Monday, November 23, 2009

PanDigital 5x7 Photo Scanner

I really cannot believe this.
How low can I go?

I was channel surfing like a month ago and there wasn’t anything that got a hold of my attention. The same shows, the same movies, etc. In my search for entertainment I stopped at a specific channel, a specific SHOPPING channel, you know the one… QVC! There was a technology show going on there and since I was bored I decided to keep watching it. WHAT A MISTAKE THAT WAS! I ended up ordering:



So this is a tiny Photo Scanner capable of scanning up to 5x7 pictures. I was at the time scanning my photos with an old, heavy and big scanner which wasn’t even mine. I took the plunge and ordered this because it looked promising. What is really good about it is that I don’t even need this to be connected to the PC as it stores the pictures in the SD card slot of the scanner (and the box already includes a 1GB SD Card.



Specifications:


Supported Media - Media card formats
SD, MS, MS Pro, MMC, XD

Memory Card Reader: Built-in 5-in-1

Connectivity: Mini USB 2.0

Power Input: 100-240W

Scanning Document Size: Up to 5x7 inch images

Photo Feeding: Sheet Feed Type

Output Image Format: JPEG

Resolution: 600 dpi

Additional Feature: Dimensions --> 7.5"W x 1.75"H x 3"D / 1 lb

And that’s it.
Everything you need comes inside the Box.
We have:

1) AC Power Adapter
2) Mini-USB to USB cable
3) 1GB SD Card
4) Manual, Registration Card, etc.
5) Cleaning Kit
6) Scanner



As you can see by the picture above, the box is pretty complete and the SD card even comes with a software you can run/install to your PC for further picture modifications (I haven’t used it and I’m pretty sure I never will hehehehe :-p

As advertised, the scanner really takes less than 10 seconds to scan a whole picture. I was going to record some video of it in action but haven’t had time to do it yet. Picture quality is good too (at least it is WAY BETTER than the big Epson scanner I was using!) And what I love the most is that it is so tiny, you can really put it anywhere on your desktop and it will fit.





I will post some scan samples later in the week.


All in all, I believe this was a great purchase for just $100 (including shipping!).
I highly recommend this for someone looking to substitute a big scanner (of course, only if you are using it to scan pictures!) or for someone looking specifically for a photo scanner. You wont be disappointed.


Check it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

DecalGirl PS3 Skin Kit

Hello everyone!

So a friend of mine at work was doing what we all usually do at work (browse the net -- don't tell anyone!) and stumbled on a website selling different skins for a bunch of gadgets and gaming consoles (Xbox, DS, PSP, iPods, etc.)

DecalGirl.com

Since he owns a PS3 he started looking at some of the custom skins they had there and sent me his choice via e-mail. I thought: "WTF!?! The PS3 is a gorgeous console (although big and heavy as hell) why would you butcher it by applying some God-awful skin?" After 5 minutes looking at some designs, I was ready to order one! hehehehe Oh the irony! And since, well, like I've said before, I'm compulsive, I ordered one.



Decided on "World Killer" (since I enjoy all those space/sci-fi themes anywhere (be it art, movies, etc.)

World Killer PS3 Theme



Now, as you can see in the pictures, it arrives in a neat package (both the console and controller skins). Also, the PS3 kit is divided in 3 parts: Main Console, Memory Card compartment and Power/Eject area strip. Picture/graphics quality is excellent and I can tell you that their "Guarantee" is real. I did NOT see any smudging, nor fading as of now.

Installation:

My GOOOOODDDD what a pain in the ass this was to put on! lol
I think I spent half an hour to try and put the "main" part of the skin on my PS3 and I still ended up with air bubbles all over the place! :-( Slowly but surely I could put it MOSTLY correct. They have "instructions" on the website but what I would really recommend is: GET ANOTHER PERSON TO HELP!!!!


(you can see that one section was botched up on this picture!!! lol)



Anyway, if you get anyone to help, this can be done in like 10 minutes and your PS3 will look just like you want it without spending a lot of money.



The controller skin was actually easier to put than the main console one. It looks like a great quality skin and does not feel uncomfortable at all when playing. Hopefully that one will not smudge or fade because of the constant use (also, another good point, these skins will not leave ugly, sticky "glue" on your console if you decide to remove them in the future -- at least that's what they say! hehehe).

Now to the most important question: DO I recommend this?

Answer: Hell Yeahhh.

