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Gigabyte N411 14-inch Centrino Notebook
By Justin Ong
Category : Notebooks/Laptops
Published by Vijay Anand on Wednesday, 2nd March, 2005
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  

An All Around Look

Expansion and communication ports of the Gigabyte N411 can mostly be found on the sides of the unit, but unlike other notebooks, only two USB 2.0 ports are included for peripheral expansions. This is a rather odd configuration for a notebook especially since modern notebooks typically offer between three to four USB 2.0 ports for expansion flexibility. An external USB hub is in order if you have more than two USB peripherals. FireWire is fast becoming a standard connection nowadays and one is made available via a 4-pin FireWire jack wedged between the RJ-11 modem jack and the USB 2.0 port located on the left profile of the N411. The onboard 3-in-1 card reader is a nice touch and it supports SD (Secure Digital), MMC (Multimedia Card) and MS (Memory Stick). Wireless connectivity on the Gigabyte N411 notebook are handled by the integrated Bluetooth and an Intel PRO/Wireless 2200bg Network Connection WLAN card.

Components lacking on the notebook include a PCMCIA slot and an Infrared port. The former expansion slot, if included into the N411, would have provided owners with an easy path for increasing the number of USB ports via slot-in CardBus cards while freeing up the need to carry around an external USB hub for better convenience.

An analog 15-pin D-sub port is the only external display connector on the N411. Unfortunately, fastening screws are still visible at the rear of the unit.

A simple rubber stopper is all that stands between the port replicator and dust accumulation. One criticism we have here is that the stopper is highly prone to misplacements as it is not attached to the notebook in anyway.

At the chassis are two serviceable panels that owners can unscrew for self-upgrades.

Hard disk drive, memory and WLAN are components you can change easily.

Bundled in with each N411 is a GM-8U wired optical mouse

A list of the main components found in the Gigabyte N411.

An easy to understand Bluetooth user interface is provided to help you manage all short-range wireless connections.

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