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Advent 9515 review: Advent 9515

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The Good Good application performance; decent specification; good-sized keyboard.

The Bad Poor 3D and battery life; blocked off ports; lacklustre display.

The Bottom Line Provided you're not planning on subjecting it to anything too strenuous, the Advent 9515 offers good application performance for the money. Gaming is disappointing, however, and its short battery life isn't great if you're on the go

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Unlike most laptop manufacturers, Advent chooses to use an AMD chip in its 9515 machine rather than an Intel processor. The result is decent amount of performance without an excessive price tag -- just £399.99 from PC World, although it's less well equipped in other areas like gaming.

Strengths
Advent's decision to go with AMD rather than Intel for the 9515 appears not to have had a dramatic impact on its performance. The 2GHz Turion 64X2 TL60 chip and 2GB of RAM still managed to achieve a respectable PCMark05 score of 3,142.

In order to keep costs down, the rest of the specification are adequate and although you won't find anything spectacular inside, it's well equipped if your computing requirements aren't excessive. The 160GB hard drive should keep you going and there's an internal DVD writer for keeping your documents backed up. The keyboard is a decent size, making good use of the available area and it's reasonably pleasant for typing.

Weaknesses
While it can hold its own when it comes to application performance, the 9515's ATI Radeon X1250 really doesn't have the grunt for gaming. It only managed to achieve a lowly 3DMark06 score of 287, which is about enough for playing Scrabble on Facebook -- just.

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