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ZT Laptop Element S1002i-74 Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 (1.80GHz) 1GB Memory 120GB HDD NVIDIA GeForce 8400M G 15.4" Windows Vista Home Premium

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T7100(1.8GHz)
  • 1GB Memory 120GB HDD
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
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  • Ms. B.
  • 2/20/2008 12:59:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsvery nice for the price

Pros: This notebook seems to be the best laptop available anywhere for under $1000. It comes with complete disassembly instructions and the CPU appears to be replaceable, so it looks like one could buy a 2.2 or a 2.4ghz cpu from Newegg and get something that would ordinarily be in the $1500 range. It is reasonably fast with the existing 1.8ghz cpu. The screen is extra wide and really nice. I haven't seen any problems with Bluetooth and WiFi as others reported. Newegg is always great to deal with.

Cons: No XP driver for the camera was included on the CDs. The driver I downloaded from the ZT systems site does not work. If anyone has solved this problem, I'd like to know. It's not a really critical thing, but an extra feature is always nice.

The power supply plug in to the notebook is buggy -- I have to unplug and plug it before I get a connection and the battery icon disappears from the system tray. It would be nice to have longer battery life.

Other Thoughts: I got rid of Vista and added memory as others recommended, spending a little over $900 for the computer, memory, and a travel mouse.

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  • Thomas C.
  • 2/5/2008 10:10:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect after some changes

Pros: This laptop offers very nice specs and I am quite pleased with the performance and light weight. Audio quality isn't normally important for me in a notebook, but the Realtek ALC888 is amazing; the jacks double as an expansion to a surround-sound setup and headphone quality is entrancing.

Comes with a manual showing how to access the CPU, fan, RAM, PCI-e card, and HDD. The case makes these a breeze to access, and at the same time achieves excellent cooling. It's not the prettiest, but ZT (well, MSI) managed decent aesthetics.

Battery life in vista is 2 hrs, 3 in linux--excellent in my book. Great deal for 1.8GHz core2duo with dedicated nVidia--nice linux support, too. The site is unclear, but ZT provides a 1-yr warranty.

Single stick of ram makes upgrading less expensive. If you are good with computers, don't fret over brand-name vs. off-brand. Hardware is hardware is hardware and this hardware is a steal at this price!

Cons: CPU fan wasn't connected and might explain the burns-outs reported. Again, the case provides easy access to check the fan connection-Takes 4 screws/10mins. If you aren't up to the task get someone who is. Not worth the money/time if it lasts a month! Came with a thing saying ZT tested it with scrutiny. Yeah right.

comes with vista32, yet supports 64 leaving several performance-enhancing features unused. I installed vista64: only the cam seems to lack 64bit drivers, didn't look into it as I don't care and rarely use windows.

Wifi card design is, well, dumb. The chipset is poor, has unstable linux drivers, and sits behind a USB controller in the PCI-e slot. This design impacts performance. I put an Intel 3945 in its place-much stronger.

Wifi/btooth switch is unintuitive but documented. Wifi can actually be used even if the indicator is off, btooth can't, so I made it just a btooth switch.

Could use more RAM, but 1GB is justifiable by the low price.

Other Thoughts: Some users who gave low ratings or complaints about non-issues rate their technical level high. It seems some think fixing a driver issue requires high technical ability. It's sad that the rating is affected by such users.

8400M G isn't awesome but is a good card. windows users should learn the options in the config utility. For Linux use the latest drivers and read the docs-a certain feature causes sluggish compositing if mis-configured.

It's easy to eject the CD tray when grabbing the unit. I'm capable of operant learning so it doesn't happen anymore. AC input position is more an issue, it can slide out if not on a solid surface.

The power button works. There's a 3 sec or so delay before obvious activity to read temp. sensors and ascertain necessary fan speed. Off AC power you must press & hold for a sec. This delay may be confusing, but not an issue. Many laptops run the fan at full speed then adjust. A delay is arguably safer.

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  • Leonard H.
  • 1/6/2008 5:12:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsClean + Effective

Pros: Gotta say it's everything I hoped for. Put in the extra memory (Crucial 1GB 200-Pin DDR2 SO-DIMM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Notebook Memory Model). I prefer XP. All the XP drivers are on the 2 CD's included. (the wireless Lan driver is on the "Communications" CD. All the other XP drivers are on the "Notebook" CD.)

Cons: There's no backup "Vista" CD. So I made a Norton "Ghost" recovery disk to use when I want Vista again.

