Desktop replacement packs powerful punch

Desktop replacement packs powerful punch

The IT Channel MetaBox D900K is to notebooks as a Humvee is to a sedan. This 5.8kg (without PSU) desktop replacement is far from mobile, but it is conveniently portable and packs a lot of punch. It's a 64-bit capable notebook that runs a dual-core Athlon 64 X2 4400+ CPU. This is paired with 1GB of 333MHz DDR memory. Its powerful GeForce Go 7900 graphics card makes this machine great for games. The graphics card drives a 17-inch screen with a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050. The screen provides a good viewing area, which is clear from most angles.

Meanwhile, the spacious keyboard includes a number pad. Four speakers and a subwoofer provide above average 4.1 channel audio. A range of media controls means CD or MP3 audio can be played without having to boot to Windows. It lacks the ability to play movies without entering Windows.

Connectivity is abundant on the D900K. It includes rarities like video capture ports, a parallel port and a serial port. It also has a useful 10- in-1 media card reader, Gigabit LAN and a 56Kbps modem, but its Wi-Fi adapter only supports 802.11g.

The large chassis is sturdy with very little flex in the top bezel, meaning the screen has greater protection. There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera built-in above the screen.

The battery life is too poor to consider going without a power supply for anything more than short bursts of time, but due to its size you're unlikely to be using this machine on the road.

Verdict: While it's obviously not intended for mobility, this powerful desktop replacement provides portability and will handle almost anything you can throw at it. It's not cheap, but will play games, watch DVDs and run multiple power hungry programs simultaneously without a hitch.

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