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More trouble with Elonex

Following my posting last week about the trouble with my tiny laptop, eventually Elonex did call back and arranged for two replacements of the OneT, the Small Cheap Computer with the seven inch screen and light as a feather.

I had actually asked for one but in the event the two were needed because one of the replacements had a dud finger pad. Working through the night on it I finally established that the screen cursor started moving if you plugged a mouse in the rear usb port – but not either of the two usb ports on the side.

But the WiFi connection didn't work and a mysterious internal light shone through the top-left casing of the screen. Apparently this is the location of the WiFi circuitry. Next day the original working OneT decided to lose all its battery power. Charged up it made a WiFi connection – but only a weak one and then after 90 seconds it closed down. Over and over again. It's going back too.

But what's it like to use the working OneT? The answer is more or less OK. Battery life is a couple of hours, so no better than most proper laptops. The keyboard is just manageable except for the spacebar – your thumb tends to hit the touchpad instead. The solution is plugging in a standard keyboard: I've got one which rolls up. The touchpad? Plug in a mouse.

Despite its dinky size the screen is clear and its 8pt type is readable. Linux? You simply don't notice the operating system. Wordprocessing, spreadsheeting, web browsing and all, it just works. But its screen is just too small and slow for surfing. But hey, you can drop it in an outside jacket pocket, stuff the roll-up keyboard in the other and sally forth. Pondering under what circumstances you might get to use it.

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