Affordability and portability don’t normally go hand in hand with laptops, but the $799 WinBook C220 manages this balance better than most. Weighing 5.7 pounds, this typical-looking charcoal-and-silver-colored laptop is compact and light enough to take anywhere.
The system squeezes all the basic features into its relatively portable frame. Under the lid, for example, you’ll find a nice 14.1-inch XGA display. We found this screen to be crisp and bright, perfect for word processing or watching DVD movies.
Gaming performance was understandably poor given the integrated graphics. The C220’s meager 3DMark2001 score of just 1764 was again the lowest of the three laptops in this roundup. The audio capabilities of the built-in stereo speakers are just average.
• Extremely affordable
• FireWire port
• Decent multitasker
• Mediocre application performance
• Short battery runtime
• Weekday tech support