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Jetway Ecomo EM100BV Netbook

Packaging:

The packaging for the Ecomo takes an eco friendly, minimalistic approach. The box is made from recycled materials and uses less ink than most packaging.

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The EM100BV comes with a very nice neoprene case. Asus is the only other company that I know of that includes a case with their netbooks or notebooks and not on all models. I was able to fit both the netbook and the charger into the case. When you do, you should make sure the charger is situated on the underside of the netbook so that it doesn’t scratch it.

Design:

This netbook goes with what I consider to be a rather minimalistic look. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s also very slim, measuring in at only 27mm (about 1 inch) when closed. One interesting feature is the trackpad. Aside from featuring full multi-touch support, it is completely flush with the¬†palmrest. It takes some getting used to in order to use properly since there is no tactile feeback on the edges of the trackpad. In the beginning, I kept running my finger off the pad while trying to either move the cursor or scroll. I for one prefer a recessed trackpad, but our editor-in-chief, Jason Jacobs, seems to like the flush design. I think it comes down to a matter of preference. Another neat feature with the trackpad is a button for disabling it entirely. I’ve seen this this feature on some HP laptops, but not on any netbooks. It’s quite handy when you need to pound out some serious typing and don’t want to worry about the tap clicking causing your cursor to fly across the screen. A big thumbs up for Jetway on finding a way to differentiate their product from the masses of netbooks on the market.

The impression I get when I look at the EM100BV is that of corporate America. It feels like it belongs in an office building. It has a very professional look to it, unlike some of the Eee PC’s that can come in 5 different shades of pink. The glossy gunmetal gray color means that it won’t capture as many fingerprints as a black colored one. Other well appreciated aesthetic touches include chromed sides which add to the professional look, feel, and¬†impression.

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