Moving on to the performance offering, we have the Amilo M4438. Lars had a sneak peak at this when he was trawling the hauls at CeBIT, but we’ve got a bit more dirt on it now.
Of course, the undoubted highlight remains the stunning 17in 1920x1200 widescreen display (graphics designers and photographers eat your hearts out) but we now know it is also one of most fully featured desktop replacements we have ever seen.
For a start it comes with an nVidia GeForce Go 6800 with 256MB VRAM, a 2.13GHz Pentium M processor and two SATA slots allowing two hard drives to be coupled together for extra storage. 160GB via two 80GB HDDs is the maximum at the moment, but FS says configurations of up to 240GB should be possible by the third quarter. Mind blowing.
Needless to say, you get a dual layer DVD rewriter and all the connectivity bells and whistles you could ever need: Firewire, 4x USB2.0, 10/100 Ethernet and fax modem, DVI-I connector, S-Video and SPDIF audio out. In addition the M4438 has an ExpressCard slot, multi-format memory card reader (SD, MMC, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO) and wireless. Sound should be good too as FS has managed to jam two stereo speakers inside along with a separate subwoofer. Naturally everything is all built upon a Sonoma base.
Weight is expected to be approximately 4.1Kg with battery life lasting two hours (lousy for a notebook, pretty good for a desktop replacement).
To get mouths watering further, FS says we can expect a Windows XP Media Centre version of the M4438 with built in TV tuner shortly after the launch of the standard machine. Start looking for this hard ass from September onwards, pricing will be dependant upon configuration.