A netbook from Hercules? They're better known for multimedia peripherals, but apparently the 10.1-inch (1024 x 600) EC-1000W isn't their first effort. This one looks good, though. Windows 7 and netbook-specs aside, it has 802.11n Wi-Fi, and 50GB online storage.

For $400, 250GB is also a good amount of hard disk space, and Windows 7 (Starter) is a plus, though that means it won't be available until late October.


There are some nice design touches, too: a glossy motif on the lid, chiclet-style keys, and custom software to manage driver updates, Webcam, and Wi-Fi management. OpenOffice.org V3 is also pre-installed. Not bad at all. [Hercules]

• Windows 7 Starter operating system with Windows Live® Suite: Messenger, Mail, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker & Media Player
• 10.1" high-brightness screen (1024x600)
• Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz Processor
• 1GB Ram
• 250GB HDD Storage + an extra 50GB of online storage
• Comfortable chiclet keyboard with separated flat keys
• WiFi N technology
• 6-Cell 4400 mAh battery
• Built-in webcam with microphone
• Connections: 1x VGA, 3x USB, 1x headphones, 1x microphone, 1x LAN RJ45, 1x DC-in 12V, 1x card reader: SD/MMC/SDHC/MS