Packard Bell dot

Specifications

Packard Bell dotNotebook: Packard Bell dot (dot Series)
Processor: Intel Atom N270
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Display: 8.9 inch, 16:9, 1024x600 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.2kg
Price: 400 euro
Average Score: 76.39% - good
Average of 31 scores (from 36 reviews)
price: 76%, performance: 67%, features: 69%, display: 64% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 85%, ergonomy: 72%, emissions: 57%

Reviews for the Packard Bell dot

80% Packard Bell Dot m/a UK020
Source: V3.co.uk English
Netbooks have been growing in size since the first Asus Eee PC hit the streets. The original was almost pocket-sized, with a 7in screen and a processor only powerful enough for simple browsing and office tasks. Packard Bell’s new Dot m/a, available from Tesco Direct, is much more like a notebook in miniature, with an 11.6in widescreen display, 2GB of memory and an unusual combination of processor and graphics chipset. An excellent small notebook let down by poor battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Packard Bell Dot m/a UK020
Source: Channel Web English
Netbooks have been growing in size since the first Asus Eee PC hit the streets. The original was almost pocket-sized, with a 7in screen and a processor only powerful enough for simple browsing and office tasks. Packard Bell’s new Dot m/a, available from Tesco Direct, is much more like a notebook in miniature, with an 11.6in widescreen display, 2GB of memory and an unusual combination of processor and graphics chipset. An excellent small notebook let down by poor battery life.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Packard Bell Dot m/a UK020
Source: Computer Active English
An excellent small notebook let down by poor battery life

Good points Light-action, large-key keyboard; more processor power than most; excellent software bundle

Bad points Poor battery life
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Packard Bell - dot m/a UK020 review
Source: IT Reviews English
The line between netbooks and laptops continues to blur, with screen sizes from 9-inch up to 15-inch in the mix and performance specifications with a similarly wide range. Packard Bell sees its dot s and dot m as mainstream netbooks and the larger of the two, the dot m reviewed here, has an 11.6-inch widescreen LCD and runs on a 1.2GHz, 64-bit Athlon L110 processor with 2GB memory. This is a great little machine, though more a small notebook than an oversized netbook. Vista doesn't hold it back much and the extra memory and strong ATI graphics help with this. However, if you can afford the six-cell battery, go for it, or stay fairly close to a power socket all the time.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/22/2009
Rating: mobility: 50%
80% Packard Bell dot m/a review
Source: PC Advisor English

Bigger than your regular netbook, the Packard Bell dot m/a offers AMD processors and an 11.6in screen. Breaking away from the pack, the Packard Bell dot m/a has a bigger screen and a potentially faster processor, not to mention a graphics chip that can handle simple games if you drop the quality settings. A generous battery pack is always welcome, although actual runtime is reduced here by the inefficient processors, when compared to an Intel chipset.


Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/12/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
60% Packard Bell dot m/a AMD Athlon-based netbook
Source: Reg Hardware English
In its basic form, the dot m/a is let down badly by its farcically poor battery life but if you can lay hands on one with the six-cell battery for a reasonable price then you will have a very nice machine and one that represents decent value for money. A 10.1in screen Samsung netbook like the NC10 or N110 will set you back between £300 and £350, and neither has the hi-res screen or 2GB of memory of the m/a.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/21/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Packard Bell dot s review
Source: Techradar English

Will Packard Bell's smallest netbook offer big performance? The dot s is Packard Bell's 10.1-inch netbook. Unlike its larger brothers, the dot m and dot m/a, it stays safely in known netbook territory by featuring an Intel Atom processor and running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. As with the dot m, the sample we reviewed was a pre-production unit so we were not able to provide full benchmarking results, such as battery life testing. While the Packard Bell dot s doesn't really bring anything new to the netbook market, it is a well-rounded machine that should be on most people's list of machines to check out before making a purchase. As long as the touchpad issues are rectified, we are big fans.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Packard Bell dot m review
Source: Techradar English

