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Netbook Nightmare: My Experience With the Sylvania g Netbook

Feb 14, 2009, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Caitlyn Martin)

"The replacement proved to be faulty straight out of the box with wireless completely non-functional. A second exchange proved impossible; according to the dealer the model had been discontinued. I still see the original Sylvania g Netbook offered for sale at what seems like a very attractive price so I thought it best to share my experiences before someone spends their hard earned money on one.

"Before launching into a detailed review of the g Netbook I should point out that I have replaced it with a Sylvania g Netbook Meso, a newer and more powerful model that has been flawless so far. The newer system demonstrates that Digital Gadgets, the folks that license the Sylvania name for their netbooks, can do a Linux netbook that just plain works. Hardware Overview

"I was attracted to the original Sylvania g Netbook (not the Meso) for two reasons. First , it is one of the smallest and lightest netbooks on the market. It weighs in at just 1.9 lbs. (0.86 kgs.) Second, I couldn't find another netbook that offered anywhere near the features of this unit at a comparable price. As I write this the g Netbook can be purchased for around US$239-$249."

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