by January 11, 2000 0 comments

This was the cheapest notebook in its category, with a PIII/600
MHz and 64 MB RAM. It has a 4 MB Silicon Motion display card, with a maximum
resolution of 1,024×768 with 24-bit color depth. Though this is good enough for
most needs, other notebooks in its category gave higher resolutions. With its
silver color it was one of the most attractive looking notebook in its category.
The Zenith notebook has a 12.1″ TFT screen, which gives a bright and crisp
display. This was incidently the smallest screen size in its group, but never
the less comfortable to work with.

Zenith Corporate Notebook 

Notebook. Rs 100,000
Specs: PIII/600 MHz; 64 MB RAM; 12.1″ TFT; 6 GB HDD; 24x CD-ROM.
Pros: Good price; lightweight.
Cons: Long recharge time; warranty for only one year. 
Bundled Software: 25 hour Internet connection; Win 98 CD-ROM; Driver CD-ROM.

Source: Zenith House

29, MIDC, Central Road
Andheri (E) Mumbai 400093. 
Tel: 22-8377300/8366030 
Fax: 8364859  

Another
plus point of this notebook is its weight. Though its weight with accessories is
3.35 kgs, its carry bag is much lighter than others, making it the lightest in
the mid-range category. Other features include an integrated 56K modem for Net
connectivity and two PCMCIA slots for adding other cards. It also has a USB port
and an IR port, apart from the regular ports. One feature missing in the
notebook is the TV out port. Other things include a 6 GB hard drive, a floppy
drive, and a 24x CD-ROM drive. The notebook comes pre-installed with Win 98 SE.

The notebook scored 20.5 Winmarks in Business Winstone99,
which was the second highest in its group. As far
as productivity applications are concerned you have nothing to worry about. The
sound quality of the notebook was also amongst the best. Its battery backup was
also the second highest in its category at 3:17 hours, which was just 15 minutes
less than the Dell Cpt.

On the flip side, it took 4:49 hours to fully-charge the
battery. This was more than double the time taken by the Dell and the Compaq.

Most notebooks in the shootout came with a restore CD which
lets you restore your notebook in case of a system crash. Unfortunatly, the
Zenith didn’t have one, but had a Win 98 SE CD and a separate CD for the
drivers. So if something goes wrong with the notebook, then recovery will be
more time consuming. An added attraction which comes with the notebook is a
25-hour free Internet account. This information was available on the Zenith
website.

Overall, a good buy for its price and performance.

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