooling capacity.

Do not open your case if it voids your warranty!

Another major issue can be the power supply. When you buy a power supply, it generates a certain amount of power and delivers that to your PC. Over time, this amount degrades and when it comes under a certain threshold, your computer is not able to run properly anymore and shuts down whenever too much power is required. This is especially true for the cheaper power supplies. You can find more about power supplies is a later post.

In the meantime, try to hook up another power supply to your computer and see if the problem persists. If you do not have one of those lying around, your local computer shop will probably be able to assist you for a small amount of money.

4: Noise, strange sounds and vibrations

This can only be your hardware. The only way to figure out what is causing the noise or vibrations is by opening your case. Note that this may sometimes void your warranty. Do NOT open your case when you still have warranty! When you don’t, you can safely open your case and see the inner workings of your computer. You can safely boot up your computer with the lid of your case, and when you do so you should be able to identify what is making the sound or vibrations. If this is just a loose wire, tuck it away somewhere safe. If it is a fan of some sort you may need to clean it, oil it up or just replace it. Fans are inexpensive so do not worry about that. If you are unable to do it yourself, let a professional do it for you.

If it is something else try to locate the problem, for example to one of your hard drives. Take out the part if possible or replace it and see if the problem persists. If you are unable to safely do so, make sure you contact a professional.

5: Your internet homepage keeps changing by itself

This is either because you forget to uncheck an option box during an installation and let a program change your home page, or because of some virus or spyware. These programs are sometimes able to run hidden code every time you run your internet browser and change your home page whenever it does. Get rid of these viruses by scanning and cleaning your computer with a proper virus scanner and windows defender.

All of the problems stated in this article can be avoided easily by simply keeping your computer in proper shape. Take your time every month or so to review how your PC is doing and cleaning up the hard drive. Make sure you are virus free and don’t have a lot of unused programs running in the background. Make sure you do not panic whenever you are having computer troubles, but keep your head cool and do a little bit of research on the internet. Most of the time, these problems can be solved easily, even by someone who is new to computers with just the help of a search engine.

Cooler Master 690 II

Cooler Master CM 690 II Case Review

Cooler Master CM 690 IIBekijk in het NederlandsI am the sort of person that replaces the components of his computer from time to time, just to keep everything working smooth, up to date, or tweaked a little just to perform a little bit better. Therefore I had to open the case a lot of times. Now you would expect me to have some high-tech computer case to help me with that, but no, my case was some old crappy thing that I got for free when buying my first PC years back. Until now…Introducing the Cooler Master 690 II!

Cooler Master CM 690 II

I finally decided to go ahead and invest a little bit of money in a new case. Mainly because my old one wasn’t able to close anymore, and because my CPU and graphics card were getting dangerously hot. This was mainly because of my Bitcoin mining operation, but still, it shouldn’t be able to shut down my PC. I decided to do some research about cases and finally my eyes rested on the Cooler Master CM 690 II. The first version of this case is a well known case by tweakers, and now they finally released the mark II.

Cooler Master cm 690 II frontSo let’s look at the case a little bit closer. The front and top of the case are almost completely made of a steel mesh which does not only look great, but is also very important for your airflow. The open nature of the mesh allows air to travel through it, creating better passageway for air entering and exiting the case. On the left side of the CM 690 II there are several ventilation slots where you can mount two more case fans. These fan slots can house 80, 92, 120 or 140mm fans. The panel at the side of the motherboard tray has a much smaller fan opening which will fit a single 80mm case fan. The rear panel on the 690 II features a 7+1 expansion area and two holes with rubbers to allow for water cooling that support 5/8″ ID tubing. At the back of the case you will also notice that this case features a bottom mounted power supply. This is also done to create a better airflow within the case. You will also find a rear 120mm exhaust next to the motherboard I/O area just above the expansion area.

Cooler Master cm 690 II topThe control panel on the CM 690 II is located on top of the case in the front. The panel includes a fan LED-light on/off switch, a power button, a reset button, one e-SATA port, audio jacks and two USB 2.0 ports. Behind the control panel is a small area where the advanced version of the case has a hot swappable bay for a hard drive disk. The normal version just has a place to rest your USB sticks. The whole top panel can be easily removed to allow access to the chassis below it. Here you can choose to install either dual exhaust fans or a water cooling set-up. The top of the case can support either a 280mm or 240mm radiator and has enough room for the fans on a 240mm radiator to be installed on the top of the chassis. You can also fit two normal fans here if you so desire. An exhaust fan or two would do great here.

Cooler Master cm 690 II front removedThe front panel is removed with great ease as well. Here you see that there are four removable parts of the steel mesh to allow for DVD-players and what not. You will also see that behind each mesh part is a dust filter in place. This is true for the entire case. Every opening you find, especially for the fans features a dust filter. You will also find the front fan here, featuring icy blue LED-lights. These can be turned off by a touch of the button on top of the case. The fan takes in air and forces it right over your hard disks. You can even adjust the fan up or down, or even replace it with two smaller fans if you wish.

