pb-dotPackard Bell’s Dot netbook, which bears a striking resemblance to the Acer Aspire One (which makes sense since Acer owns Packard Bell) is popping up throughout Europe. Trusted Reviews notes that the Dot will be available in the UK in January for £299. Meanwhile, Blogeee reports that the Dot is already listed at French retailer Darty’s web site for 379 Euros.

Apparently the Dot isn’t just limited to Europe though. Chilean web site Tecnoblog has posted a brief review of the netbook, which it says will be available in Chile in a few days.

The Packard Bell Dot has the same basic chassis, keyboard, and overall layout as the Acer Aspire One. It is painted a different color and it has the Packard Bell logo instead of the Acer logo. But that’s about it for the differences. Both netbooks have 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel displays, 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPUs, 1GB of RAM, a multi-format card reader, 802.11b/g WiFi, 3 USB ports, and a 3 cell battery with an optional 6 cell version available. The Packard Bell Dot does seem to come with a 160GB hard drive standard, while the Aspire One comes with a variety of solid state disk and hard drive options. And like the Aspire One, the Dot can be configured with a 3G modem.

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4 replies on “Packard Bell Dot takes on Europe”

  1. Saw it at Media Markt too, next to the AAO. The PBD trackpad is nicer (more silky) than the AAO trackpad (sticky, same paint as body of netbook).

  2. The hinge is different than the Acer Aspire One but the red dots on the ends of the hinge are the same. The spot where the web cam is, I gather that’s it anyway, looks silvery where on the AAO it’s black, but that could be reflections of some sort in the photo. Same for the finish, which does look matte whereas the AAO is glossy. But all in all it looks remarkably like my AAO, other than that hinge.

  3. A bit misleading image…looks like it has much better, much more matte finish than Aspire One.

    Though, after seeing few real photos, this does not seem to be the case…

  4. I’ve already seen one of those at a MediaMarkt in the Netherlands. They sold it for 399 Euros.

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