Looking round the machine you’ll find a 10/100 (not Gigabit) network port on the right at the rear. Next to this is the aforementioned S-Video port. You’ll then find an SD card reader, a 4-pin FireWire port and a PC Card slot. On the left are headphone/S/PDIF and a microphone port, useful for Skype headsets, and two USB ports and a modem. The DVD-Writer is on the left and will burn dual layer discs though only at a leisurely 2.4x speed. The VGA port is at the rear on the right, along with another two USB ports – making four in total. Permanent storage is handled by a 60GB drive. It spins at 4,200rpm. so it’s never going to be a speed demon, but it’s in keeping with the rest of the system specification.
As you’ll see from the performance scores this machine is not going to break any records and its inevitably going to show its age a lot sooner than a system with a dual-core CPU. Battery life is very average and if you’re watching a movie away from a power socket then you’ll struggle to finish a film much past an hour and half-long. However, if you’re looking to a machine for browsing the web, checking email, editing the odd picture and watching DVDs, that won’t break the proverbial, then this will do nicely.
This machine is not going to make any headlines but succeeds as an inoffensive machine that’s pleasant to use, fine to look at and not too painful on the wallet. It’s not really suitable for regular use on the move or for gaming, but as a household workhorse, it’s a winner.
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