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Advent 4214 review

Alan Lu
22 Jun 2009
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
250
inc VAT

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Specifications

10.1 in 1,024x600 display, 1.3kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

Unlike the other Advent netbooks here, the 4214 isn't a rebranded version of MSI's Wind.

The computer generally feels sturdy, although the lid flexes under pressure more than we'd like. There's also a single whiny fan that can be distracting in a quiet room. Decreasing the fan speed using the quiet mode short cut on the keyboard made little audible difference.

Disappointingly, this netbook doesn't have a built-in 3G modem like its predecessor, the 4213, so you'll have to plug in a USB modem if you want mobile broadband.

In any case, its short battery life means it's not well suited to working on the go. Its battery lasted only two hours and 18 minutes, the shortest time here.

The 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM are good for a couple of programs running simultaneously or playing standard-definition video files. The speakers are surprisingly loud, so you don't necessarily need to plug in headphones. However, as sound is slightly muddy, you may want to use headphones or external speakers if possible.

The 10in display has a resolution of 1,024x600 pixels and has a glossy finish, but it's gloomy, especially compared to the bright displays of Mesh's Neo and Acer's Aspire One D250. The 160GB hard disk should provide plenty of space for most people.

Unfortunately, the keyboard isn't very comfortable to use. The keys are small and springy, making touch-typing frustrating. The layout is also cramped and doesn't make use of all the available space. Thankfully, the touchpad is large and responsive, while the buttons give a satisfying amount of feedback when pressed.

Advent's 4214 is cheap for a 10in netbook, but its poor battery life and uncomfortable keyboard are disappointing. If you're on a budget, the same company's 4211c is a much better-designed netbook. If you need a model with long battery life, MSI's Wind is a good choice but Samsung's N120 is even better if you're willing to spend £100 more.

Basic Specifications

Rating**
ProcessorIntel Atom N270
Processor clock speed1.6GHz
Memory1.00GB
Memory slots1
Memory slots free0
Maximum memory2GB
Size29x258x189mm
Weight1.3kg
SoundRealtek High Definition Audio
Pointing devicetouchpad
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption idle15W
Power consumption active19W

Display

Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,024x600
Graphics ProcessorIntel GMA 950
Graphics/video portsVGA
Graphics Memory128MB

Storage

Total storage capacity160GB
Optical drive modelnone
Optical drive typeN/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports3
Bluetoothno
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11b/g
PC Card slotsnone
ModemNo
Supported memory cardsSDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other portsnone

Miscellaneous

Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedMicrosoft Works 9
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year customer carry-in
Price£250
Detailswww.advent.co.uk
Supplierhttp://www.pcworld.co.uk

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