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.
- Upgradeable CPU and Memory
- Uses Desktop CPU and Memory
- Firewire, LAN, USB2 all onboard
- High Quality 15" Screen
- DVD ROM as standard
- Video can be sluggish.
- Battery is external
Rating: 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown Editors Choice
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- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 1 [Introduction]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 2 [Specifications and Information]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 3 [Features]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 4 [More Features]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 5 [More Features Continued]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 6 [Benchmarks - Test Setup and Sandra]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 7 [Benchmarks - System Productivity]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 8 [Benchmarks - Synthetic]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 9 [Benchmarks - OpenGL]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 10 [Benchmarks - D3D]
- ECS I-Buddie 4 - Page 11 [Conclusion]
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