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Packard Bell launches AMD-powered dot m/a netbook

by Parm Mann on 26 June 2009, 14:01

Tags: dot m/a, Packard Bell (TPE:2353)

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Packard Bell has today announced its latest netbook, the dot m/a. The system, pictured below, is dubbed a "netbook evolution", and sports a single-core 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 L110, AMD's RS690E chipset and ATI Radeon X1270 graphics.

Sound familiar? Well, it should, it's identical to the also-new LT3103u from Gateway. No real surprise, considering that both Gateway and Packard Bell are subsidiaries of Acer, but the announcement of the dot m/a brings with it further details - we now know the seemingly-interesting AMD-based netbook will be available in the UK next month priced at £349.99.

Don't get too excited just yet, though. Packard Bell also reveals that the dot m/a's base specification won't be as generous as Gateway's $399 LT3103u. Packard Bell's system will offer less storage - down to 160GB - only 1GB of RAM, and a lacklustre three-cell battery as standard. A 320GB hard drive, 2GB of RAM and a six-cell battery are all optional extras, and no doubt likely to take the price above and beyond £400.



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Wow… they could have at least made it look even slightly different…
wait so $400 for the gateway which has lots of nice features and £350 for the UK one which is too basic for any interest? Thats a joke, means the UK version of the gateway one is going to be more in pound than the gateway is in dollers…. way to completely lose my attention HP
Biscuit
way to completely lose my attention HP
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No real surprise, considering that both Gateway and Packard Bell are subsidiaries of Acer
Not sure what HP have done to upset you there… ;)

Of course, it's always possible that the Gateway one will be released here, cheaper, through different channels / retailers. It's not like that would be unusual…
I hope this netbook is rapidly upgraded to the Conesus/Congo platform.

Neo X2
780G DX10 northbridge
710 southbridge

then it would be very tempting rather than a also-ran
Biscuit
wait so $400 for the gateway which has lots of nice features and £350 for the UK one which is too basic for any interest? Thats a joke, means the UK version of the gateway one is going to be more in pound than the gateway is in dollers…. way to completely lose my attention HP
£350 inc VAT or £304 without vs. £242 for a direct USD to GBP conversion.

£60 difference isn't that bad.