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RM miniBook with Windows XP

£289 inc VAT

Manufacturer: RM

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Along with its sister product the Asus Eee PC, the upgraded version of the RM miniBook will now run Windows XP Home.

Along with its sister product the Asus Eee PC, the upgraded version of the RM miniBook will now run Windows XP Home.

The difference is that there will be no Linux option for the all-new RM miniBook. Get reviews of the latest ultraportable laptops at Laptop Advisor.

To support the more intensive OS, RM has upgraded the RM miniBook's RAM to 1GB and will ship with an 8GB solid state hard drive. All other hardware remains the same. (The early version of the RM miniBook we tested had only 512MB RAM but ran smoothly enough. Indeed, it loaded all apps faster than wehad anticipated, so the extra RAM should make for solid performance).

The upgraded RM miniBooks are due for an April release and will cost approximately £289.

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We do however have a couple of niggles when comparing the Windows version of the RM miniBook with the Linux variant.

For instance, by the time you have installed an office suite of any description - and all the other essential software required to bring the Windows-based RM miniBook's capabilities up to the same level of native functionality as the original release - you will have placed further strain on your miniBook's resources. The hard drive will be rammed with all the extra apps you'll need, too.

And the RM miniBook's screen seems rather too small when displaying the Windows desktop as opposed to the easy-to-use large icon type of format the Linux variant employs.

The RM miniBook will, however, fulfil the needs of uses and schools who require Microsoft products and other educational software.

EduGeek is the UK's number one source of technology advice for education professionals.

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RM miniBook Expert Verdict »

Intel Mobile Processor
Windows XP Home
1GB RAM
8GB hard drive
7in display
802.11b/g
226x165x36mm
0.9kg
three USB 2.0 ports
SD/MMC slot
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 5 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

If you need Windows functionality, the upgraded miniBook will be a bonus. But the additional software load may downgrade performance. And the all-new miniBook will cost much more than the Linux-cased original RM miniBook.

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