1 GHz 9/10
range of machines is only available in Dixons and PC World. They are not
renowned as being great machines. Looking at this model I can see why,
since it looks very ordinary and bulky, as if it is straight from the
'80s. Open the lid, and a huge 15" screen inch is revealed, which
is clear and sharp. The keyboard is responsive, as is the fingerpad. The
1 GHz Pentium III processor lies at the heart of this machine, consequently
it runs quite hot and the fan needs to spin very rapidly to cool it down.
What you get in return for this noise, is a high performance machine.
It loads up most programmes very quicky, and can even run Quake III at
1024x768 with all the extra texture settings (with the help of a decent
AGP graphics cards). In fact Quake III runs more smoothly on this than
most desktop machines I can think of.
also comes with an integated modem and network card, work at least £150.
There are two USB ports and a full size firewire port at the rear of the
machine, as well an S-Video port. Most machines this price have only USB
ports and occasionaly a firewire port. A similar spec Toshiba or Sony
costs nearly double the price. At the sides of the machine, you have at
your disposal both a floppy drive and a DVD drive. DVD playback is smooth
and I never spotted a dropped frame. It does not beat a domestic DVD player
though. With such amazing specifications it not surprising that this Advent
is not a lightweight machine.
If you are
not concerned about looks or the sheer size to accomodate the large screen,
this is the machine for you. It is cheap, has ample hard disk space and
RAM, and is easily better than most notebooks I can think of. Now go out
and buy it!! This machine is also sometimes bundled with a USB Psion digital
radio worth £300. With the £1500 you saved, by opting not
buy a big brand machine, you can buy a few records!