The evolution of the netbook

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Pioneer DreamBook Light IL1: Pioneer Computers was the first of the Australian PC builders to send us its version of the netbook, which didn’t compare favourably to what was on the market at the time. It looked and felt awful to use, but at $549, it was reasonably priced. It had a 7in screen, a 1GHz VIA C7-M CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 40GB hard drive, and was the first and only netbook we’ve seen with a 56Kbps modem. It ran Windows XP (slowly) and its poor screen resolution (a stretched 1024x768) as well as a cramped keyboard and touchpad made it uncomfortable to use.

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