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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  

Creamy White Zen

A couple of years back, notebooks were widely regarded as secondary work machines mostly acquired for businesses and related purposes. Entertainment notebooks were generally distinctly different from business notebooks in the type of components they housed, which in most cases were premium parts needed to deliver the multimedia performance expected from this pedigree of notebooks. Consequently, entertainment notebooks of yesterday were ridiculously expensive and one would almost certainly have to break the bank to afford one. Zipping forward to the present, things are vastly different as we now have notebooks of all shapes and sizes offering decent multimedia capabilities ranging from simple functions like DVD playback to a wireless convergence platform capable of media center-like functions.

Newly wheeled out of the Gigabyte's door is the N411, the company's first 14-inch widescreen notebook based upon Intel's Centrino Mobile Technology. Riding on the soaring popularity of widescreen displays, the N411 is fitted with a widescreen glare type TFT LCD. With this stunning display, DVD playback should instantly spring to mind as one of the entertainment strengths of the notebook. Fabricated out of plastic that has been given a white paintjob, the N411 weighs just slightly over 2KG. Even though its exterior is made out of plastic, there weren't any audible stress at all when the unit was subjected to the rigors of our usual handling tests.

Front View – (Stereo speakers)

Left Flank – (left to right: Kensington slot, RJ-11 modem jack, Firewire port, USB 2.0 port, headphone/optical S/PDIF jack and MIC jack)

Right Flank – (left to right: Combo drive, MMC/SD/MS card reader, USB 2.0 port, RJ-45 Ethernet jack and power jack)

Rear View – (left to right: Port replicator and 15-pin D-sub)

Gigabyte N411 Technical Specifications
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Pentium M 1.6GHz with 2MB On-Die L2 cache (Dothan)
  • Intel 855GME/ICH4-M
Operation System
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
  • Phoenix Flash BIOS, supports CD-ROM and USB boot
System Memory
  • 512MB DDR
  • 2 x DDR SO-DIMM Slots for a maximum memory capacity of 2GB
  • 14-inch WXGA (1280x768)
  • Glare Type Color TFT LCD
Video Expansion
  • 1 x 15-pin D-sub Video Out
  • Intel Extreme Graphics 2
  • DVMT v2.0 (Dynamic Video Memory Technology)
  • 40GB
  • 4,200RPM
  • 8MB Buffer
Optical Drive
  • Panasonic UJDA755 9.5mm extra slim DVD-COMBO drive
  • DVD-ROM Read: 8x
  • CD-ROM Read: 24x
  • CD-R Write: 24x
  • CD-RW Write: 16x
  • 56K v.92 Fax/modem
Network Connections
  • Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN
  • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 (802.11b/g) Wireless LAN
  • Wireless Personal Area Network (PAN): Integrated Bluetooth
  • Full-duplex 16-bit stereo speaker with wave table support
  • Compatible with AC97 2.2
I/O Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x VGA port
  • 1 X IEEE 1394 port
  • 1 x Mic-in
  • 1 x Headphone out
  • 1 x Port Replicator
  • 1 x RJ11 modem jack
  • 1 x RJ45 Ethernet jack
Card Reader
  • 1 x SD/MMC/MS Card Reader
Dimension & Weight
  • 325 x 244 x 23~29 mm (W x D x H)
  • 2.18 kg
Bundled Software and Accessories
  • 1 x Utility Driver CD
  • 1 x Operation Systems CD
  • 1 x CyberLink PowerDVD 5 CD
  • 1 x Roxio Easy CD & DVD Creator 6
  • 1 x Wired Gigabyte GM-8U Optical Mouse
  • Kensington Security Lock
  • BIOS (Password Security-Supervisor Password/User Password)

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