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eMachines M5116 budget notebook

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trusted reviews logoReview eMachines is a brand associated with budget desktops, but it also offer a range of laptops. The M5116 is a very affordable desktop replacement that can handle most applications barring 3D gaming. The M5116 is like a budget version of the HP nx7000. This is not saying that the M5116 is a bad laptop in any way - rather the contrary, writes Lars-Göran Nilsson.

The build quality of the M5116 is excellent and half of the lid as well as the palm rests is coated in a rubber like material, which gives the laptop a nice tactile feel. The most eye-catching part of the M5116 is the 15.4in widescreen display which does make it look a bit special. However, the resolution of 1280 x 800 is well below the 1400 x 1050 standard that most laptops sport these days.

eMachines M5116

The M5116 isn't the most powerful laptop out there, but it is good enough for every day tasks. The 2.4GHz Celeron processor is more than adequate for office applications, web browsing and email. The memory complement is very generous considering the price, with 512MB of DDR SDRAM supporting the CPU. The 40GB hard drive should also be plenty for the majority of users.

There is also a DVD/CD-RW combo drive that will write CD-Rs at 24x speed and CD-RWs at 10x speed, which is handy for back-up purposes. The integrated Intel Extreme Graphics chipset is less extreme than the name would like you to believe and it won't cope well with any recent games. It also shares a portion of the system memory, which means that part of the 512MB of system memory is always allocated for graphics. Again, this is not a big deal as the M5116 is not intended for gamers.

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