Elonex Sliver review
Elonex is a UK-based company that makes a broad range of devices for the consumer and business markets. The Elonex Sliver (£299 inc. VAT) is an ultraportable laptop that offers a lot of style, but compromises have been made to achieve its tiny size.
The Elonex Sliver is a visually pleasing laptop and the machine looks fantastic from all angles. The small form factor also makes it a very portable machine, ideal for those needing to work on the move a lot.
The portability of the Elonex Sliver is slightly let down by the very average battery life, however, and at only 143 minutes you’ll need to carry the charger with you on long trips.
Had the Elonex Sliver been powered by a CULV (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage) processor, both battery and everyday performance would be much better. As it stands, an Intel Atom processor – normally found in netbooks – has been employed, and as a result performance is far lower than we’d have liked.
However, the Elonex Sliver does feature the older Windows XP operating system, which is much lighter to run than the newer Windows Vista and 7 operating systems and, despite the results mentioned above, we found the laptop to be fast in running basic programs such as email clients and spreadsheets.
In order to maintain the smooth lines of the Elonex Sliver’s tiny form factor, a similar system to that employed on the MacBook Air has been used, whereby a small drop-down panel holds the laptop’s second USB and HDMI port. Positioned on the left side of the machine near the lid hinge, this simple arrangement works well.
The Elonex Sliver’s 12-inch screen is excellent, and although it shares a fairly low 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, it provides sharper and brighter images than many of its rivals at this price, helping photos and films look great.
The Elonex Sliver is well built and doesn’t attract the fingerprints that plague rival laptops that feature glossy plastic designs. Dust does quickly show on its white surfaces, however.
The keyboard provides average performance, with the keys being quite stiff to press. To save space some of them have also been reduced in size, which feels cramped so using the Elonex Sliver can take a little getting used to.
While the inclusion of 802.11g Wi-Fi is fairly standard at this price the Elonex Sliver is one of the few laptops on the market not to feature an Ethernet port. This means you can only connect to networks wirelessly, which won’t suit everyone. There is also no media card reader and only an HDMI out, which is bad news for those with older monitors with VGA connections.
The Elonex Sliver is a mixed bag, but while it does have its issues, if you’re after an attractive machine for browsing the web and writing the odd email, this is a great option. Those after more bang for their buck, however, could easily find a better-specified machine for this price.
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For more information on the Elonex Sliver visit Elonex
Telephone 0871 222 3456
Processor Intel 1.6GHz Atom N270
Memory 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM
Hard drive 160GB (5400rpm)
Optical drive No
Screen size & type 12-inch Super-TFT
Display resolution 1366 x 768 (WXGA)
Graphics card Intel GMA 950
Dimensions 302 x 205 x 27mm
Wireless LAN 802.11g
USB Ports 2
Operating system Windows XP Home
Standard warranty 1 yr RTB P&L
on Monday, March 29th, 2010 at 5:17 pm under Buying Guides.
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