by November 1, 2000 0 comments

If you’re looking for all the bells and whistles in a
notebook, and don’t want to compromise on performance, then the T20 from IBM
is for you. Thanks to its blazing performance and cool features, the T20 managed
to take the top spot inspite of its high price.

IBM T20 

Notebook. Rs 2,75,000
Specs: PIII/700 MHz; 128 MB RAM; 14.1” TFT; 12 GB HDD; 6x DVD. 
Pros: Great performance; lightweight; feature-rich.
Cons: None.
Bundled Software: Lotus Smart Suite Millennium Edition, MediaMatics DVD Express 5, ConfigSafe 2, PC Doctor 3.1. 
Source: IBM India
Golden Tower, Airport Road, Bangalore 560017. 
Tel: 80-5262355/5267117/
5269299 
Fax: 5268154  

The
notebook’s configuration is pretty good. It sports a PIII/700 MHz processor
with 128 MB of RAM. It has a S3 Savage display card with 8 MB of VRAM. This
supports a resolution of up to 1,600×1,200 with 16-bit color depth. It also has
a 14.1″ TFT screen. The T20 was also the lightest notebook in this
category. It weighted 2.8 kgs along with its accessories, while its closes rival–the
Acer TravelMate–stood at 2.96 kgs. This notebook kept its margin even with its
carry bag, and the complete package came to just 4.2 kgs.

The notebook has a 12 GB hard drive, a floppy drive, and a 6x
DVD drive. The DVD and floppy drives can be swapped as and when you need to. A
unique feature in this notebook is its UltraPort Connector located on the top
edge of its LCD panel. This is designed to be used with UltraPort camera for
video. The camera can also be connected through a USB port. The camera comes at
an extra Rs 12,000. IBM also plans to announce a Bluetooth communication
solution for the UltraPort connector sometime this year end. Other good features
include a built-in 56K modem as well as a LAN port.

The T20 gave the highest overall performance score. It scored
27 Winmarks in Business Winstone99. The battery backup was also pretty good at
3:14 hours. Its battery recharge time was also excellent at 1:56 hours. Graphics
performance was even more amazing, getting a score of 2,599 in 3D Mark Max99 as
compared to 1,647 of its closet rival, the Compaq Armada M700.

Accompanying the notebook is a recovery CD for Windows 2000 and Win NT, an
application and driver CD, modem driver CD and Lotus SmartSuite Millennium
Edition. Its comes with a three-year warranty for the notebook and one-year for
the battery. Given its lightweight, blazing performance and a whole array of
features, it’s a good buy provided that you’re willing to spend Rs 2,75,000.

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