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ECS I-Buddie 4 Desknote Review - Conclusion

Many of us know ECS as a Taiwanese company specializing in OEM based computer products. Recently though they've partly branched away from this sector and started to recognize the Overclocker as a valuable segment of the market. One of the new products that is helping the company in this endeavor is their new innovative ECS I-Buddie 4 Desknote desktop replacement PC. Simply put, it's a cost effective notebook based on PC desktop technology. Follow Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he takes us on an in-depth discovery of this little gem from ECS!

| Standard Laptops in Laptops | Posted: Oct 19, 2002 4:00 am

Conclusion - Desknote's for all

 

Well from what we have seen, the ECS I-Buddie 4 looks to have the goods in order to take on the big name laptops as a desktop replacement and light portable system. If however, you are looking for a serious gaming laptop, you would do better to look around, but it will cost you.

 

ECS pushes the I-Buddie 4 out at around $700 US (roughly $1400 AU) for each unit - When you consider what you get and what you can do, it is the ultimate in price for a portable solution. While having to purchase an external battery to take it on the road, ECS prices the accessories at a very reasonable rate.

 

The Desknote P4 battery life surpasses that of standard laptop units, with an average full use time of over 8 hours (what you would expect from a normal working day) as apposed to most laptops of lasting only three hours of full use. When considering that the I-Buddie 4 does not have any Speed Step technology to save power, this is a rather good effort for constant working environments. Recharge times for the battery depend on use, when running the battery in daisy-chain with the Desknote running, recharge time takes around 2 hours, when set as stand alone, 1.5 hours is all it takes to get 8 hours worth of power out of the battery.

 

Compatibility wise, the I-Buddie worked without a problem in all games and applications we used for testing, minus Aquanox and the SiS driver issues. Stability was 100% - There was no crashes or reduction in performance due to thermal throttling, as it simply never got that hot.

 

Pros

 

- Fast

 

- Cheap

 

- Upgradeable CPU and Memory

 

- Uses Desktop CPU and Memory

 

- Firewire, LAN, USB2 all onboard

 

- High Quality 15" Screen

 

- DVD ROM as standard

 

Cons

 

- Video can be sluggish.

 

- Battery is external

 

Rating: 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown Editors Choice

 

 

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