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First Look: Sylvania G Netbook
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First Look: Sylvania G Netbook

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The tiny Sylvania G Netbook offers decent battery life and can be had for a low price, but it still brings up the rear of the Netbook pack, with a small 7-inch screen, underpowered CPU, and a microscopic touch pad.

[ Background Music ] >> I'm Dan Ackerman, Senior Editor at CNET.com and we are here taking a look at Sylvania G Netbook. Now, Sylvania, that's like the light bulb guys, right? Why are they making computers? Well actually, somebody just licensed the name and decided it would be a good brand name to put a netbook out under and there were a couple of nice things we can say about the G Netbook. It's very small. It's very light. It's got a full gig of RAM and it's actually got a regular platter hard drive in it, a 30-gig hard drive so there's plenty of storage space. It unfortunately also has a custom Linux installed instead of the more useful Windows XP and you're gonna find the same stuff that you find on most Linux Netbooks on here. You got Firefox, you got Open Office, and there's even some links to like YouTube and Google Mail right here on the very Mac-like dock at the bottom. It's actually kind of hard to get to this because the G Netbook has the smallest touch pad we have ever seen. It's barely functional. The sensitivity is jacked up so high because it's so tiny. It's very difficult to even get your mails over something to click on it. Now, the G actually reminds us of the very first generation of Asus Eee PCs from last year because this got the same small 7-inch screen, so small in fact that it can even fit a web cam right here on the side of the display. Now, it's got an SD Card slot and a DVI out which is nice but unlike most of the other netbooks we've looked at recently, instead of the Intel's new Atom CPU which is specifically designed for netbooks like this. This guy has VIA CM7 which is an older CPU and is not nearly as good. Now, we hear that VIA is working on a new version called the Nano which is also made for netbooks. We hear good things about it and we look forward to checking it out. Even though it's at the low end of the netbook price scale about 3.99, there are some other systems in the same price range you should look at first including Asus' VIA 1 and even upcoming netbooks from Lenovo and Dell. I'm Dan Ackerman and that's the Sylvania G Netbook. ^M00:01:48 [ Music ]

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