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Packard Bell Dot SE review

Great battery life and build quality from this excellent netbook

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great battery life
  • Usability
  • Good screen

Against

  • Performance
  • Completely flat keyboard may put off some

Packard Bell's Dot S netbook really impressed us, with a great set of features and some truly impressive portability. The Dot SE is another excellent and very well-priced option for regular travellers, with a strong battery life and great design.

With its bright red chassis, this is a colourful and attractive netbook that stands out, along with the Acer Aspire One 522. It's also reassuringly solid enough to soak up any bumps on the road, while the firm hinges allow the lid to be tilted back almost 180 degrees.

Viewing angles are decent and the display is just as bright and colourful but the glossy Super-TFT coating is reflective in bright light, so the Packard Bell is best used in your home or office.

The keyboard is completely flat with no real key definition. This may put off anyone who struggles with touch-typing, but we found we reached an impressive speed when bashing out pages of text.

Packard bell dot se

The keys are well sized as the board stretches the width of the chassis, but the gaps between them let in crumbs and other debris.

Usability is further boosted by a smooth and responsive touchpad, which makes the most of the limited space it has. A marked section along the right edge of the touchpad allows quick and easy scrolling through websites and documents, while a firm bar beneath can be used to left and right-click.

Performance is standard for a netbook, with an Intel Atom N550 processor on board. The integrated graphics are also limiting, so once more you're restricted to running simple office applications and watching low-definition video.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 524 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 70
3DMark 2003: 672

Impressive portability

While battery life doesn't quite match the jaw-dropping ten hours of the Toshiba NB520-108, we still wrung 524 minutes of productivity from the Packard Bell. This is a great result and enough to keep you going all day away from home or the office.

With a weight of just 1.2kg and a thickness of 31mm, this machine won't make much of a dent in your bag.

Storage matches the other netbooks here, with 250GB of space for your files and applications.

Ports are standard, while 802.11n Wi-Fi and 10/100 Ethernet provide ample options for connecting to the internet.

We enjoyed our time with the Dot SE/R-710UK, which provides a highly portable and usable method of accessing your office applications on the move. The colourful design and bright screen are further highlights, and the low price a welcome bonus.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNetbook
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
WebcamYes
Product Familydot dot se
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelN550
ColourRed
Operating SystemWindows 7 Starter
Brand NamePackard Bell
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeAtom
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height26.4 mm
Width258.5 mm
Depth184 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product Seriesdot se
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelDOTSE-N551G25irr
Product Namedot DOTSE-N551G25irr Netbook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product Linedot
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberLU.BPL0D.008
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

A full range of incredible notebooks offering diverse solutions to meet everybody's needs.With an unmistakable look and feel, strong attention to detail, elegance and style, Packard Bell products fit your needs and reflect your personality.

Maximum Memory1 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • dot DOTSE-N551G25irr Netbook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter