Impressive inside and out
The X125 does rather better in 3DMark 06, its integrated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200 leaving Intel's integrated graphics far behind, but it's still bested by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 in the M101z.
No optical drive here...
So much for the internals - the outside is impressive too. The M101z Dell sent in for testing had a rather fetching "tomato red" lid, but you'll pay an extra £19 for that - better to stick with the shiny black standard.
...but there is an HDMI port round this side
Under the lid is the glossy LED-backlit screen and a black calculator-style keyboard that's both solidly underpinned for flex-free typing and surrounded by glossy black plastic. All around it is gun-metal grey plastic that manages to look good in the way that so much mock-aluminium plastic notebook cases don't. It's also free from unnecessary buttons and LEDs. Only the basics - power, hard drive activity and an on-off switch are present.
The keyboard's nice to type on. The action of the trackpad keys is a little flacid, but the pad itself is well sized for a notebook of the M101z's compact dimensions and stands out as little as it needs to from the surrounds wrist rest area.
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Is it a Netbook or a Notebook
Correct me if i'm wrong but I thought the term netbook described a particular form factor (under 12" with no optical drive).
I did not think it described the processor, in which case I would lobby that we start calling "netbooks": crippled-ass-Intel-Atom-processor-books
It's not like it's running an ARM processor or something - which are being called Smartbooks if I recall - but it just seems pedantic for a netbook to be a netbook *unless* it exceeds some minimum (and arbitrary?) threshhold of horsepower in which case it magically becomes a notebook.
What if some madman threw an i7 into one of these - would it then transorm into a desktop?
Well, i have just ordered one of these, with the K325 dual core CPU and the 9 cell battery.
Should be good for my uni work. I will be checking the CPU though, see if it's seated in a socket or soldered on. If it's the former, i will try to get a K625 CPU and put in it.
Currys website had a few "refurbished" 1810TZs for £370. I have one. It had faulty memory, but I was replacing it anyway to upgrade to 4GB so that wasn't an issue. I have also put an Intel X25M SSD in and it (a) flies and (b) has improved the battery life to > 8 hours.