CNET First Look
Averatec BuddyFor the otherwise unobjectionable and basic Averatec Buddy Netbook, 2 hours of battery life is simply not enough.
[ Music ] ^M00:00:03 >> Hi. I'm Matt Elliott, section editor with CNET Reviews, and this is the Averatec Buddy. It's a little ten-inch netbook, pretty standard netbook. It actually uses the very same case, or very, very similar case, to the MSI Win netbook we reviewed not too long ago. It features your basic netbook lineup of Intel Atom processor, one gig of memory, and Windows XP. This thing uses 160-gig spinning hard drive, so unfortunately, there's no solid state drive options, which would raise the price, but also give you probably some longer battery life and longer life in general. You'll see they make use of every inch, or every centimeter, of the keyboard deck here. The keyboard runs edge to edge. Like any netbook, it's a little cramped, but for banging out short emails and instant messaging, browsing the web, it suffices. It's get a little touch pad below, fairly roomy for such a small laptop. And below that is a single mouse button. It kind of rockers back and forth for your right and left mouse clicks. Now, Averatec found room on the Buddy for three USB ports, two on this side, one over here. You also get a little memory card slot, VGA out. So the 10.2-inch screen features a 1024 by 600 resolution, so you can browse web pages without scrolling side-to-side, view word docs without scrolling side-to-side. So fairly roomy display. Above the display is a 1.3 megapixal camera -- webcam. So performance-wise, this netbook performs on par with other netbooks, basically because they all feature roughly the same components. The Intel Atom processor is a single-core chip, so you're not gonna get blazing performance compared to modern dual-core laptops, but the Atom was designed for energy efficiency, so like any netbook, this thing will run a little bit longer than if it had used a more powerful, power-hungry CPU. I'm Matt Elliott, and this is the Averatec Buddy. ^M00:01:55 [ Music ]