I must say I really like this Hercules eCafe Netbook. It works great and boots up very fast.
Now this is my first interaction with a netbook. I mainly use a laptop and two desktop computers. Since the laptop is work issued, I only use it for work related items. When I am at home I have to use one of the two desktops for email, surfing, etc. Now I have been using the netbook. It is very convenient. I can now check email or Facebook from the comfort of my big easy chair in the living room. Something that I never thought about before, but now it is a requirement and I cannot believe I was not conducting my Internet time from the comfy chair in my living room. Sure its a simple convenience, but I am a simple guy.
There were a few things I had to get used to, like the keyboard. It is slightly smaller than the keyboard on my laptop, but then again its not a laptop, its a netbook. The screen is also wider and shorter. Which was an issue at first because my Mozilla top bar was taking up a lot of room, so I customized the top bar and now there is plenty of room on the screen.
I have used the netbook on two recent business trips. It worked flawlessly. The hotels had wireless access and the netbook quickly connected after only a few quick keystrokes. Very simple, very fast. The three USB slots are very nice, plus there are two on one side and the third is on the other side, which is a nice feature. I also like the SD card reader. That will be a huge benefit when we go on vacation. We take lots of digital pictures so it will be nice to download them to the netbook each day and then email them to family and friends as the vacation progresses. And with a 250GB hard drive, that will store a lot of pictures!
So far there have only been two problems with the netbook. The second day we were using it the battery stopped working. I pulled the battery out and then reseated it and it worked fine ever since. The second problem was with the "up" arrow key. I had to push it much harder than the other keys in order for it to work properly. That lasted about a week. I fixed that by depressing the key about a hundred times or so, and its been working fine ever since.
ps: my wife loves this netbook too. But she has one issue with it. When the netbook is in its "sleep" state, the power button flashes. While that does not seem like a big deal, it is kind of bright in a darkened room. It would be nice if there was an option to turn off that flashing button. We have left it in a sleep state for many hours and the flashing button does not seem to draw much battery power, so other than a slight inconvenience when we are watching TV at night and we left the netbook on the coffee table, it really is not a big deal.
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Aug 28, 2010
Apr 17, 2012 09:12 PM UTC
Combining value and design, this unique eCAFÉ™ signature product is easy on the eyes while meeting the user’s every need for convenience. Featuring a unique “in-mold” designed cover with a high gloss finish and mirror effect that causes a visual interplay of metallic and non-metallic colors, the eCAFÉ™ EC-1000W never looks the same, changing with each moment of use. Built to be beautiful on the inside and outside, the eCAFÉ™ EC-1000W features the most intuitive and essential applications for netbook users that are easy to understand and use. The eCAFÉ™ EC 1000W offers a custom designed software package with functions available for the first time ever in a netbook. The eCAFÉ™ is sturdy enough for urban users and provides an optimal keyboard setting and reading comfort.
Windows 7 Starter operating system with Windows Live® Suite: Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker & Media Player
Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz Processor
250GB HDD Storage + an extra 50GB of online storage
6 Cell Battery
WiFi N Technology
Built in webcam with microphone
Comfortable chiclet keyboard with separated flat keys
Complete Open Office Suite
Full version of the Avast! Anti-virus software
2 Year manufacturer warrant y and toll-free tech support
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