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By August 23, 2009 Read More →

Advent Altro

Looking for a small, light laptop but want something more than a netbook? Then maybe the Advent Altro will be worth considering. PC World just announced that they are stocking the Altro which is just 21mm thick and weighs a mere 1.6kg!

The Advent Altro

The Advent Altro

Advent is adding to its hugely popular laptop range with the launch today of the Altro, Advent’s most stylish, best value and thinnest laptop yet.
Elegantly engineered the Altro measures just 21mm and weighs only 1.6kg making it thinnest and lightest laptop available for under £600.

Combining the very latest in fashion, functionality and affordability the Altro features an array of the very latest technology and features including a 13.3” widescreen display, built-in webcam and security software. A stylish metal casing and integrated sunken keyboard gives this laptop a sleek and streamlined look. It’s available at PC World from 24 August priced from £599.99

The Altro is packed full of additional features designed to maximise ease of use and performance including ambient lighting and the very latest gesture touchpad, allowing for example, users to pinch items on the pad. Finger print recognition software ensures minimal time but maximum security when logging in.

Designed with the very latest ultra-low voltage processor, the Altro’s battery will last for up to 4 hours making it perfect for mobile use. Anti shock technology also helps protect the hard drive if the laptop is accidentally knocked whilst on the move.
The Altro features a 120GB hard drive and Window Vista Home Premium operating system (with free upgrade to Windows 7 Premium when launched on October 22). A large 3GB memory combined with the latest Intel Celeron processor allows the Altro to handle multiple applications at the same time, while a port replicator has 2 USB ports enabling added memory devices or peripherals to be connected effortlessly.

For those really looking to stand out in a crowd, a second model, the Altro Elite, is also available priced £799.99. Featuring a premium flush glass finish the Elite also comes with a faster Intel Core 2 Solo processor and longer battery life.

 

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By April 14, 2009 Read More →

OQO model 2+

OQO model 2+ Here is a rather tasty little UMPC that popped up at CES. Tech Republic has a nice, quick video featuring a tour of the major features. Looks like a lovely and powerful little device. Check the specs and the original article after the break.

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By February 24, 2009 Read More →

Celio Redfly adopted by US Police

Remember we reviewed the Celio Redfly Mobile Companion last year? Although the Redfly didn’t work properly with my HTC Touch Diamond at the time, due to their not being a Diamond-specific driver, I was still impressed with the technology and thought it was a great solution that would certainly suit a lot of people.

Today I was having a mooch around the net and I came across the press release below. I thought it was interesting to learn that Memphis Police had just deployed 1,200 of the Redfly units as an alternative to in-car laptops.

From the press release:

Celio Corp today announced that the Memphis, Tennessee, Police Department (MPD) has purchased and deployed 1,200 REDFLY Mobile Companions to officers in the field as an alternative to in-car laptops. The REDFLY is a smartphone terminal with a large screen and full keyboard that lets officers use their Windows Mobile-compatible smartphones as if they were full-blown PCs. The REDFLYs save hardware costs while increasing productivity and also improving the quality and the accuracy of the officers’ field reports.

The REDFLY links to the smartphone via a USB cable or wireless Bluetooth connection. REDFLY enables users to comfortably use email, read attachments, view Web sites, and use applications that reside on their smartphones for greater mobile productivity.

Prior to the REDFLYs, the Memphis PD was using smartphones to gain access to sites and applications such as the Watson Field Reporting Suite and the MPD’s own web database. However, it quickly became apparent that working and typing on the smartphone’s small screen and keyboard limited the officers’ ability to effectively use the databases and applications to aid in their jobs.

“We noticed that when officers use only their smartphones, reports had typos and the quality of the narratives were not as detailed as they needed to be,” said Major Jim Harvey. “The larger screen and keyboard has given our officers what they need to bring up mug shots and individuals’ information from our databases, as well as implement a new Paperless Reporting program to submit incident report narratives. Now they can do their jobs more effectively and are very comfortable using their smartphones to file their reports.”

The purchase of REDFLY has enabled the Memphis PD to improve incident report narratives. The officers now have much larger screen real estate and a larger QWERTY keyboard provided by the REDFLY’s eight-inch display and keyboard.