If you're like me and read instructions after the fact, you should know/learn that the blinking light on the far right is to show when Wireless Lan and Bluetooth are active. (activated by the same button on the keyboard.)

Other Thoughts: It works fine. Go for it!

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  • Genevieve J.
  • 12/22/2007 12:27:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove It

Pros: I can't really say if this laptop is better than other laptops because I have only used my girlfriends old ibook. Runs my music making programs fine. The webcam is super sick. I wasn't expecting much for batter life so I was excited that it lasted for 45 mins!!!

Cons: DVD placing bad. Power button weird, doesn't always turn on the first second or eighth time. Audio line input won't work with my Makie mixer (gets buzz) but will work with my Stanton dj mixer. (gonna try and update audio drivers)

Other Thoughts: pretty light, I've been carring it around in my backpack everywhere when I ride my bike. It seems to be doing ok. Vista doesn't totally suck! definatley get another gig of ram. Not a gaming notebook!!

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  • Hamzah O.
  • 12/9/2007 1:53:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHorrible Customer Service

Pros: Strong if it works.

Cons: Crapped out on me in less than a month. Sent it back in and have yet to receive it back. It's been a month already in their hands. Trying to call back still.

Other Thoughts: Not worth the trouble.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/2/2007 7:23:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs"gaming notebook", just a notebook

Pros: Very nice layout and features. Great price for dedicated video and core 2 duo on a laptop. Vista is not as bad as I thought it would be and runs fine on 1 gig (would recommend 2 gigs though). Does everything I would expect a laptop to do.

Cons: Like others have said; the dvd drive does have a touchy eject button, but it's not that big of a deal.

Other Thoughts: I purchased this laptop for my son but personally discouraged it because he wanted it primarily for gaming. I set it up for him on the wireless network, cleaned up some unneeded programs and played around with it a bit. This is a fine machine but one thing stands true... Notebooks are not for gaming (at least not yet). Although it does alright with games, for the price, you can build a much better desktop system. Just know that if your buying a laptop, your paying a big chunk for portability you might not need.

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  • Brian C.
  • 11/14/2007 11:10:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome laptop

Pros: fast cpu, great graphics, beautiful bright screen. Comes with a 1GB stick of Crucial ram, most other laptops put in two half sized sticks making it harder to upgrade. This laptop is very light and it cools quickly.

Cons: support lacks. The dvd button is oddly placed so it gets pressed a lot.

Other Thoughts: Lots of usb ports, if you have problems with hitting the touchpad, press Fn+F3. If you are having trouble connecting to the internet, press the button to the left of the webcam button. That will turn on the wireless card. If you would like to update your drivers, here is the link:

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  • William C.
  • 11/1/2007 10:25:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

4 out of 5 eggsDrivers to the Rescue

Pros: Seems like the best deal for a laptop. After doing some research I found the drivers under "EX600" :

^ Lot's of 64-bit drivers too! :D

0 - MSI Faq and discussion.

Cons: Don't own it yet. Only cons I know is what's mentioned in the review.

Other Thoughts: Now that I posted drivers let's see how everything goes.

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  • Peace R.
  • 10/29/2007 11:33:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Support Avoid

Pros: Nice bright screen.

Cons: Trying to get support for this prodcut is impossible. As stated by the other customers my laptop SN is not recognized when trying to download drivers for winxp64 off the website. HALP!

Other Thoughts: CD Rom button is poorly placed.

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  • Shelby S.
  • 10/29/2007 12:39:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

Pros: None.

Cons: It looked good on paper, but it was a disappointment when I actually used it. 3DMark 06 = about 1000. 3DMark 05 = about 1700. "Gaming" graphics ability is that of a $50 desktop card. This is not a gaming system! There is merely an 8-shader, 64-bit interface card inside.

More importantly, the wired NIC was DOA. The wireless NIC was borked by Microsoft update, then by updating the wired NIC, and then it just didn't work at all. Each time I tried to fix the WLAN NIC, reinstalling the driver did nothing. I had to wipe the OS partition every time and start afresh. Audio and WLAN drivers did not work at all under XP Pro SP2.

Asking Newegg for a refund or an exchange for a module of laptop that can actually do basic things like connect to the internet through at least ONE of its NICs.

This laptop is just a re-branded MSI piece of junk. MSI's site has no support, and the ZT site doesn't even have the correct drivers! Avoid this laptop.

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