Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Watching HD movies on Asus UL20A

INFO! I don't have this notebook anymore. It was given away but I heard it's still working pretty much ok.

Today I was trying to watch some HDTV and Full HD movies (Anime actually).
HDTV x264 ones performed quite well. CPU usage was ~20% and sometimes went to ~50% but I was using VMR9 render that is not very fast but i could test subtitles...
Next was FullHD one... That was quite a task for this 1.3ghz c2d cpu... Without subtitiles, when Overlay Mixer was used the movie didn't drop any frames, not bad here but I don't know so much japanese to understand everything =P
So i tried loading subtitiles on VMR9 render... WOW! I got sideshow, it was like 2 frames per second, you can't watch that! So I tried this:

- selecting EVR custom pres and set EVR Buffers to 45... I got smoother video now but sometimes it hanged for a while to load to buffer so I changed from full screen to windowed mode and for some reason it didn't skip any frame then... I would need to retest that few times to make sure what are the best setting for it to play smoothly.

I used external display with 1920x1200 32bit resolution to play the movie.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Asus UL20A

INFO! I don't have this notebook anymore. It was given away but I heard it's still working pretty much ok.

Oh WOW I wanted to do 'comming soon' things but hey... I got owned by real life. That thing really took my spare time away from me )=
Oh, well... I just got myself Asus UL20A notebook! That's like 12.1 inch, core2duo 1.3ghz CULV, 250GB HD with a lot of other things inside. Despite description it contains 5600mAh battery (instead of 2800mAh) and bluetooth (that also is not stated in the description in certain stores) - or was I just that lucky to get better version for the same price???
Anyway, I was running few tests here. Especially I was really concerned about how much power this thing takes from my wall socket (or battery). On 1920x1200 external display with wireless mouse (2.4G), keyboard and lan cable plugged in it took only 6Watts in idle WOW (Eee 901 took minimum of 4-4.5Watts /w display turned off completely)! But when harddrive started to move head(s) a little it went to 8-9Watts and if you run 7-zip benchmark it went up to 11.7Watts when my Eee 901, that took almost two times lower score, took 12.5Watts!!! Little atom along with its smaller chipset took more than c2d!
Anyway that's all tests so far. You get 40W charger (EeePC got 36W one) and the battery takes maximum of 25Watts from socket to charge... and I hope we can get some hueg battery replacements soon... since UnLimited series are MUUUUCH more powerful than any atom netbook and they take very low power (higher than Atom, but still).