Harvey continued, “We want to provide our officers with the best technology, while being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money. This is a good investment.”

“The Memphis PD’s decision to use the REDFLY Mobile Companion is a tremendous example of the efficiency and cost savings this technology can provide,” said Kirt Bailey, president and CEO of Celio Corp. “They are showing organizations of every size how to get the most out of their mobile technology investment.”

For more information about the REDFLY Mobile Companion, visit www.celiocorp.com.

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By February 26, 2008 Read More →

OQO Model e2 review

OQOs e2, the future of portable computing?

The 10 second review:

Device: OQO Model e2
Cost: from £909 to £1400
Available from: eXpansys
Summary: A good looking, powerful, UMPC. A credible notebook replacement

Best of: You can leave your notebook at home, no really you can.
Worst Of: Well nothing really, being really picky you could say it’s a bit too heavy for the pocket with the extended battery
Ho hum: Style marring 3G whip aerial, thumb keyboard a bit fiddly

OQO Model e2

OQO Model e2

OQO revealed the Model 01 back in 2005 to great reviews and I can remember lusting after it at the time. I was really quite excited when the postie arrived with the package that contained OQO’s latest model e2, complete with its docking station.

There are a couple of limitations in this review as the review device we’ve been sent was not quite the latest incarnation of the Model e2 as it came with Windows XP pro rather than XP tablet edition or Vista installed. There are a few other enhancements you can add but more of this later.

The Full Review:

Ultra mobile computing has been a fascination of mine for a while, my old Toshiba Libretto 50CT was one of the first sub notebooks and its always been a favourite, very portable but now far too under specified to be of any real use apart from geek bragging rights. For the first time since using the Libretto I’ve found a device that is as equally portable and sufficiently powerful to compare it to its larger contemporaries.

Environment

I set out to use the Model e2 as a fully fledged notebook replacement for a full working week; it was a typical week for me a couple of days working from home on client proposals, a couple of days on customer site and a day in the office. My regular kit bag was otherwise the same Windows Mobile Smartphone for email triage and quick calendar and a pen and pad for note taking. I’d hoped to use the OQO to take notes using Microsoft OneNote in meetings, which is a real UMPC benefit but the review device had XP pro onboard which prevented this, I did however put the powered up unit on the table, to assess how obtrusive the noise it generates is.

OQO Model e2 Specification:

  • Up to 1.6GHz VIA C7-M CPU
  • Up to 120GB HDD and available 32GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
  • Up to 1.0GB DDR2 SDRAM
  • Integrated WiFi 802.11a/b/g with diversity and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • Ergonomic illuminated thumb keyboard
  • Ultra bright 5” (127mm) 800×480 display with zooming up to 1200×720 interpolated mode
  • Windows® XP Professional, XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, or Windows Vista®
  • Handheld form factor at 142mm x 84mm x 26mm and only 454 grams
  • UK keyboard with Pound Sterling, Euro, and Japanese Yen shortcut keys
  • Up to 6 hours of continuous usage and 3 days of standby time with extended battery
OQO Model e2

The e2 as supplied was almost the top of the range model, a 1.6 GHz VIA CPU, 1 Gbyte DDR2 SDRAM, 120 Gbyte, drop detect shock mounted HDD. The review device was fitted with the HSDPA option so Connectivity is 802.11a/b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2, and ‘mobile broadband’ it’s unclear as to which variant of HSDPA is supported but I was getting reasonable performance. Windows XP pro was the OS of choice.

You can now get the e2 with vista Ultimate or Business installed and the latest offering from OQO is the inclusion of a solid state drive of either 32 Gb ( add about £300 to the cost ) or 64 Gb with a sunlight optimised display (add about £700). The e2 is also available in the states with embedded WIMAX a novelty for most of us today but a taste of the future.

I’m not sure how the OQO would cope with Vista’s demands, the Gbyte of RAM is below recommended levels and I’d be intrigued to see the device in action, a comparable notebook of mine runs vista in XP mode (all the prettiness turned off) without too much difficulty.

Pricing
The e2 can be yours with the 1.5 GHz CPU, 60 Gb HDD and Vista Business for about £850, add about £15 to get XP. The 1.6 GHz model starts at about £1000 with the top pf the range 1.6 GHz, 64 Gbyte SSD sunlight optimised display version just squeezing in under £2000.

