Product Type: Packard Bell Netbook
Newest Review: ... and it can keep up. I take the unit to the photography site with me to check what the images are like, it is lacking in memory howeve... more
Packard Bell Dot sr UK/031
Member Name: tzlubbock
Packard Bell Dot sr UK/031
Advantages: Small, light, fast and faster with a memory upgrade, fully functional PC on the move
Disadvantages: Screen Resolution, LCD Joints, RAM is low, Windows 7 Starter
I bought this netbook because I was looking for a travel companion. Small and of relatively good spec I thought it would do the trick.
I have a problem with tablets and a particular software I use, tablets simply don't support it. Because this unit still works like a PC (in that it has windows) it did the trick for this particular requirement.
So about the product:
Build - its ok...the joints of the screen seem a little flimsy I worry that my heavy handedness will one day break it, but to press they have lasted! The unit other than this is sturdy, very little flex in the chassis. The keyboard is a mini type but is tactile, keys showing some shining after six months use. The mouse pad is good with a tactile click action that does not disappoint.
Speed - surprisingly fast! I render NEF images (negative digital image files) and it can keep up. I take the unit to the photography site with me to check what the images are like, it is lacking in memory however, I noticed a vast speed increase once I gave windows some more RAM to use. The chip has all the power saving features you would expect, it increases performance when demanded and saves battery life when idle
Battery life - talking about battery life, its GREAT! Seriously I can get days out of this thing with intermittent usage. My last trip saw me through 3 days with several internet cafe sessions. All in all I am getting about 4 hours life if not more in some instances.
Screen - Here is where it suffers! The resolution is low, you might expect small resolution because it's a small unit but others out there ARE topping the 600px that this has on its smallest edge. Width wise it does the job for internet pages but I find myself using the F11 (no window) browsing feature to try and squeeze all I can out of those 600px. Its bright however, crisp and renders the images in good color when matched to prints. Contrasty with depth of blacks and whites. The only adjustment however is brightness, you cannot change much else hardware wise. If you wanted to, you would have to turn to software to do this in windows.
Weight - its SO light! Seriously it's not much more than an IPAD in terms of weight.
Connectivity - packed with all the connectivity you need for a travel/compact unit, SD slot, USB, VGA network, WIFI. It would benefit from an HDMI out but sadly it missed the boat on that one!
Software - Other than the Packard bell stuff that is loaded that is of no use to me in reality (update software, social tools etc..) the only notable point is that windows 7 is poor! Simply put its not up to scratch, no desktop wallpaper change ability, no user switch, no remote connectivity. It just drops the hat in all respects. I ended up upgrading for a small fee to get Windows 7 full version. I ask what the point of installing this mini OS is....none that I can think of!
All in all this unit is a good carry round unit, with good battery life and good range of connectivity I rarely find myself stuck when out and about with this mini unit. It's fast enough to do normal day to day work on, and I turn to it when the tablet just cannot do what a PC does. Here is this unit's selling point in fact...it's a great option for when you need a PC on the go. With a decent sized hard disk it helps my on the move productivity.
Alternatives? Lets be honest if you had the cash an ultrabook would be the minicomputer of choice, but all in all this unit can keep up to the user and for the price offers a very attractive alternative at a superb price point!
Summary: Great option if a tablet lacks the features you need, portable and very user oriented!