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WinBook X610 review: WinBook X610

The $1,399 WinBook X610 features a mix of midrange components, including a 1.6GHz Pentium M processor, 512MB of 400MHz RAM (upgradable to only 768MB), an 80GB hard drive spinning at a slow 4,200rpm, and an integrated Intel graphics chip that borrows up to 128MB of main RAM. The WinBook's performance on CNET Labs' mobile benchmarks was nearly identical to that of the $2,099 ThinkPad X41 and the $1,866 Latitude X1, both of which have slower processors. When compared to the nearly identically configured thin-and-light Gateway M210X ($1,436), the WinBook comes up a bit short. However, the WinBook's performance should be good enough for basic productivity tasks, such as typing documents, sending e-mail, and surfing the Web.

On the downside, the WinBook X610's battery lasted just 2 hours, 6 minutes, an hour less than the Latitude X1 and nowhere near the ThinkPad X41's 5 hours. WinBook has announced that it will soon include a larger standard battery with the X610, which will likely increase the laptop's battery life and weight.

While the more expensive Latitude X1 and ThinkPad X41 come with three-year warranties, WinBook backs the X610 with a mere one-year warranty; upping the coverage to a more sensible three years costs $159. The WinBook support site provides specs, tech articles, drivers, and manual downloads; there's no option to chat live with a technician, though you can post questions to the user forum. A toll-free hotline is staffed with knowledgeable technicians, but it's open only Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET. You can also e-mail the support team; the company promises a response within 24 hours.

Mobile application performance
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's MobileMark 2005 performance rating  

Battery life
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
BAPCo's MobileMark 2005 battery-life minutes  

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System configurations:

Dell Latitude X1
Windows XP Professional; 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M 733; 512MB DDR SDRAM 400MHz; Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Toshiba MK6006GAH 60GB 4,200rpm

Gateway M210X
Windows XP Professional; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 725; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC2700 333MHz; Intel Extreme Graphics 2 for Mobile 64MB; Fujitsu MHT2060AT 60GB 4,200rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad X41
Windows XP Professional; 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 715; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM; Intel 915GM/GMS 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar C4K60 40GB 4,200rpm

WinBook X610
Windows XP Professional; 1.6GHz Intel Pentium M 725; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM PC3200 333MHz; Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS, 910GML Express 128MB; Hitachi Travelstar 80GN 80GB 4,200rpm

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