[TAG] Attaboy: Sams Club and Averatec
Benjamin A. Okopnik
ben at linuxgazette.net
Wed Dec 21 06:06:59 MSK 2005
On Tue, Dec 20, 2005 at 07:30:51PM -0500, Jay R. Ashworth wrote:
> I'm shopping for a new laptop to replace my little teeny (slow) Toshiba
> Portege 3440CT (which in turn replaced my even slower 3010).
> But, as hard as it is to be coolly geeky in these days where Danger
> Hiptops are cool and everone is Lt Uhura, I'm still trying to stay with
> teeny. (I'm a teeny weeny, I guess. :-)
> So I was pretty happy about this page:
> [ looks at URL ]
> Aw, crap.
> Sams Club uses BroadVision, which, as we all know, sucks.
> Wait: let me mail it to myself.
> He he.
> So, anyway, check out the spec detail on that listing. I note that
> they don't mention which wireless chip it has (I think it's the
> Broadcom), but that the mention the bridge chipset part numbers
> impresses me no little.
I tried out an Averatec 5400 about a year ago - and was not impressed.
Much like yours, the specs sounded good:
AMD Athlon XP-M 2800+
40GB hard drive, ATA-100 Ultra-DMA support
512MB DDR memory - 200-pin SDRAM SO-DIMM
15" XGA TFT LCD screen (1024x768x16M colors)
S3 UniChrome Pro IGP graphics processor
DVD +/-RW burner
Built-in 802.11g wireless
Ports: VGA, Ethernet, modem, mic, headphone, 4 USB ports
Pointing device: GlidePad touchpad
Weight: ~8 lbs.
The implementation, however, was not nearly as good as the concept. :)
The finish was very rough; the battery life was very poor (1 hour when
brand-new!); in the summer temps, the machine overheated (until it shut
down, which happened every few minutes); etc.
In short, see my review in <http://linuxgazette.net/108/okopnik.html>.
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