11 April 2014
My first notebook was a NEC mi-1980’s Windows 1.1 based machine. It was a rather sleek, off-grey contraption that had just enough memory on it to store a few notepad files and some emails. It was well equipped with a speedy floppy disk drive and my father even had it decked out with a slick trackball add-on mouse that clipped-on to either side. Coupled with a top of the range black and white LCD panel, this thing was killer from every angle. For a long time as a kid I thought nothing could possibly best a machine like this; what else more could one possibly ask such a compact computing device to achieve? That was until a few years later when Dad brought home a brand new Dell notebook. Colour screen, stereo speakers, an actual graphics chip - and a battery that lasted way more than just an hour. The way it flew into life when you hit that little power on button, the noise of the fans made when it started processing graphics intensive programs - I was left in awe.
This is what cutting edge technology is all about. Getting that rush when you realise that in just a span of a year or two – computers have become just that much faster, bolder and more spectacular. When they break your expectations and not only run with the baton, they practically take it to the other side of the moon. Of course - like everything in technology, this usually never comes cheap. Ultimately, it’s what a lot of us end up paying for. When a neatly wrapped box arrived at my doorstep, my interest perked to see what the year two-thousand and fourteen had in-store.
There’s a new kid on the Australian block who’s looking to make a brave entrance into the high performance gaming notebook and desktop market. “RESISTANCE” was kind enough to send us a review unit of their mid-level notebook – the Super Hornet.
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