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Premio Kaypro R1000

At a Glance
  • Mio Technology Kaypro R1000

Premio Kaypro R1000
Artwork: Rick Rizner, John Goddard

Try using the lid latch to open the R1000's 15-inch screen, and--April Fool's!--you'll discover that it's just a clever optical illusion created by case colors that mimic a release. This odd design element aside, the R1000 is a pretty good laptop--just a little thin on features for $1735, a price that doesn't include business applications.

In the plus column, the R1000 weighs just 6.8 pounds (not including the power adapter), despite big screen hinges that make it look heavier. It sports a good keyboard and includes all the standard laptop connections, including a bonus S/PDIF port, located handily on the front of the case. An optical drive lock, an all-too-rare and useful feature, prevents accidental ejects.

On the downside, the drive is only a CD burner, not the DVD burner usually found in this price range. The stereo speakers are among the tinniest we've heard on a laptop, which is too bad considering the R1000 has a nice volume thumbwheel.

The laptop's rear-mounted battery lasted a long time in our tests--5 minutes shy of 4 hours on one charge. Finally, the R1000 slightly lagged competitors in our speed tests. Its WorldBench 5 score of 67 was about 10 percent behind similarly equipped laptops.

Great battery life fails to outweigh the Kaypro R1000's skimpy features and so-so performance.

Premio Kaypro R1000


WorldBench 5 score of 67, 1.6-GHz Pentium M 725, 512MB of DDR333 SDRAM, Windows XP Professional, 15-inch screen, 60GB hard drive, CD-RW drive, built-in V.92 modem and 10/100 ethernet, 802.11g, touchpad pointing device, 8.3-pound weight (including AC adapter and phone cord). One-year parts and labor warranty, 10-hour weekday toll-free support.
$1735
800/677-6477
www.premiopc.com

Carla Thornton

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At a Glance
  • Mio Technology Kaypro R1000

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