If you are looking to give an extra ooommmpphh to your PS3 or whatever gadget, find a skin that suits you, that you like and try it. These skins are fairly cheap (I'm surprised because they seem to be of very high quality!!) so you wont be feeling "buyer's remorse" if you decide that you don't like it later!

All in all, Thumbs Up!!!


Check it peeps!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Motorola Droid Preview...

Uuufff

I'm not really a fan of these multi-purpose phones (i.e to me a phone is just to make calls and if I want internet or any other thing I use a MID, UMPC, etc.) But this one:

Motorola Droid

sure got me interested! The spec list is as long as my... well not that short.. hehehehehe Check out the preview above and you'll know what I'm talking about.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

DC VGA Box, Case Logic bag etc.

Hello peeps!

A new post equals other items in the stash of the compulsive buyer called Angel. On this “edition” I’ll give my input on a couple of things I ordered from what’s becoming my favorite place to order stuff… eBay! Actually, it’s the worst place also for a compulsive biiiaaatttchhh like me, but what the heck. I’m going to start with an oldie but goodie,

1) Dreamcast VGA Box

This last month was the Dreamcast console 10th anniversary, I’d figured I make use of it a bit by playing a couple of games like Rayman 2, Skies of Arcadia, etc. All was well until I could not find my VGA box (Dreamcast was one of the first consoles to use a higher definition output). I had to use the normal RCA cables to put up the shots from a previous post so I went to eBay to look for a replacement (since my super duper cheapo Vizio Plasma has VGA input).



This is just like the device I had before and consists of a VGA/Audio output on one side, normal RCA output on the other side and a switch to select between VGA and RCA (which is really good since some games don’t output in VGA mode!). Tested it out, works as expected and definitely VGA games look sharper on the TV. The cost, only $15 bucks and the Dreamcast will still be connected on that TV until it dies (or I move! Hehehe)

2) Case Logic Netbook Bag

So, since I’m the proud owner of a Toshiba NB205-310 netbook, I needed something to store this beautiful thing on but I really did not wanted a pouch or something like that. I began looking at bags but a lot of them were too darn big. Then, I found a good looking small bag capable of handling 10.1 inch netbooks. The problem was that the store did NOT ship to Puerto Rico (as if we were in the freaking Twilight Zone!) Anyway, back again I went to… eBay! Lol



The cool thing about this bag is that it not only stores the netbook but also it’s accessories. In fact, right now I have the netbook, the charger, the USB GPS (more on this later :-p), and I can even put the Archos 7 there. Nice! The bag doesn’t feel heavy at all with all of these things in and seems well made (though more padding in the netbook partition would have been welcomed. Overall, I like it.




3) Globalsat BU-353 USB GPS



So I wanted to have GPS capabilities without carrying around my netbook AND my Mio Moov 310 GPS units so I figured: “Hey! I can just buy a USB GPS thingie, install a Windows app and be done with it. The Globalsat unit is a beast. It actually acquires the satellites very quickly and coupled with Garmin Mobile PC software, it is basically a 10 inch navigational system that you can use it anywhere (pretty much like a normal GPS unit except that you get more battery life with the netbook and it’s 10 inches lol).



The simple case comes with the USB unit (tiny and looks like a squashed PC mouse) a suction adapter and a CD with software. Have not used the CD and it works well (my netbook recognized it without the need of installing special drivers). I had a copy of the Garmin software and it is quite good.






Overall, pretty good.
Will I use it in my car?
OF COURSE NOT! I would need a Ram-Mount in order to use my netbook as a GPS, but I think this device is a good companion for anyone that has a netbook.

4) OCZ High Performance 2GB Laptop Ram

Yes, I’m already thinking about upgrading my netbook to Windows 7 and I saw a 2GB laptop module for cheap over at?!?!?! EBay! Hehehe I couldn’t resist so I ordered it. The Toshiba is easily update-able so I removed the 1GB module and replaced it with the new one. It seems I can load a couple of more items (I.e. better multitask) so I guess Win7 will run good on this (I’m still waiting to see battery life reports using Win7 and waiting for Toshiba to port more of their utilities to Vista/7.)

I guess that’s all for now guys.
I ordered an Archos 5 Internet Tablet Android of 32GB SSD and I CANCELLED THE ORDER. I’m reading some positives but a ton of cons. Still don’t know if I’ll give Archos another chance… thinking about the Viliv… if it wasn’t so freaking expensive… but it would work oh so well with that Garmin GPS software... :-p


Check it later guys.!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Improving Netbook Video Performance....

