Portable computer: B165V Desknote

Notebook-style ‘desknote’ computers can match the speed of desktops but at an affordable price. The catch? To save costs, a power outlet is required (they can’t run from a battery), and they can sometimes be quite large.

AOpen’s new B165V Desknote certainly fits the criteria, with some stunning specifications packed into its weighty 4.9kg chassis. A 3.2GHz desktop Intel Pentium 4 processor with an 800MHz front side bus speed is teamed with 1024MB of PC3200 (400MHz) DDR SDRAM, a 7200rpm 160GB Western Digital hard disk, and front-located 8x24x10x24x DVD-ROM/CD-R/RW combination drive and 3.5in floppy disk drive.

The upgradeable 64MB DDR NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go graphics controller provides a maximum resolution of 1024x768 to the detachable (in conjunction with an optional $199 cradle) 15in active TFT display. This, too, can be upgraded, as can almost all components in--cluding the mother-board.

Ports are plentiful, there being five high-speed USB 2.0 and single FireWire, parallel, serial, PS/2, VGA-out, S-Video TV-out, line-in, line-out and microphone connections. Connectivity is delivered through an integrated 56Kbps modem and 10/100 Ethernet adapter with wireless networking optional.

Games should pose no problem (3DMark 2001 scored 6011) but the SYSMark 2001 productivity application benchmark result was below par at 142. The system is backed by a two-year return-to-base warranty.

In brief: AOpen B165V Desknote
A desktop replacement with full-sized keyboard and the potential for great performance.
Price: $2799
Vendor: Bluechip IT
Phone: (02) 8745 8400
URL: www.bluechipit.com.au

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