Essentially the dot m/a, but from an alternate reality. Packard Bell's second 11.6-inch netbook, the dot m, shares exactly the same chassis as the dot m/a, but differs internally by carrying an Intel Atom processor and running Windows XP software. While the keyboard may not reach the standard we expect, all in all, the Packard Bell dot m proves a great netbook. The screen in particular is fantastic and this machine is certainly worth a look.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Packard Bell dot
Source: PC Advisor English
The Packard Bell dot s is a netbook with the fastest Intel Atom processor now available. Packard Bell has relaunched itself, now under the wing of Acer, and for the first time has brought two netbook models to the UK. Some wireless options are lacking, and the Packard Bell dot s feels smaller than other 10in netbooks, but the price is competitive when set against some other netbooks with long-life credentials. And don’t forget the red colour option if you want to stand out too.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% features: 70% workmanship: 70%
75% Packard Bell dot
Source: CNet English
Hold the front page -- it's a netbook without an Intel Atom CPU! The Packard Bell dot m/a, also known in some circles as the Gateway LT3100, does away with the Intel norm in favour of an AMD Athlon L110 CPU. It also plumps for a larger-than-usual 11.6-inch screen and a slightly wider chassis, pushing it dangerously near laptop territory. The Packard Bell dot m/a is a good netbook, particularly for anyone seeking a larger screen than normal. It's slightly bigger than many of its rivals and its battery life is merely average, but it has an excellent keyboard and would make for a great second computer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 75%

Foreign Reviews

90% Packard Bell DOT M U.GE 080
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 90% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 70%
80% Packard Bell Dot M (LX.BCV02.003) - viel Prozessorleistung im Netbookformat
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/25/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 62% features: 94% display: 75% mobility: 89% workmanship: 88%
Es muss nicht immer Intel sein
Source: Mobile News - 1/10 German
Single Review, online available, Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2010
Rating: performance: 80% display: 60% mobility: 60%
81% Schneewittchen und die 7-Zwerge
Source: Computerbild - 26/2009 German
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80%
80% Packard Bell dot m/a Netbook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 100% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 60%
100% Packard Bell dot m Netbook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 40% features: 100% display: 100% mobility: 100% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
86% Note- oder Netbook?
Source: PC Praxis - 10/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 09/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 86% price: 80%
52% Packard Bell Dot s
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 52% price: 70% performance: 95% features: 52% mobility: 20% ergonomy: 67%
90% Die Netbook-Abzockfalle
Source: PC Praxis - 6/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80%
89% Packard Bell dot Netbook
Source: Minitechnet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 60% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 100% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 60%
80% Packard-Bell dot 890 GE
Source: PC Go - 3/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90%
92% Die neue Mobil-Klasse
Source: PC Praxis - 1/09 German
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 92% price: 70%
72% Packard Bell Dot
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/30/2008
Rating: Total score: 72% price: 55% performance: 99% features: 73% mobility: 83% ergonomy: 58%
90% Packard Bell
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/05/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 70% features: 30% display: 60% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
80% Kompakter Langläufer
Source: Notebook / Organizer / Handy - 1-2/09 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 90% emissions: 80%
79% Packard Bell dot m/u
Source: MuyComputer Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/07/2010
Rating: Total score: 79%
Packard Bell Dot M\U: netbook di classe
Source: Pc Tuner Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/10/2010
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
80% Packard Bell dot m/a
Source: PC World Italia Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
Packard Bell dot
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 08/19/2009
Rating: performance: 60% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Packard Bell Dot
Source: Hardware.info Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/19/2009
Rating: display: 80%
75% Packard Bell Dot S
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 62% mobility: 88% ergonomy: 90%
70% Test: 9 netbooks
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 04/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
77% Review Packard Bell dot
Source: Portablegear Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 77%
70% Packard Bell Dot.nl/01
Source: PCM Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% display: 40%
50% Обзор нетбука Packard Bell Dot M/A - RU/018
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% performance: 29% display: 41% mobility: 60% emissions: 43%
50% Обзор нетбука Packard Bell Dot M/A - RU/018
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 50% performance: 58% display: 41% mobility: 60% emissions: 43%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on Mobile Intel 945GM chipset. It is a faster clocked version of the GMA 900 and supports no hardware T&L (Transform & Lightning) accelleration (which is required for some games).

