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Closer look at the Neo Elan L4300 3D Laptop




We’ve had this gaming laptop from Neo since December but have very little time to play around with it. The Neo Elan L4300-3D was launched back in August 2010 and remains the flagship notebook of Neo.

With a large 15.6″ display and a bulky form factor, this laptop isn’t meant to be carried around a lot. While the unit is already heavy, it also comes with a large power adapter that adds close to another kilo to the system.

Included in the box is one set of nVidia 3D Vision Kit (3D glasses & IR emitter) so you can play games in 3D while wearing the active glasses.

I have not tried this with Starcraft 2 but I read on the Blizzard website that it now supports 3D so I’ll be trying it later tonight once all the drivers and patches have been downloaded.

Neo Elan L4300-3D
15.6″ HD display @ 1366×768 pixels
Intel Core i7 740QM @ 1.73GHz (4 cores, 8 threads) up to 2.93GHz on Turbo Boost
4GB DDR3 RAM (max 8GB)
500GB SATA HDD
nVidia GeForce GTX 285M w/ 1GB GDDR3
Bluray Combo Drive (DVD+RW/CD+RW)
3 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x USB 3.0 port
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
HDMI port
eSATA port
IEEE 1394a Firewire port
DVI-I out/SPDIF out
RJ45/LAN port

The specs of the Elan L4300 is pretty impressive too with a combo of an Intel Core i7 and NVidia GTX 285M. I also noticed that there’s an embedded fingerprint scanner in the middle of the trackpad (something I did not see during the launch of the product last year).

Here’s the screenshot of the Windows Experience Index for any of you who are interested what it looks like.

The processor scored a nice 7.1 on WEI while the graphics got a solid 6.8.

The Neo Elan L4300-3D started out at Php99,990 at launch date so I’m not sure if it has gone down a bit since then. It’s not cheap but it can surely carry its weight.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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51 Responses

  1. NemOry says:

    its a monster laptop. . Its like a supercomputer, I wish mkakita din me yan sa personal and play with it.hehe

  2. Suplado says:

    nice toy!

  3. JP says:

    Haha, at that price point they should’ve considered incorporating the new sandy bridge CPU’s and NVIDIA GPU’s. GTX 285M — you’ve got to be kidding me, that tech’s 2 years ago. But props to their choice of rock-solid board.

  4. watchville says:

    lamang na 2 sa gaming laptop ng msi…

  5. uberover says:

    I can’t believe it’s a Neo!!!
    Neo laptops are typically of mediocre built quality but this one looks cool!
    Maybe i should change my mind regarding my doubts with Neo! This will be a good buy since the build quality is good and the hardware is poweful!
    Finally, Neo is starting to sell good notebooks.

  6. uberover says:

    @JP
    Don’t you know that Nvidia’s GPU gets revised from time to time? There’s no reason to say that the GTX 285M is an old GPU because it gets revised and did you see the WEI score? It’s pretty high.

  7. Operation Super says:

    I bet this monster eats power like a mofo. It’d be a miracle to last 1.5hours on a full charge.

  8. JP says:

    @uberover Yep, A pretty high power guzzler if that’s what you mean.

  9. JP says:

    @uberover

    If revisions are what you mean, kindly peer at NVIDIA’s roadmap and see how revisions also change GPU series. The GTX 285 is a beast, but NEO should’ve dropped it and gone for a 300 or 400 series instead.

  10. Peej says:

    This laptop is nice since it has 3D glasses included when you purchase BUT at 99K, I think its too much and an NVIDIA GTX285M graphics card, still not yet burning for a year, it is already outdated with the advent of new GT500M series incorporating DX11.

  11. JP says:

    I’m also surprised that it’s damn pricier than the similarly 3d-capable Asus G Series/Toshiba Qosmio/Alienware laptops. Those so-so specs need an overhaul if they want convince people to buy it.

  12. Rodney Claus says:

    LOL, even at 60k no one in his right mind will buy this fugly laptop.

  13. Rodney Claus says:

    WTF? 1366×768 pixels — are you friggin kidding me? They bumped everything up and forgot the native resolution. What the hell is wrong with NEO?!!!

  14. Rodney Claus says:

    It doesn’t even support WiDi to make up for the lackadaisical native resolution. Damn, NEO screwed up big time with this contraption!

  15. Bankai says:

    What’s the fuss about 3d? It will not stay long, IMO.

  16. JP says:

    @Bankai, if you’re talking about 3D that requires glasses, yes it will. As for glasses-free 3d technology used by Nintendo and Toshiba, it’s basically the future.

  17. Paul says:

    I’m more interested in their newly launched Neo B4145 laptop.

    It is one of two Core i5 laptops I know that goes for 29k locally and it’s available for 12-month installment.

    The other is the MSI CR420x-i52+ which is also at 29k, but only for promo pricing (cash or straight card).

