A few days ago I mentioned that Packard Bell is putting out a netbook. Packard Bell was recently acquired by Acer, which probably explains why the netbook looks a lot like the Acer Aspire One. Thanks to Cloudbook UMPC and Eee PC.net we now have a slightly better picture of the Packard Bell dot (PDF link), which is apparently what the company has decided to name the netbook.

The dot will sport an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, and a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU. It runs Windows XP, has 3 USB ports, 802.11b/g WiFi a webcam, a 5-in-1 card reader, and an optional 3G wireless module.

The press release makes it a bit difficult to tell whether the Packard Bell dot will ship with a 3 or 6 cell battery. It state that “there’s even room for an extra 6-cell battery for heavy-duty use.” There are several ways to read that. It could mean you’ll get a 3 cell battery, but a 6 cell version will be available as an accessory. Or it could mean it ships with a 6 cell battery. I’m guessing the former is the case.

The dot will be available in Europe starting in November for €399 or about $590 US.



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3 replies on “More info on Packard Bell’s netbook”

  1. Saw this netbook side by side with the Aspire One (in the Mediamarkt, The Netherlands). Looks almost exactly the same. Differences I noted:

    TRACKPAD Where the Aspire One has a “sticky’ feeling trackpad (covered in the same paint as the chassis) which I find (very) unfriendly to use (my finger will not slide easily across the trackpad) , the trackpad on the PB dot is easier to slide your finger around on – has a more silky feel to it.

    HINGE The PB Dot has in my opinion a somewhat nicer hinge construction, less gaps opening up in the hinge when opening the device

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