The Bottom Line
The Hannspree Hannsbook may not be all the different from many other netbooks on the market but it does have a few advantages including one of the best prices available. It is possible to find it as little as $250 which is well below what many similarly equipped netbooks cost. The downside is that there is little to distinguish the netbook from the competition other than a anti-glare screen compared to glossy displays. Users are also warned to purchase an external mouse as the trackpad has some serious tracking issues.
- Anti-glare Coating On Display
- Larger Sized Hard Drive
- Trackpad Lag Issues
- Overly Glossy Surfaces
- Intel Atom N450 Single Core Mobile Processor
- 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drives
- 10.1" WSVGA (1024x600) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 3150 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, VGA, 3-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.4" x 8" x 1.3" @ 2.9 lbs.
- Windows 7 Starter
Guide Review - Hannspree Hannsbook 10.1-inch Netbook PC
Aug 24 2010 - At first glance, the Hannspree Hannsbook doesn't look all the different from many netbooks on the market. If anything, the sheer level of gloss on the casing may set it apart from others but it has the downside of being much more prone to smudges and scratches than more matte designs. Thankfully a protective sleeve is also included with the laptop when it is not being used.
Thanks to the Microsoft Windows 7 Starter licensing agreements, Hannspree is able to put a 250GB hard drive in the Hannsbook. This isn't uncommon to many netbooks running Windows 7 Starter. Most of these netbooks end up costing more than $300 dollars. With the Hannsbook found for as low as $250 from some retailers, this makes it one of the most affordable netbooks to feature a drive of this size.
One of the biggest gripes with laptops and netbooks over the past couple of years has been the use of glossy coatings on the displays. These displays make them very difficult to use in bright sunlight or certain lighting conditions that produce glare. Hannspree has elected to use an anti-glare coating on the 10.1-inch LED backlit display which is very welcome for anyone who might use it in conditions that glossy displays won't work well under. The graphics are handled by the typical Intel GMA 3150 graphics processor that is suitable for basic work but lacks the performance for any sort of HD video streaming or 3D graphics.
Many netbooks are now designed for all day computing. This typically translates into roughly eights hours under normal usage conditions. The Hannsbook comes with a six-cell 5200mA battery pack that is fairly typical in size. In my video streaming playback test, the unit was able to rough four just over five hours before going into standby mode. This is fairly typical of a netbook with these features and battery size but it still falls short of the class leading designs from ASUS.
The keyboard and trackpad use a fairly standard layout found on many other netbooks. It uses an isolated key design that is quite comfortable to use and has a good level of spacing between keys. The trackpad is another matter. The recessed design isn't necessary the problem but the multitouch surface itself. The response time is very slow when it is used and the multitouch zoom functions work sporadically. Users would definitely be well suited by getting an external mouse.