Advent Roma 1000
Average of 2 scores (from 2 reviews)
Reviews for the Advent Roma 1000
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
A stunning screen and impressive usability and features, but mobility is poor. Advent is PC World's in-house brand and provides high-quality yet affordable laptops. The original Roma won our Gold award in issue 128 and the Roma 1000 (£349 inc. VAT) now manages to continue most of the strengths of its predecessor. While its poor battery life makes it mainly suited to home use, its decent usability, stunning screen and high-definition compatibility make it easy to recommend.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
When people complain that some netbooks cost as much as a laptop, they're talking about laptops like the Advent Roma 1000, which runs on Windows 7. At about £350, it's about as cheap as a brand-new laptop gets on the high street, and it's easy to see how it could be a tempting proposition when sat next to something that's the same price but half the size and half as well specified. The Advent Roma 1000's slow single-core processor makes it unsuitable for demanding tasks, and its battery life is terrible, but it's fine as a low-cost secondary computer, or even as a main computer if you don't ask too much of it. The Roma 3000 offers better performance for only about £80 more, though.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/22/2009
Rating: Total score: 65%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
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.
900: Single core processor based on the Penryn core but many advanced features are deactivated. Due to the missing Speedstep, the CPU may lead to a lower battery runtime.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.
The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
With this weight, a laptop is rather heavier than average. Devices in this range shine more with screen size and performance than with mobility.
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.
67.5%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.