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ECS I-Buddie 4 Desknote Review - Specifications and Information

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

Specifications

 

Supports Northwood/Willamette CPUs from 1.4 - 2.8Ghz (Socket 478) 400Mhz FSB

 

SiS 650 & SiS 961, 4X AGP bus interface, supports host bus at 400MHz

 

Supports PC2100/2700 128/256/512/1024MB DDR-SDRAM

 

AMI Mobile PC Bios; PnP, ACPI, DMI

 

15.0" XGA+ TFT LCD

 

Built-in SiS 315 graphic core and AGP 4X supported

 

256bit 3D graphics engine up to 143MHz 3D engine clock speed

 

Video bridge supported by SiS 301LV, TV-out function provided

 

Dual full-duplex Direct Sound Channels

 

Built-in two high quality stereo speakers with chamber and mic

 

8 x DVD-ROM, 24 x CD-ROM, CD-RW and combo drive options available

 

Onboard full duplex 10/100 Base-T Ethernet

 

56K / V.90 Conexant PCI software data/fax modem

 

Built-in SIR transceiver module, IrDA 1.3 standard compliant up to 4.0Mbps

 

Incorporated with one 1394 port supporting power, transfer rate up to 400Mbps

 

Incorporates with four USB 2.0 ports, transfer rate up to 480Mbps

 

The Desknote gets its name because it is a cross between a Desktop PC and a Notebook. While having the look of a Notebook PC it has some rather odd differences between a normal notebook, these being;

 

- No Built-in Battery

 

- Uses Desktop CPU

 

- Uses Desktop Memory

 

The lack of built-in battery direct from the factory means that you aren't able to take it out of the shop and onto the road like you would a normal laptop. However, ECS does sell accessories for this unit, which includes a 19v Li-Ion external battery, so portability isn't totally out of the question.

 

The major differences between a normal notebook and a laptop is the use of desktop components. Laptop designed mobile CPU's and SO-DIMM memory is very expensive, almost twice the cost of desktop components. ECS decided to eliminate as much cost as possible and add in a desktop CPU and memory capabilities. With using standard CPU and memory types, the Desknote can be customised to a multitude of performance/price levels - and often for a cost comparable to a similar specification desktop. This particular model, the I-Buddie 4 can handle any socket 478 400Mhz FSB Pentium 4 and Celeron chips.

 

The Hardware built into the system is designed around everything you would need for a laptop and desktop PC, so there is no need for add-ons that will cost you a fortune. Designed with a 15" TFT XGA monitor, you can get up to 1024x768 resolutions with excellent quality, while the graphics chip isn't the best in the world, it does beat the Intel I845G graphics controller and is just above VIA's ProSavage DDR offerings, so the choice of chipset was well chosen in my opinion.

 

The Hard Drive supplied with the unit is a standard 2.5" laptop 20GB hard drive running 4200 RPM @ ATA-100 specifications (adding a 3.5" one would have made the unit even more bulky).

 

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