A quick trip round the edges highlights a small, spring-loaded slider at front-right, which switches the 802.11n wireless on and off. 3G connectivity is built in too.
The keyboard is a decent size for such a small machine
There's an HDMI port on the left side, while the 8x multi-format DVD writer is on the right. A nice touch is the eject button, positioned on the top edge of the Butterfly xs case, rather than in the centre of the tray edge.
Inside, there’s a 1.3GHz single-core Celeron SU743 processor, which is as much about low power use as it is about breathtaking performance. It’s coupled to a GS45 chipset, which includes the GMA 4500M HD graphics accelerator.
There’s 2GB of DDR 2 memory which is just enough for Windows 7, and a 250GB hard drive, which these days may be on the low side, though versions up to 640GB are available.
Sound is surprisingly good for a notebook of this size, particularly as there appear to be no speaker grilles on top or underside of the case. The sound appears to come from underneath and, while lacking any appreciable bass like most portables, is clearer than many in the higher frequencies.
Next page: PCMark Vantage Results
Is the 3g version available in UK anywhere
Does anybody know if the 3G version is available in UK anywhere? The Packard Bell UK website only lists the black version without 3G or Bluetooth. And Currys, Comet, Amazon etc. all list only this model. The version with 3G would be way better then without - not having to carry the extra dongle.
I don't understand why so many models of netbooks and small laptops have 3G as an option in their spec - but they are never available with 3G in the UK - only somewhere else. Some agreement with the 3G network operators of some sort?
Also, has anybody noticed that this might be the only true sublaptop at the moment out-there? I mean, in the vein of legendary Sony TT/TZ/TX series - a tiny 11 inch machine, with everything integrated (including, crucially, optical drive) - and a non-Atom processor. I couldn't find anybody else doing this at the moment. The trend to drop optical drives out of small laptops seems to have truly taken over the industry. I still prefer an optical drive as I still use it a lot - and my main machine over past 3 years - with 11 inch screen, Intel SU2500 processor and an optical drive has served me very well so far.
Well, I'm done ranting now :-)
That is a pretty good price
The real question is - does it run Linux? 2G RAM and 250G is "diet" for Windows 7. It will be aplenty for something less resource hungry. However the question is what are the real peripherals here: what ethernet, what wifi, what 3G did Packard Bell use.
although i did get a free copy of descent with my packard bell desktop yaaay
Are getting old? when they're on every single review? don't you think?
looks an ok machine.
Good price point as well... might be ideal for my parents.