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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great netbook and the best value
on April 26, 2009
Update: Thanks to another reviewer's advice, I just upgraded the memory to 2GB by adding another 1GB. It was very easy. Just open up the back and snap it into place.
I let the battery run and it lasts little less than 4 hours, but probably depends on other factors like applications running, screen brightness and such. I don't know how that fares in comparison to other 6 cells.
I stand corrected on the viewing between the two screen sizes. Read the helpful comment.
I've been using it for a few weeks now, and I love it. Would upgrade the rating to 5 stars. Highly recommend it.
Currently the Asus eee pc 1000HE is getting all the top reviews on the market. But the Asus is priced at $100 above this Sylvania. I paid $285 on Amazon with no tax and free shipping. And so I wasn't willing to pay that kind of a premium for my tertiary computer (already have a desktop and a bigger laptop). If you are in need of a travel friendly netbook just to lug around town or on vacation, this is it!
I was impressed with the bright screen. The 10 inch screen was easy on the eye and you can adjust the brightness easily. It is big enough for internet pages so you don't have to scroll sideways to view the page like on the 8.9 inch screens.
The keyboard was also nice. It's small but not difficult to use. I tried a 8.9 inch netbook at a store and just couldn't type on it without constantly hitting unwanted keys. I'm 6.0' and maybe a smaller hands can do it.
The touch pad could use improvements. I'm sure there are drivers I could download somewhere to control sensitivity and such. So for now, I just plug in a optical mouse, and no problem.
I had some issues connecting to my home wireless network at first. You have to turn the wireless card on manually with a button using the control key, and set Windows to control your wireless connection. But after that, there were no problems.
The speed of the computer is adequate. I'm not sure if the if you can expand the RAM, but info is hard to find. The main reason is Sylvania's website ([...]) is curently down and has been for a long time, which honestly concerned me a bit. But I'm sure you can call them to find out. It would be nice to upgrade the RAM to improve the speed.
The storage is more than adequate at 160GB. The battery is 6 cell (but haven't tested it yet).
So if you are in need of a compact 10 inch netbook that's user friendly for under $300, this is your best bet.