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Hannspree HANNSnote netbook: Oh God, not another one

It looks as if the market for weird-shaped monitors, TVs and digital photo frames may be drying up, because Hannspree -- regular purveyor of such gizmos -- is now trying its hand in the netbook arena

It looks as if the market for weird-shaped monitors, TVs and digital photo frames may be drying up, because Hannspree -- regular purveyor of such gizmos -- is now trying its hand in the netbook arena.

The HANNSnote, as it's known, looks pretty freakin' mediocre if you ask us. It's available in both glossy pearl white and glossy pearl black (we never saw that one coming) and its curved edges seem vaguely reminiscent of the HP Mini 1000 or MSI Wind. Or Eee PC 1000. Or just about anything that's netbook-shaped, come to think of it.

The HANNSnote gets a 10.1-inch display churning out 1,024x600 pixels, plus all the usual gubbins you'd expect in a netbook. It uses an Intel Atom N270 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 160GB of storage, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, three-in-one memory card reader, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and a six-cell battery promising 5 hours of battery life.

We're struggling to muster even the merest hint of enthusiasm about this thing -- not because it isn't any good, but because it does absolutely nothing to stand out from the crowd. Maybe if Hannspree had made it out of faux wood, or made it look like a football, or put funny ears on each corner -- as it does with its tellies and monitors -- we'd have given a flying darn. We suggest you reserve your darns for the netbooks on our top ten list.

If you really must have a HANNSnote, visit Misco and fork over £260.