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Averatech 3220H1

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The Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a small and lightweight notebook computer for under a $1000 and don't mind it being a bit slower than other system, the Averatec 3220H1 is a good system.

Pros

  • Includes 802.11g (54 Mbps) Wireless
  • Small Profile and Weight

Cons

  • Older, Less Powerful AMD Processor
  • Smaller LCD Screen

Description

  • AMD Athlon XP-M 2000+ Processor
  • 256MB PC2700 DDR Memory
  • 40GB Hard Drive
  • 24x CD-RW Combo Optical Drive
  • 12.1" XGA Display and S3 UniChrome Graphics
  • AC'97 Audio
  • v.90 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11g Wireless
  • Three USB 2.0 Ports and One Type II PC Card Slot
  • 10.9" x 9.6" x 1" @ 4.2 lbs.
  • Windows XP Home and MS Works 7.0

Guide Review - Averatech 3220H1

4/26/04 - Averatec is a company that is focused on making thin and light portables that are affordable. The Averatec 3220H1 is the lightest and smallest notebook computer available in the sub-$1000 marketplace.

Being the smallest notebook in the budget market does have a few drawbacks though. In order to save space, some of the components are below those you can find on other sub-$1000 units. Most notably is the AMD XP-M 2000+ CPU. While this is still a decent CPU, it does fall short of many of the other systems for raw processing power.

The other most notable drawback is the smaller LCD screen. To keep the size down, the 3220H1 uses only a 12.1" LCD screen. Most budget systems tend to use the larger 15" LCD screens. Graphics wise, the system is average using the lesser known S3 UniChrome graphics controller.

One of the big advatages to the 3220H1 is its connectivity. Many vendors are still opting not to including even basic 802.11b wireless controllers in the sub-$1000 market. Averatec has decided to include the newer 54Mbps 802.11g wireless with this system that is also backwards compatible with the more widespread 802.11b networks.

Storage is a bit better than average with the 3220H1. It comes with a larger 40GB hard drive and a fairly standard 24x CD-RW/DVD Combo optical drive. This allows for burning of CD discs while also being able to read DVD discs.

In the end, those looking for a small and lightweight system would be well served by the Averatec 3220H1.

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