Zoostorm 3389 review

A good, if unremarkable, entry-level laptop with plenty of useful features

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good build quality
  • Usability
  • Features

Against

  • Performance
  • Portability

PC Nextday delivers cost-effective laptops via its Zoostorm range. The Zoostorm 3389-9426/A is a solid machine with some strong features, although it struggles to compete against some other laptops at this price point.

The simple black design is attractive, with a mottled, fingerprint-proof lid and palm rests. It's a well-constructed chassis, despite a little flex around the DVD drive, and the 2.5kg weight almost matches the Acer Aspire 5552 and Toshiba Satellite Pro S500-15W. The 206 minute battery life is distinctly average though.

The smooth and responsive touchpad proves usable, albeit a little too sensitive at times, and there are touch-sensitive controls that open Internet Explorer, toggle Wi-Fi on and off and mute audio.

The keyboard is firmly mounted and the sharp travel aids typing, while separate numeric keypad is great for data entry.

Unfortunately, the left Ctrl key is indented to make room for the Function key, which is a pain for those using Windows shortcuts. Power is provided by one of Intel's older Pentium processors, backed up by 3072MB of memory. There's enough muscle to run all your office applications and indulge in some light multi-tasking, as with the Dell Adamo 13, but anyone craving more speed should look to the Toshiba Satellite Pro S500-15W.

The integrated graphics provide a cheap and basic solution for rendering images. You can comfortably browse your holiday snaps and watch low-res video, but this isn't an ideal machine for editing movies or similarly intensive multimedia tasks.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 206 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 176
3DMark 2003: 1719

One of the Zoostorm's highlights, however, is the impressively bright 15.6- inch screen. While not as vibrant as some of the other displays, the viewing angles are commendably wide and photos and videos look great. The glossy surface is extremely reflective though.

Ample storage

There's plenty of storage space for your files and applications, thanks to the 320GB hard drive. Networking is strong, with 802.11n Wi-Fi providing speedy wireless internet access and Gigabit Ethernet for wired connections.

A good selection of ports is also available. An eSATA socket means you can quickly swap files with a high-speed external hard drive and it doubles as an extra USB port, giving you four in total. You also get an ExpressCard slot for expanding your laptop if required.

Zoostorm 3389

While the Zoostorm 3389-9426/A doesn't do enough to win an award, it's not a bad machine by any means. On the whole, build quality and usability are good, while the strong set of features means you won't be left wanting. However, if you crave portability or power, there are better options in this group test.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity320 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelGMA 4500M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
WebcamYes
Processor ModelT4500
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameZoostorm
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory3 GB
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelGL40 Express
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-800/PC2-6400
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
ManufacturerZoostorm
Product Model3389-9426
Product Name3389-9426 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number3389-9426
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zoostorm.co.uk
Marketing Information

Intel Pentium T4500 2.3Ghz., Genuine Windows 7 Professional, 15.6" HD (1366x768) display, 3Gb DDR2 800Mhz, 320GB SATA HDD, Free Anti-Virus for life, Free 250GB of on-line storage, Free Office Starter Edition 2010 and Windows Live Suite.

This Laptop PC is a great "best value option". Providing high end features such as high definition screen, multi gesture touch pad and island style keyboard, all in an elegant, high quality finish.

Package Contents
  • 3389-9426 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Bus Speed800 MHz