The Bottom Line
- Relatively Low Price
- DVD Burner
- Wireless Antennae On/Off Switch
- Could Use Improved Battery Capacity
- Limited Memory Expansion Capability
- Intel Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz) Processor
- 512MB PC2-2700 DDR2
- 80GB Hard Drive
- DVD+/-RW Burner
- 12.1" XGA LCD and Intel GMA 900 Integrated Graphics with 128MB Shared Memory
- AC'97 Audio
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11g Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, One FireWire, SD Slot, One Type II
- 10.8" x 9.3" x 1.2" @ 3.3 lbs.
- Windows XP Professional, Asus DVD, Nero 6 Suite, Norton Anti-Virus 2005
Guide Review - WinBook X610
11/11/05 – WinBook's latest ultraportable notebook is based upon the ASUS Z3300 chassis that provides a very lightweight yet complete notebook computer. Powering the X610 is the Intel Pentium M 725 (1.6GHz) processor. This is a fairly strong processor that lets the X610 do very well in most applications but it would be nice to see a low or ultra-low voltage version used to improve battery life. It is matched up with 512MB of PC2-2700 DDR2 memory.
Storage is very strong for the X610. The system comes with an 80GB hard drive space that is quite large for an ultraportable notebook. In addition, the system features an ultraslim DVD+/-RW burner. This lets the system to read or record music, movie and data CDs or DVDs. An SD and Memory Stick slot allows the system to use the flash memory from many digital peripherals.
Graphics for the X610 are fairly standard. Rather than use the wider screen formats popular with most systems, it has the traditional 4:3 ratio 12-inch LCD screen. It is powered by the Intel GMA 900 integrated graphics common in notebooks. Don't expect to do much 3D graphics with this solution.
There are two real problems with the WinBook X610 unit. The first is the lack of memory expansion. The system can only hold up to 768MB of memory that limits its longevity. The other is the battery capacity that doesn't provide enough power to run through a 90-minute DVD while on an airplane.