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It looks like a serious, no-nonsense business notebook PC. And operates like one too. But with little touches like a wide screen LCD, a leather-like skin and a good gaming engine, the NEC Versa E6310 may just have enough to delight the home user.
NEC ships the 2.4kg fairly sleek notebook with the more costly Windows Vista Business, the first hint that this laptop is gunning for the business crowd. The other clue is the Small Business Resource hyperlink that gives access to business and software training on the Internet.
Then, there are the high-end computing power essentials like an Intel Core Duo 2.2GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM and a huge 160GB hard disk. This mid-size notebook weighs 2.4kg - not too heavy for the daily commute to work.
If only battery life could last longer than the 90 minutes that I could squeeze out of this laptop, it would make a really good travel companion.
That aside, the E6310 is a notebook you would want at home. For starters, it has a fairly multimedia package - a wide screen 14.1-inch screen, a built-in DVD-R/RW and a dedicated graphics system powered by nVidia GeForce 8600M chipset.
It is, therefore, not surprising this machine performed well in the 3Dmark06 benchtest, scoring 2,791 points. It also posted a fairly good 4.8 points on the Windows Experience Index, which gauges the notebook's general performance. The higher score the better it is.
To complement the multimedia package is the unique touch pad with backlit buttons that you can use to control the media player or quickly launch pre-programmed Office applications. Additionally, there is the PowerCinema 5.0 - an easy-to-use music, movie and photo player-cum-organiser.
Expect all must-have connectivity options too. For plugging in external devices like a printer, camera or mouse there are four USB 2.0 ports. For networking and Internet surfing there's wired and wireless Lan.
For easy transfer of data to and from the notebook, there's the six-in-one memory card reader and a Firewire port for video transfer. There's even a built-in 2.0 webcam.
The only complaint I have is the keyboard buttons: You need to pound harder on the keys, making your fingers ache especially after hammering out a long story.
- Adli Yashir is a correspondent/Internet coordinator with Berita Harian.
An almost perfect notebook that's useful at home and in the office.