Micro Express's NBL5100 is a remarkably solid brick of a machine for $1199 (as of November 15, 2010). A matte-black block, this desktop replacement laptop makes a clear statement: You do not care about looks. And that isn't even the "I don't care about looks" deliberateness of ThinkPads. You simply do not care how your laptop looks. Unfortunately, although the NBL5100 has a lot of elements I enjoyed, its operating system holds it back. I can only guess that Micro Express's designers cut a few corners that they shouldn't have.
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