I think I found the best web post ever!!!! lol

I've been visiting the Pocketables.net website for quite some time and like 3 weeks ago I decided to check the forums (I just visited the site for the reviews, unboxing of gadgets, etc.)... boy am I GLAD I did.

If you have a netbook then you know that yes, although you can play Divx, Xvid movies, MKVs or High-Def videos are out of the question. They become choppy and unwatchable. I followed the instructions on this post:

Improve Video for Sony Vaio P

and I'm watching a 720p video of Marquez vs Paquiao II without stuttering!

BRILLIANT! Although the instructions are for a Sony Vaio P using Windows XP, the method works for my netbook (Toshiba NB-205 with a different graphics chipset), the only step you have to skip is, TO NOT DOWNLOAD THE VIDEO DRIVERS supplied on the link!! Other than that, download: CoreAVC, KMPlayer and set the software as per the pictures on the post (which I wont post here since the post is not mine!)

If you have a netbook, I really recommend this!!!


Check it.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Archos 5 Android plus that "other" release...

Hello guys and gals.

Today is quite a special day in the world of PMPs... Microsoft Zune HD is already moving everywhere (online and off), the latest MS update is live (so that you can play with your new Zune HD) and the might Archos 5 IMT Android was released for public viewing and MIGHT be available for purchase tomorrow! Oh my dear Archos, you should know HOW MUCH I HATE YOU, but it's just because I love you!!!! lol



As you might be aware by now, I'm an Archos advocate, and although the latest one I got (The Archos 7) is great, there are those random locks and reboots Archos is known for. With this new Archos 5 Android though, we are seeing the new generation of PMPs completely integrating:

1) Video
2) Music
3) Internet
4) Recording
5) GPS, Bluetooth, Wifi (n), etc.

Worst thing, just like 4 months ago I bought the 7... and now... I'm thinking about buying this one! That's what happens when you love gadgets and you are compulsive!! lol But, I will WAIT! I know Archos, I know their reputation, but this new unit is just too tempting.

Heck, see it yourselves: Archos 5 Android Hands-On by ENGADGET

Now the big deal here for me (which would make it a must buy!) is the GPS functionality. But... I know what you are saying, don't you already have a GPS Nav?
Of course I do! lol BUT, why have another unit to carry when I can just use one for everything? You can also ask: why don't you just get a USB dongle for your NETBOOK? Hmmmm... I already ordered one (review coming soon!) but again, it's not too practical nor safe having a netbook in the car and even with a RAM-MOUNT, I would not like that there!

So, I was checking out my options and I had gotten to the conclusion that I would need a Viliv X70EX unit:



This one is KIND-OF a netbook. It has an Atom CPU, 1GB Ram, 32GB SSD (plus Micro SD slot), it also has GPS and since it's based on WinXP, you can install any GPS software you'd like! The only bad thing, PRICE!! At almost $800 this is really not that good a deal.

But the Archos 5 Android will start at $200 probably for an 8GB SSD version!!! (with 160GB HD units going for $350 maybe!). The only thing I would need to make sure of is that GPS works here in Puerto Rico (i.e. that the GPS software includes maps for this place!). If it does, bye bye Mio Moov and hello Archos 5!

Still, it's better to wait for them to work their kinks though. Usually the first Archos adopters ARE THE BETA TESTERS for this company so I will probably wait a while for more info.

So as of now, PROS for the Archos 5 Android:

- Good battery Life (expect 20 hours music / 6 for video -- at low LCD light of course)
- Would be my FIRST Android Device
- Built-In GPS
- Same codec support as before WITHOUT PAYING FOR THE PLUG-INS!!! (yeah I SHAT my pants when I read that!!!)
- Support for MKV files (HD Video support, not WMV related! :-p)
- WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 2.0
- FM transmitter and receiver (RDS)

CONS

- Android platform and Archos Linux working at the same time (hmmmm... let's see how it handles crashes!!!)
- GPS lack of details
- There would still be things Archos will probably charge us for
- NO FLASH support as of now (Adobe is STILL working on an update for Mobile Devices, this includes Android support in Archos!)
- Low volumes as always
- Did I mentioned crashes!?!? :-p

Still, I believe that the "Pros" kick the "Cons" ass! :-p
And of course, this is a better value than the Viliv, so ... we'll see...

I'll see....



Angel's Credit Card: "Please nooooo, I'm almost maxed out!! NOOOOOOO!!!!"