Highlights:

  • A credible notebook replacement: the e2 easily replaced my HP notebook, was way more portable and is a whole order of magnitude sexier.
  • Connectivity: the e2 supports 3G, 802.11g & Bluetooth WIMAX is available in the states so you truly have connectivity on the move.
  • Size: it’s tiny; with the standard battery you can fit the e2 into a jacket pocket.
  • Performance: the OQO is up to the job for most tasks, there were a couple of hiccups, Groove takes a while to sync up but apart from that the e2 flies

No Lights:

  • Thumbpad: notwithstanding the fact that OQO call the thumbpad a thumbpad and it’s a good thumbpad, I’d prefer a keyboard I could touch type on it’s the only real disappointment with the e2 for me (and it’s a personal opinion). I got round it using a separate Bluetooth peripheral but that’s more stuff for the kitbag. Tablet handwriting recognition would help but unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to try it out.
  • Wireless Application: frankly it’s a bit of a pain to set up and grumbles in conjunction with the XP zero configuration wireless service but once up and running it’s OK
  • 3G Performance: the SIM holder is perched on the back of the device, not recessed and there seemed to be occasional problems with the SIM connection in the review device once or twice the battery had to come off to wiggle the SIM to get the wireless app. to recognise it was installed. The e2 is supposed to support up to 3.6 Mbits 3G but I was never able to take advantage of it.

Lowlights:

  • Nothing: really Nothing!

REVIEW

First impressions were great, unboxing the device was a pleasure, you can ignore this bit if you want to skip to my impressions of the device itself however the presentation of the unit and the docking station in their boxes was excellent.

I’ve revealed my shallowness before and there is no point hiding the fact that when I shell out a chunk of money on a device my eco warrior credentials slip and I like to see packaging that reflects the fact that I’ve exchanged several hundred pounds for a piece of technology.

Packaging can play a big part of avoiding the technology disillusionment that can hit you when you hold your latest gizmo in your hand. Apple are absolute masters of great packaging and although it may seem a little facile, great packaging demonstrates consideration of the customer experience from end to end which is essential no matter what solution you are providing.

The device

Fantastic is the word that springs to mind when describing many of the attributes of the e2 build quality is fantastic, size is fantastic, performance is fantastic, styling is fantastic, the form factor is mostly fantastic.

The device looks great, glossy black, a great 5” WVGA screen, not touch sensitive but tablet capable with the OQO pen which costs around £20.

OQO Model e2 closed

OQO Model e2 closed

Closed it’s about the size of a small notepad with thumbpad exposed its a little larger but still easily hand portable,

The thumbpad is very positive, well implemented, and ergonomically pleasing but remember OQO are being honest when calling it a Thumbpad. The thumbpad is QWERTY with other characters accessible by the function key and has a separate number pad, for sending a short email or quickly editing a document it’s spot on, for more extensive documents it’s not brilliant but adequate in an emergency.

OQO Model e2 keyboard

OQO Model e2 keypad

The mouse nipple falls readily under the right thumb and the left and right mouse buttons under left thumb, you can whiz the pointer around the screen really easily. Function, Ctrl, Alt and shift, are sticky keys with a handy LED next to the key to notify you that they are activated.

The pad has the same layout as other OQO models and does the job well, however I found the keys a little small for my liking, personally I’d prefer relocating the number keys onto the main keyboard and having slightly larger regular keys that said it’s a thumbpad.

Layout Is logical, power, battery release and Kensington lock port to the left

OQO Model e2 left side

OQO Model e2 left side

3G whip aerial to the right, you can also see the battery charge indicator on the main body of the battery on the bottom right of this shot, another nice touch, it works independently of the main power and on a disconnected battery so you can quickly press it and get an LED indication of remaining charge in your spare batteries.

OQO Model e2 right side

OQO Model e2 right side

HDMI adapter port, docking station/ Ethernet adapter port and USB2 port to the bottom

OQO Model e2 bottom

OQO Model e2 bottom

Size wise the OQO is definitely a hand portable device; pocketable (with the standard battery, a bit of a struggle with the extended battery) you can carry the standard device in a suit pocket without too much difficulty.

