Entry-level enjoyment from the Kaypro L1000

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Entry-level notebook

Price: $1,079

Phone: 800-677-6477

Online: www.premioPC.com

The Kaypro L1000 from Premio Computer Inc.

Sometimes a notebook is just a notebook.

The Kaypro L1000 from Premio Computer Inc. of City of Industry, Calif., is not going to be winning any GCN awards for speed or features, but in the value category, it pegs the scale.

If you think of the L1000 in terms of cars, it would be your basic Honda Civic 5-speed with no air conditioning or radio. You won't be taking it over to the drag strip at night, or impressing your friends with its fine features. But it will reliably get you to work and back every day.

The Kaypro line is designed for entry-level users, a category not many manufacturers cater to anymore. The one model tested in the GCN Lab had a 1.4-GHz Celeron processor and 512M of RAM. Personally, I cringe when I see a configuration like that, but I have been spoiled by years of the absolute best technology. Working with the Kaypro, I was reminded how functional an entry-lever notebook can be.

It ran most applications, such as Microsoft Word or Outlook, just fine. It even ran Adobe Photoshop, though it took a while to load.

Its GCN Alterion Benchmark score was 4,405. By contrast, the slowest notebook in the last GCN notebook roundup was the 3.2-GHz LifeBook P2000 from Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp., which scored 5,414. The fastest notebook in that review benched 8,200.

So although you are only going to be about half as fast as the best on the market, the L1000 is still a decent laptop for nonpower users. It's not steam-powered or anything.

L1000s would be perfect to fill a classroom, or give to employees who travel but only need access to basic functions such as e-mail and Word on the road. A fair amount of executives fall into that category as well.

It even has some features found in the more expensive systems, such as a 14.1-inch TFT display, USB 2.0 ports and a MiniPCI 802.11b module with an antenna.

In short, this reliable little notebook will get you where you need to go, just as long as you only require basic computing functions.

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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