Hannspree Hannsbook review:

Hannspree Hannsbook

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Typical Price: £250.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Great design and build quality; comfortable keyboard and trackpad; long battery life.

The Bad Standard netbook performance.

The Bottom Line The Hannspree Hannsbook SN10E248 doesn't exactly break the netbook mould, but it's well designed and offers great battery life

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7.5 Overall

We never expected to see Hannspree entering the netbook market, but, by golly, that's what it's gone and done. If you can track the Hannsbook down, you'll find that it offers a 10.1-inch screen, a 160GB hard drive and an Intel Atom CPU for around £250.

Shine explosion

The Hannsbook scores highly when it comes to portability. All netbooks are designed to be portable, but this model is especially suited to being hurled into a rucksack and toted around on your daily adventures. That's because it measures a lean 265 by 31 by 230mm and weighs only 1.3kg.

This netbook also looks pretty darn stylish. Our review sample sported a tasteful, cherry-coloured lid, with a chrome finish around the edge. Inside, it looks equally classy. It's black all over, and Hannspree has gone mental with the glossy coating, making for an interior so shiny we can only describe it as a 'shinesplosion'.

Crucially, however, there's no glossy coating on the Hannsbook's 10.1-inch, 1,024x600-pixel display. This means that, when you're using this machine, you won't be bothered by annoying screen reflections caused by the sun and other light sources. Indeed, this display is very bright, so seeing what you're doing shouldn't be a problem.

The Hannsbook's interior is shiny, but, pleasingly, the screen is free from a reflective glossy coating

The Hannsbook's keyboard is pretty large, and Hannspree hasn't opted for a crazy, space-saving layout, which is always good to see. The trackpad is on the small side, although its smooth plastic surface is more responsive than we expected.

Around the edges of the Hannsbook, you'll find a VGA output, multi-format card reader, three USB ports, an Ethernet jack and two 3.5mm sockets for headphones and a mic. There's also a 1.3-megapixel webcam built into the top of the display's frame. 

This netbook ships with Windows 7 Starter. A 160GB hard drive takes care of storage. That's slightly weedy, with many competing netbooks offering 250GB of storage for a similar price.

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