  18. Teknisyan says:

    That’s one pricey 3d laptop… I’d rather get the HP Envy 17 3d, with a starting price of $1,599.00, pero not sure kung nagiging available ito sa pinas! :)

    I’m currently checking if this will be available here in middle e.

    http://www.teknisyan.net/2010/10/hp-introduces-envy-17-3d-laptop.html

  19. garz says:

    Man, if you’re into gaming, just build yourself a desktop pc. You’ll get the same specs (or powerful) but half the price of this one.. I bet no real gamer out there would sacrifice the performance and quality of his games just to get the maximum battery time possible..

    Just my 2 cents. :)

  20. jonai says:

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    Key Features ng ASUS

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  21. jin says:

    About the WEI rating.

    Acer Aspire i3-370M 2.4Ghz, 500Gb, 2Gb Ddr3, Ati 5650 1Gb Ddr3 scores 5.5 in WEI Rating for around Php 36,000. Almost 1/3 of the price of that monster laptop.

  22. Beny says:

    It’s really overpriced. At that price point. An Asus G73JW or even a G53JW is far more reasonable to get. Either models have 7200rpm HDDs and 1333mhz RAM. As for the GTX285m GPU, it’s pretty outdated and should’ve been a GTX460m instead.

    And no, gaming laptops were not meant to be trusted with battery life considering that mobile i7 processors consume quite a lot of power along with the high end mobile GPUs.

  23. Faust says:

    does this neo 3d laptop able to play movies rendered in 3d?

  24. JP says:

    I doubt this thing even has 2 HDD compartments, which is the standard build for gaming laptops.

  25. novus says:

    comparing a 3d laptop to a regular laptop isn’t justifiable. 3d laptops are comparatively more expensive than regular laptops (even if they have similar hardware specs).

    @Beny
    I think this isn’t overpriced for a 3D laptop. other 3d laptops range from Php. 120,000 up to 180,000!
    3D Laptops are priced way too insane than regular laptops.

  26. maxxes says:

    @JP
    You’re a “pilosopo”.
    Do you even know what the WEI numbers mean?
    Do you have any proofs that the GTX 285M is a power guzzler? Show it to us ASAP.

  27. Harley says:

    i currently own a neo Elan 3103 and it has been with me for more than a year now and it still never fails me. Elan Series are for home usage and eats alot of power, thus I am not recommending it to carry around without a good outlet!

    thanks sir abe for featuring a neo laptop!

    peace!

  28. JP says:

    Well, thank you for that compliment.

    The GTX 285m is an overclocked 9800 and consumes relatively higher wattage even during idle phase, and models before the new FERMI cards were known power guzzlers that lacked Optimus — switching betwen integrated graphics (Intel HD) and discrete graphics(NVIDIA).

    And please don’t get me started on WEI scores. I overclock my processors, dude.

    There’s this thing called Google, it’s free, you may want to use it.

  29. Sykes says:

    Yep, optimus is really one hell of a technology, I just switch the card off when I’m not playing games on my M11x. I wonder why ATI hasn’t implemented a similar tech on their mobile gpus yet?

    btw, buy ASUS, they use their own boards and HYNIX ram.

    @maxxes, shove off, troll.

  30. Duke says:

    Supplementary information for the troll, maxxes:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=124636

    “The performance of the GTX 460 (single) is about the same as the GTX 280/285/275, with the GTX285 being about 3 to 5 frames faster on older games, and about 3 to 5 frames slower on newer ones. However the GTX 460 takes less of a penalty than the GTX 285 with anti-aliasing and offers DX11.

    That being said, there are some practical considerations that make the GTX 460 attractive:

    *it requires about 24 amps on the 12 volt rail, vs the 36 amps that the GTX 285 requires;
    *it is physically considerably smaller than the GTX 285 and will more easily fit in standard ATX case;
    *it generates less heat than the GTX 285;
    *it can safely run on a good quality 480 watt power supply which would not be advisable with the GTX 285; and
    *it is more scalable with SLI, offering the performance of a GTX 570/480/580 in that configuration (though with stronger PSU).”

    These figures apply to the architecture of the mobility versions, plus Optimus of course.

  31. maxxes says:

    @JP
    Excuse me, show us the whitepaper of GTX 285 from Nvidia, not from Google.

    @Sykes
    I’m not trolling. I am just discussing a topic which is relative to the hardware of the laptop presented here.

    (Troll (noun): someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.)

    I’m not disrupting the discussion here because i’m talking about the specs of GTX 285M, which is the GPU of this laptop. Please read such definition before branding people with the noun “troll”.

    Darn, people on the internet gets dumber and dumber.

  32. maxxes says:

    @JP
    This is what i want you to search for:
    http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_285m_us.html

    Jump to the specifications tab.

    Quit using google if you were to search complex information. And don’t even use Google if you were to make your Thesis or Term Paper…it’s unreliable.

  33. JP says:

    @maxxes

    Again, if you really want to use your head, you’d know that heading on to hardware forums is actually much more logical since communities vet on peripherals before jumping to conclusions based on reading the specs on white sheets like you.

