Back in October 2010, I was tempted by Currys sale to add a small amount to my Christmas 2009 money and splash out on a Packard Bell dot s2 netbook at £230. A wheezy, whirlly style storage of 250Gb, 6 cell battery for 7 hour life, and Windows 7 Starter 32 bit. From further research since, it would appear that despite the branding it is actually an Acer Nav50 but I have no reason to complain yet.
My grandson spent his 2010 Christmas money on a Samsung of similar spec, but with the advantage of built in Blue tooth, for similar money during Currrys Boxing Day Sale.
I've committed to an O2 £5 / 500 MB per month internet dongle but haven't used it in anger yet - I can't get a 3G signal at home and I couldn't get a signal when we stayed in the outskirts of Aberfoyle.
The plan is to take the netbook with me on my work travels.
I also plan to buy this GPS puck on a wire
, and this 12 volt power supply
, and Memory Maps £40 chart bundle so that I can make use of the netbook on board.
I wish that I could get a power supply that would cope with a 24 volt input so that I could use it in the truck, but I haven't found one at a reasonable price.
I like the netbook, and think that the only drawback is the 600 pixel depth - many login pages are designed for 800 pixel.