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MusicXPC Professional M5x Core 2 Duo 2.2G 4M, 800M FSB, Laptop, 2G DDR2-667 RAM, 15.4 WXGA, 160G 7200rpm HD

MusicXPC Professional M5x Core 2 Duo 2.2G 4M, 800M FSB, Laptop, 2G DDR2-667 RAM, 15.4 WXGA, 160G 7200rpm HD

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Product Code : MUSICXPC-M5X

The Professional M5X is a notebook designed for serious music production. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz CPU, a 160GB 7,200 rpm 8MB cache hard drive, 2GB of DDR2-667 RAM, a 15.4" WXGA wide angle, non-glare screen that gives you visibility even at off-axis points of view. The M5X comes with a recovery utility that stores the system factory settings outside of Windows XP in a host-protected area of the hard drive. This allows you to restore the M5X to the factory even if the hard drive has been accidentally re-formatted. The M5X has Gigabit LAN to improve workflow and play projects stored on other computers via Ethernet; built in 8X DVD+/-RW burner for archiving and much more. Ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, it is the handiwork of Les Bateman, so you know it's going to work perfectly.

The Professional M5X is a dream machine built for speed, durability, and mobility. The beautiful, sleek design coupled with the overwhelming power and speed makes this the best friend of the busy music producer moving from studio to studio to home. The Professional M5X runs quietly partly because it is built on Intel's Core 2 Duo for more speed with less heat. The machine is specially tweaked for music production and will run large projects in Cubase, ProTools, Sonar, Reason and others like lightning. And you will operate your production schedule with the peace of mind that comes from the industry's best backup and restoration utility. Apart from being a top performer for music software, the M5X is mainstream with everything you would expect like USB 2.0, FireWire, Wireless LAN, PC Card Slot, etc. and other features you may not, like Gigabit LAN, 8X DVD+/-RW and a 3-year warranty.

Music XPC M5X At-a-Glance:
  • Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
  • Mother of all Mobile Chipsets
  • 2GB Crucial DDR2 667 RAM
  • 160GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Hard Drive
  • 8X Dual Layer DVD Optical Drive
  • Very Quiet Operation
  • Tweaked for Music
  • Ports Galore
  • Host Protected Backup/Restore
  • Creative Freedom

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
The Professional M5X is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU running on a 667 MHz front-side-bus architecture. The Core 2 Duo offers breakthrough performances in mobile CPUs that will make most existing desktops look like they are running in reverse. The secret is a revolutionary micro architecture which delivers 2 processor cores that are optimized to run multiple tasks in parallel. The result is more than twice the speed of previous generations and 5 times the speed of a Powerbook G4. Add to that a power consumption drop of more than 28% and you also have a much quieter machine since the smaller, slower fans are needed to assist the heat pipe in keeping things cool.

Mother of all Mobile Chipsets
The Professional M5X is built on the brand new Intel 945GM chipset which delivers more performance while drawing less power. In fact, the 945GM chipset draws 28% less power than previous generations. In graphics this chipset delivers twice the performance and enables up to 25% higher data transfer rates. Additionally, it features PCI Express x16 graphics ports and PCI Express x1 I/O ports, next generation Serial ATA, and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity. The 667MHz front side bus and support for DDR2 667MHz RAM makes this as fast, flexible and powerful as server towers of just a couple years ago. The M5X is built on a foundation that is technologically state-of-the-art.

2GB Crucial DDR2 667 RAM
The Professional M5X is equipped with 2GB of dual-channel DDR2 667 MHz RAM. The RAM size and speed are critical to the smooth operation of your music computer. The RAM speed can be a bottleneck even on systems with high CPU clock speeds. Our selection of DDR2 667MHz means that on this laptop, you won't be waiting on the RAM. The RAM is perfectly matched to the front side bus. 1 GB of RAM is now essential for anyone running large projects with dozens of tracks and also anyone running virtual instruments that rely on large sample libraries. Running that 30GB orchestral library? No problem with the Professional M5X. This is what it was designed to manhandle.

160GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Hard Drive
The Professional M5X separates itself from other notebooks with a 120GB Serial ATA hard drive that is sure to tame even the densest project. An 8MB cache buffer, 7200-RPM spin speed, 900G shock tolerance and Seagate's QuietStep technology makes this drive fast, durable and quiet. The Serial ATA interface allows 1.5Gb/s interface speed for blazing fast transfers. The 7200-RPM speed delivers almost 800% more performance than 4200 HDs while maintaining low power consumption. This means the Professional M5X will glide through large projects with over 100 tracks and not choke due to the 12.5 msec average seek time of the hard drive. Don't try this with just ordinary laptops.

