[access-uk] Re: Netbook thread revisited

  • From: "G. McFarlane" <gmcf@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2008 01:12:10 -0000

Also James, where can this program be got?
Joikuspot
Gordon
----- Original Message ----- From: "James Scholes" <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Jackie Cairns" <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 4:27 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Netbook thread revisited


Hi Saqib, I didn't like the Advent because of the pour build quality and keyboard design. Also, the machine tended to get rather hot when using it. And by the way, I use a program called Joikuspot on my Nokia N95 which transmits my 3G internet from O2 from my phone as a WiFi signal. I then can connect to the internet anywhere on the netbook without having to disable my phone by removing my Sim.

On Friday, December 12, 2008 at 11:58 AM (GMT), Jackie Cairns wrote:
Hi Saqib

Yes I did, and would have gone for it had it not been for the keyboard. I just preferred the Samsung as I found the keyboard on the Advent very flat and not quite as tactile. What I mean by that is that some keyboards are very flat, and the keys don't feel separated. Otherwise, I think the spec on the Advent and Samsung were identical. I think the Asuss was even smaller, which is fine if you want something really tiny. I would just recommend people go out there and have a feel of these machines before buying. While they are pretty much alike, there are some subtle differences on the keyboard and shape of the machine that might have a differing appeal. I think the Packard-Bell had a dual core processor, but I just didn't like it, and am not a fan of that brand anyway.


Jackie Cairns
Braille Support Adviser
Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sight and Sound Technology
Welton House North Wing
Summerhouse Road
Moulton Park
Northampton
NN3 6WD
Telephone: 01604 798024
Fax: 01604 798090
Web: www.sightandsound.co.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Saqib
Sent: 12 December 2008 11:23
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Netbook thread revisited

Hi Jacky Did you come across the Advent 4213? That one has a simcard slot under the battery and you just insert a Three simcard in and use their broadband. This feature is useful for when out and about. No need to look for a wifi hotspot.
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From: "Jackie Cairns" <jackie.cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 9:14 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Netbook thread revisited


Hi All

Apologies for cross-posting for those subscribed to both lists, but
this topic has been covered on Access UK and BCAB recently.

Having been very interested in the thread of Netbooks, I decided to
have a wander round while on a couple of days leave last week, and
have now purchased the Samsung NC10.  I looked at the Advent and Asuss
machines, as well as a similar spec Packard-Bell and the Samsung.  I
chose the latter because I just liked the keyboard that little bit
better.  For those who use a Pac Mate qwerty, the keys on the Samsung
are not unlike it, and I felt comfortable typing on it without feeling too cramped up for space.

I've now installed JAWS, K1000 and Microsoft Office Professional 2003,
and find it works a treat with these and other programs I have added
and use regularly.  In fact, it's a cracker! I particularly love its
portability, and bought a nice little bag that takes its mains charger
and has room for other items like an external drive or USB pen.

For those interested in wanting to buy one of these machines, the
Samsung NC10 comes with 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive, WiFi and Bluetooth,
Windows XP Home, has three USB ports, ethernet connection, microphone
and headphone sockets, and a battery life purported to be around the 2.5 hour mark.
They come in I believe blue, white and black, the latter being the
choice I went for.  They cost around £300.

All the machines I looked at had very similar specifications, with a
slight variation on the estimated battery life.  For me - and this is
very personal to the individual - the Samsung had just that bit nicer keyboard.

So far, so brill!!

Jackie Cairns
Braille Support Adviser
Email: Jackie.Cairns@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Sight and Sound Technology
Welton House North Wing Summerhouse Road Moulton Park Northampton
NN3 6WD
Telephone: 01604 798024
Fax: 01604 798090
Web: www.sightandsound.co.uk
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