Sunday, February 28, 2010

My "Wireless N" Device

I got a brand new wireless N router. I was tempted to get a wireless N device to try the high speed wireless connection. I just couldn't resist it and finally I got myself this wireless N device...


Wahlau eh. That's my friend's reaction when got to know I bought this because of "wireless N", a lappy instead of a wireless N USB dongle! Hehe... I must admit wireless N is just an excuse for me to get this new toy :P


It's an Acer 1810TZ notebook or netbook that's what some tech forums categorized it. Few more additional info on its spec...


Unbox it to unveil the full package...


Pretty standard and everything still in its seal, the sleeve case, lappy, power cable on top of lappy, power brick with warranty booklets and quick start guide below it, and last on the left is the battery.

Let's read the "just for starters"...



LoL. I really laugh out loud when I read it. I know I am IT geek, but don't you think the 6-step guide sounds dumb even for non-IT literate buyers? I bet none in the world would find it useful, no?

The typical glossy top like other lappies...


This is really a fingerprint magnet.

Let's see what are the I/O interfaces available...


From left, the VGA, power connector, air vent, HDMI (!!) and USB. Now the other side...


From left, 5-in-1 card slot. Headphone jack with SPDIF digital output, mic out, 2 x USB, Kensington lock and the gigabit (!!) port.

Now the rear...


No doubt the battery compartment. Hidden in there is the SIM card slot for WWAN or 3G/HSDPA module. Too bad, Acer Malaysia does not offer this model here...


Nor in Kiasu Land Singapore...


Perhaps it's not feasible in local market 'cause the ISPs are aggressively offering "free USB modem", an addition of few hundreds bucks for the built in modem may hinder buyers away. But it's still my preference.

Now the bottom...


User-accessible hard disk compartment on the left, 2 x RAM slots for 2 x 2GB RAM sticks and PCI-e compartments for 3G HSDPA at the middle compartment, the yellow arrows point out where the speakers are, and the red arrows point out wifi and bluetooth switch.

Open up the lid...


Full sized keyboard with multitouch touch pad. I guess I may need some practices to familiar with the keyboard design.


The glossy LED screen with built-in microphone and 1.3MP webcam. I think I prefer non-glossy type like the one on my lovely Wind. We shall see later.

Now to the power brick with its spec...




Arrgggh! I dislike the thick and heavy power cable, it's not portable at all!!

Last but not to miss the sleeve case...



Instead of a thin stick on, it has a big square patch. This may be useful...



You can gain a little height there, perhaps to slip in some big paper notes.

Let's stop for now. Carling Cup Final is getting exciting.

To be continued...