Belinea is pitching the Belinea o.book 4 as a stylish, slimline laptop for those on a budget - something that it largely satisfies.

The Belinea o.book 4 doesn't have any must-have or cutting-edge features, but what it does have it makes the most of.

Its largely white livery makes it reminiscent of Apple's design but it's less stylish and a bit boxy. There is a snazzy laser-etched metal strip covering the speakers situated just above the Belinea o.book 4's keyboard, but everything else is fairly functional looking.

Inside the Belinea o.book 4 is powered by a reasonably fast 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100 processor and 1GB of RAM, resulting in a satisfactory, if not exactly earth shattering, WorldBench 6 result of 63. When tasked with gaming, however, its integrated Intel X3100 graphics chip was no match for our troublesome FEAR test, resulting in a paltry 3 frames per second (fps).

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The 12.1in screen is a glossy model, offering greater contrast but at the expense of increased reflectivity, with an almost industry standard widescreen resolution of 1,280x800. If you'd rather hook the Belinea o.book 4 up to an external display, then it offers plenty of flexibility with both VGA and HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) ports available.

You'll find plenty of space to store your files on the 160GB hard drive and there's a built-in DVD writer on the left for backing up, although the Belinea o.book 4 doesn't run to HD optical disc support.

The three USB ports are sensibly split across both sides, with two on the right and one on the left, providing some flexibility when it comes to positioning peripherals.

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Battery life was reasonable, with the Belinea o.book 4 managing to keep going for 146 minutes running our intensive tests.

Despite its small footprint, the keyboard is still usable although the touchpad is positioned slightly off centre which makes the Belinea o.book 4 a little awkward to use.

Belinea o.book 4: Specs

  • 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 12.1in (1280 x 800) screen
  • 384MB Intel GMA X3100
  • 3 x USB
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 8x8x8x4x4x5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
  • 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7100
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 160GB hard drive
  • 12.1in (1280 x 800) screen
  • 384MB Intel GMA X3100
  • 3 x USB
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • 8x8x8x4x4x5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM) 24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)

OUR VERDICT

With a sub-£700 asking price, the Belinea o.book 4 is a reasonable if not exactly stand out machine. It's fast enough to handle most things you're likely to throw at it provided you don't want to play games and it's pleasant enough to look at. It offers little in the way of surprises - HDMI is about as unexpected as it gets - but the Belinea o.book 4 is a good, dependable machine.

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