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Advent Altro

Specifications

Advent AltroNotebook: Advent Altro
Processor: Intel Celeron M 723
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.6kg
Price: 750 euro
Sold in: UK
Average Score: 60% - poor
Average of 8 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: 70%, performance: - %, features: 60%, display: - % mobility: - %, workmanship: 70%, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Advent Altro

70% Advent Altro notebook
Source: Pocket Lint English
An incredibly thin MacBook Air-alike at half the price. Although the Advent Altro can’t match the MacBook Air for quality or desirability, it does a pretty good job of imitating Apple’s finest. It’s incredibly thin, and it offers a decent blend of portability and usability. The comfortable, responsive keyboard makes it a pleasure to use for longer periods of time, and it’s the ideal companion for those wanting a machine for the daily commute. It’s let down by poor performance, however, and with slightly dubious build quality we’d also suggest investing in a decent carry case.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Advent Altro review
Source: CNet English
What's slim, shiny, supports multi-touch gestures and has just one USB port? No, we're not talking about the MacBook Air, we're talking about the Advent Altro, a £600 alternative to Apple's envelope-loving ultra-portable laptop. The Advent Altro fails to live up to the MacBook Air. It might look like Apple's machine from a distance, but, up close, it comes across as cheap and rather tacky. Buy one if you want a cheap Air rip-off, but consider alternatives such as the MSI X340 and Asus UX30 before you whip out your wallet.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Review: Advent Altro notebook
Source: V3.co.uk English
An ultraportable laptop with a frugal low-voltage processor and a reasonable price. Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors promise better energy-efficient performance than the Intel Atom found in many netbooks, but at a lower price than those that use Intel's more mainstream Centrino chips. The Advent Altro is another interesting entry into the CULV ultraportable category, but it offers little that can't be found for less with a big-screen netbook, and its battery life is a big disappointment.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% An ultraportable laptop with a frugal low-voltage processor and a reasonable price
Source: Computer Active English
The Advent Altro is another interesting entry into the CULV ultraportable category, but it offers little that can't be found for less with a big-screen netbook, and its battery life is a big disappointment. Pros: Large high-resolution screen; thin and light Cons: Disappointing battery life; awful trackpad; pricey for the performance
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Review: Advent Altro notebook
Source: Channel Web English
Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors promise better energy-efficient performance than the Intel Atom found in many netbooks, but at a lower price than those that use Intel's more mainstream Centrino chips. The Advent Altro is another interesting entry into the CULV ultraportable category, but it offers little that can't be found for less with a big-screen netbook, and its battery life is a big disappointment.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
60% Review: Advent Altro notebook
Source: Computing English
Intel's new Consumer Ultra Low Voltage (CULV) processors promise better energy-efficient performance than the Intel Atom found in many netbooks, but at a lower price than those that use Intel's more mainstream Centrino chips. The Advent Altro is another interesting entry into the CULV ultraportable category, but it offers little that can't be found for less with a big-screen netbook, and its battery life is a big disappointment.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/04/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
50% Advent Altro
Source: Mobile Computer English
We saw our first thin and light CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) laptop last week, in the shape of the ASUS UX30. Now, here’s another — the Advent Altro. The Altro’s premise is much the same as the UX30’s, namely a thin and light ultraportable that costs less than that on offer from the likes of Apple, Toshiba and Sony. The ASUS UX30 slipped up in this regard by costing £999, but the Advent Altro has a much more appealing price tag of £600 — half that of the MacBook Air. Though comfortable to use and highly portable, the Advent Altro offers little that can’t be had from a cheaper big-screen netbook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 50%
60% Advent Altro review
Source: PC Advisor English
Fancy a MacBook Air lookalike for half the price of the original? Pay your money and take your choice after seeing the Advent Altro. That sub-£600 price tag will be enough to close the deal for cost-sensitive buyers, but be aware that compared to its innovative inspiration, the Altro is slow and underpowered, heavier, thicker and gives only around half the battery life. Unlike those convincing knock-off Rolex watches, the Altro shows its low-cost compromises all too clearly once you peer below the paint veneer of its plastic shell.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 70% features: 60% workmanship: 70%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 500: Integrated (onboard) graphics chip on the UL11L, US15L, and US15W chipsets with a licensed PowerVR SGX core. DirectX 10.1 support but because of low clock rates (100-200 MHz UL11L - US15) and only 4 shaders not suited for 3D games. The integrated video decoder accelerates the playback of HD videos (MPEG2, VC-1, AVC).

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Celeron M: It is a Pentium M with halved level 2 Cache and limited on FSB 400. The characteristic of this processor is the speed, which is hardly slower than an equivalent Pentium M. However it can change the speed not dynamically like the Pentium M and therefore needs without load more current.
It is also available as Low Voltage Version with very small current consumption.


723: Slow clcoked single core processor based on the Penryn core but lacking Speedstep. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3":

Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.6 kg:

This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.


Advent: This is the laptop brand of the hardware magazine PC World. The marketing focusses UK. Reviews of Advent-Laptops are relatively frequent and not only by PC World.


60%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-09-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)