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Advent 9112 review: Advent 9112

The Good Good application performance; well specified; bargain price tag.

The Bad Short battery life; poor at gaming; cramped keyboard.

The Bottom Line Advent has largely been successful in creating a laptop that's both small and affordable. You won't be able to play games on it, but everything else it up to scratch apart from its disappointing battery life

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Buying a thin-and-light laptop usually means paying a premium to keep the size and weight down, but Advent's tiny 9112 shows you can still have a small computer without breaking the bank. Its price tag is just £449.99 from PC World

Creating a laptop with both a tiny footprint and a low price tag is no mean feat. Advent has largely succeeded when it comes to picking components for the 9112, creating a machine that's still powerful enough to use for general applications yet small enough to carry around with you.

While it may only feature a Pentium Dual Core T2310 chip running at 1.46GHz rather than one of Intel's Core 2 Duo processors,  it still managed to deliver a respectable PCMark05 score of 3,141. No doubt the generous 2GB allocation of RAM helped in this department and you should find the 9112 to be powerful enough if you're not planning on doing anything too strenuous.

It features a reasonable 160GB hard drive for its size and there's also an internal DVD writer so you don't need to mess around hooking up external units. It's not skimpy when it comes to ports and connectors, with three USB ports -- two on the right, one on the left -- plus FireWire, modem, Ethernet and VGA out.

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