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Another disappointment is that the 1,440 x 900 resolution isn’t as high as I would have liked for a screen this size. It’s high enough for 720p High Definition content but not for 1080p. Ok, so 1080p content from a Blu-ray drive is still some time away but there are plenty of 1080p movie trailers available online already, and you won’t be able to watch these at native resolution on this screen and that’s a shame.
The notebook is powered by a Pentium M 760 at 2GHz, and 1GB of memory. This is beefy enough for 720p high definition content, but not the 1080p Apple Quicktime trailer of Serenity. It played the file, but dropped frames.
Graphics wise the machine is supplied by an nVidia GeForce Go 6600. This makes is something of a lukewarm proposition for gamers. If it were truly to be a one stop entertainment machine then a GeForce Go 7800 would not have been out of place, though obviously the machine would have been a lot more expensive. The chip does at least support PureVideo, which should improve MPEG2 playback and quality but the codec wasn’t pre-installed on the machine so it will be an extra cost.
This machine is higher specced than many of the G20s available online with two 80GB hard disk drives. By default this is set up as two partitions, a C and a D drive. However, these disks can be converted into a mirrored RAID, by the click of a couple of buttons, thanks to a Toshiba software utility. This is a great option to have and makes a lot of sense. This machine is likely to be used for both work and entertainment and having the reliability of RAID 1 in a notebook will bring peace of mind. Admittedly it means that your storage capacity is chopped in half but you can always add more space for non crucial content via an external drive.
The optical drive is a rather cool looking slot loading DVD-RAM drive, giving you more options for removable storage including dual-layer discs. Sonic RecordNow! is the supplied burning software.