Product Type: Packard Bell Netbook
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*singing...* I love, I love, I love my little Packard Bell Netbook!
Packard Bell Dot sr UK/031
Member Name: Ash2508
Packard Bell Dot sr UK/031
Date: 08/11/12, updated on 18/06/13 (23 review reads)
Advantages: Small, light, and compact, works really well.
Disadvantages: No CD/DVD drive.
Please keep in mind that this is a review from a computer user who is proficient using computers yet, although not a technophone at all, not hugely technically minded. So this is from that point of view.
You may be able to tell from the title of this review that I am pretty happy with my Packard Bell Netbook.
To be honest, when I bought it I thought Packard Bell had something to do with Hewlett Packard.
Apparently this is a common misconception. My more technical-minded friends sucked in their breath and told me my choice hadn't been very wise. Yet I have been very pleased with it. So pleased I even gave it a name: Ruby, and she is a good girl.
I have found it a blessing for when I have been travelling, as it is both compact and light. I have even sometimes been on Skype talking to someone and have had to answer the door, so I have simply balanced it on my inner forearm holding onto the battery area and walked to the door with it.
That is how light and easy it is.
I find it very easy to type on. Some think the screen is a bit small yet I find it find and have watched films, TV shows, and Youtube videos on it fine.
A down side is not having a CD/DVD drive. I am intending to get an external one of these as well as an external hard drive. I wish they made a combo of these so that I could just buy one unit instead of two.
The soundcard is a really good one on mine. If listening to music or to talking to someone on Skype and using a headset, the quality of sound is extremely good. Listening via the in-built speakers is not so good though and a bit tinny.
I haven't come anywhere near using up all the space, but then I don't download a large amount of film or music. Mine has the Starter 7 platform.
A bit of an annoyance is that this version 'thinks' a little too much for me, deciding how I want to do and put things. It also took me a while to get used to the features in Word. After over twenty years experience in word processing it isn't very nice to feel like a novice because you can't find anything!
Another great feature is OneNote which seemed to come already loaded onto my computer. I find this brilliant, with no need to save and you can paste in stuff from websites and it loads the info about the site on also. It is very easy to use and most useful.
I did have a bit of a problem getting a replacement battery. I checked on Packard Bell's website and was unable to see a battery for my particular model and when I wrote in I found the customer service a bit lacking. In the end I lodged a complaint and finally got some assistance and satisfaction. Yet this was following an extremely frustrating period.
Yet the machine itself is brilliant and I do recommend it.
Summary: This netbook works a dream and is very easy to transport.