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Eurocom Laptop Proves Size Matters

Introduction

Eurocom's M620NC weighs under three pounds and measures 11" x 1.25" x 9.3". See full specifications below.

There are three things that mobile workers crave from their laptops: light weight, long battery life and solid performance. The Eurocom M620NC Titanium delivers on at least two of those cravings and the price is quite competitive for its class. In this article we compare the M620NC to Toshiba's Tecra A8. The two offer different approaches to mobile computing. The M620NC is small and light with more modest computing power. The Tecra A8 is larger, heavier and outfitted with somewhat higher end components.

In the first slideshow listed below we take you on a a visual tour of the exterior and interior of the M620NC. In the performance slideshow we show you the results of our benchmark tests, comparing the Eurocom to the Toshiba. Benchmarks include: 3DMark05, PCMark05, MobileMark 2004 and our display brightness and contrast evaluations.

Slideshows:

Features Table

Manufacturer
Model
EUROCOM
M620NC TITANIUM
TOSHIBA
Tecra A8 Notebook
Dimensions & Weight
Width x Height x Depth11" x 1.25" x 9.3"
27.9 x 3.2 x 23.6
10.5" x 1.75" x 14.25"
26.7 x 36.2 x 4.4 cm
Unit & Battery2lb 14oz / 1304g5lb 14oz / 2665g
Charger and Power Cord14oz / 397g15oz / 425g
Total3lb 12oz / 1701g6lb 13oz / 3090g
AC Adapter & Battery
Battery I CapacityLi-Ion (7.4V, 5200mAh)Li-Ion (10.8 V, 4400 mAh)
Battery II Capacitynana
AC adapter64.75W60 W
Pointing Device(s)TouchpadTouchpad
Display and Graphics Controller
Display Size12" Full Screen15.4" wide screen
Display Resolution1024 x 7681280 x 800
Graphics controllerIntel 945GMIntel 945GM
System
BIOSPhoenix 1.00.11C (08/11/06)Toshiba 1.5 08/28/2006
CPUCore Solo U1400
(1.2MHz, 2 MB L2-Cache, FSB533)
Core Duo T2400
(1.83 GHz, 2 MB L2-Cache, FSB667)
Memory1 x 1 GB 533MHz DDR2 1 x 256 MB 533MHz DDR22 x 512 MB 533 MHz DDR2
Hard Drive
Manufacturer & ModelHitatchi HTS726060M9AT00Fujitsu MHV2100BH PL
Size60 GB100 GB
Performance(IDE / 7200RPM / 8 MB / 10 ms)(SATA / 5400 rpm / 8 MB/ 12 ms)
Other Drives
Manufacturer & ModelMATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ-842STOSHIBA DVDW/HD TS-L802A
TypeDVD-ROM/DVD-RWDVD-ROM/DVD-RW
Floppy DriveNonenone
Media BayNonenone
Connectors
PS2 Mouse/Keyboardnone / nonenone / none
USB 2.02xRight 1xLeft3xBack
IEEE1394/Firewire1xLeft1xBack
Serial COM PortNoneNone
Parallel LPT PortNoneNone
MicrophoneYesNone
IR portNoneNone
BluetoothYesYes
VGA / DVI out1xVGA Left1xVGA Back
TV outNoneNone
TV inNoneNone
AC PowerYes BackYes Back
PC-Card Slots1xLeft1x Left
Express-Card Slots1xLeft1x Left
LAN1xMarvell Yukon 88E8038 Back1xIntel Pro/1000 Back
WLANIntel PRO/Wireless 3945ABGIntel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
Wireless WANnonenone
Audio ConnectorsMic & Headphones RightMic & Headphones Front
Audio ChipRealtek ALC260 High DefRealtek ALC262 High Def
Modem1xMotorola SM56 Back1xAgere Athens AM2 Back
Card-Reader/Writer1xSD Left1xSD Left
Fingerprint Security SensorYesYes
Manufacturer's Docking SocketNoneYes
Software
OSWindows XP Pro SP2Windows XP Pro SP2

Conclusions

Slideshows:

The EUROCOM M620NC Titanium exhibits performance typical of other mobile computers that use its Ultra Low Voltage 1.2 GHz Intel Core Solo CPU. Considering the CPU, you shouldn't expect bleeding edge speed, but you should expect better battery performance than our tests showed.

If you're looking for a small, lightweight laptop, consider the M620NC. Its keyboard is useable if a bit cramped and it is solidly built, so solidly built in fact that we could not remove the case entirely to get a peek at the CPU. And, overall, it rates well against the Tecra A8, which is after all nearly double its weight.

Priced at the time of this writing at just under $1500 (as tested) the Eurocom M620NC Titanium is more expensive than the Toshiba Tecra A8 which can be had for several hundred dollars less. However when compared with other very small laptops, the price is not out of line at all. In fact it is lower than most similar products from other manufacturers.

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