Sharp Actius MM10 1GHz Crusoe Notebook
The Sharp Actius
MM10 is an ultra-light notebook which
has had "Crusoe Inside" for some time already.
Launched in Japan originally under the name "Mebius", the North
American version is called "Actius" and the only real difference between the two
comes in the form of more Megahertz.
The newly announced Sharp Actius MM10 packs a
faster punch with help of the 1.0 GHz Crusoe TM5800 processor under the hood.
The Sharp Actius is a single spindle ultra-light notebook which
weighs 2.1lbs, and comes with a unique docking station that allows you to
sync selected files and folders with another desktop system.
The MM10 has little in the way of ports,
but still manages to integrate built-in IEEE 802.11b wireless technology
alongside 100Base-TX LAN Ethernet connectivity. Alongside the 1GHz Crusoe
processor and 10.4" XGA LCD screen there is 256MB of DDR memory (not
expandable unfortunately), a 15 GB hard drive, two USB 2.0 ports, a PCMCIA port,
and external CD-R/RW & DVD-ROM.
Actius itself is skinned in a magnesium and aluminum alloy, and measures a scant
at its slimmest point; 19.6mm at its thickest. For
comparisons sake, a standard No. 2 pencil is just 8mm in diameter. This is
a very thin notebook, but in our brief testing of it during Comdex we still found
it easy to handle and work with. The touch pad is a nice change from those little
dot's in the middle of the keyboard (you're either a dot man, or a touch pad as
they say) and the keyboard is nice to type on.
Since the Actius MM10
is so ridiculously thin, the engineers must have some physical limitations with regard to the number,
and type, of ports they could build into the unit. Obviously this is a
legacy free notebook, but at least there are two USB ports, VGA by dongle, PCMCIA,
LAN, and a full assortment of audio jacks. Battery life sits at 2.5 hours, and 7.5
hours using the extended life size for this $1499 notebook.
By itself a portable notebook such as this is going to
be somewhat limited by its lack of optical drive. One of the things that make
the Fujitsu PC Lifebook P2000 so damn useful are that aside from its long
battery life, it has a DVD-CDRW built in. The versatility of this optical drive in
a notebook as small as P2000 cannot be understated, so were it not for the
cradle docking station, the Sharp Actius would be somewhat counterproductive.
cradle doesn't have a built in CDROM, but it allows you to snyc up the entire
computer to another desktop system - somewhat like PDA. In order maintain
data consistency between the MM10 and a desktop, or potentially multiple computers, Sharp have made use
of Iomega's SharpSync software.
allows the Actius MM10 to seamlessly maintain data consistency between separate
computers by giving users the control of selecting folders or files on
their separate machines that they would like to keep in sync. When stored
in the cradle for charging, the SharpSync utility automatically synchronizes the selected folders between the Actius MM10 and
a main computer.
Full Spec Sheet for the Sharp Actius MM10:
||Sharp Actius MM10
||Transmeta Crusoe Processor TM5800-1GHz
||256MB DDR SDRAM standard (24MB shared with system
||8MB (Integrated in the video
||10.4" XGA TFT LCD (1024 x 768), 16 million
||External Option |
||Glide Pad (touch-sensitive control pad), Intelli-Wheel feature|
||Approx. 17 mm key pitch / 1.7 mm stroke keyboard |
||Type II x 1, CardBus port supported |
||AC'97 compatible, hot-key volume control, built-in monaural
||USB (2.0) x 2, LAN, Audio output, VGA converter cable connector, DC
in, Connection cradle connector |
||Wireless (IEEE802.11b), 100Base-TX/10Base-T|
||Universal AC adapter -Input: 100.240V, 50/60Hz AC|
||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery |
||Standard battery only: approx. 2.9 hrs* Optional high capacity battery
only: approx. 9.0 hrs*|
||W x D x H) 9.9" x 8.2" x 0.54" (min.)/0.78" (max.) [251 mm x 206 mm x
13.7 mm (min.)/19.6 mm (max.)]|
||2.10 lbs (0.95kg)|
||Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition|
||Network setup utility|
||Temperature : 50¢ªF to 95¢ªF (10¢ªC to 35¢ªC) Humidity: 20% to 80%
||Max. 40 W|
||AC cable, AC adapter, Connection cradle, USB cable for connection
cradle, recovery CD-ROM, VGA converter cable |
||Connector for MM10 AC Adapter jack, USB 2.0 type B x 1|
||(W x D x H) 5.0" x 9.5" x 3.2" [125 mm x 240 mm x 80 mm] |
||1.70 lbs (0.77