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Configuration and Accessories

The S300 comes with plenty of accessories that include a high-capacity battery (11.1V, 4400mAh) for a long time of autonomous work. Its dimensions are not very small, however:

The universal power adapter is, on the contrary, small and light. It supports 100-240V, 50-60Hz AC input. Curiously, it yields 19V DC on its output, which is notably higher than the battery’s output.

The notebook comes with a bag that has a special compartment for the notebook and with a pouch which is a useful thing when you are going to carry the device in an ordinary bag or backpack.

An external mouse is a traditional accessory included with many notebooks. Despite all effort on the part of the developers, integrated pointing devices (trackball, touchpad, pointing stick) cannot surpass the common mouse in terms of sheer usability.

Now, one accessory that distinguishes this notebook from the other models that take part in this comparative test session is an external MP3 player with a reader of SD and MMC cards. It has handy buttons and LED indicators on its face panel and a lever to block the buttons against accidental touches on its side.

The flash card slot is located on the rear panel, near the AAA batteries cell.

The player has a mini-USB port to connect to a computer, not only to the given sub-notebook. The necessary cable is included.

Performance

The notebook’s overall performance as measured by PCMark04 is rather low (this model is the third worst device among the reviewed ones), but this result was not only due to the configuration but also to the problems with the passing of the test. Some parts of PCMark04 could not be completed and the result of the graphics subsystem test could not be obtained, either. I am inclined to blame the benchmark rather than the notebook since I observed no such problems in other applications. Well, considering that the S300 uses a CPU with a clock rate of 1GHz, which is only half the CPU frequency of the most advanced tested notebook, we could hardly expect a very high performance from it. On the other hand, the index “ULV” and the big bulge of the battery were indicative of a long time of autonomous operation. This is confirmed by the tests: the notebook can work on its own almost three hours under max load and over five hours in the Reader’s mode.

So what do we have in total? The S300 is a really ultra-portable notebook with an excellent battery life, with performance sufficient for office applications, and with a stylish exterior into the bargain. The included MP3 player enhances the notebook’s entertainment qualities. This model can be recommended to all users who need mobility, freedom, compactness more than sheer performance.

 
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