capsule review

Polywell PolyNote 3015N

At a Glance
  • Polywell PolyNote 3015N

Polywell PolyNote 3015N
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

The silver and black PolyNote 3015N has conveniences not found in the typical notebook. Its DVD-ROM/CD-RW combination drive, for example, is located up front--no need to reach around the side and fumble for the eject button. And with both 802.11b Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless technologies built in to the notebook, you're ready to connect to either type of no-wires network. An SD (Secure Digital) slot, positioned beneath the PC Card slot, adds more data-swapping convenience if you use this type of memory card.

The 3015N's extensive I/O options include three USB ports--one more than most notebooks commonly have.

Equipped with a 1.6-GHz/600-MHz Pentium M, the PolyNote earned a PC WorldBench 4 score of 129, a bit higher than the average of 122 for notebooks carrying that CPU. However, those seven points of difference may be entirely due to the fact that our review unit came with its maximum of 1GB of RAM, twice as much as competing notebooks.

Overall, the PolyNote is easy to use. The keyboard, set in a wide border, is comfortable and offers two quick-launch buttons, and the two large mouse buttons operate smoothly. The only sour notes are audio and documentation. The notebook's stereo speakers are well placed--on the sides of the wrist rest with no obstructions to block them--but they sound tinnier than those of most notebooks. The user manual, meanwhile, is basic and available only on disc. Also, Polywell does not sell a docking station for this notebook.

A solid, general-purpose portable with two attractions: an SD slot and Bluetooth, the latter for users who want to sync their portable with one of the newer cell phones or PDAs.

Carla Thornton

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At a Glance
  • Polywell PolyNote 3015N

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