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Review: Packard Bell EasyNote XS20 sub-1kg notebook

by Tarinder Sandhu on 1 February 2008, 08:37

Tags: EasyNote XS20, Packard Bell (TPE:2353), VIA Technologies (TPE:2388)

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A physical examination

The EasyNote XS20 is small and light enough to be carried in one hand with ease, and the package ships with a slip-case to house the laptop.

The design is rather industrial-looking, though, with hunks of cheap-feeling plastic on all sides. That said, the sample was well-built and free from rattles or squeaks.

There's no optical drive on this model, saving weight, and the right-hand side is home to a couple of USB2.0 ports and an RJ45 socket for the on-board 10/100 LAN, as well as audio and microphone sockets.

Video can be exported to discrete display via the DVI port found on the left-hand side. We like that VIA, and Packard Bell by extension, hasn't skimped on features by including a multi-card reader.

There's a dedicated button to disable the on-board WiFi, to save battery life, but no similar feature for Bluetooth, although it can be toggled via the usual Fn + F2 combination.

The sub-notebook doesn't become too warm when under load. That's understandable when you consider that it draws only 19W under stress and 12W when idling.