:-p

Friday, September 11, 2009

Toshiba NB205 + Ubuntu = Goodness

After more than 5 years without touching a Linux distribution, I decided to take the plunge...
I mean, what do I have to lose? (ed. TIME! lol).
Since I acquired the Toshiba NB205, I've been using it a lot more at home, outside, etc. and I figured: "Hey, why don't I just dual boot this with a new OS? But what should I try? There are so many distros out there! I finally decided on Ubuntu Netbook Remix:



Ubuntu Netbook Remix

Heard a lot of good things about this version running rather well on netbooks and decided to install it. But first a question, how much compatible is the Toshiba NB205 with Ubuntu. I kept looking for answers and investigating and it seemed that Ubuntu could NOT recognize the Atheros Wifi chip on the Toshiba nor the sound. The sound is not a huge deal but, THE WIFI!!!!!

Ubuntu Wiki Page

I stumbled upon this page and noticed that there were workarounds for both (more on that later!) So I began the process which I will detail below.

First of all, since netbooks DO NOT have CD/DVD players, you would need to get a live CD or better yet, download the image and use a USB thumb drive or SD card (since the Toshiba can boot from any of these). Now, I thought this step was going to be difficult but thanks to all of the documentation available online, I did it without a snap. Word of caution,

BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM!!!!!!!!!

I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!!!!!


First time I installed Ubuntu I rendered the Windows XP partition useless and had to re-install windows from the Recovery Partition (which I did NOT delete when I was installing Ubuntu... thank God! hehehehehe). So before you start anything you could probably download the best Free partitioner out there: EASUS Partition Master

EASUS Partition Master

Note: IF you did like I did and cannot boot into Windows, and If you DID NOT DELETED the Recovery partition, I miracously could access it by changing a setting in GRUB and access that partition. Once you do a warning message will appear in the screen and you can restore the system to factory defaults. Drop me a note in the comments if you need help.


With this you can resize the current "C:\" drive (Windows XP partition) and create whatever partitions you want for your Unix install (I usually use 2, one for root and one for swap! I don't format them, I just leave the 2 partitions as is after resizing). The software will ask you for a reboot after you apply changes and if all goes well, then do the following:

(Assuming you already downloaded the image file)

** From within WinXP, enable the Wifi if you haven't done so by pressing the Function (Fn) key + F8 **


Step 1. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromImgFiles
Step 2. Reboot your computer (leave the thumb drive inside)
Step 3. Once the BIOS appears (Toshiba logo), press F12.
Step 4. From the menu that appears, select the boot option detailing
"SD/USB/etc.." and press Enter. It will boot from the USB drive so be patient.
Step 5. Ubuntu menu appears, choose "Install Ubuntu"



Step 6. From there you get to choose the Prefered language, timezone, keyboard layout, etc.



Step 7. You will reach a section which will ask you if you want to Install Ubuntu on the whole hard drive, if you want to Dual Boot or if you want to manually partition the drive (which should be already partitioned if you followed the EASUS step ;-)). Once you select this one, you will see the disk space available for your installation and if you created more than 1 partition like I did, you can assign them root, swap, /etc, etc.



Step 8. Once you finish this, more details are asked regarding log-in information and then the install will start.

It will take a few minutes to install from the USB so be patient. Once it's finished, it will tell you to remove the USB drive and press Enter in order for the system to reboot.

Once it does this, the GRUB menu will appear and will let you choose if you want to log into Ubuntu and WinXP. Select the WINDOWS XP choice to see if the windows install was messed up somehow by the Ubuntu install. If you can log in and use WinXP correctly, then more power to you ;-)

Reboot the machine again and log into Ubuntu.



Once you are there (it should take like 2 minutes) you will notice that Wifi is not working. It seems that the Kernel that comes with Ubuntu Netbook Remix doesn't have the Atheros drivers installed so follow this:

Step 1. Connect the Toshiba NB205 through the Ethernet port so that you have Wired Internet Access.
Step 2. Do a full system update by going to Administration -> Update Manager.
Check for updates first, then install them. It will probably ask you to reboot the netbook. Do it! Now you will see a new version of the kernel in the GRUB menu. Select it and boot normaly.



Step 3. Now, go to Administration -> Software Sources.
In the Updates tab check "Unsupported updates (jaunty-backports)".
Step 4. Repeat step 2.
Step 5. Now click on Accessories, Click on the Terminal icon and write the following on the terminal:

sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-jaunty



(it will probably ask you for your password!)

Accept request to install the packages, and reboot.
Disconnect the Ethernet cable and like magic, your Wifi WILL work.