Cooler Master cm 690 II bottom

The bottom of the case is well ventilated and, as you can see, Cooler Master has kept the large rubber feet design introduced with the CM 690. The rubber feet not only look very nice, but also elevate the case from the floor to allow for a better intake of air, reduction of dust intake and for less vibration.

The inside of the case

Cooler Master CM 690 II InsideWhen you strip the case of its side panels you can see that the interior is painted black just like the exterior. You will also notices big holes to allow for great cable management. Not only is there a lot of room between the motherboard tray and the side panel, but there are also a lot of anchors in place to secure zip-ties to in order to keep those pesky cables in place. You will also notice that this case has lots of room.  You will not be able to fit the largest cards, for example the HD5970, but most of the high end cards should be just fine.

Inside the case you will also find that the CM 690 II supports up to four 5.25″ optical bays. There is a tool-less system in place to easily install Cooler Master cm 690 II drivebaythese. You just have to slide you bay into the tray, align the screw holes with the system and flip a switch. Easy as that.

Cooler Master cm 690 II HDD CageHard drives are also extremely easy to install. The CM 690 II supports up to six internally and these are located just behind the front intake fan. Again, you just have to slide your HDD into the tray, and close it. Your HDD is now in place and secured. It just that simple. You will have to insert some pins onto the disk’s screw holes, but that is also done within seconds. There is also the option to remove the bottom half of the drive-cage to allow for better airflow, a bottom radiator or extra case fans.

Cooler Master CM 690 II inside backIn the back of the case you will find the expansion slots. Seven of them are fitted horizontally with black thumb-screws for easy installation. One of the slots is fitted vertically. You can use this one for a fan controller or just for extra USB slots.

The motherboard tray features a wide variety of holes for screws, to fit as many motherboards as possible. My motherboard was installed very easily. There is also a big hole in the plate to install CPU coolers with back plates with ease.

Cooler Master included two fans. One is installed in the front as an intake and features the blue LEDs; the other is installed in the back as an exhaust. If you get the CM 690 II advanced you will get an additional case fan.


Cooler Master CM 690 II inside 2During the installation of my hardware into this case, it was surprising how easy everything was. I was used to some cheap old case that featured nothing like tool-less designs or cable management. When I was finished it was shocking to see how many screws I had left. Also the case was extremely clean with all the cables running through the cable management system. I also had a lot of room left over for a bigger graphics card, which is always good to know.

The airflow increased tremendously. My system dropped a solid 20 degrees in temperature. I am now running my setup on a slight overclock, something I wouldn’t dare to dream of in my previous case. I also have the option to add EIGHT more case fans, which could work wonders as well. I am considering buying at least two more.

The case looks great, and even the LEDs do not annoy me when they are turned on. The CM 690 II is also very silent. Even though I have two more fans then my old case, it is actually a lot quieter.

I would certainly recommend this case. If you are missing an external drive bay, or an SSD bracket, or an extra fan, you can always buy the advanced version.

All in all, this case made my setup much better with just a little investment.

Cooler Master CM 690 II specifications case

HP Dm1-3200

Netbook Review – HP Pavilion DM1-3200sd

hp pavilion dm1 3200sdBekijk in het NederlandsPeople seem to be busier every day. Work has to be done on the go. Email needs to be checked on a phone, and the stock market needs to be followed on the tablet pc. But what if you just need to write a paper or simply send an email? You could bring your laptop, but people tend to complain about how big that thing really is, how much it weighs and the fact that by the time its fully booted your battery is half dead already. The solution? The netbook!

If you find yourself to be one of those people described above you may have already considered buying a netbook. This smaller brother of the laptop is perfect to take along with you on a trip by train or airplane. They barely weigh anything anymore and when you press the power switch you can almost immediately begin typing. Too bad choosing the right netbook isn’t as easy as it sounds, not even for the veteran pc addict. That is because the hardware tends to differ enormously from normal desktop hardware.

Now a little while ago I managed to get my hands on an HP Pavilion DM1-32oosd netbook. In this review I will try to cover as much as I can about the pro’s and the con’s about this specific netbook and about netbooks in general.

Netbook specifications

 Technical specifications
CPU-type AMD Fusion E-350
Speed 1,6GHz
Chipset AMD A50M Fusion
Memory 4GB
Memory type DDR3 (SODIMM)
Screen size 11,6″
Videochip Radeon Mobility HD6310
Video out D-Sub (VGA), HDMI
Screen resolution 1366×768 (WXGA Wide)
Backlight Led: Edge-lit
Storage capacity 500GB
HDD type 7200rpm
USB 3x USB 2.0
Wlan 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
(Ethernet Ethernet 1Gbps
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0
Other specs
Multitouch touchpad yes
Laptop extra’s Cardreader, Webcam
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium
Weight 1,55kg
Battery 55Wh
color Zwart
Warranty 1 jaar pickup & return

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