This does preclude any upgrading of the wireless gear later on, as well as preventing the use of an additional antenna, but these are relatively minor concerns. For CDs, the burns at 16x, rewrites at 10x, and reads at a maximum 24x. In comparison, the far-from-cutting-edge Radeon in my desktop PC scored upwards of , and the Acer Ferrari recently reviewed here at NBR scored above Despite having a similar clock speed to my 1. After a little more digging, these same forums reveal that the registry is screwed up and is easily fixed with a patch. The main issue with this keyboard is the way it feels. In any event, I have no idea what made it have a fit.

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This does preclude any upgrading of the wireless gear later on, as well as preventing the use of an additional antenna, but these are relatively minor concerns.

Try it in the store first. It is on the right side of the laptop, probably the most common location.

Battery Since there are a vast number of variables in how much power a laptop draws, I decided that rather than try to comprehensively test it under all conditions that I would base my tests on some approximation of normal to heavy usage.

I would have preferred one or two front USB ports for temporary things like flash drives, and one or two rear USB ports for more significant or long-term attachments like mice, docking stations, hard drives, dongles, etcetera. Just make sure you have a optifal connected, so you can reenable it later.

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Averatec Review (pics, specs)

I also like the two buttons below the pad. There is one more battery-related issue I have encountered.

I have not had any problems that would cause me to call customer support. The ports are pleasingly arranged, and even though the battery bulges out a bit in the rear, it does not detract from the overall look. The back side of the case is mostly taken up by the battery slot and battery.

While I have not had any problem plugging things in next to each other, getting them out can sometimes be a challenge. While not the most cutting edge drive on the market, the 80 GB RPM Travelstar hard drive in the offers ample room and good dependability. Not bad, I thought.

As with most small laptops, the speakers are nothing to write home about. In comparison, the far-from-cutting-edge Radeon in my desktop PC scored upwards ofand the Acer Ferrari recently reviewed here at NBR scored above One is that it seems to have a slightly bluish cast to it. With the number of available Bluetooth phones and accessories, it would be nice to see Bluetooth added as standard equipment for more laptops.

The Screen When first powering up, the first I noticed was a bright green dot in the upper left corner of the screen! Visit our network of sites: While running on battery power, the result differed greatly depending on the level of power saving that the system was set to.

For those not familiar with them, CardBus slots are used for adding various peripherals—usually communication devices, like an aircard for mobile internet or Bluetooth for wireless peripherals. I debated, read some reviews, got clearance from my loving wife and dove in! The stereo speakers built into either side of the chassis are not the greatest quality, but on par for laptop speakers.

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I found this to be true as well. Averatec left-side view of ports view larger image Under the hood, there is an attractive dark gray keyboard with white letters for the main keys, blue for the alternate keys. Very heavy and extended use did result in a considerable amount of heat buildup, but it took more and longer usage than my Inspiron. Towards the rear on this side is the attachment point for a security lock.

When you move your finger to the edge of the pad while dragging an icon or something, you can leave it there and the cursor will continue scrolling in that direction. I have not had too may errors mistyping anything due to the smaller layout, despite my big hands.

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The pad is very responsive, and double-clicks nicely. I like this laptop quite a bit. Powering up again, there were no dead pixels yay! I have had no major issues with XP, and have come to even like it my desktop is Windows This touchpad is so sensitive I find myself disabling it when typing.