Evolution or confusion?
This is one of the most unique products we’ve received this year. It’s an entire PC retrofitted into a keyboard form factor. The configuration includes an Intel GMA 3150 graphics adaptor with an Atom D510 CPU clocked at 1.66 GHz. So basically it’s netbook in the shape of a keyboard, or rather a net-top without a screen, whichever way you look at it. We ran a mixture of our netbook as well as PC testing benchmarks on it to test performance. Just to give you a relative comparison it returned a CPU score of 1482 on PC Mark Vantage as against 1368 scored by an N445 based netbook. But more than synthetic benchmarks we were interested in real world performance. Will it play HD was question? And the answer is yes and no – 720p scrolled played without hitch while 1080p stuttered at times.
The device was full of other contradictions too – the keyboard was nice but the touchpad (located where the numpad usually is) was so horrible that we couldn’t help but attach a mouse. A pleasant surprise was that despite the small form factor the device doesn’t heat up a lot. Four USB ports seem just passable, but it also features an SD-card reader slot-a good idea.
At an on box MRP of Rs 14,590 (without OS) the product tips over to the expensive side simply because you need to invest in a monitor separately. But considering the novelty and space saving advantages we wouldn’t be too harsh on it.
CPU: Intel Atom D510@1.66 GHz;
HDD: 250 GB;
Misc: DVD Writer, 4 USB, 1 VGA Out, Wi-Fi
Maxtone Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
Phone: 91 22 2301 1434
Price: Rs 14,950