Toshiba Satellite 3000

Toshiba has brought the total weight (notebook plus power supply) of this unit down to 3.3kg. The 3000 is comprised of an Intel Pentium III 850MHz processor, a 14.1in active TFT display, a 15GB hard disk and an 8x DVD-ROM drive. Perhaps the 64MB of RAM with which the unit ships could have been made 128MB as standard, but this can be optioned up to a maximum of 512MB of SDRAM if desired. The 3000 scored 125 in PC WorldBench 2000 and 120 in SYSMark 2000.

On the multimedia front, the NVIDIA 16MB GeForce2 Go graphics controller (with maximum resolution of 1280x1024 in true colour) returned a whopping 3DMark 2000 benchmark score of 4331. Multimedia connectivity is via the integrated Smart Media and FireWire ports, in addition to no fewer than three USB ports and an S-Video TV-out. The 3000, as far as I am aware, is the first notebook to offer such a slot - which is great for devices such as MP3 players that have already adopted the format.

For expandability, Two Type II or one Type III PCMCIA Cards are supported. The modular DVD-ROM bay is able to swap with optionals such as CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo units or a second hard drive. Jumping on the Net should be no problem thanks to the integrated 56Kbps modem and Ethernet adapters. With our tests returning a worst case scenario battery life of 118 minutes, and a one-year warranty including free courier pick-up and return, the 3000 is a strong option for people who need all the latest high-tech features without sacrificing quality.

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