Packed with features for the price, but the big question is whether or not you really, really need them all. I convinced myself I did, and I'm impressed so far. It's specification is: 1.1ghz Pentium 3 processor 512mb RAM Processor Cache Onboard Enhanced IDE Integrated AGP Graphics 30GB hard drive DVD/CD Rewriter Combined Drive 2 USB ports Firewire port 56k internal modem 14.1 TFT screen Lithium Ion Battery USB Scroll Optical Mouse Carry Case Windows XP Home Edition Microsoft Worksuite 2001 I'd advise to drop by a showroom and see what else they'll throw in on warranties to clinch the deal. After all, they earn about 30% commission, so the chances are they'll offer up something. It goes without saying that this laptop with this specification can handle more or less everything you can throw at it, including the initially infuriating Windows XP operating system. (So far I've had to download drivers for both an Epson 790 printer and my Fujipix 4700 camera. Both are less than three months old!!) It also amazed me how good some games look on it, with Quake 3 playing almost as well as it does on my desktop. I also like the optical mouse that comes with it, and the carry case. Tiny failed me, however, on the home delivery front. First of all, it's rather annoying to talk to a salesperson for half an hour, fill out all the required detail for their financing, heighten your desire to get your hands on it NOW and then be told it will be delivered two weeks on Tuesday. So be prepared. I decided to pay extra for a Saturday delivery, but the driver turned up with the carry case and mouse but no laptop! A few calls to Tiny promised nothing concrete, so I cancelled the order. That caused some activity, and half an hour later they'd managed to locate me a model in my local showroom, brand new and with a 30gb disk as opposed to the 20gb I'd originally been gi
ven. So okay, they sorted it in the end but only after pressure was applied. The laptop isn't the most aesthetically pleasing in the world, but the performance is top-notch and I've had no problems so far. The quality of DVD's is stunning, the CD rewriter is fast and accurate and it seems to maintain a better internet connection than I've ever had (perhaps down to XP). I doubt I'll ever fill the hard disk at 30gb (famous last words) and although it's a Tiny "Own Brand", I'm pretty sure its made by Fujitsu so I'm confident on the build. Saying that, it's a bit on the heavy side but then it is essentially a desktop replacement and makes you wonder how long the desktop will survive. I doubt I'll ever buy the latter when laptops are as good as this.
I ordered my mediabook from Tiny in November 2000 and received it on the delivery date as promised, I had ordered it on the Tiny Internet site and was kept informed by e-mail of my order status. The specification of my notebook was as I have listed below and included free upgrades on processor and RAM. Intel Pentium III 866MHz Processor, 128MB SDRAM, 10GB Hard Disk Drive, 14.1" TFT Colour Screen, Integrated AGP 64 Graphics, DVD ROM, Onboard Sound & Stereo Speakers, 56k Modem, Windows Millennium Edition plus free software bundle. The software bundle was very good I also received as part of my package a free digital camera and for a small extra charge some other useful items such as Laplink cabal and software, carry case and via voice software including headset. As part of the software bundle was Auto Rout 2000 Europe I am very imprested with this program. All the software provided as well as being preloaded comes with all the back up disks and the system also has a complete recovery disk should your notebook crash. I have now had my notebook for six months and it has been performing well hopefully this will continue. Despite fears I had of ordering my notebook computer via mail order I am pleased to report that in my case to date it has been a problem free experience.
My new Tiny laptop is fantastic. They gave me a free upgrade from a 750MhZ to an 800Mhz processor, which is all the better. I have only had it for two weeks, one of which it spent back with Tiny because the DVD drive wouldn't shut. However, while i have had it, it has been splendid. The speed of the processor means that surfing the internet is really fast, things get downloaded almost as soon as i have clicked the button. On a purely aesthetic level, it is small, but with a large 14.1" TFT screen, and is a beautiful silver colour. As regards the non-closing DVD drive, we phoned up Tiny, someone came to pick it up the following day, and we had it back less than a week later with a brand new, working DVD drive. So from a customer perspective, Tiny are very helpful,and efficient. All this, and i haven't even paid a penny for it yet; the joys of interest free credit. There is an internal modem, which is great, the programs pre-loaded are all useful, so unlike normally, when you get all sorts of unnecessary software with PCs, Tiny compare well. One important thing, the price was unbelievably cheap for the spec, so cheap that i didn't believe it was real until i received my quote. All the ordering can be done on-line as well, which for us frequent surfers is invaluable!