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Apricot Picobook Pro

Not only is Mitsubishi interested in making cars, the company is also interested in making computers. The Mitsubishi Corporation is the designer of the Apricot Picobook Pro. The Apricot Picobook Pro once belonged to a British computer company before it was gobbled up by Mitsubishi.

Apricot Picobook Pro makes a serious effort to outdo its competition with keyboard size and battery capabilities. The keyboard is 30% larger than competitors, and the battery life is 3-4 hours which is about the same as the Acer Aspire One. Since the release of Apricot's netbook, other companies are placing out netbooks that have mildly impressive battery life, however, there are very few keyboards on netbooks that users feel have a generous size; the Apricot Picobook Pro attempts to answer the demand for bigger keyboard. The majority of individuals who purchased the Apricot Picobook Pro felt that the netbook matched the competition, but wasn't necessarily better.

The designers of the Apricot Picobook Pro promised consumers on the netbook's website that they would do everything possible to distinguish the netbook from the others in the marketplace. Unfortunately, the Apricot Picobook Pro can run with its competitors, but certainly cannot outrun them.

Most Netbooks are so petite that they can be held in the palm of the hand and the Picobook Pro is no exception. It's a tiny little netbook that is under three pounds and ultra portable. Although the Apricot netbook is tiny, you can easily connect the computer to an external monitor to experience a larger screen. The display on the Apricot Picobook Pro is a standard 8.9 inches and the screen on the netbook is the thickest part of it.

The makers of the Apricot Picobook Pro call it a masterpiece but the real question is; what do the users of the Apricot Picobook Pro call it? Some call it a good deal, and others have complaints. There are two main flaws on the Apricot Picobook Pro. The first flaw is the persistent buzzing noise that radiates from the computer. Also, the shiny onyx black finish on the computer looks pleasing to the eye but picks up noticeable fingerprints quickly.

Despite the flaws, Apricot certainly has its good points; many Apricot Picobook Pro users admire the look and feel of the netbook's glossy black lid. When the netbook was first released, users could choose between having Linux or Windows XP which was a bonus for netbook users who didn't want to be forced to learn a new operating system. At the end of 2008, the SuSe Linux System was dropped from Apricot after numerous testers felt that converting to Linux was too complicated.

There are other goodies that the Apricot Picobook Pro is equipped with, such as blue tooth capabilities, and an on-board security module which speeds up encryption calculations. The hard disc is 1.8 inches and can contain 60GB. The disc drive can easily be upgraded to 120GB or 160GB. The price of an Apricot starts at about $450.00.

Fri, 09 Jan 2009 07:59:52 +0000

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