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CnmBook 7" Netbook Windows CE 4GB 800 x 400 Widescreen Built in SD Card Memory Slot

3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Best Sellers Rank 99,537 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Date First Available1 Aug 2008
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147 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know nothing about Linux 3 Aug 2008
I know nothing about Linux, but I was able to connect this laptop to my wireless router in less than 5 minutes and surf the web. Another five minutes later and I was able to send and receive emails, write letters, open attachments and play mp3 tracks. It seems fine for the simple things or used as a second machine, its really portable, I was able to find a BT Openzone hotspot and use the instant messaging to keep in touch with the office.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value mini laptop 1 Feb 2009
This is a really good product for the money. I am using it to write my review. It has a clear bright screen and a solid, proper but small keyboard. It is far easier to carry around than a laptop.
It has a web browser called Bon Echo (which is a simplified version of firefox).
There is a pdf viewer and a Word emulator that can read and write Word documents (though not perfectly). There is also a picture viewer and editor, and you can play music files with its speakers or headphones. It has a wireless connection that works fine. You use a USB stick to transfer files to/from your desktop. You can download more software from the cnm website. Battery life is about 3 hours.
Dont be put off by the "Linux" system. The software is all very easy to use.
Of course there are some niggles and limitations - many of the features you normally have are not available and it is sometimes slow. But overall I am very happy with it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Little Lightweight Netbook 26 Mar 2009
This netbook is very small and very light. The keyboard uses the whole width of the netbook and is about as small as it could be while still allowing you to touch type. The screen is small but it's quite bright and clear. It's about as small as it could be without making web-browsing a chore. Basically, you can't make a netbook much smaller than this without making it a toy or ridiculously expensive.

The operating system is ok, nothing special, just ok. It's a slimmed down version of Debian Linux which means you can't just install any piece of Linux software on it, not even any piece of Debian Linux software. Although it is technically possible to replace parts of the OS it requires some serious technical know-how. The processor is 'MIPS' which, among other things, further limits the software you can use. The software it comes with is enough to carry out most of the tasks you are likely to use this netbook for but not a lot more. The word processor is a lot like Microsoft Word and the spreadsheet feels a lot like MS Excel. The browser is not great - videos and flash files have to be played in separate dedicated programs - and I couldn't get certain Realplayer files to work at all which, for example, prevents me from listening to bbc radio stations online. Multi-tasking is out.

The touchpad is ok, nothing special, just ok. The buttons on either side of the trackpad feel cheap, but they work ok. Battery life is good cosidering the little battery it uses. The charger is like a mobile phone charger, so it's easy to carry around, unlike some of the 'bricks' that come with some other netbooks.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does not accept 8 GB sd cards 29 Oct 2008
Amazon lists as a suggestion that you could buy an 8 GB SDHC card with this. Please be aware that this machine does not support this type of card. the maximum amount SD card it can take is 4 GB. Otherwise, it is a very good, functional netbook.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be what your looking for. 8 May 2009
Contrary to the views expressed in some other reviews, the CnMBook is not useless. However, it does have serious limitations in comparison with conventional laptops which, to be fair the most retailers, are made perfectly clear before purchase. With that in mind, my initial advice would be that you need to be clear about is what you want the machine for. I, for example, am a teacher who cycles to work. What I needed was a light machine which could cope with basic word processing, simple spreed sheet operations and access to email via a web browser. The ability to listen to music and view pictures would be an advantage but not essential.

The CnMBook runs the LInux operating system which is extremely stable and easy to use. The machine boots up quickly being ready for work in around 30 seconds. Once ready to go you are presented with a series of tabs labeled, Internet, work, play, settings and others. The Internet section contains a of programs for social networking which I wouldn't use together with all conceivable ways of accessing the Internet; dial up, wireless etc. The work tab contains all your 'productivity' applications and the play section includes some games, mp3 player and picture viewer.

The CnMBook ships with AbiWord which is a perfectly acceptable and user friendly word processor. While it is by no means as powerful as MS Word, you are able to save your work as an MS Office file and edit it on a Windows machine. The same can be said of the supplied spreadsheet, Gnumeric, which is fine for basic use.

Initially, I did have some problems accessing the Internet as the machine wouldn't recognize the IP address supplied by the wireless network. The makers are aware of this and therefore supply you with some extremely sketchy solutions for solving the problem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars better off with i phone !
this item while it seems solid built an all , at end of day its linux , and as other reviewer said instructions may as well be in urdo , ancient greek or hiroglif ! Read more
Published on 7 Jan 2010 by K. whelan
3.0 out of 5 stars The only Win CE review?
All reviews seem to refer to the Linux 2Gb version. This advert is for the Win CE version!

The mini netbook does work well, its screen is good as are the keys. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2009 by A. Ward
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst operating system I've ever used!
Where do I begin? I bought this laptop for my daughter for Xmas last year and it was the worst mistake I'd ever made. Read more
Published on 12 Oct 2009 by K. Ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job
linix is good but not as good as windows the internet was good but slow. if your looking for a fully installed laptop than this is not what you looking for if your looking for for... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2009 by Mrs. S. J. Morkel
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little computer but battery life could be better.
I think this is a nice little computer. I recently took it away on holiday and it linked with the hotel wifi system very well. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2009 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars :) excellent
i just got mine delivered :) .. i ordered it on the 23rd and it was expected on the 31st apparently but its here on the 25th. Ive just got it .. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2009 by ^^
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for internet access on the move
I bought a CnM Netbook to give internet access while travelling. It is easy to carry and ideal for internet access on the move. Read more
Published on 21 July 2009 by K. L. Wren
1.0 out of 5 stars CnM book
This machine is utterly hopeless. Don't bother with it.It does have one or two good points; it's small, it finds a wireless connection quickly, and,er that's about it. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2009 by D. A. Peacock
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY FROM THESE PEOPLE
i have had nothing but problems from these people no after care at all. it is difficult to set up and they do not answer e mails after you have recived the product,please dont get... Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2009 by Mr. P. Bullock
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