The one control I do wish they had added was a volume control dial like most Toshiba notebooks have, but these buttons are mostly adequate. Notice the very similar performance between these two laptops, both have 1. The KN1 has a silver lid made of high-quality hard plastic. This was exactly what I wanted, as I already had antivirus and office software before I bought the KN1. The gets decent signal reception in most environments, and I have had little trouble connecting to the encrypted network in my house or to the school-wide network on campus.

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Access panel removed view larger image. It may not be the flashiest notebook, but it has plenty of power to run most games, but it is also quite portable and practical to use as a mobile computer for productivity work.

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What is unique about the KN1 and other non-mainstream notebooks is the ease of access to components like the processor and graphics card. The KN1 is a versatile well-rounded machine that gives an overall impression far more favorable than the sum of its parts.

The charge rate then tapers off, taking about 2 hours total to top off the battery. Note that the left Ctrl key is inboard of the Fn key.

Ultimately, I saw the KN1 as offering the best balance between battery life and size, and its aesthetics simply appealed to me, but it was laptip tough call. It also runs the games that I do currently play Warcraft III, Homeworld 2, Unreal Tournament without any problems with all the settings maxed out and a little anisotropic filtering and lapto; thrown in for good measure. It was a day later than scheduled only because FedEx missed me while I was in class.

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If you have no interest in playing intensive games, and want more battery life, the KN1-GM model with integrated graphics will probably get substantially better battery life since the GeForce Go consumes a fair amount of power.

Quanta KN1 Notebook Review (pics, specs)

The lid has durable hinges, and there is virtually no screen flex or wobbling. But keyboard feeling is quite subjective, so others might not like it as much as I do. Toshiba atop Quanta KN1 view larger image The interior of the laptop is black, with a black keyboard and a silver border around it.

Visit our network of sites: Heat and Noise The KN1 is cooled by a single fan in the upper left corner of the notebook. The chassis of the in1 does get a little warm on the bottom, lzptop not unbearably so.

I can assure you that having that little metallic sticker makes no difference whatsoever. On battery la;top, the fan comes on ln1 every 10 minutes. The interior of the laptop is black, with a black keyboard and a silver border around it. Speakers The speakers are mounted at the front, firing forward. When I first started using the system, the display did seem a little washed-out, but after adjusting the gamma and increasing the contrast a little bit in the NVIDIA control panel, the colors are sufficiently vibrant, although not quite as vivid as on a glossy screen.

I ordered my system on November 28, Benchmarks We use the program Super Pi to calculate the number Pi to 2-million digits of accuracy, this is a good way of simply forcing the processor to do work to calculate a number and deriving performance from the time it takes to achieve the lwptop goal.

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Like most laptops without a subwoofer, the KN1 lacks good lapttop response. The interior is also made from a high-grade hard plastic, which has a matte finish that should ward off all fingerprints and stains.

Sound quality through the headphone jacks is generally excellent. KN1 underside view larger image. The speakers are mounted at the front, firing forward. This was exactly what I wanted, as I already lapptop antivirus and office software before I bought the KN1. The keyboard is a little on the noisy side, but not loud enough to be offensive. The KN1 is cooled by a single fan in the upper left corner of the notebook. The gets decent signal reception in most lsptop, and I have had little trouble connecting to the encrypted network in my house or to the school-wide network on campus.

You can really see the difference when my old 2-inch-thick Toshiba is placed atop it:. The fit and finish are all very tight, and there is no plastic creaking or flexing anywhere on the laptop. I have to put my ear right by the touchpad to be able to hear it.