Intel's Dothan Makes Its Late Debut

In Brief: The WinBook W360 Test System

For the test, we were given a Winbook W360, the new widescreen notebook from Winbook. Winbook will sell this system with a Pentium M735 in June. In addition to the Dothan CPU, the notebook offers a 15.4" TFT widescreen display with WXGA+ resolution, an 80 GB hard drive and a graphics subsystem based on ATI's Mobility Radeon 9600 64 MB. Based on these specifications, this notebook should be appropriate for both business and gaming. It will carry a price tag of around $2000.

The left side of the case with VGA port, PCMCIA slot as well as S-Video out, modem and network interfaces.

The notebook offers standard connectivity. Ethernet port, modem, three USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and an integrated WLAN module cover the usual connectivity gamut for high-end notebooks. Among the audio ports, which are all located conveniently on the front of the case, the SPDIF-out stands out, while the S-Video out is already standard for devices of this class.

The keyboard doesn't rattle, offers comfortable resistance and made an overall good impression. However, it took us a little time to get used to the mousebar, which takes the place of the two buttons below the touchpad.

One thing to note about the graphics card driver is that the default setting for Powerplay deviates from the standard. In most notebooks, the default value for battery-powered operation with a fully charged battery is "Balanced". This is not the case with Winbook.

As the screenshot shows, the graphics core and memory run at minimum clock speed of 105 MHz by default when Winbook is in battery-power mode. Furthermore, the notebook we had did not let us set the driver to the "Balanced" setting at all. Therefore, the user has only two settings options: "Optimal Performance" and "Optimal Battery Life".