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Advent Altro Climbs on the Slim Bandwagon

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When it comes to laptops, slim may well be the buzzword of the moment, and "in the style of the MacBook Air" the buzz-phrase. Take the Advent Altro, for example, a slim laptop in the style of the MacBook Air hailing from DSG's (of Currys, PC World and Dixons ownership) own-brand.
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With its 13.3in display and low-power CULV Intel CPU housed within a 21mm thin, 1.6kg, metal chassis the basic specs certainly stack up well against the MacBook Air. Addition the Altro features 3GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

A reported four hours of battery life is hardly spectacular, but for the money expecting more would be asking a bit much. Advent is apparently in disagreement with Apple regarding Ethernet's redundancy, and while only one USB port is available on the laptop itself, a further two are provided courtesy a port replicator.
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The £599 asking price is markedly less than that of the Air. Of course that the machine runs Vista does - to my mind - warrant a notable price reduction versus any Apple competition but a free upgrade to Windows 7 come release could negate that somewhat.

For those not so budget constrained and in need of a bit more oomph there's an upgraded version, dubbed the Altro Elite. As well as a cooler name, the elite is treated to a faster Core 2 Duo CPU, longer battery life, a "premium flush glass finish" - whatever than means - and, of course, a higher £799 price tag.
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Hailing from DSG's own brand the Altro will therefore be showing up in PC World, Currys stores as well as their and Dixon's websites post haste. With its not-so-bad styling and definitely not-so-bad price, even the least tech savvy of sales assistants shouldn't have much trouble shifting a few!

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