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January 04, 2010

Neo Edge Z3265 Review

This is the very first Neo laptop I’ve reviewed here so the Edge Z3265 gave a lasting impression about the Filipino company’s future in the PC-making business. Check out the review of the Neo Edge Z3265 after the jump.

Neo is a local company who’s a little young in the PC business but they’ve made a mark for offering really affordable laptop alternatives to the market. The Neo Edge Z3265 does not seem to fit into that grand scheme of things.

neo edge

First, the Edge series represents the thin and light category for Neo. The Edge Z3265 is 13.3″, an under an inch (23mm) thin and is lightweight (1.45kg) for its size. the slightly curved edge also gives an impression that it’s thinner than it actually is. The lid is smooth and shiny; same goes with the screen — that gives you a nice crisp and bright display but gets a lot of glare outdoors.

neo edge z3265

Like many other laptops in its class, you get a really good real estate, a full keyboard with a rounded, square-type keys (similar to the ones we’ve seen on MSI and Acer notebooks). The trackpad is great to use and despite the fact that the left and right clickers are not separated, it’s easy to use and I rarely miss the mark. The right side of the trackpad also has a small area dedicated for auto-scrolling.

The unit is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo (SU7300) running at 1.3GHz with 2GB DDR3 RAM and Intel GMA4500. The dual core processor makes up for the low clockspeed and performs quite well actually. Results from Windows Experience Index gives a score of 3.4 based on the gaming graphics performance. The SU7300 CPU got a sub-score of 3.9 which is close to a dual core AMD Neo X2 1.6GHz at 4.1 (an Intel Pentium SU4100 1.3GHz gets a sub-score of 4.0).

For connectivity, the Edge did not disappoint — it’s got both Gigabit LAN and WiFi Draft-N as well as Bluetooth 2.1. There are 3 USB 2.0 ports and the HDMI port easily allows you to hook up the laptop to an LCD TV to play HD-quality movies straight from the 320GB HDD.

The Edge Z3265 also comes with a built-in 3G modem (Huawei EM770, HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps) found inside a screwed-in compartment at the bottom. This is the same built-in modem used by Asus in their EeePC 904GO.

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The only disappointing feature of this unit is the short battery life of the 3-cell Li-Polymer battery (2800mAh). Running BatteryBar only gives it somewhere between 2.5 hours to 3 hours of battery life. I was actually expecting somewhere in the 4 to 5 hours but maybe, with a 6-cell battery, this will eventually improve (but based on the layout of the battery at the bottom, I don’t think there’s an upgrade).

Lastly, as I mentioned in the introduction of this review, the price of the Neo Edge Z3265 veered away from the usual range we’ve expected from the company. Suggested retail price is Php49,999 which is similar with other name-brands in the same category (e.g. Lenovo U350, Asus UX30, Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T). The advantage of the built-in 3G modem is somewhat overshadowed by the not-so-great battery life.

Update: Neo gave me an updated specs. They’re running a promo until January 31, 2010. The Edge Z3265 now comes with an external 6-cell battery that should bump the life to 12 hours. There’s also an additional Samsung optical disk drive that go with it. The upgrades finally resolved our concerns earlier. I just wish they’d make them a permanent offer rather than a promo.

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20 Responses to “Neo Edge Z3265 Review”

  1. marvin
    Twitter: foodrecap
    says:

    sana makatry din ako nyan. dami ko na yata laptop na gusto itry! ,”

  2. jerb
    Twitter: jerby129
    says:

    Sir yuga, were you able to test the speed of the 3g modem? Is it unlocked already?

  3. MannyV says:

    Short battery life? That’s okay. I’ll just use this in the office and various conference rooms, where we can easily plug into the electrical socket.

    The small size plus the built-in 3G modem makes this quite tempting. Will wait for more detais about the modem, though.

  4. Vance says:

    I dodn’t know, some Neo users once they have purchased one, never bought another.. maybe because of the short lifespan of the system..

  5. Jon
    Twitter: rand0m_insanity
    says:

    Too expensive! It looks good, but no thanks. Specs aren’t worth the price, not to mention the horrible battery life. IMO, people would rather get a well-known brand than get this. Maybe a 30k pricetag would be much better.

  6. IC DeaDPiPoL says:

    The price rivals laptops made by Toshiba and Sony and high-end HP notebooks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets

    that 4500HD gfx processor looks sweet but Ion loaded notebooks will still be superior and a better choice in terms of performance

  7. Wow thats a huge price from a yet-to-be tested/trusted brand. Their selling point was their low price. What the hell were they thinking with this one? And with the bad battery life, the other aspects must deliver to justify the price.

  8. ryan
    Twitter: kline_zeus
    says:

    is this underclocked?

    sayang naman yung battery life bitin..

  9. Jes says:

    So, who’s Neo’s OEM?

  10. yuga says:

    @Jes – My best guess is Clevo.

    @ryan – nope, standard in CULV.

    @jes – yes but did not do any Speedtest since the specs say it can handle our networks.

  11. 1timnatupa says:

    naku, at 50K, mapangarap. bakit naman ako magniNEO pa eh may 50K na ako. eh di dun nalang ako sa ibang trusted brands.

    rubbish. ibaba nila ang presyo to something suited for a NEO.

  12. Noel
    Twitter: cyber_ito
    says:

    Maganda ba after sales service ng Neo?

  13. ryan
    Twitter: kline_zeus
    says:

    just saw one in the Neo concept store in SM North, kinda looks like the Acer Timeline series but not really. I don’t like the keyboard much.

    For the price, definitely something else, but if you want to support Philippine IT, then this might be one of the best that’s currently offered.

  14. Pogi says:

    @Noel – No hindi maganda not so reliable. They need to improve in this aspect fast if not they gonna lose a lot of buyers. So far it seems hindi yata nila prioridad ang after sales service nila.

    @Ryan – you’re right if you feel you want to support a philippine company then buy Neo. But may trade off yan warranty risk.

  15. Noel
    Twitter: cyber_ito
    says:

    ^Ganun ba? Sana improve nila after sales support, malaking bentahe un.

  16. arfarf says:

    I would still go to other laptop brands.. Some say that the customers service of neo is not so good. But then again promote our very own laptop brand is a good way also. Mahal naman ang NEO EDGE.

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