The widescreen 10.2in display is bright and sharp and with a 1024 x 600 resolution, it can display a decent Windows desktop, if a little vertically challenged. Two tiny, tinny speakers are set at the back of the main body of the machine, either side of the power, sleep and internet buttons. While no worse than those fitted to some full-size laptops, we’d still want earbuds to listen to music or movie soundtracks.
Although the keys are a little smaller than on a regular laptop keyboard, we managed to hit the ones we were going for most of the time. The space bar is sometimes a bit reluctant to register, though, so needs a positive touch. The touchpad is light to operate and responds well to a double-tap. The two touchpad buttons sit in front of it, where they should.
A decent keyboard
Around the edge are socketry for USB, VGA and network, plus jacks for mic and headphone. There’s also a slot for SD, MMC and MemoryStick cards at the front. Underneath the laptop, there are covers providing easy access to memory, hard drive and battery, but there’s nothing else customer-serviceable.
Unlike most of the other SCC contenders, which have gone for Intel's Atom processor, the Webbook is built around a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M chip. This is coupled to 512MB of main memory and an 80GB proper, spinning hard drive. This is a reasonable spec for a machine designed primarily to provide internet access when you’re on the move.
All the usual SCC portage
Built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi enables hotspot connections and, of course, if you take out a mobile broadband contract, you get that too. When are we going to see something neater than a 2in dongle sticking out of a USB port, ready to knacker the socket when it gets knocked?
its an scc at £179 quid mind!
£269 is for the 1Gb RAM, 120 Gb disk with Windows XP version.
Try sorting by price and you'll see the A110L @ £198
£5 "new catalogue" discount and free delivery to a local store.
Tesco Direct, just like the Argos they are trying to emulate shows items sorted with the most expensive at the top!
£269 + Delivery, hardly £195..
Which is the point.
At £269..it's only a SC...not a SCC...
@Windows v Linux
It's much easier to tweak applications to run on the strange low resolutions these laptop screens have.
With Windows you end up with dialogs appearing with buttons that aren't visible. In the Linux desktops you can CTRL drag the window so you can see the buttons, can't do this with Windows!
Re: Windows vs Linux & Fundamental error...
I saw one of these in CPW in Chicester recently - it was running Ubuntu Linux!
I assume it was not a one off so here's an option that appears to be less publicised?
On the Linux compatibility side, considering a fully functional OpenOffice, skype etc etc there is no problem with compatibility for the things you want - but compatibility with crapware & viruses plus the consequent need for performance sapping antivirus software is something I can easily do without!
The disapointing things for me were the absence of webcam and the fact that the build quality appeared worse and any other netbook/scc that I've seen. Oh yes and the battery life is poor