Now you can enjoy both OS'es in this tiny machine.

Another Note though, it seems battery consumption is way higher in Linux than in Windows, so, you have been warned! (but anyways you also have XP so ...)

To have sound back there are a few options to go through. I went the easy route (already linked up top!) and got sound through my headphones. I'll try the other methods later I guess.


And that is it.
Check it!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Dreamcast 10th birthday coming up...

Hello everyone.

I was just reminded by a member of the PSNPR.COM group (a Playstation 3 fan page), that the Dreamcast had a birthday coming up. I was like: "Really!? Already it's 10th year?" and boy oh boy, time sure does fly!



Ten years ago (1999) I was a sophomore at college, and I was flunking my classes, which is why I started drinking hehehehe, and still was receiving my favorite magazine of all time EGM (no longer published! :( ) and there was a lot of hype behind this SEGA console. The specs were amazing at the time:

RISC CPU (SH4) by Hitachi
128-bit on-die vector graphics engine
PowerVR2 GPU
Yamaha AICA sound processor
Built-in Modem
Modified Windows CE OS
etc. etc.



The system was looking good and it looked promising but... there's always a but... Looking at past SEGA consoles history made me think twice about getting it. I had a Sega Master System when I was like 6 years old. I also had the Sega Genesis, the Sega Game Gear, I was a Sega fanboy! (I didn't have an NES, and I bought a SNES later in the system's lifespan.) Then the SegaCD came... crappy hardware with crappy games. Then the 32X which I almost bought and THANK GOD I didn't. Then finally the super powerful Sega Saturn which nobody knew how to program games for it... So you can see why I was hesitant. After September, SEGA announced that it had sold 500,000 units in a couple of weeks and not only this, it was the best software launch in probably video game history and I had the itch, but I did not cave in. At that time, I was way too much into PCs (Computer Science major yo! :-p) and I left consoles behind (except for my roommates that had a Sony Playstation).

Fast-forward a few years and Sonic Adventure 2 and NBA2K2 happened. That was the first time that I really noticed the system (even though the PS2 was already released by then). One of my housemates (I had moved from the first apartment at this time ;-)) had the Dreamcast and I fell in love with it. We began playing a whole bunch of NBA2k2 and I was sold. I had not seen animation like that ever. Sonic, well, I already had a crush with Sonic (I did loved my Sega Genesis!) and Sonic Adventure 2 was right up my alley. I fell in love once again and the Dreamcast I have right now is that same one that belonged to my housemate lol!!!

video

video

(pardon the "hiss"... I forgot to turn off the Fan and my old Sony Cam picks up EVERYTHING! :-p)

Personally, I believe this console had the best games off all systems even going head to head with the PS2. Sega didn't put much faith in it though and stopped selling the system in 2002. Still, Japan was still spitting out games and there were a bunch of them that we had not played. We got the Virtua Tennis, Soul Calibur, Crazy Taxi, etc. etc. And let's not forget the cult classics like: Space Channel 5, Shenmue, Ikaruga, Berserk and a bunch of others.

My Top DC Games (in no particular order):

NBA2K2
Rez
Sonic Adventure 2
Grandia 2
Skies of Arcadia
Jet Grind Radio
Metropolis Street Racer
Soul Calibur

Even though Sega is out of the hardware business, at least they retired with dignity creating one of the best consoles ever, bringing us online play to the masses and awesome games. They paved the way for the Xbox (easy of programming and online access) and probably for this new generation of machines.

Dreamcast is #8 on the IGN Top 25 Consoles of ALL TIME

Put it simply, the DREAMCAST should have been more. It is way underrated and a lot of people missed the opportunity of having fun with one of the best consoles that have ever been mass produced!

So if you are reading this, HOP ON EBAY AND LOOK FOR A CONSOLE!!!
You WON'T be disappointed. (and if you are, don't sue me! :-p)


And if you need further proof:

BitMob Blog Entry

MobCast Episode - Reminiscing DC

Check it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

I guess I'm a statistic now... lol

Click ME!!!!

My POV, netbooks are REALLY usable. They are not a laptop/desktop replacement, they are more of like a companion and I believe this is why it's selling so well. Yeah, people have their Iphones, Palm Pre's, Blackberries, etc. but do you really want to surf the internet and even write emails on those little things?!?!

Trust me, once you have a netbook, any viewpoint you might have WILL change (speaking from experience!).

See you later guys!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Couple of pics and professional reviews...

