Packard Bell Dot S2 review

Packard Bell update their netbook line-up with a neat machine sporting some cool features

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Our Verdict

This Packard Bell netbook definitely stands out from the crowd. With it's low price, stylish design and it's usability the Dot S2 is one of the best second generation netbooks we've seen

Product features

  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Stylish design
  • Highly portable
  • Excellent battery
  • Great usability
  • Good screen
  • Adobe's Photoshop Elements included


  • Performance is limited

The Packard Bell Dot S2 is a stylish and highly portable 10.1-inch netbook with some unique features.

Available in a choice of red, black and white, the compact 1.2kg chassis looks great. With its gun-metal interior, black keyboard and subtle blue lighting effects, this is one of the best-looking netbooks we've seen.

While the chassis measures just 26mm at its thickest point, its large battery protrudes from the base and adds 11mm to its depth. However, this does little to negatively impact on the machine's portability and the large battery provides a fantastic 463-minutes of power.

The keyboard employs large keys raised above the chassis. Usability is excellent and even larger-handed typists will feel at home. The subtly textured touchpad is equally usable.

The bright and vibrant 10.1-inch Super- TFT screen is also a joy to use. Images are rendered sharply and vividly, ensuring photos and videos look great, with impressive brightness and contrast levels.

While Intel's latest Atom N450 processor has been used, performance is as limited as you would expect from a netbook. Basic multi-tasking is possible, however.

Photoshop Elements

Somewhat surprisingly, considering this limited performance, Adobe's Photoshop Elements image editing software is pre-installed. While it is a nice touch and lets you touch up your home photos on the move, it is inevitably quite slow to respond when editing large photos.

An XSync USB-to-USB cable is also included. This lets you connect the Dot S2 to another laptop or desktop PC and transfer files, synchronise folders and even synchronise Microsoft Outlook data between devices. That is also a nice touch, but you'll either use it all the time or not at all.

Offering fantastic mobility, a stylish design and great usability, the Dot S2 is one of the best second-generation netbooks we've seen so far.

Add its unique features and low price and you've got a great mini-laptop that easily stands out from the already bustling crowd.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity160 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
Product Familydot dot s2
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN450
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed1.66 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product Seriesdot s2
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelDOTS2-21G16i
Product NameDOTS2-21G16i Netbook
Product Linedot
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.BGM0D.031
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Designed for supreme mobility, the dot s2 is even more portable than a magazine. Its ultra-thin, 0.99-inch profile is easy to grip, maneuver and store. While on the go, the dot s2 adapts seamlessly to your other PCs via Packard Bell XSync, the easy-to-use link for direct file exchange and synchronization between netbooks and computers. The dot s2 is the perfect companion for your digital camera, featuring a multi-in-1 card reader, up to 640 GB hard drive, and top brand DVD burning and photo editing software. The clincher is that this netbook flaunts impeccable style wherever you go. Attractive color options include Cherry Red, NightSky Black and Glacier White.

Package Contents
  • DOTS2-21G16i Netbook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter