"Dress for Less": Choosing the Best Budget Laptop. Page 21
[12/01/2005 03:03 PM | Mobile]
by Vasily Melnik
We are going to take a closer look at the budget notebook solutions available in the today’s market. We will look at the sub-$800 models from Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, HP Compaq, LG, Samsung and Toshiba and try to find out what exactly the user can get for such an attractive price.
An analog volume control is a traditional feature of Toshiba’s products:
And it is convenient, for example, for the InstantOn system that allows listening to Audio CDs without booting the OS up.
We’ve got a standard keyboard here:
It bears a few distinguishing Toshiba traits like the Windows and Context Menu keys being at the top:
The block of arrow keys is implemented correctly:
A block of playback controls for the InstantOn mode are located in the left part of the keyboard:
Above the controls are a Power-On button and two LED indicators (of HDD activity and InstantOn mode).
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