SavRow Blade B-65 review
Connection options are comprehensive – you’ll even find a serial port hidden under a rubber bung at the front-right of the chassis. It’s partnered by a USB 2 port, with a further two USB 2 ports on the left. There, you’ll also find infrared, S-Video out, D-SUB VGA out and a Type II PC Card slot. On the front, there’s a mini-FireWire port, S/PDIF and audio in/out, as well as a 4-in-1 memory card reader (SD/MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro). Communication with the wider world is handled by a 56K modem, gigabit Ethernet and 802.11b/g (complete with front-panel switch), and Bluetooth making for the full complement of wireless.
SavRow backs up the Blade B-65 with a three-year C&R warranty, but it also has an interesting recovery solution. By altering the Registry to save all data on a separate partition, the recovery disc can generally restore the operating system without losing data files.
Yet again SavRow has delivered a portable powerhouse, following on from the excellent Razor. However, it isn’t flawless, and the keyboard and screen quality show it’s a very ordinary chassis – despite the potentially useful webcam integrated into the screen bezel. Nevertheless, SavRow has built on that with quality components to produce a notebook that will fly through most tasks. If you want performance, stunning screen resolution and a long-life battery, it certainly delivers.