Advent Launches Altro Macbook Air Rival

Advent, a subsidiary of DSGi, has released a pair of notebooks that uses Intel's new CULV platform and is squarely aimed at those looking for an Apple Macbook Air clone on the cheap.

The Advent Altro, which is the entry level model, is only 21mm thick and weighs a mere 1.6Kg thanks to what looks like an aluminium chassis. It will be on sale from the 24th of August for less than £600.

The Altro comes with an Intel CULV processor - a 1.2GHz Celeron M ULV 723, 3GB RAM, a 120GB HDD, Windows Vista Home Premium (with a free Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade), Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

There'a an Ethernet port, one USB port (plus an extra 2 through a port replicator), a battery life of four hours, a webcam and a HDMI port.

The more expensive model, the Elite, comes with a Core 2 Duo processor, a bigger battery, premium flush glass finish and a £799 price tag. Expect both laptops to appear in Currys, PC World and Dixons and to be popular models, especially for Christmas.

It's worth noting that both laptops have the same tapered edges as Apple's ultra-thin laptop plus a multi touch touchpad but failed to throw in the Chiclet keyboard. It is 250g heavier than the Air though.

Our Comments

In comparison, an Apple Mac Book Air, with a 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB RAM, a 120GB hard disk drive, NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics, a 13.3-inch LCD monitor sells for £1149. Is the Advent Altro worth it? We think so. Dixons sells the Acer Aspire Timeline for £550 and it might be a better bet if you don't mind about the style.

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