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The lid of the notebook is in an attractive silver than contrasts the dark grey quite nicely. If I was to choose a word to describe this chassis it would be “inoffensive”. It is however, nicely laid out. At 2.8Kg it's not exactly ultra-portable, but it's an average weight for a notebook of this price.
The trackpad is lovely to use, which I find increasingly rare on notebooks and I have a general preference for the ThinkPad TrackPoint (or red nipple to those less product savvy). The keyboard is also nice to use and I feel that I could type on it for an extended period. The overall feel is that this would make for a great office notebook.
Included is an 8x DVD Burner, which will probably never get used – but nice to know it's there.
Inside, things are just as well thought out. First of all, we have a T2300E Core Duo, which is the slightly cheaper version of the T2300 that doesn't support virtualization. It's not a Core 2 Duo, but these are still premium products. For those who don't know, the T2300E runs at 1.66GHz and is a capable processor that currently offers great value for money. We'd sooner see the 1.83GHz T2400 in there as this only costs a little more – and if you look around I'm sure you can find this is an upgrade for little extra.
Our particular model came with a single 1GB module installed, but most of the models we found advertised only had 512MB installed. We'd highly recommend getting 1GB of memory, if not 2GB! So be aware that our results will be slightly higher than that of a regular unit.
There is an 80GB hard drive, which is plenty of storage space, and an nVidia 7300 Go graphics chip. This will offer better D-SUB output than the standard onboard graphics provide, but will more than likely get slightly less battery life. A 7300 is enough to get some very basic gaming done, but not much. We'd sooner just go with the onboard graphics and get the reduction in price and increase in battery life.
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