If you need to get connected, you’ll have no problem with the Mobeus. Besides that aforementioned WiFi adapter, there’s also a 10/100 Ethernet adapter and a 56k modem. But if you’re out and about and can’t track down a wireless hotspot, you can make use of the integrated Bluetooth to get connected via your mobile phone. The Bluetooth is also handy for getting photos off your phone, or transferring files to it, like really annoying ring tones.
Taking a tour around the chassis reveals a pretty well stacked right hand side – here you’ll find an Ethernet port, modem socket, S-Video out, a USB 2.0 port, a four-pin FireWire port, a Type II PC Card slot and headphone and mic sockets. The front is pretty bare except for a couple of indicator lights.
On the left is the DVD writer, a D-SUB connector and another USB 2.0 port. There’s also a memory card reader which will accept SD, MMC, MemoryStick and MemoryStick Pro variants. The rear is more or less barren, apart from the power socket and a Kensington lock point.
Performance wise the Mobeus turned in some reasonable numbers – with a 214 overall score in SYSmark 2002, general application usage will be no problem at all with this little beast, and from my own experiences using the Mobeus, I can testify to that. Mobile Mark turned in a battery life time of just under three and a half hours, which doesn’t come close to the five and a half hours from the Sony T2XP, but it is pretty respectable nonetheless.
I also have to give a mention to the integrated speakers in the Mobeus. These are by far the best speakers I’ve heard in a notebook this small, and they even have a bit of base behind them – ideal for when you’re using the Mobeus as a mobile DVD player.
So, the Mobeus is a small and light notebook, with a pretty strong feature set and solid performance, but the real selling point of this little machine is the price. With a price tag of only £791.82 including VAT, the Mobeus comes in at around half the cost of the Sony T2XP, making it something of a bargain.
The MV Mobeus isn’t perfect, but its shortcomings can be forgiven when you consider the stunning price. OK, if money were no object, I’d take the Sony T2XP any day, but let’s be honest, money is an object to most people, a major one. So, if you’re looking for a small, reasonably light and well featured mobile companion, check out the Mobeus.
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