French manufacturer Archos has announced the release of its first netbook, the Archos 10, which unfortunately does not offer enough to differentiate it from other similar priced netbooks on the market.
The company, which plans to offer even more notebooks in the near future, is based around an Intel Atom N270 CPU, comes with 1GB memory and 160GB hard disk drive.
Other features include a 1.3-megapixel camera, Windows XP Home, Card reader, VGA connection and preloaded software worth around $100 (or £70), all in a nice 1.3Kg enclosure.
The latter is made up of a range of multimedia software such as Archos Media Club VoD service, Deezer for music, vTuner for internet TV and radio, a six-month trial of Bit Defender Antivirus, Lotus Symphony and Skype.
As mentioned yesterday, ECS has been chosen as the original design manufacturer and a clone of its own G10IL and the screen used is a 10.2-inch 1024x600 pixels.
Laptopmag, which received a working version of the laptop, says that the keyboard keys are wider and flatter while the trackpad is not located in the center of the palm rest but more on the left.
The £349 Archos 10 netbook will be available from Archos direct and from selected retailers and can be ordered on Archos's website.
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How does the Archos compares to the rest of the competition? The Samsung NC10 costs £294 at Amazon.co.uk, that's £50 less than the Archos 10. Lenovo's Ideapad is even cheaper at Ebuyer with the same configuration. As for us, we would rather buy the Acer Aspire 2930, a 12.1-inch laptop with 2GB RAM, a Core 2 Duo CPU and 250GB HDD.
(Mobile Computer Mag)