Hannspree's new Hannsbook is an attractive budget offering in a burgeoning netbook market and, while it doesn't really bring anything new to the table, a solid, attractive design and competent performance will certainly appeal to those looking to buy a portable on a shoestring.
Solid; attractive design; decent battery life; impressive display; reasonably priced.
Few additional features; no HDMI; struggles with HD video playback.
Intel Atom N450 (1.66GHz) processor, Windows 7 starter edition, Intel GMA3150 graphics, 1GB DDR2 memory, 160GB SATA hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wired LAN, 260 x 180 x 19/34mm, 1.3kg.
Hannspree is gaining a decent reputation for producing cheaper alternatives to more established brands in the notebook and display market without a significant compromise in quality, and for the budget-conscious buyer it's difficult not to hold them in some regard.
The company's recent journey into the netbook market should be worth following, and the Hannsbook SN10E24 on test certainly seems capable of making an impact.
We recently reviewed MSI's Wind U160 and suggested that it seemed a little overpriced despite a snazzy design, so its interesting to note that the SN10E24 isn't only cheaper, but is almost exactly the same in terms of specification and features.
Available in a range of colours, we were sent what was described as the 'red' model, but it's in fact more of a burgundy. This actually looks really nice, and adds a touch of class and uniqueness that would lead us to recommend it over the more conventional gloss black.
Also supplied in the box is a sturdy soft leather case, and utility and application software required to maintain the Windows 7 Starter edition that comes preinstalled.
The netbook boots to the Windows 7 desktop in just under a minute and a half, though general operation remains a little sluggish for an additional minute or so.
A quick look at the key specs reveals an Intel Atom N450 processor, 10.1in 1,024 x 600 display, 1GB of DDR2 memory, integrated graphics and a 160GB hard drive. There's also built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, microphone and stereo speakers, so just about all of the key boxes are ticked so far.
The SN10E24 is compact and tidy enough without really pushing the boundaries of netbook architecture, yet it sits flat on the desk, and the general build and smooth movement of the lid suggests a solid and hardwearing design.