Gosh – there’s lazy and then there’s this. Packard Bell are about to bring out a netbook. You can probably count on one hand the number of companies who *haven’t* brought one out lately. This modele, however, is almost identical to the Acer Aspire One A150X. Acer own Packard Bell. Sigh. They’ve just rebadged it.
Don’t get me wrong – the Aspire One is a great little machine. See our thoughts on it here. The Dot Netbook is just the version with XP, a 6 cell battery and 160GB of mechanical hard drive. The A150X. The only difference appears to be mention of 3G, which is disabled in currently-existing Aspire One models.
Sales and Marketing VP for Packard Bell Emmanuel Fromont said, “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 dot.” I hope that rethinking will be evident in the software, because there’s zero rethinking that’s gone into the hardware. It’ll show up in November with a 399 Euro price tag.
Packard Bell (via ITProPortal)