There are some very pleasant visual design cues, fancy grilles for the fan outlets the touch sensitive scroll bars next to the bottom right of the screen are perfectly placed.

Operation

The e2 seems to be pretty responsive regular applications (OpenOffice, Outlook, OneNote) run well without glitches, as I mentioned above Groove took a while to synchronise and there was the occasional momentary hang when switching applications however for its size the e2 is brilliant. It doesn’t run too hot either as the device seems to be well vented.

I had the e2 running for over two hours on the standard and over four hours on the extended battery with WiFi in use and Bluetooth for an external keyboard, this is pretty impressive for a full XP device, again Vista might make a difference to this, but with both batteries to hand you can get a full working day out of the device without recharging.

I couldn’t test out the use of the e2 as a tablet, however I did have the device on and on the table in couple of meetings, apart from the interest this elicited the e2 runs silently enough so as not to be obtrusive, if you’re a OneNote fan as I am you really could use the e2 in meetings.

Configuration

The OQO is great, the device is very well put together and well thought out, the inclusion of a USB port on the main body of the unit is a real boon there’s always a tendency to leave these on the docking station to save space but it’s a real pain when you want to transfer files in these post floppy days.

The supplied power adapter is compact and easily portable, the package as a whole, with the VGA adapter is easy to slip into small bag and take with you, and if you were to decide to take the docking station with you as well you’d still end up with a package that’s smaller than the average notebook.

My one reservation is that the SIM holder is a bit exposed and it seems that the SIM occasionally gets disconnected if you move the device too violently.

OQO Model e2 SIM card slot

OQO Model e2 SIM card slot

Look and Feel

We’re talking good old Windows XP and not a great deal to add to this really, it’s familiar and reliable and does the job.

Applications

The standard bundle is pretty light, you get full XP pro or Vista but there’s no Microsoft Office, there are a handful of OQO specific applications but nothing that adds a great deal, as a consumer to be honest I’d have liked to have seen Office here, as a corporate user I suppose there’s a good change office is already licensed within the business. There’s always OpenOffice which runs like a dream.

Peripherals

Docking station, with built in CD or DVD recorder, it retains the visual styling of the e2 and

OQO Model e2 docking station sockets

OQO Model e2 docking station sockets

Provides plenty of ports, the e2 looks really good when docked and if you’ve embraced the benefits of dual monitors you can make use of LCD and e2 screen at the same time.

OQO Model e2 docked

OQO Model e2 docked

The docking station is really compact so you could, if you wished, carry it with you to provide full notebook facilities.

There’s also a capacitive pen for use with table edition for about £20 you can use the e2 screen as a touch screen and take advantage of the handwriting recognition

Overall Assessment

I can’t stress it enough, the e2 is really a mini notebook, with the docking station and pen you get a fully featured tablet and with the new SSD options you should experience next gen mobile computing faster boot and better battery life. If it weren’t for the imminent arrival of the HTC shift I’d be tempted to shell out on one myself, I may yet do so.

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By September 10, 2007 Read More →

OQO Model 2.1?

I’m currently finishing a review of the OQO Model 2, but apparently it’ll already be out of date by the time its finished!

OQO have annouced UK specific modifications to the standard setup.

The newer version has a 1.6Ghz processor (up from 1.5, and the basic model will come with a 40GB hard drive, rather than 30GB. The mid range model now has an 80GB drive, up from 60GB.

There will also be a 120GB model, alongside a 32GB FLASH drive(!) which should up the battery life.

There is also rumours of a price cut, and the addition of 3G, which would add massively to the genuine usefulness of the device.

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By September 29, 2006 Read More →

Tiny engine to power laptops

Batteries and fuel cells are established contenders to power laptops and mobile phones, but now researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a novel approach to the power conundrum – by building an engine on a chip.

Micro Engine

Gas-turbine engines more normally power whole cities but MIT’s Professor Alan Epstein was determined that minuscule versions could be used to “power a person”.

Ten years on from having the brainwave, Professor Epstein believes the microengine could give batteries a run for their money, offering 10 times the power of a battery of the same weight at the same price point.

