Joining the new breed of netbooks is the Advent 4211 mini laptop, the cheapest to come with Windows XP

The Advent 4211's screen, it’s worth noting, is crisp and clear with a refreshingly matte finish, going against the trend of many recent laptops that come fitted with mirror-like glossy screens. While shiny screens give an added richness to colour reproduction they can make viewing in normal daylight conditions highly distracting.

Its 10in screen means a slightly wider form factor than the smaller Eee PC, for instance, resulting in a keyboard that’s more comfortable to type on. Its action is good with no sense of flexing in use. And the trackpad, small as it may be at just 50mm wide, is responsive and accurate to use. For clicking duties, we have a single button that relies on pressing on the left or right edge to receive the desired type of click action.

Advent 4211: Specs

  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom
  • Windows XP Home Premium
  • 10.1in (1024x600) LED-backlit LCD screen
  • 80GB HDD
  • 1GB RAM
  • Intel 945 Express integrated graphics
  • 1.3Mp webcam
  • Bluetooth
  • ethernet
  • VGA video out
  • 3.5mm headphone and line-in sockets
  • 3-cell (2200mAh) lithium-ion battery
  • 259x178x30mm
  • 1.13kg
  • 1.6GHz Intel Atom
  • Windows XP Home Premium
  • 10.1in (1024x600) LED-backlit LCD screen
  • 80GB HDD
  • 1GB RAM
  • Intel 945 Express integrated graphics
  • 1.3Mp webcam
  • Bluetooth
  • ethernet
  • VGA video out
  • 3.5mm headphone and line-in sockets
  • 3-cell (2200mAh) lithium-ion battery
  • 259x178x30mm
  • 1.13kg

SHOULD I BUY ADVENT 4211?

If you like the look of the MSI Wind, you’ll love the idea of finding something practically the same for £50 less. But some buyers may be tempted by the MSI’s two-year warranty, monochromatic colour scheme and included carry case. The crucial thing is, the essential form of either makes for a great portable.