By Andy Vandervell
Reviewed: 13 Oct 2008
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I always thought a trackpad or an IBM style nipple was the simplest solution to the lack of space on a netbook; it's nice to finally see a company following that route (even if this isn't quite a netbook). I wish Lenovo would stick one on their netbook. Given the touch screen I'd say bump an extra 1GB of ram into this thing & put on Vista (for its much improved touchscreen features) and you'd have a pretty killer machine. If they gave the next version a tablet mode and slimmed it down a bit they could add 𧶀/300 to the price and it'd still be good value.
Moving all punctuation to the top seems like a mistake to me - whatever about square brackets and the hash, punctuation like commas, full stops and apostrophies are every bit as essential as letters, and are used far more often than many. Why not move the Q out while you're at it?Otherwise, it seems like a pretty decent achievement. Flawed, certainly, but decent nonetheless.
Definately getting closer to what I want from a mini-notebook/netbook type thing
This is the size a netbook should be, it's just a shame it didn't manage to pack in everything else that the ultimate netbook requires.It's not clear from the review how the optical touchpoint works? It doesn't sound like a normal trackpoint if you can press down on it so is it some sort of 'optical mouse sensor mounted upside down' job?
This kinda reminds me of the HTC Shift, but updated. If there was a custom UI, and a way of accessing the touch screen without having the keyboard out (like the Shift), the touchscreen would be more useful.
Certainly looks like it does a lot of things right. But considering what Netbooks are used for - I think I'd sooner take a single core 1.6GHz ATOM over a 1.2GHz X2. I'm not sure a second core is particularly useful...
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