Twinhead Durabook D14RY notebookPROS:
Some unsmooth design; strong processor
visible at once.CONS:
4-to-3 screen;Low-degree resolution poor graphics efficiency; high priceSPECS:
2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200; 2GB DDR2 ; 160GB hard drive; DVD +-RW (double-layer) ;
14.1-inch TFT ; Windows Vista Business
If you demand a notebook that can resist some decry, the Twinhead Durabook D14RY is a valid choice, but you'll pay a premium for the protection.The 5.7-pound Durabook features an antishock design that protects the 14.1-inch screen, 160GB hard drive, and other components,though a slop-resistant keyboard and touch pad mean that even a cup of liquid won't destroy the insides.The notebook's multiformat DVD burner is equipped with a lock mechanism, and the battery is double-sealed to prevent leakage after a fall. While useful for some mobile pros. these Some unsmooth features come at a price configurations start at $1,950, and our test unit cost a steep $2,679.
The components don't always measure up to the price, either. For example. instead of fitting a wide-screen LCD. Twinhead equipped the Durabook with an old-school 4 to3 standard-aspect display. Its relatively low 1.024x768 resolution means you won't be able to keep several windows open and visible at once.Also, although the Dura book can adequately handle common business chores. The matter holding the PC rear is the integrated Intel GMA 945 graphics chip unit. While it can run vista's Aero interface effects in the Windows Vista Business OS, performance was slow, especially when we had multiple windows open at once. On the plus side, battety life was very good, lasting 2 hours and 25 minutes on our DVD-rundown test.