I was looking into writing a review for the Toshiba NB205 but after looking at a couple of reviews on the net I was basically going to reach the same conclusions, so instead of posting the whole thing, I'll just post some links and my overview and of course, some pics...

NotebookReview.com take on the NB205

LaptopMag.com take on the NB205

Some pics...










Saturday, August 22, 2009

Toshiba Mini arrived at my doorstep yesterday...

and it sure it's pretty! (at least prettier than the Acer to my eyes -- only negative on looks it's a big bezel where the integrated webcam is...).

I'll upload a couple of pictures and my take on it soon.

Check.


P.S. Writing this from it's beautiful island-style keyboard.. :-p

Thursday, August 13, 2009

After the Archos I guess the next step...

is an UMPC!!!!
Uhhhhh... a MID?!?!!!
Naaaaahhhh I'm a talking about a netbook son! :-p
So I went to the local Walmart and picked up an Acer Aspire One D250-1326 (white) just to test it out because... well ... I'm a dork!



Specification:

Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition (SP3 version)
Intel® Atom™ Processor N270 (512KB L2 cache, 1.60GHz, 533MHz FSB)
1GB DDR2 533 SDRAM
160GB hard drive
Multi-in-one card reader
10.1" WSVGA (1024 x 600) TFT display Acer® CrystalBrite Technology
Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950
802.11b/g WLAN, 10/100 LAN
Webcam
Seashell white chassis
Three-cell battery
One-year limited warranty

So first things first, most of the netbooks out there HAVE THE SAME SPECIFICATIONS, so there's nothing new there... BUT, what really messes this unit up is the 3 cell battery! With a 3 cell battery, is not worth it having a netbook as it brings only 3 hours max. of usage! But we'll get to that...

What's included?

It's a pretty organized package and it consists of:

- Netbook
- AC Adapter
- Battery (3-cell)
- Instructions



And that's pretty much it!

Is it really small!?

It is definitely portable!
When I first picked it up I thought I was going to break the thing! ;-)
But no, it is small but sturdy. It doesn't feel cheap. The unit weighs less than 3 pounds and measures 10.2" (258.5mm) W x 7.2" (184.0mm) D x 1.0” (25.4) H. So I was happy seeing it in action. I took some shots against my Archos 7 and against a normal size laptop.















So... as seen by the pictures, yep, it is that small.

Performance:

If you are used to a desktop or a good laptop then you will miss them dearly! lol These netbooks are dogs compared to desktops/laptops. They are made frankly for internet browsing and non-CPU intensive stuff... maybe some Office work, listening to music and SD videos. I tested this machine opening some Powerpoint presentations, Word Documents, etc. I had saved and it performed really well. Internet browsing was a pleasure, installed Firefox and had like 7 tabs opened and performance was not suffering. Played some mp3 files I had while browsing, and again, all was good. For movies though, the Divx files I tested were Ok... I tried playing an MKV I had lying around my external hard drive (Pacquiao vs Hatton ;-)) and well... let's just say.. STICK WITH DIVX VIDEOS! ;-)

The keyboard and pad was not that bad but again, if you are used to normal size keyboards, you will struggle for a few hours... but after a bit I was writing stuff up as normal (writing this from there) and flowing.



This netbook recognized my network quite quickly. Inserted the password and I was downloading new antivirus software from the comfort of my bed! :-p Speeds were good transfering files also.

Basically what I'm getting at, this little unit is very usable! I haven't used it out but I have a feeling I will!... though... NOT THIS NETBOOK

The only thing that got to me was the 3 cell battery! If I'm going to have a netbook, I want one that will at least last half a day and not 2 or 3 hours. So, the best thing about Walmart, you can return the merch and ask for a refund! ;-)

I will look into getting the Toshiba Mini NB205-310. It looks good, keyboard is even bigger and their 6-cell battery lasts up to 8 hours!!!!!!! Now that is nice!

Anyway, that's all.
Just a quick overview for this netbook in particular.

Should I get a netbook?

Well, it depends on what you really want/need.
If you have a network at home and like to do things from different rooms whether it is working, browsing, etc. while you are in bed, taking a crap or whatever, then this is a really good SUPPLEMENT to any system you might have. It should do well outside too.

But remember... as a SUPPLEMENT to an existing system this is a-ok. As a main system... DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!!! Better spend a few more bucks and get a good all-around laptop. But for small work tasks, internet browsing, music and SD movies, these 10 inchers do their job!!!!!

Any comments, feel free to post!

Bye.