Packard Bell enters the netbook game with the dot

Everyone’s favorite ’90s computer brand has a rock’n 8.9-inch netbook that seems to stand above the manufacturers former reputation. The Packard Bell dot and is built around a full install of Windows XP, powered by an Intel Atom and sports WiFi, along optional 3G wireless. A 6-cell battery provides power on the go for this €399 netbook. The European launch is slated for November and there isn’t any word ’bout U.S. availability yet.

via PCLaunches via Eng

Press announcement

For Immediate Release

19 September 2008






Packard Bell, one of the leading technology brands in Europe, introduces today the dot, the first

8’9-inch netbook specially designed for consumers. It is the latest example of how Packard Bell

excels at using design to make cutting edge technology user-friendly with a look and feel that

appeals to mainstream consumers.

Consumers have embraced notebook computers in droves. But there remain circumstances where

a full-size notebook is too cumbersome or too visible to be practical, and a smart phone is too

small. This is why Packard Bell designed the dot.

“We’ve been watching netbooks ever since they first appeared. But we’ve always considered

them too austere and too business oriented for consumers,” says Emmanuel Fromont, Sales &

Marketing Vice President, Packard Bell. “So we told our designers and engineers to rethink the

netbook, to look at it through the eyes of a family, not a company. The result is the dot.”

Perfect companion on the go

A notebook doesn’t sit discreetly on a café table, but the dot does. Its small size makes it perfect

for consuming content on the go. A notebook doesn’t slide easily into a handbag, but the dot

does. A parent would think twice about entrusting their child with the family notebook for a

school trip, but the dot would be the perfect companion. The Packard Bell netbook is designed

for situations like these. If the notebook is the main family car, then the dot is a scooter. It is the

ideal additional PC/internet access point for the whole family everywhere.

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More comfortable than a smartphone

Designed to be a discreet and practical companion, the dot has a slim case that fits neatly into a

shoulder bag, while the 8.9-inch 1024×600-resolution display that is easy going on the eyes. It’s

hard to type messenger conversations on a smart phone, but not on the dot. The keyboard is large

enough for children and adults. And the full Windows XP operating system provides users with

the features and interface they know so well.

Multimedia inspiration

The Intel® Atom processor and 1GB of RAM make performance zippy and battery life long.

There’s even room for an extra 6-cell battery for heavy-duty use. The 160GB hard drive, 3 USB

ports and 5-in-1 card reader make it perfect for off-loading a digital camera, while the display is

perfect for reviewing and sharing photos with others.

Finally, the dot is a born communicator, thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi (b/g), the optional 3G

module and integrated webcam.

Availability & Pricing

The dot will be available in European retail outlets from November, starting at an estimated

street price of €399. Availability varies according to country.

About Packard Bell

Packard Bell pioneered the use of the PC in the home, taking an unfriendly but useful office tool

and turning it into a friendly, indispensable feature of today’s modern home. Stylish design,

affordability and customer-oriented features are the hallmarks of all Packard Bell products-a

unique combination that no other brand in the European market offers today. In 2008, Packard

Bell was acquired by Taiwan-based Acer Inc., and the combined entities now comprise the thirdlargest

PC company in the world.

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