Dot Close Up
Packard Bell packaged the Dot snugly inside a cardboard box with lots of padding at the side to prevent damage during transportation. Inside the box you’ll find a pouch to put the Dot and carry it around (missing a handle though), a small power brick and “mickey-mouse” power cable. The battery is packaged separately and comes pre-charged, so you can just plug it in and start to work.
The documentation included is very thorough guiding you through the process of setting up your new netbook, there are also guidelines for connecting to your Wifi-router, overall a very detailed manual with beginner friendly screenshots and step by step instructions.
.Dot inside the leather carrying bag
6-cell battery, good for 5200mAh
The black .dot has a piano paint finish and is very shiny; its surface does attract fingerprints so you’ll be wiping them off frequently to keep it all spick and span.
When the netbook is closed there are no status LEDs visible, at the front there are no connectors or input controls.
The right side we have mic-in and headphone jack, 2x USB ports, multi-card readers lot and Kensington lock.
With the 6-cell battery installed the footprint of the .dot increases slightly, it’s also tilting towards the front now.
At the left side we have connector hole for the charger, D-Sub VGA out, 10/100 network port, the third USB port and another memory card slot.
The bottom doesn’t reveal much, there are cooling vents at different strategic locations, you can see the anti-slip rubber feet of the .dot, the battery pack also has two of those. The battery lock/release buttons are the only interactive parts here of interest. The small panel of the top left side gives you access to the 3G module (to put in your SIM card) if you ordered the .Dot3G/20; in this case the contents underneath the panel are missing. There is no immediate access to any of the parts inside, removing the visible screws in the photo above does not allow you to open the .Dot easily; so memory upgrade, HDD swap will definitely void your warranty if you dare to try.
Flipping the netbook we do a size comparison with a joker card, the 8.9” screen allows the .dot to give a good balance between portability and usability.