8X Dual Layer DVD Optical Drive
The Professional M5X ships with an 8X CD/DVD+/-RW recordable optical drive that does it all. Not only does it whip through CD authoring tasks, it also allows for backups of your audio projects to dual-layer DVD discs. This optical drive records data up to 4.7GB per side on DVD media and writes in all kinds of formats: DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM and CD-R/-RW. The Super-Multi also reads most DVD and CD formats, including DVD+R/+RW. This adds up to one versatile drive suitable for any application. Buffer Under run Protection and UltraDMA support ensure fast, reliable writing every time. Supported formats include: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW

Very Quiet Operation
Each generation of computing technology ups the ante with respect to speed in all areas, this speed comes with a price - heat. To keep things cool, some computers employ an army of fans and we all know that this only brings with it an army of noise. The Professional M5X uses hard drives with SoftSonic FDB motors which deliver virtually inaudible operating acoustics. A heat-pipe on the CPU conducts heat away from the CPU using simple convection so everything remains quiet - the way you want it.

Tweaked for Music
The Professional M5X is heavily 'tweaked' for music production. This means that the services that are not needed for music are disabled and ones needed to optimize performance for music production and intensive hard disk recording are enabled. With a MusicXPC there is no need to make any adjustments. Simple unpack this dream machine, install your software and start making music.The Professional is tested extensively with ProTools 7, Nuendo 3, Cubase 4, SONAR 6, Reason 3, FL Studio 6, Melodyne 3 and many others. Just make music.

Ports Galore
The Professional M5X covers every type of connection that music producers need now and in the near future. There are 3 USB 2.0 ports on the side of the laptop (instead of the rear) thereby protecting the ports from damage caused by lifting the front of the laptop. There are VGA, FireWire and Gigabit LAN ports on the sides also. There is a line in, a microphone in, line out, S-video port, modem, and even a built in camera for teleconferencing. But wait . . . there's more . . . a PC Card Slot keeps the M5X compatible with the PCM-CIA world, Express Card Slot ties it to the future with EC54 and 34 support and the 4-in-1 media card slot makes it a computer for every application.

Host Protected Backup/Restore
The Professional M5X sets itself apart from all other music computers with the inclusion of an almost magical backup/restore facility with the power to turn a nightmare of tears into a sigh of relief. You can easily survive major computer horrors and crashes by restoring the computer in minutes rather than weeks. How is this possible? A special section called the Host Protected Area [HPA]is created on the main hard drive specially to hold the original factory image as well as future user created backup images. This is followed by the installation of the Windows XP section of the drive. The HPA is "Hidden Zone" invisible to the Windows OS and cannot be erased or tampered with by normal operations. This preserves and protects the backups and factory images from damage, accidents, viruses and deletions. Even if you format the main hard drive, the HPA is immune - it cannot be deleted. The music producer can easily survive a fatal computer crash by invoking a restore procedure to a previous image stored in the HPA.

Creative Freedom
MusicXPC takes the trouble out of making music today in a demanding studio environment by making triple sure that the system will work in 95% of conditions. It gives you unprecedented power and flexibility out of the box - no upgrades needed. We provide every feature we can think of that 95% of our customers need and want and then some. In the end you get to spend more time thinking about and music instead of installing drivers. With all these bases covered, you can buy a MusicXPC Professional with the peace of mind that it will do the job without making you lose yours. The M5X is the ideal tool for the busy producer who moves from studio to home and from city to city and need to bring his 'virtual studio' with him wherever he goes. It is fast, quiet and robust. With this workhorse you the only thing you have to worry about is the music.

Music XPC M5X Features:
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz CPU/667 FSB
  • Chipset: Intel 945GM Express
  • Display: Support 15.4" WXGA TFT Active Matrix Color (1280 x 800)
  • System: Windows XP
  • Memory: DDR2 667MHz with 2GB
  • Video: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 with DirectX 9 acceleration
  • Video RAM: 64-224MB Dynamic - shared with system RAM
  • Hard Disc: 160GB, 7200 RPM, SATA 1.5GB/s, 9.5mm, 2.5' HDD
  • Optical Drive: 8X DVD+/-RW
  • Sound: AD1986A AC97 Codec, Microphone-in, Line-in and Headphone-out
  • Auto-sense jack capability
  • Keyboard control
  • Capable of playing CD while LCD panel is closed (BTO)
  • Speaker: Two speakers 2W
  • PC Card 95 supported with one type-II (No type-III support) Card sockets
  • 3-port FireWire PC card bus (6-pin) included
  • Power switch ENE CP2211
  • Additional 1394 Phy VIA VT6301
  • V.92/56K bps Modem
  • Compliant and 14.4K bps Send/Receive Fax with MDC solution
  • Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
  • Wireless LAN 802.11b/g, module integrated for Mini-PCI interface.
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • VGA monitor display port, 15 pins
  • Microphone-in
  • Headphone-out
  • DC-in
  • RJ-11 phone jack for 56Kbps V.92 Modem port
  • RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Kensington lock
  • TV-Out (S-Video) 1 on notebook, 3 on included PC Card
  • 3-in-1 card reader for SD-host/MMC/MS
  • Battery life: 4.5 hrs min
  • Charge time 2.5 hrs max. (System off or suspend at room temperature)
  • Optical Mouse included
  • 3-port FireWire PC card bus (6-pin)

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