Sotec 3123X First Review
- OUT OF THE BOX
Packaged very neatly. You get a 3 CD Restore Kit, a nice instruction
manual and an OEM MS Works 6.0 CD. This thing is SO LIGHT-It's like
carrying a 5 subject sized paper notebook. This will be nice when I
lug books around for another semester. My last laptop was like a ton
I booted it up and this one is so quiet. I had to check and see if
the fan worked because it is so quiet. The casing feels really
light-I hope this means it can take normal usage without an early
crack here and there.
The keyboard layout is really interesting to say the least. The
up/down/left/right arrows are bundled up with other key functions.
The spacebar on this one is very responsive-my warranty repair
notebook I almost had to hit and hold for it to space once- I don't
recommend it if you have big fingers-the keys are squashed
WinXP booted rather quickly and the screen resolution is so
amazingly crisp for a notebook of this price. The DVD movie I played
in it looked better than my TV resolution.
The speakers won't power the next major Bass Boom generation-they
are functional at best. Turning on the 3D audio does help some, but
for movies and other things you want to hear well, invest in some
headphones. The MIDI output is decent-I haven't tried the microphone
This is what makes it a bargain-the Combo drive. Sotec bundles in
the WinDVD player for movies and Roxio EZ CD Creator and it ROCKS!
I'll make the adjustments Michael suggested in his post about the
An unusual shape, but it looks to average 2.5 hours. You can have
the BIOS "learn" the battery so your power gauge is more accurate-
never seen that feature before..
I just hooked up the LAN cable to the laptop, let WinXP take me
through the setup and WHAM, I was on the network. At work, I can
plug in just to use the internet bandwidth and this little baby can
download things lightning fast. I wish I had DSL at home.
There is no floppy drive, but Sotec will sell you a USB Floppy Drive
for $49. I've never seen one, so that's news to me. The 3 USB ports
seem more than ample to hook up a printer, and other items. I like
them on the right side. If it weren't for the battery on the back,
the back would've been so much better.
The modem is a flip-out door that I had to realize I needed to plug
the jack in at an angle. I'm afraid I'll break it because it seems
so flimsy. Connection speed has been better than my desktop using
the same number/line to dial in.
Oddly placed on the front side to the left of the touch pad, but at
this price, I'm glad to have them on the notebook at all.
This SOTEC 3123X seems to be a durable piece of equipment loaded
with everything needed for a portable computer-with DVD capability.
I think my first notebook was probably a fluke with problems out of
the box, but this one seems like a solidly built unit.
I do have a SOTEC Notebook support page in the beginnings on Yahoo
Post message: SotecNotebook@yahoogroups.com
List owner: SotecNotebookfirstname.lastname@example.org