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Pros: * Small and compact
* Technically does the job
(yeah, you know this is gonna be a fun review)
Cons: * Drivers not shipped with unit (just a link to where to download them)
* Doesn't work on 64-bit OS
* MIGHT work on Win 7 (have yet to see this myself)
The big problem is with the driver utility is that on Windows 7 the application opens up, you see it in the taskbar, and then it goes away even though its still running in task manager. Some people apparently were able to make it stay shown by tweaking the "Compatibility" tab of the exe properties, but I could not get it to work with my 64-bit Win 7.
I eventually got it to work by taking my netbook running a 32-bit Win 7 and by using Virtual Windows XP mode I was able to get the application to launch. Once it was launched, there's no easy directions for what you are supposed to do. I specifically just wanted to create a WEP channel for my DS, but it took forever to set up and I don't think its worth it if the only way I can make it work is through my netbook in a Virtual XP mode.
Other Thoughts: Its too bad that there just isn't anything else on the market that accomplishes this shy of getting a router dedicated for your DS/Wii/PSP.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: What sets this netbook apart from the other 10" netbooks out there is the Intel Atom N280 Processor, the battery life and Android.
The processor is the N280 instead of the N270, which means it is a 1.66GHz processor instead of a 1.6GHz processor. This isn't as big of a deal as the FSB increase to 667MHz over the 533MHz FSB of the N270 models. This is way more important than the 60MHz processor speed increase.
When I first booted it up, I quickly uninstalled all the garbageware, the free trials and installed all the XP Windows Updates. It runs MUCH faster without all that stuff.
I also installed 2GB of DDR2 667, which has helped out tremendously with multi-tasking. I didn't realize the default memory was DDR2 800, otherwise I would've installed that instead.
I haven't played around with Android too much, but I plan on doing open source development on Android, so having it on a dual boot is awesome.
Cons: There is a current issue on the Acer Aspire One netbooks where they won't come out of standby properly. From what I've read on the interwebs and what I've experienced myself, this can be remedied by changing the power settings. Go to control panel -> power options -> advanced -> de-selecting the "Prompt for
password when you bring your computer out of standby"
Haven't had the issue since.
Other Thoughts: The battery life is fantastic. Most netbooks with 3-cell batteries claim up to 4.5 hours and really get around 3 hours, but this 6-cell battery with the sound off and the screen turned down to its dimmest setting (which is still plenty bright) is averaging me 8 hours a charge on the first 2 charges. Both charges were spent with a moderate amount of multi-tasking taking place (like the removal of the initial garbageware and installation of new programs in the first charge, and some heavy web browsing (around 15 web tabs open at a time) and moderate multi-environment coding (Visual Studio and a GameBoy Advance coding environment) all at the same time.
Handles it all like a champ.
This review is from: GIGABYTE GM-M7700 Noble Black Tilt Wheel RF Wireless Laser 1600 dpi Mouse
Pros: If you have a netbook or laptop and hate using touchpads when you don't need to, I would highly recommend this mouse. This mouse is sturdy in your hand, fits comfortably, and has lots of perks. Of course it has the basic 2 buttons and scroll wheel, but it also has back and forward buttons and scroll wheel click, which you'd be surprised how many small mice do NOT have these.
But probably the best features of this mice are the DPI switching button and the tiny receiver. I like to have a super high mouse sensitivity when web browsing, but when I'd coding or image editing, I want precision from a slow mouse. With the DPI button built in, I can easily have both. The receiver is very subtle when plugged into my netbook, and when you put the mouse away the receiver tucks away inside the mouse.
The power switch on the mouse itself is also nice, as you can turn the mouse off when not using it.
Cons: I would have preferred about 50 grams more weight to the mouse, but its not a desktop mouse like my Logitech G5, so its understandable. Still feels way more sturdy than other small mice I've tried.READ FULL REVIEW