Packard Bell Releases Dot S and M Netbooks

Packard Bell has revived its dot netbook range by launching a couple of new models, which are merely rebadged Acer models without much to differentiate themselves from the rest.

Acer owns Packard Bell (as well as Gateway and E-machines) so the synergies are stronger than one would expect.

The Packard Bell Dot s is a 10.1-inch model, a clone of the Aspire One D250, while its bigger brother, the dot m, is a 11.6-inch model, the spitting image of the Aspire One.

Unsurprisingly, they both share the same Atom platform (a 1.33GHz Z520 for the Dot S and a 1.6GHz N270 for the Dot M) with 1GB RAM, a 160GB hard disk drive, Dolby sound (that's a surprise), optional 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility.

They will be shipped, as expected, with Microsoft Windows XP Home as operating system.

Users will be able to choose either 3-cell or a 6-cell battery and they are both blessed by the presence of a multi touch touchpad and a two year warranty but still not chicklet keyboard. It is worth noting that the 11.6-inch model can display up to 1366x768 pixels.

The Dot M is expected to be sold for around £267 while the Dot S will fetch around £356, based on Euro conversion, which means that they are being positioned at the upper end of the market.

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Our Comments

Packard Bell has managed to reintroduce its line of netbooks which we can safely expect to be popular amongst high street stores. PB launched a 8.9-inch model some months ago but pulled it out of the market. The new models are likely to be significantly cheaper to manufacture as they are basically rebadged Acer models.

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