The W1 Pro Express Dual Mobile Entertainer from LG is a sleek notebook PC with reasonable media centre functionality and plenty of power, but it falls down in some areas.
The notebook uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz CPU, 2GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM and an ATI Radeon Mobility X1600 graphics card, making it ideal for the Windows Vista environment.
The 17-inch widescreen LCD is sturdy and produces a very crisp image with a maximum resolution of 1680 x 1050.
Despite the size of the display, the overall unit weight (3.1kg) is quite manageable.
However, the battery life isn't very impressive for a 'mobile' entertainer, lasting a mere 90 minutes during DVD playback.
The built-in digital TV tuner worked quite well. After connecting an aerial cable, the W1 Pro Express Dual managed to pick up all of the expected channels and was able to play the majority of HD and digital channels without any problems. It also comes with a Windows Media Center remote with an in-built receiver, which is a nice addition.
We ran an encoding test to see how well this machine could encode WAV files to 192Kbps MP3 files.
Using Cdex encoder, a freely available application, the W1 Pro Express Dual managed to encode 53 minutes of WAV files in 159 seconds. This is not a great result, but will still work fine for casual encoding.
The Radeon Mobility X1600 does a good job of fulfilling the needs of Windows Vista's Aero interface and even managed to play some of the latest games in low settings.
VERDICT: The LG W1Pro Express Dual was let down by its encoding abilities and battery life, but the TV tuner and excellent screen are draw cards worth noting.