Sharp PC-AX40

The B4-sized, ultralight Sharp PC-AX40 features a silver casing that surrounds its super-bright and clear 12.1in active TFT display. The machine has a metallic blue finish over its exterior, protecting its core component s of an Intel Pentium III 700MHz processor, 128MB of RAM and a large 20GB hard disk.

The front of the machine features battery level LEDs, and a configurable e-mail alert light, as well as microphone-in and line-out jacks complete with an external volume control wheel. The left side of the PC-AX40 features two ports for connecting devices such as the bundled external 3.5in floppy as well as a FireWire port - a great inclusion. Also on this side of the machine is a bay supporting one Type II PC Card, plus the integrated 56Kbps modem and Ethernet adapter ports.

The high-capacity Li-Ion battery returned a great result of 120 minutes under our tests. The PC-AX40 had a total weight of 2.1kg. Security holes are built into the chassis.

A VGA-out (external monitor) port is provided and, on the right side, you'll find two USB ports and an infrared port in addition to a connection port for the external CD-ROM drive. Cursor control is by means of a glidepad complete with two mouse buttons.

The PC-AX40 scored well in testing, obtaining 124 in PC WorldBench 2000, 107 in SYSMark 2000 and 409 in 3DMark 2000 at 640x480. Clearly, with only a 4MB ATI Rage Mobility M graphics controller, graphics aren't this machine's upside. Power-packed features and portability definitely are, however.

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Spiro Hionis

PC World

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