Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Advent Verona
Source: Techradar Archive.org version
A disappointing machine flawed by poor usability and a bad battery life. The Verona is Advent's latest attempt at a CULV laptop and, while it is suitably cheap, it falls short in most categories. The Advent Verona is a flawed system in that it doesn't tick the portability and usability boxes we would expect of a CULV laptop, and while it is cheap, there are far better options around for only a little more money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 40%
Source: IT Reviews Archive.org version
Advent's latest notebook, the slim-line, ultraportable Verona, is a bit of a curate's egg. While it has styling which catches the eye, a largish screen and an admirably low price tag, the use of a single core ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) low powered processor gives it little more power than a netbook. If you look at the Verona as a stylish, large-screened netbook you won't go far wrong. It is definitely worth a second look if you are on a limited budget and need something that has a large screen and is highly portable, but that small battery doesn't do it any favours at all.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/21/2010
Rating: price: 80% performance: 70% mobility: 40%
Source: V3.co.uk Archive.org version
The latest laptop computer to come out under PC World’s Advent brand is the Verona, a stylish small model with a 13.3in widescreen display. It may well be ideal for people on a limited budget who are looking for something a bit more powerful than a netbook but who still need it to be easily carried around. A well-designed and well-priced computer but it cries out for a bigger battery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Channel Web Archive.org version
Given all the impressive features it was a shame that the Verona’s battery life was so disappointing. With the screen at half-brightness and the wireless networking turned off the battery lasted for just two hours when watching a movie or two-and-a-half in everyday use. Although the slim battery keeps the laptop svelte, we expect that most people would put up with the extra bulk if a larger battery was as an option. A well-designed and well-priced computer but it cries out for a bigger battery.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Computer Active Archive.org version
A well-designed and well-priced computer but it cries out for a bigger battery.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Mobile Computer Archive.org version
The first wave of ULV laptops may have been overpriced for what was on offer, but now models are getting increasingly cheaper as the technology filters down through the manufacturer ranks. Its performance makes it more of a big-screen netbook than a ULV laptop, but that doesn’t mean that the Advent Verona bad value at this price. Battery life is the big let down, but the laptop is still worth a look if you’re on a tight budget, want a big screen and are happy to sacrifice performance for portability.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 50%
Source: CNet Archive.org version
We're not completely sure what the thinking is behind the names of Advent's new budget laptops. Although the specification suggests otherwise, the Advent Verona isn't capable of much more than an Atom-powered netbook, but, if you just need a lightweight laptop with a big screen, it's not a bad deal. Better battery life and an improved keyboard would make it more tempting, but neither is a deal-breaker at this price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 65%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 900: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip with shared memory on Mobile Intel 915GM chipset. It is the predecessor of Graphics Media Accelerator 950. The performance can be compared with the Mobile Radeon 9000 (with a 64 bit memory bus).
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
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.
743: Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor for small and light subnotebooks. Does not support Speedstep (more power consumption in idle mode), 64 Bit, and Virtualization (VT-x).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.
The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
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.
55.83%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.