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Ectaco 5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Just about every format under the sun.
SD Card Expandability.
Form Factor.
Price.
Screen.
Multi-lingual.
Battery-life.

Cons: Different font selections would be nice. Battery indicator is pretty crappie. The 'book title+pagecount' ui chrome can't be toggled, so no full-screen experience. Black model was pictured, received a gray one. A circa-80's CASIO/RadioShak color gray which is not particularly pretty. These are all incidental and for the price not enough to subtract from the value of this device.

The only other con that i can think of is that though the company is still selling this device, there is no support for enhancements as they've moved on. Not much action on the company forums either. This is basically a sunsetted product. No more updates, but the current version is stable and not really sure they could add functionality/features. 1egg subtracted for a company not standing behind a product. The [official website] [jetbook.net] should give you an idea of they're level of commitment.

Other Thoughts: If you know what you're doing with ebooks, this product is fine. If you don't, it may be a little weird. The pdf has reflow which is great for a device this cheap. If you have the option ePub is probably the best format for this device as it will keep the fonts if embedded, has wide range of zoom and generally will be closest to a print book (albeit a mass market paperback).

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MSI Wind U100-018US Champagne Pink Intel Atom N270(1.60GHz) 10.0
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Form factor is convenient. Chicklet keyboard is comfortable. Function keys are usable and not overly numerous (trackpad disable, external monitor switch, brightness, webcam, volume, mute, turbo, wireless, sleep+numberlock&scrolllock) Not much bloat at all relative to other manufacturers. Is whisper silent and monitor is fully viewable on sunny days outside. Can even play some 3d games like Counterstrike, Morrowind, GTA:Vice City (ca. 2004ish i guess) Hulu and Netflix play fine with lower streams, haven't tried hi-res. 720p h.264 mkv with single audio stream just barely playable with 3rd party CoreAVC (worth the $12). All productivity stuff is of course do-able, don't know about MS Office as it is against my religion. Photoshop CS3 is runnable if sluggish (fully expected)

Cons: Trackpad (Sentelic) has bad track record. My first unit had to be RMA'd due to a malfunctioning pad. Other users have run into same issue. Could have just used a mouse but the idea of super portable form factor seems to preclude too many accessories. 2 hours of battery life goes way too quickly for me. I wish they had other color options or i had caught them at the price of $250. Audio is a Realtek HD 5.1 something or other which is ridiculous on a laptop and sounds pretty shitty coming out of the $0.30 speakers, headphones are an absolute must. Really don't like the Realtek HD Audio management software, as it doesn't seem to let me monitor my mic's even though they are unmuted, no playback through speakers. A line-in would have been a dream for me on this machine, as the mic input adds signal noise no matter what even with boost off. Audio suppresion/noise cancellation is usable for vidchat but no other forseeable purpose.

Other Thoughts: Overall i really do love this little netbook, and am singing it's praises to all who ask. There are many. I mean c'mon, the thing IS pink. At least it doesn't have unicorn decals on it, and it is an 'ashes of roses' and not barbie pink. Was upset that first had to be RMA's after only 2 hours, not even finished setting it up. Newegg service was impeccable, however. I am not only able to use this for more than i had thought, but actually look forward to all the cool things i can do i had thought off-limits. Often resorting to being lazy and just remoting into desktop, it's great. With a good 4-8gb flash drive you should be set (no optical drive of course, i often throw disks on a flash and go). Other users might prefer a mouse, very subjective. Am getting along fine with current trackpad and synaptics software loaded for extra features.

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RiDATA 4.7GB 8X DVD-R Thermal Printable 50 Packs Spindle Shiny White Disc Model DRD-47-8X-RDSW502
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Price, price, price. 'Nuff said

Cons: Lack of data osmosis. They sit on the tower, but still don't absorb my data. :(

Other Thoughts: Really, the simple things in life count. Optical media should just work, and reliably at that. I've never had a problem with these. Burning, labelling, writing w/marker on surface, using as quick impromptu mirror. Same media that gets sent to re-brander manufacturers and end up in your brick-and-mortar's for shameful markup.

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Evan R.'s Profile

Display Name: Evan R.

Date Joined: 02/10/08

  • Reviews: 3
  • Helpfulness: 3
  • First Review: 02/21/10
  • Last Review: 12/03/12
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