We have tested a handful Optimus-enabled machines at PC Perspective and even if we haven’t always loved everything about the notebooks themselves, the graphics technology has continued to impress.
- ASUS N61Jv Optimus Core i5 16-in Notebook Review
- ASUS U30Jc Core i3 Optimus Notebook Review – Power Envy
- NVIDIA Next-Generation ION 2 Preview – Discrete GPU + Optimus
Yesterday NVIDIA posted a new blog and video that demonstrates the updated Verde driver (that is what NVIDIA calls their own packaging of the graphics driver for mobile platforms) and some of the features it introduces. One addition I liked was the ability to enabled a task bar icon that will let you know if the GPU is powered on or off more easily.
Good stuff from the NVIDIA team as they continue to try to find a way to compete and innovate in the mobile space. The only change I would personally like to see is some color changing or icon changes that will let me know if the GPU is enabled or powered down without having to mouse over the icon. Also, an overlay that the user could enabled/disable while in full screen applications (like games) would also be a plus.