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Packard Bell unveils Windows 7 range

by Scott Bicheno on 9 September 2009, 11:02

Tags: Packard Bell (TPE:2353)

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The products

The dot m/u

PB is positioning the dot m/u as "the first netbook with the personality of a notebook". To everyone else, this means a ‘thin-and-light' notebook, defined by us as one sporting Intel's CULV or AMD's Neo processor - in this case the former.

Herein lies the challenge for PB - we still define the form factor by the processor inside it. Atom = netbook, CULV/Neo = thin and light, mobile CPU = notebook, full fat CPU = desktop, etc.

Anyway, the dot m/u is an 11/6 inch product pretty reminiscent of its predecessor: the dot m/a, but with a claimed eight hours of battery life and an optional 3G module. Prices will start at £399.



The EasyNote Butterfly m

This one is, officially, a thin-and-light, once more sporting a CULV processor and claiming eight hours of battery life. This time, however, PB provides a 15.6 inch screen and offers ATI Radeon HD 4330 discrete graphics as an option, which will impact the battery life if chosen.

To counter this PB offers some of its own power management software and a nice little extra is a full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements. 3G is once-more an option and pricing will start at €599.



The oneTwo L

The strange naming trend continues with PB's all-in-one (AIO) touchscreen desktop. Most of the growth in the desktop space has been in nettops (Atom) and AIOs, and PB wasn't about to miss out.

There are actually two products, the oneTwo L and the oneTwo M, which have 23 and 20 inch screens respectively. The emphasis is on the intuitiveness of the touch-screen interface, which comes with a bunch of unique softwear that PB reckons even complete computer illiterates will be able to use.

The oneTwo L comes with an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU (they don't say which one) and discrete graphics in the form of the ATI Radeon Mobility 4670 are an upgrade option. PB doesn't say whether the oneTwo M comes with an inferior CPU, but its price of €599, in contrast to the oneTwo L at €999 implies it does.



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