Monday, August 10, 2009

Averatec's N3400

Averatec's N3400 reviewed: looks good, performs well, dies early

Averatec probably isn't the first name that pops into your head when you think of cleanly designed thin laptops, but if the $800 N3400 is any indication of things to come, that could change. Laptop had a chance to review the 13-inch machine and found its slim, aluminum body compares favorably to the MacBook Air -- despite being nearly a full inch thick. The 1,280 x 800 glossy display was rated as "decent," the dual-core 2.16GHz Intel T3400 processor paired with 3GB of RAM gave very good performance, but unplugged longevity was where it all went wrong. Just over three hours was the mark this machine achieved and, while the battery is replaceable, a screwdriver is required to do the deed, meaning it probably isn't an operation you want to attempt whilst sitting in coach. So, if you need a powerful ultraportable that won't break the bank, this looks to be it -- so long as you aren't planning any long trips.


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