PC World has been kind enough to let Computeractive lay hands on its brand new notebook, exclusively, to give you a sneak preview of what's going to be on the shelves this Christmas. Its shiny silver case means that if you do decide to put it under the tree this year you could almost dispense with the wrapping paper.
The insides are just as impressive with a 400MHz Celeron processor, 96Mb of memory and a massive 10Gb hard disk - a configuration we'd be happy to see on a desktop PC. But the real plus is the addition of a quad speed DVD-ROM drive, which allows you to watch movies on the high-quality 13.1in screen.
One thing to remember if you do plan to watch DVDs on any notebook computer is that battery life will be hit pretty hard by this. But with a claimed life of three hours you should get through one film - unless it's an epic of JFK proportions.
Unfortunately, there's no way to hook it up directly to your TV to watch films on a larger screen, though you could link it up to a monitor if you want to enhance your viewing pleasure with extra screen inches.
Thanks to the added horsepower, the 7340DVD is no lightweight, falling into the desktop replacement category rather than offering super portability. Lugging this home on the train every night wouldn't be fun. However, if you want an attractive, silver gizmo to grace your desk at home or in the office, then perhaps Santa should be slipping this into your stocking.
We were none too keen on the keyboard, which has a spongy feel, but at least Advent opted for a trackpad to control the cursor, rather than a pointing stick which we think are harder to get the hang of - though Toshiba fans may beg to differ.
Thanks to the impressive hardware, the £1,700 price tag doesn't include any software apart from Windows 98, so you'll have to budget extra for this.
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