Other features of the 6224W include a Super Multi DVD-Rewriter drive, while there’s also Draft N Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.0 EDR. Audio is provided by a 7.1 Realtek ALC268 HD Audio chip, and Zepto has been wise enough to include a combined Headphone and S/PDIF output for optical audio output.
Putting aside the small hard drive it’s an extraordinarily well specified notebook, and with an asking price of £945.35 inc. VAT and shipping it’s nothing but superb value. Throw in a larger HDD for a small pittance and it’s still superb value, and there are dozens of options for customisation.
Take memory for example. Our sample came with a single stick of 2GB 667MHz DDR2, but there are plenty of other options available to you. You can specify the same amount and speed in a dual-channel arrangement, but you can also request 2x 1,024MB 800MHz DRR2 for £21.32 more, and even 4 GB 667MHz DDR2 for £71.90. Hard disk options I’ve already outlined but there’s also an option for 1GB of Intel Turbo Memory, while you can select any variety of Windows including XP Pro and Home, and 64-bit versions of Vista.
One thing you can’t change, however, is the display. Measuring 14.1in diagonally it sports a 1,440 x 900 native resolution, which is fairly generous compared to some. Zepto even go as far as to quote its specifications, which include a 550:1 contrast ratio, a 6ms response time and a 300cd/m2 brightness rating.
It’s certainly a bright display and it deals with motion well enough, but beyond this it’s no better than mediocre. It has a distinctly mottled look, with an average black level and colour gamut that produces muted and dull colours. Overall it’s passable for everyday use and gaming too, but for any kind of video it’s severely disappointing. It’s a perfect example of what you’re sacrificing for that price and those components, and as ever it’s a case of balancing your needs against the compromises that have been made.
Similarly disappointing is the keyboard. Some of our regular annoyances crop up such as Fn key being to the left of the Ctrl key, while the Return key is also on the small size. Keys also have a fairly deep travel too them, but don’t have the snappy response to match. Again, it’s another sign of the economies made to get that price so low.