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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Little Lightweight Netbook, 26 Mar. 2009
This review is from: CnmBook 7" Netbook Windows CE 4GB 800 x 400 Widescreen Built in SD Card Memory Slot
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. I found that the hardware functions listed work fine when I tried them: Wifi works fine (after a bit of tinkering), USB and SD support work fine, web access using an ethernet cable works fine, and adding a usb mouse or keyboard is no problem.

I really like this little netbook but it won't be for everyone. It's not just a compacted version of bigger netbooks; there are things they can do which this netbook simply can't. But if you want a super-light super-small netbook for word processing, spreadsheets, and web browsing, then this might be what you're looking for. If you're looking for flexibility, processing power, decent storage or the ability to install lots of different pieces of software then you should consider netbook offerings from Acer, Asus, Samsung, and HP.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2010 20:41:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2010 20:19:59 BDT
Jane says:
How did you get the internet to work? I've just got a CnM Book, it says it is connected wireless PC symbol is lit up. However, when I open internet explorer it says it's loading then freezes with the following error
res://\windows\shdoclc.dll/dnserror.htm...
Nothing else is open Please help if you can?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 18:49:08 GMT
Alexander says:
The version I had was Linux based (not Windows) and therefore did not have Microsoft Internet Explorer installed. I had to mess around with the wireless settings to get the wireless to connect, (I just kept trying different options from the drop-down lists) but once the wireless connection was established the browser accessed pages with no problem. Incidentally, if you have Windows CE installed you will probably find certain limitations with your netbook which don't affect Linux versions. Hope you're able to overcome the problems you're having.
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