“A laptop that will run for three hours on battery charge will run for 15 to 20 hours using the microengine and it should end up costing no more than current batteries,” said Professor Epstein.

He believes it could be available commercially within three to five years.

Matt

Source: BBC News

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By August 29, 2006 Read More →

Acer TravelMate 3012 Review (Part 4)

Review Part 4 – Summary

Go To Part 1 of the review.

Go To Part 2 of the review.

Go To Part 3 of the review.

It’s been almost a month since the last part of my review of the Acer TravelMate 3012. I thought it was about time that I wound the reviews up with a conclusion.

TravelMate 3012WTMi

Since I bought the TravelMate back in July I have used it literally every day, I’ve hardly used my desktop PC at home. The raw performance of the 3012 model really surprised me. Typically laptop PC’s are somewhat slower than their desktop counterparts, however with the Intel’s Core Duo processor there is plenty of power on tap.

There are a couple of negatives with the TravelMate. Firstly the LCD doesn’t seem bright enough. Although indoors I have been running the backlight at 60% brightness, when I am sitting on a train 100% brightness isn’t enough. That said the clarity of the screen is good.

The battery life isn’t as good as I had hoped. Even with the backlight brightness set very low, and the CPU speed set to low I’m realistically only getting a few hours use. This is ok most of the time but is not great. Also, as I said in an earlier part of the review, I’ve had some issues with the power management. Sometimes the profile doesn’t change when you unplug the power and the CPU continues to run at maximum speed, using up the precious battery power.

The final annoyance is that the homepage for Internet Explorer has been set to the Acer website and no matter what I do and no matter how I change it the home page reverts back to Acer. If anyone knows how to resolve then please let me know!

The built in webcam is pretty good. Running it at the full native resolution of 1.3 mega pixels results in a poor frame rate but at the sort of resolution that you would use for the likes of Skype or MSN Messenger then the frame rate is pretty decent. The camera software also includes some neat face tracking software that has some fun options such as attaching bushy eyebrows or a mustache to your face.

In terms of quietness the Acer is really impressive. The CPU fan runs very infrequently but even when it is running it is very quiet. This is a welcome change to my old Dell which was really quite noisy.

In conclusion the Acer TravelMate 3012 is a very capable machine. It’s the fastest laptop I have ever owned and is a real pleasure to use. The problems that I’ve had with it are rather minor when compared with the rest of the package. It offers excellent value for money. I’m happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a small and light machine capable of delivering desktop performance.

Matt

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By August 2, 2006 Read More →

Acer TravelMate 3012 Review (Part 3)

Review Part 3 – Power management/battery life.

Go To Part 1 of the review.

Go To Part 2 of the review.

As a commuter, power management and battery life are important features on any laptop. On other laptops that I’ve used I ended up installing various third party applications in order to help extend the battery life. Smart Switch XP was one tool that I found particularly useful in the past.

Like other Acer models the 3012 comes with a a power management tool called Acer ePower Management. This is accessed via an icon in the task bar or via a function key on the keyboard. This brings up a window with a variety of controls.

Acer ePower Management Window

There are basic controls for things like LCD Brightness and CPU speed as well as being able to change the hard drive and screen turn off time. You can also turn off the Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, Firewire, Cardbus and LAN interfaces in order to save more power.

The ePower application also allows you to switch power profiles. There are a number of default profiles but you can also create your own. This is quite useful if you never use bluetooth for example you can disable this in profiles that you use. You can have profiles for battery and AC use too.

One problem that I came across during every day use is that the profiles often do not switch between battery and AC automatically when you plug in or unplug the power. This caught me out a few times when I was using the laptop on the Train and it was still set to the AC profile which had all of the interfaces turned on and the CPU speed set to MAX. This configuration really eats battery!

Fortunately the 3012WMTi ships with two batteries in the standard package. This is a really nice idea, I always end up buying additional batteries for laptops as a backup but there is no need here. One battery is a small 3 cell unit which fits perfectly on the back of the Acer. The other is a larger 6 cell battery which sticks out the back of the laptop. (See below)

Acer 6 cell battery

I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of the 6 cell battery sticking out the back of the laptop but in practice it really doesn’t seem to matter and doesn’t look that bad.

