No doubt the Twinhead 10D is an ingenious, light and graceful designed laptop dwarf. With good workmanship and well styled, it compares with the MSI S260/S270.
The 10" display with a resolution of 1280x768 presents a very good brightness, good colors and a good stability from different points of view.
The Pentium M "Ultra Low Voltage" ULV 1,1 Ghz is optimal used in this 1,6kg Subnotebook, not at least due to its small current consumption and the small temperature development.
Also its performance is sufficient for the requirements of the 10" equipment. Unfortunately an infrared and/or a Bluetooth port is missing, which would be useful in a ultramobile subnotebook like the Twinhead 10D.
We can recommend the Twinhead 10D for all, who think that the MSI S260 is somewhat too large.
It is hardly to believe how loud this small thing is. Origin of the massively distorted sound with maximum volume is a loudspeaker positioned in the centre between the two display hinges. With normal volume the quality is not exciting. The usage of headphones is most recommended.
In normal operation the subnotebook hardly can be heard (hard disk a little bit). The ventilator switches on itself during increased requirement. Then unfortunately it causes some noise.
The DVD drive assembly proved to be too loud when playing music CD's. Software tools like CD brake may help.
Unfortunately we have to state that a graphical feedback of the audio volume control is completely missing.
Measuring data: ambient noise, equipment on, ventilator out: 30,5 dB
hard disc on: 31,5 dB
ventilator out: 41,6 dB
With normal operation the Twinhead 10D remains relatively cool with a maximum of 39,5°C. With full load the measured temperatures increase about 2-4°C. The ventilator never begins under normal operation. The "Ultra Low Voltage" Pentium M 1.1 GHz processor with integrated grafic solution shows a good performance. Nevertheless it must be mentioned that the lower surface and the working surface already feel warm and somewhat unpleasant when working (or in the winter probably pleasant). During this test report a part of the working surface achieved the new maximum value of 41°C (22°C room temperature).
normal operation (WLAN on): 2h25min
full load: 2h10min
BatteryEater (simulated the reading of a txt file) resulted in very good 4h50min in Readers test (with min brightness). In the Classic test (3D animation) the Accu of the Twinbook 10D provided energy for 2h32min.
Loading time: 2h20min
normal operation: 20,8 W
normal operation with WLAN: 22,6 W
full load: 26,6 W
normal operation, loading accu: 38,4 W
115 Points (only 4 tests available)
42,2 fps with timedemo1, all details with high, trilinear filtering
Approximately 50% of the bench mark tests abort with the message: "Read error". Up to this time the following values could be determined:
The measurement of the color representation shows an inconspicuous RGB triangle and slight deviations of the colors.
The nice small display with a resolution of max. 1280x768 surprises with good colors and a brilliant brightness. The used TFT panel also pleases with a good point of view-stability particularly within the horizontal range. In the vertical view significant color changes occur.
Very pleasing: The display is mirror-free!
The brightness measurement brought the following results and thereby confirmed the good impression (83.9% brightness distribution):
Workmanship and Design
The Twinhead 10D causes a very good impression. The housing is good elaborated, no crunching noises, trembling or torching or unusual gap dimensions could be determined.
The drive assembly drawer of DVD Rom closes properly matching without jamming.
The hinges of the display are solid and grant an accurate positioning of the display. Without closing bolts the danger remains that the display opens in the bag and an somethings slips between keyboard and display and causes damages.
The inside of the equipment presents itself graceful designed and elegantly, similarly as the MSI S260. Despite the plastic surface this feels well and of high-quality. The cover of the test equipment was implemented in red metallic and fits well the optics of the 10D.
The bulky and rigid cable of power supply is not well.
At the left side of the equipment the DVD drive assembly and a PCMCIA Slot with plastic dummy are situated and - graceful designed behind a flap - the connection for LAN and telephone hides as well as a 1394 Firewire port.
The equipment back is occupied by the power connection and almost completely by a 4000mAh accu.
The right side of the Twinhead 10D offers a VGA monitor exit, to 2 USB ports, a Kensington lock, a SD/MS/MMC card reader and microphone and headphone exit. Also the ventilator discharge opening is there. An additional USB port would be an advantage.
At the front there is only a slide switch for the activation of WLAN.
The keyboard is small, which does not surprise with an 10" equipment. Particularly at the extremly slim curser keys and the "." "-" keys some error hits may occur. The keyboard is pleasant and quite quiet. As additional key a button at the left side of the loudspeaker is located, which allows to open the Media Player.
The keys of the Touchpads are to be served well and clearly. Tipping on the finger surface of the touchpad a few lacks of response occur.
With the Twinhead 10D we extend our test reports by a graceful designed Subnotebook with 10" display and 1.1 Ghz Ultra Low Voltage Pentium M processor. The equipment could particularly convince with its design and workmanship, and in addition with the 1280x768 pixel resolution display. The 1.6 kg light laptop is suitable for all, who like to take their Notebook always and everywhere thereby.