A Dell Novelty: A Desktop CPU in the Notebook
Gericom made it big in Europe by doing it. Toshiba held back for a long time before finally bowing to Gericom's "powers of persuasion." We're talking about using a desktop CPU in a notebook.
Dell took a longer time considering its options. But then in July came the news that, for the first time, the direct shipper would offer customers a notebook with a desktop CPU and - also a novelty - an (almost) fixed configuration. The result, according to the heady texts of the marketing strategists, is "... the perfect companion for almost all conceivable applications..." They add: "... regardless of whether it's multimedia or DVD films, MP3 editing or CD burning, or whether you need intricate presentations, calculations, the Internet or e-mail: Even with modern 3D games, the speeds reached by the 250N are impressive."
A glance at the list of features presented with the SmartStep 250N we tested really does suggest that there's a powerful beast inside this "people's notebook."
|Dell SmartPC 250N|
|Display||15,1" TFT (1400 x1050 Pixel)|
|Processor||Pentium 4 2.2 GHz (2200 MHz)|
|BIOS||Wistron DEL19000-845-062502-A01 EN|
|Memory||1x 256 MB DDR266|
|Graphics Card||ATI Mobility Radeon, 32MB|
|Hard Drive||40 GB, IBM Travelstar 40GN (IC25N040ATCS04-0)
ATA-5, 4200 rpm
|DVD/R/RW||Toshiba SDR2102 (ATA-2)|
|Modem||Conexant Ambit V.90(V.92) SoftK56 MDC Modem|
|Network||Realtek RTL8139 (10/100 Mbit)|
|Firewire||IEEE1394 Texas Instruments OHCI-Compatible|
|PCMCIA||2 x Type II or 1x Type III Card|
|Drivers and Software|
|Intel 845 Driver||V 4.04.1007|
|Graphics Driver||ATI 220.127.116.1118|
|OS||Windows XP Pro, Build 2600 SP1 (English)|
The maximum brightness of the SmartStep's 15.1" display was found to be 120 candelas per square meter, with a contrast ratio of 128:1 (black-and-white contrast). The test device screen's brightness distribution is good. All in all, THG gives the SmartStep 250N's display quality a good rating.