One of the most stylish notebooks available, the Mobile 510 is built from grey-green plastic and is the sort of machine to garner envious glances wherever it is used. It is rather a wedge-shaped device, increasing in thickness from the front of the wrist-rest to the rear of the unit where the screen is attached. Inset into the wrist-rest at the front of the machine is a glidepoint mouse pointing device along with two mouse buttons just below it.
Pushed towards the back of the notebook is the keyboard, which has a particularly sensitive, light-touch mechanism. This will suit touch-typists, but the more heavy-fingered might prefer a bit more feedback than is provided by the keys, most of which are full-sized. On the sound front, the Mobile 510 is equipped with an Ensoniq Audiodrive sound system, for which there are the usual input and output connectors built into the casing, and a speaker in the wrist-rest.
Graphically, the Mobile 510 uses the highly popular NeoMagic NeoGraph 128XD graphics adapter, in this case equipped with 2Mb of memory. That's sufficient to drive the bright 13.3in TFT LCD panel at a top resolution of 1024 x 768, at which 65,000 colours are available. For 16.7 million colours, or 24-bit colour depth, you have to drop down to 800 x 600, but this isn't really recommended due to the pixel-blocking effect.
There are two module bays at the front of the Siemens Nixdorf notebook.
One of these is occupied by the Lithium Ion battery pack, while the other can be used for either a 20-speed CD-ROM drive or a 3.5in 1.44Mb floppy drive. Alternatively, this bay can be used to store the mains transformer in order to reduce the inevitable cable clutter while on the move. In fact, flexibility is quite a feature of this notebook, since the other module bay, which would in most situations hold the battery pack, can alternatively be used to store other components and modules if necessary.
Installed on the 4Gb hard drive is a copy of Windows 95 along with quite a range of utility software, the latter duplicated on disks supplied with the notebook. There is also plenty of documentation, including details on how best to protect the notebook from theft, using password-protection and the Kensington lock. With this notebook, Siemens Nixdorf has produced a package that combines style with durability, which is something of a rarity in today's notebook market.
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