    And please, kindly try to notice that I was comparing the GTX 285m to the new 400 series. Otherwise, I wouldn’t even have come to the objective opinion(or rather assumption) that the 285m is a relatively higher power guzzler.

    And hey, that indirect “dumb” rant — obvious troll is obvious.

  34. JP says:

    @maxxes

    And I’m just wondering what made you jump to the conclusion that Google is “unreliable”? You don’t even understand Google’s complex algorithm, so stop trolling.

    The more keep on lengthening the discussion, the more you make a fool out of yourself.

  35. niko arrizalde says:

    This is one shitty laptop to begin with, specs-wise. I like the looks and the 15.6 form factor. But it really doesn’t deserve that much attention with its specs

    @JP Don’t feed the troll

  36. JP says:

    @maxxes
    JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU SON OF A BITCH!!!

  37. maxxes says:

    @JP
    Why do you act like that all of a sudden?
    You’re the reason why i left myself speaking in a bad way because you spoke to me in a bad way too.

    And please, it’s quite obvious that your words are mixed with angered emotions because of the way you deal with others. Many people will hate you because you jest bad attitude just in the way you speak.

    I’m outta here because i do not want to deal with immature idiots like you, i’m full. I gonna leave the rest of ranting for this topic to you.

    And now, this statement makes me a troll because i know what a troll is. Others just keep on branding people with the term “troll” even if they don’t know what it means. Those people lack comprehension because they don’t know what they’re talking about.

    And i do not want that “Google algorithm” stuff, i’m not a google fanboy. Google sucks because the only thing they cared for is money and through your support to them, your feeding your money to them.

    I’m really outta here. It’s my pleasure to speak this long to a scum like you.

    Adios, indio.

  38. Paul says:

    The discussion about how power guzzling video cards can be is basically moot.

    This is a GAMING LAPTOP. You’re not supposed to play on battery for more than an hour, if you’re going to do any gaming on the laptop it will be plugged in.

    Now you two please stop the dick waving, it only makes you look gay.

  39. Kenneth Yamat says:

    Any Neo products suck. SUCK, ugly builds, luck luster after sales. Don’t buy any ish from them, they will be the worst tech that could invest in.

  40. JP says:

    @sykes AND Duke
    WILL YOU PLEASE QUIT SPEAKING? THE TWO OF US WERE TALKING SENSIBLY SO PLEASE GET OFF OUR TALKS! YOUR LACK OF POLITENESS TO THOSE WHO MADE CONVERSATIONS MAKE THE BOTH OF YOU WORSE THAN MOSQUITOES. GO SUCK YOUR DICK, THE TWO OF YOU AND FUCK EACH OTHER!

    @niko arrizalde
    ARE YOU A JERK? YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT! GET LOST, SON OF A BITCH!

    @Paul
    FUCK YOU! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT SO DON’T INTERFERE, YOU ASSHOLE! ALSO, YOU DON’T KNOW THAT THIS LAPTOP ISN’T FOR GAMING…IT’S FOR 3D VIEWING! GO READ THE POST FIRST AND USE YOUR HEAD YOU DUMBASS!

  41. Sykes says:

    @JP
    You’re totally out of your mind ever since you spoke to a troll. And now, look at yourself, you’re now a troll too.

    I suggest you to consult a psychiatrist ASAP because it’s quite obvious you’re schizophrenic, okay? And don’t forget to take medication so that you’ll be able to come back here safely!

    I’ve seen your twitter picture. Are you a psycho or what? I heard that your face will be used as an official mascot for the “Internet League of Trolls”.

    If you want to troll, go to 4chan.

  42. Paul says:

    @Sykes

    Maybe he didn’t get enough loving from his mom.

  43. Paul says:

    @JP

    From the first sentence of the article –

    > We’ve had this gaming laptop from Neo since December…

    Oh dear, I guess sir yuga must have got it wrong, too :P

    @Kenneth Yamat

    I wouldn’t be put off about the hardware build, it seems to be a rebranded Clevo and they’re a reliable brand for gaming laptops. Although yes, Neo’s after sales support is the one that is worrisome.

  44. riffcracker says:

    lumalaban sa alienware ha..

  45. CHADWIN says:

    seems like 3d devices are taking off it will really take off once it really hits the mobile phone

  46. JP says:

    The heck, I have a poser now? A little too outrageous for my own definition of civility.

    Folks, I wasn’t the one who commented since Jan 21st, 2011 at 5:38 am and up until this last post.

  47. JP says:

    @maxxes

    Being anonymous only made your tirades more obnoxious, haha

  48. sykes says:

    man, don’t use your intuition in judging. use your reasoning. only animals use intuition.

  49. john says:

    low specs,,,,,,,i like core i7 processor but the specs is Low unlike the other using nvidia GT555m and 12gb ram,

  50. boybasag says:

    @john
    dude the neo l4300 was released last august 2010 what do you expect? and did you know that the nvidia gtx 285 is more powerful than the GT555??? btw you can just upgrade the ram if you want to.

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