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Tiny tot-up

This is my last word on the tiny Elonex ONEt netbook which started off at £99.99, had a total redesign and now costs around £165. I've given it a fortnight's mild workout in various parts of the Ionian Sea

Here goes:

º Keyboard? Next time plug in a sawn-off USB keyboard.Touchpad? Plug in a mouse.

º Seven inch screen? surprisingly readable.

º Linux operating system? Give us a break, who cares that it's not Windows XP? everything just works: wordprocessor, spreadsheet, sound recording, browser. But not WiFi:– take a look at the long trail of complaints on the unofficial Elonex forums elonexone and littlelinuxlaptom.

º Tiny memory? You plug in a SD minicard, enough for six novels.

º Battery life? Rubbish.

º Portability? Stupendous.

This is the fourth ONEt I've had and the first that worked properly. Elonex promised to do a refund and send a bag for the third not-working version but they haven't. The broad reviewer consensus seems to be that the Asus Eee 901 is the netbook to go for: nine inch screen and keyboard, great battery life, light as a feather. But you still need a proper keyboard and it's more than £300.

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