What sets this Loox apart from its' almost identical
counterpart (the Loox S) is most predominantly the
media console jutting out from the screen. An odd place to put speakers and CD/DVD
Rom controls, but a remarkable use of the space nonetheless. The screen panel
is no more than about 5mm or 6mm in thickness!
Ali had hooked up the Loox so "The
Fifth Element" was playing off of the internal DVD-drive. Picture quality and
flicker were first rate (read: nonexistent flicker), a true testament to
Crusoe's DVD capabilities one may assume.
Since sound was being pumped through a pair of good external speakers it
was difficult to make any real and lasting comparisons regarding the console
speakers. Previous experience with laptop speakers would tend to suggest the
barest minimum of audio quality though.
Round about the back of the
Loox T things are quite barren. Where typical North American laptops would have parallel ports,
serial ports, a docking station and VGA connector, the Loox T simply has
USB, NIC, PS/2 and audio jacks. The streamlined back is refreshing,
especially if you are a legacy free kind of user.
The lack of a floppy drive may be a bit shocking, but if Apple can get away
with it in their G4's then Fujitsu should be able to in their notebooks. PCMCIA
and CD-ROM's are of course, not neglected.
Unfortunately it may be some time before this exceptionally stylish
sub-notebook makes it into wide retail distribution in North America, assuming
it in fact ever does...