I actual use I found that with the CPU set to its lowest speed and with all but the cardbus interface switched off, the battery life is a bit lower than Acer claim. The 3 Cell battery gives me around 90 minutes of use and the 6 cell about 210 minutes. This obviously varies according to what you are actually doing on the laptop but fortunately is long enough for my use.

Still more to come…

Go To Part 1 of the review.

Go To Part 2 of the review.

Matt

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By July 29, 2006 Read More →

Acer TravelMate 3012 Review (Part 2)

Review Part 2 – Software toys.

Go To Part 1 of the review.

The Acer TravelMate 3012 comes with a variety of software tools and applications. Many of these are accessed from the ‘e’ button below the screen. Pressing this button brings up the Acer ‘Empowering Technology’ panel.

The panel covers:

  • eData Security Management which allows you to encrypt files
  • eLock Management for locking removable storage
  • ePerformance Management covering memory and hard drive optimisation
  • eRecovery Management burns backups to DVD
  • eSettings Management – bios and admin passwords
  • eNet Management for wireless network setup
  • ePower Management – all aspects of power management
  • ePresentation Management is a simple utility which enables you to select the resolution of your external projector
  • Other software that ships with the 3012 includes Cyberlink PowerDVD, NTI CD & DVD Maker, Adobe Reader 7.0 and Norton Antivirus.

    The nice thing about the other shipped apps. is that they don’t install by default but rather you can choose to install them later if you wish. I like this idea much better as, for example, my Dell laptop shipped with McAfee security suite on a 90 day trial. I didn’t want McAfee as I use Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition at work. McAfee was a real pain to remove from the Dell, requiring about 5 reboots. No problems here if you don’t want any of the software you simply choose not to install it.

    One final cool piece of software is the Acer GraviSense application. This is an innovative utility designed to protect your data by automatically “parking” the heads of the hard drive in the event that sudden motion is detected. The Acer GraviSense can also be set to activate an alarm in case your notebook is moved by an unauthorized person. In anti-theft mode, if the laptop is moved a password must be entered before it can be used again.

    In practice I found most of the software to be pretty useful. The Gravisense thing is pretty cool to play with to see just how much you have to move the laptop for the software to notice!

    One problem I am having at the moment is with the ePower Management. This application overrides the standard Windows power management interface in favour of a more complex array of controls. These cover the basics such as backlight brightness and standby/hibernation times but it also includes the ability to turn on and off bluetooth, WiFi, Firewire and the cardbus interface as well as throttle the CPU. The problem I’m seeing with this is that often it does not recognise when you switch from running on mains power to running on battery. As a result the CPU isn’t throttled down and I find myself running out of battery power pretty quickly. I just have to remember to check the status manually each time I plug in or unplug the power.

    Anyway, enough for now on software. We’ll cover something else next time!

    Go To Part 1 of the review.

    Matt

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    By July 28, 2006 Read More →

    Acer TravelMate 3012 Review (Part 1)

    I’ve had my TravelMate 3012 for a full week now and I have used it a LOT. I commute to and from London every day so it gets a fair amount of use on the train as well as being used while I’m in the office and at home.

    I’ve decided to break my review down into manageable chunks and post each part over a period of time.

    What you get in the box

    Firstly, what do you get in the box with a 3012WTMi? My basic model shipped with the following:

  • The TravelMate itself (obviously!)
  • Power adapter/charger
  • Two batteries – a 3 cell and a 6 cell
  • External multi-format DVD/CD reader/writer
  • Firewire cable for the DVD drive
  • Modem cable
  • Manual and Warranty Card
  • Everything was well packed within the box, quite exciting to unpack it all! Other reviews mention a bluetooth VoIP headset with this model but I didn’t get one in the box.

    The first time you boot the 3012 it runs through a series of setup and install screens. A series of Acer applications and utilities are loaded. The initial setup takes quite a long time and you have to reboot several times along the way. One thing that surprised me was that after all the setup the screen wasn’t set to the native res of the TFT instead being left at 1024 x 768 rather than 1280 x 800. Easy to change I know but would have thought that this should be part of the initial install.

    The setup installs a number of applications but I shall cover them and what they do in part 2 which will soon follow.

    Go to Part 2 of the review

    Matt

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