Hi-Grade Notino W6700 widescreen notebook

When you first see the 2.7kg W6700’s slim silver casing, 15.2in widescreen display, slot-loading optical drive, stylish blue indicator lights and white keyboard, you get the feeling that an attempt has been made to bring to the PC market some things that Apple PowerBook users have enjoyed for some time.

An NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go card with 64MB of DDR memory pushes a maximum resolution of 1280x854 in 32-bit to the wide, active TFT display. The front fascia of the machine houses dedicated CD playback and volume controls, in addition to the microphone-in, line-out and S/PDIF audio-out connectors. The W6700 has two 2W speakers built in. The spine of the W6700 accommodates the two high-speed USB 2.0, FireWire, Ethernet, parallel, VGA-out, S-Video TV-out and 56Kbps modem ports. The notebook can also support one Type II or Type I PCMCIA cards.

The entry-level $3495 model features an Intel 2GHz Pentium 4-M processor, 256MB of DDR SDRAM, a 20GB hard disk, an 8x8x24x CD-R/RW drive and Windows XP Home.

The mid-level $4295 model’s proces­sor runs at 2.2GHz and is coupled with 512MB of DDR SDRAM, a 40GB hard disk, an 8x8x8x24x DVD-ROM/CD-R/RW combination drive and Windows XP Home.

The high-end $6495 W6700 wields a 2.4GHz processor, no less than 1024MB of DDR SDRAM, a 60GB hard disk, and a 2x1x16x10x24x DVD-R/-RW/CD-R/RW combination drive (that can read DVD-ROM discs at 8x), in addition to Windows XP Pro and a pre-installed Wi-Fi module.

Hi-Grade offers a two-year collect-and-return warranty including accidental damage, except for the top model which boasts three years. Panda Anti-Virus, Nero 5.5 and a carry bag are provided with all models.

In brief: Hi-Grade Notino W6700
(not rated — see next month’s Best Buys for full test results)
The first widescreen PC notebook we’ve seen features some great specifications and trimmings.
Price: $3495-$6495
Distributor: Hi-Grade
Phone: 1800 770 550
URL: www.higrade.com.au