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


Intel Atom: The Intel Atom series is a 64-Bit (not every model supports 64bit) microprocessor for cheap and small notebooks (so called netbooks), MIDs, or UMPCs. The speciality of the new architecture is the "in order" execution (instead of the usual and faster "out of order" execution). Therefore, the transistor count of the Atom series is much lower and, thus, cheaper to produce. Furthermore, the power consumption is very low. The performance per Megahertz is therfore worse than the old Pentium 3M (1,2 GHz on par with a 1.6 GHz Atom).


N270:

Power efficient, cheap and slow Netbook single core CPU. Because of the in-order execution, the performance per MHz is worse than Core Solo or Celeron M processors.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


8.9": This is a very small format, which is used for UMPC, Netbooks or Subotebooks. There hardly exist any models with this display format. Working for a long time is uncomfortable. This tiny display is intended for outdoor usage.
The advantage is, that the mini-notebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the tiny display has the advantage, that it needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is very exhausting for the eyes. High resolutions can hardly be used.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.2 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


Packard Bell: Packard Bell is a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Acer. It is a name used by two different consumer electronics companies. The first was an American radio manufacturer founded in 1926, that later became a defense contractor and manufacturer of other consumer electronics, such as television sets. Teledyne acquired the business in 1978. In 1986, investors bought the name for a newly formed personal computer manufacturer. Originally the company produced discount computers in the US, later computers were produced for the European market. NEC took it over in the late 1990s. Acer acquired it in 2008. In spite of the similarity of their names, there has never been any corporate connection between the original or later Packard Bell and Hewlett Packard, or Bell System. Packard Bell is an international notebook manufacturer. Many years, the company focussed ruggedized laptops.

Packard Bell reviews


76.39%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Asus Eee PC MK90
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» Asus Disney Netpal
Atom N270, 1.2 kg
» Unimall Classmate PC
Atom N270, 1.34 kg
» PeeWee PC Pivot Tablet
Atom N270, 1.3 kg
» Zoostorm Fizzbook Spin
Atom N270, 1.4 kg
» Acer Aspire One AOA110-Aw
Atom N270, 0.995 kg
» Gateway LT1004u
Atom N270, 1 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens M1010
Atom N270, 1 kg
» Lenovo Ideapad S9
Atom N270, 1.1 kg
» Toshiba NB100
Atom N270, 1.05 kg
» MSI Wind U90X
Atom N270, 1 kg
» Dell Inspiron Mini 9
Atom N270, 1.05 kg
» Gigabyte M912
Atom N270, 1.2 kg
» Asus Eee PC 904
Celeron M 353, 1.4 kg
» Asus Eee PC 901
Atom N270, 1.125 kg
» Acer Aspire One
Atom Z530, 1 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook P1620
Core 2 Duo U7600, 1 kg
» Fujitsu-Siemens LifeBook P1610
Core Solo U1400, 1 kg

Notebooks with the same GPU

» Asus Eee PC 1000
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Advent Quantum Q100
Celeron M 900, 14.0", 2 kg
» Acer Aspire One D260, GMA 950
Atom N450, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» HP Mini 311-1160LA
Atom N270, 11.6", 1.6 kg
» Gigabyte Touch Note T1028G
Atom N280, 10.1", 1.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPCP119KJ
Atom Z530, 8.0", 0.65 kg
» Wipro E.go WNB7XFD182
Atom N270, 10.1", 1.4 kg

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-12-20 (Update: 2012-05-26)