The metal has a matte finish bordering on brushed aluminum. I packed it up, and went back to Staples for an exchange, which was no problem. Just avoid games and field trips. You can check the status of the wireless radio from the panel of LED indicators on the edge of the left palm rest. That could be a little bit of an annoyance—see my nit about the location of the USB ports.

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Thelike many slim laptops, offers only a single CardBus—a.

To wake it, you have to press the power button at the top of the keyboard. It feels like it takes the same amount of time to charge that it does to discharge. Touchpad This feature is well-implemented averatdc works great. Being a mobile processor, you are allowed to tweak the CPU speed, affecting battery life as well as performance. Ports The setup here is bare-bones, which is an effort to keep the laptop small.

Averatec Notebook Review (pics, specs)

Design and Construction Most of the casing is metal, with a few plastic panels on the underside, and assorted plastic buttons and switches. Not even the relatively undemanding ones. Averatec right-side view view larger image First Impressions Upon first examination, the ophival pretty classy.

One is that it seems to have a slightly bluish cast to it.

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The ethernet worked perfectly. It had almost everything I wanted, and at half the price of the Fujitsu.


With the number of available Bluetooth phones and accessories, it would be nice to see Bluetooth added as standard equipment for more laptops. This is excellent design, unless you prefer the cable-less look to the annoyance of having to flip around or lean over your machine to plug something into it.

Fast and bright plus small battery equals short autonomy. The overall feel of the is very optical.

This would require several things: The biggest downsides of the are the poor graphics adapter and a short battery life. Set to minimum power management, the same test took 2 minutes and 49 seconds, barely longer than the result on battery power. The also stayed at 11 Mbits, while the Inspiron tried shifting its speed down a couple of times.

The main issue with this keyboard is the way it feels. You can set it as low as 8 MB or as high as That could be a little bit of an annoyance—see my nit about the location of the USB ports. Battery Since there are a vast number of variables in how much power a laptop draws, I decided that rather than try to comprehensively test it under all conditions that I would base my tests on some approximation of normal to heavy usage. With no free slots, a memory upgrade would mean pulling out the existing module.

This is a full review of the Averatec H1 notebook. Then, while perusing a Staples I came across the Averatecthen later its successor, the It has a silvery, metallic look, which feels like a sturdy plastic. Another cool upgrade is to add a DVD burner. Audio The stereo speakers built into either side of the chassis are not the greatest quality, but on par for laptop speakers.


The hard drive is another story. However, in the interest of testing, I deactivated one of my wireless access points in order to see how well the picked up on the second, much weaker AP one floor down and on the other side of the dirve. I have not had too may errors mistyping anything due to the smaller layout, despite my big hands.

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You can check the status of the wireless radio from the panel of LED indicators on the edge of the left palm rest. PC Card—expansion slot for additional functions. Towards the rear on this side is the attachment point for a security lock. In comparison, the far-from-cutting-edge Radeon in my desktop PC scored upwards ofand the Acer Ferrari recently reviewed here at NBR scored above

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