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Philips 11NB5800 ultraportable laptop review

£600 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Philips

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5 User Rating: Our users rate this 4 out of 10

The Philips 11NB5800 has a tiny footprint, making it a great machine to carry with you wherever you go, but the trade-off is a lack of space that makes the keyboard a little cramped.

The Philips 11NB5800 has a tiny footprint, making it a great machine to carry with you wherever you go, but the trade-off is a lack of space that makes the keyboard a little cramped.

Laptops bearing the Philips badge are sold exclusively through PC World and the rest of the Dixons Store Group.

The ultraportable Philips 11NB5800 differs in name from its stablemate, the 12NB5800, by only a single digit, but in all other respects is a different beast from its bigger sibling.

Put the Philips 11NB5800 and the 12NB5800 side by side and the two laptops don't even look as though they were produced by the same manufacturer. Their performance scores were also markedly different.

The Philips 11NB5800 managed only to achieve a WorldBench 6 score of 51 while its big brother all but led the pack. However, while the Philips 11NB5800 has an ample 2GB allocation of RAM, it's only equipped with a 1.2GHz Intel Core Duo U2500 and this limits its performance.

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Games are a non-starter as the Philips 11NB5800's Intel 945GM chip managed only to achieve a lowly 2 frames per second (fps) running the difficult FEAR framerate test.

Battery life is better, though, with the Philips 11NB5800 almost topping three hours of intensive use, running for 176 minutes before the battery finally gave up.

Unlike 99 percent of the laptops industry, Philips has chosen to equip the Philips 11NB5800 with a 1,366x768 resolution screen rather than the 1,280x800 normally seen. In use, there's little difference between the two, however. The glossy display produces great colours and contrast, although like all screens of this type it is a little reflective.

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Philips F/LINE 11NB5800 reviews verified by Reevoo

Philips F/LINE 11NB5800Scores 8.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
1.2GHz Intel Core Duo U2500, Speedstep
Windows Vista Ultimate
160GB hard drive
Intel 945GM graphics card, 224MB
11.1in, 1,366x768 screen
2 USB ports
8x8x8x4x4x5x (DVD-ROM/-R/+R/-RW/+RW/-RAM)
24x24x16x (CD-ROM/-R/-RW)
Microsoft Works 8.5
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Performance is a little on the low side, and gaming (as you would expect) non-existent. However, the Philips 11NB5800 makes up for this in battery life and portability, making it a great choice if you want something to take with you everywhere you go - providing you can learn to live with a couple of niggles the small size imposes.

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