LG does not make laptop computers for the UK market, but the X110 is an exception. It is available for free at Phones 4u on contracts priced at £35 a month from Vodafone, Orange and 3.
The specifications for this little netbook are quite impressive. The 160GB hard drive is the star of the show. An Intel Atom processor drives things along and the 1GB of RAM appears to keep things going smoothly. There is a bit of confusion regarding the operating system though.
On the LG Web page it states that the X110 comes with Vista Home Basic. But Phones 4u lists Windows XP Home as the phone’s operating system, which is what our review sample ran.
The screen measures 10 inches and delivers 1024x600 pixels – though you can stretch this to 1024x768 if you don’t mind having to pan around the screen to see everything.
There is a webcam sitting above the screen and a little light beside it reminds you that its software is running. You can do some fun things with the image on screen, including applying distortions and colour filters. And there is a YouTube link on the camera application that allows you to immediately upload video content.
The SIM fits under the battery and, before you ask, no, you cannot hold the X110 to your ear and make voice calls.
Wi-Fi is built in so you are not stuck with the data limits the operator contracts impose.
The Mini 9 has XP Home on-board and can also add standard PC software.
There are three USB ports, a VGA out port, an Ethernet connector, a flash card reader for SD, memory stick format cards, and headphones and microphone connectors.
The keyboard is well built. Although the keys are a little small, they feel good to type on at normal speed.
The X110 is easy enough to carry around. It weighs a little over 1kg and is the size of an average netbook. The general design is good too, with solid casing and a neatly tapered
One gripe that we have with the netbook is that its speakers are on the underside of the casing so, if you have the X110 on your lap, their sound can get muffled. Another negative point is that the battery life is on the low side.
If you are not a power user and do not need a large screen or mega hard drive, this great netbook may fulfil your computing needs.
The large hard drive, great keyboard and webcam.
The location of the speakers and the suspect battery.
This is one of the best netbooks we have seen; it is available on a range of contracts.
Display full colour
Camera 1.3 megapixels
Video recording/playback/streaming yes/yes/yes
Video calling Yes
Audio playback MP3, WMA
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB
Internal memory 160GB hard drive, 1GB RAM
Memory card slot 1xSD/Memory Stick
Messaging SMS, email
Internet browser HTML
Games FreeCell, Hearts and more
Frequency quad band GSM, HSDPA