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Looking around the chassis, there’s a decent amount of features on offer. On the right hand side there’s a single Type II PC Card slot, a four-pin FireWire port, a USB 2.0 port, S-Video out, 56K modem socket, Ethernet port, microphone socket and a headphone socket. On the left you’ll find the CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive, a D-SUB port, a memory card reader (SD, MMC, MemoryStick & MemoryStick Pro) and another USB 2.0 port. The rear is barren apart from the power socket and Kensington lock point.
When it comes to performance the Mobeus leaves the Toshiba and the significantly more expensive Fujitsu-Siemens for dead. So if, small, light and powerful is what you’re after, the Mobeus is worth considering. However, when it comes to battery life, the Fujitsu-Siemens streaks ahead with over five hours, but the Mobeus and Toshiba are neck and neck at 196 minutes and 207 minutes respectively.
As well as Windows XP Home Edition, MV also throws in a copy of Ability Office and Panda Anti-Virus. It’s always good to see anti-virus software included on a PC, and although Ability Office isn’t a premium office suite, it will at least get you working straight out of the box. Finally, you get a slimline carrying case, which is a nice inclusion – especially since thin and light notebooks often come with large carry cases that negate the whole point of the machine.
So, the MV Mobeus is a fairly slim and light notebook, with solid performance and decent features, but how much does it cost? To be honest, I think the price is the Mobeus’ ace in the hole, because at £821.33 including VAT it really is great value. OK, the Toshiba is a better looking machine with a much more desirable label, but it still costs over £80 more, comes with less memory and is nowhere near as fast.
The warranty is a little disappointing at only one-year collect and return, especially since extending to three-years will set you back a not insignificant £116.13 inc VAT. Ultimately though, if you’re looking for a slim, light and powerful machine with a decent feature set, the Mobeus is definitely worth a look.
I wasn’t expecting great things from the Mobeus, but I was pleasantly surprised. Considering the price, you’re getting a lot of notebook for your money, all wrapped up in an attractively small and light package. With a slightly less erratic touchpad, a better warranty and integrated Bluetooth, the Mobeus would be a better machine, but even as it stands, it’s a good buy.
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