Small, lightweight, has handle to carry.
Absolutally terrible hardware, poor performance
This is by far the worst notebook I've ever used. Thank God I didn't have to pay for this junk. I have the cf-73 with the Dothian core, with the Pentium M 740 cpu running at 1.7ghz. My employer supplied this for me in order for me ... Read full review
This is by far the worst notebook I've ever used. Thank God I didn't have to pay for this junk. I have the cf-73 with the Dothian core, with the Pentium M 740 cpu running at 1.7ghz. My employer supplied this for me in order for me to do my job, however I spend more time fixing and fighting with my machine than I do fixing issues on client systems that I support. First, the speed of this machine is terrible. I'm running a measly 40 processes and this machine takes a year to boot up. I've seen machines running applications that use far more resources crush this in loading and boot time. I also can't understand why they chose such massively terrible hardware. The on-board modem is a joke. My job involves me dialing into client machines who don't provide us with IP access. The modem in this connects to 20% of those machines. I'm on my FOURTH modem. The first cardbus modem I used in place of the on-board completely FUBARED the machine when used. I tried and external US Robotics modems, however this machine hated that and wouldn't allow it connect either. I'm now using a xircom pcmcia cardbus modem that you can't have connected when you boot the machine up because it blue screens the unit and restarts before ever entering windows. I'm forced to insert it after bootup which causes a BSOD and restarts the machine 50% of the time. Half the time when it does detect it won't actually dial, and I have to disconnect it hoping that when I re-insert it, it won't BSOD. I spend 25 minutes at a time because when it does BSOD it takes 9 years to boot back into windows. The battery life in it is so bad I'd rather have a full blown P4 in this, as it gets better battery life. I get about an hour and a half, and it's a CENTRINO, which are designed for battery life. Forget about ever using it without the ac adapter as it performs so poorly due to the reduced clock speed the Pentium M utilized in its' speed stepping technology that you can't do anything but look at the desktop without it totally exceeding it's cpu resources. It clocks at 598 mhz when not plugged in. Also, it refuses to clock at 1.7 ghz when plugged in at times, meaning it will only jump to 1.7 when it needs to. This means that there is a noticable lag when opening an application as the cpu is taxed by the fact that it has to immediatly incrase the clock speed when it doesn't need to conserve battery life as it's plugged into a wall outlet. The bios does not let you turn off speed stepping technology like most other good notebook s do which go for a fraction of the cost. For the $3000 this costs it should at the VERY least have a dvd-rw drive. COME ON, I've seen $600 Celeron M machines with a dvd-rw drive. Talk about ripping you off. They provide you a lousy two usb ports, which is so sub-par that I'm in shock. Most budget notebooks give you three. The other EXTREMELY disapointing aspect of this machine is that it has no S-Video output, which is pretty standard on any machine that costs $1500 and up. The harddrive is only 60 gb, which is about as small as you'll find a laptop drive these days. The unit does have a touchscreen which is useless considering it's not a tablet pc where the screen rotatesand can lay totally flat. They also don't provide a place to store a stylus, like ANY OTHER notebook with a touchscreen. Matter a fact, I don't even think it comes with one. I could go on, but at this point, who cares, I expect this thing to totally crap out on my any second.