We knew netbooks
were all the rage, but this confirms it. Out of
nowhere, Hannspree--a company better known for lower-end televisions
and general dodads that typically go unnoticed in the mainstream gadget
realm--has issued its very first netbook. Has the world gone mad? Not
until we see a netbook from Toyota.
Anywho, the Hannsnote netbook is a pretty average fellow, with a
typical 10" LCD, 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor (you know, that CPU that's
in pretty much every single netbook ever made) as well as a 1024 x 768
resolution, Intel's 945GSE chipset, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a GMA950 graphics
set, 160GB SATA 2.5" hard drive, audio inputs and outputs, a 1.3MP
webcam, 3-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi module, Bluetooth 2.0, Ethernet, VGA
output and three USB 2.0 ports.
The 6-cell battery, when inserted into the machine, puts the rig's
total weight at 2.9 lbs. As with most other 10" netbooks, this one also
lacks an optical drive internally, but it does come with Windows XP.
For whatever reason, Hannspree felt it logical to price this one at
$380, which just seems outrageous when other, similarly specced
machines are going for under $300. Who knows though--maybe someone will
buy into the false premium, or else we'll see a fire sale started up