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Re: [SLUG] Kogan Agora Netbooks
- To: Terry Dawson <tjd@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Kogan Agora Netbooks
- From: Marghanita da Cruz <marghanita@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2009 09:56:29 +1000
- Cc: slug <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Organization: Ramin Communications
- Reply-to: marghanita@xxxxxxxxxxxx
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The research was prompted by a friend, who has since
decided to check out the offerings on the streets of Beijing,
However, I would like to know what ports are available and
whether Wifi is built in (as is the case with eeePC). Though,
I don't expect firewire - which my current laptop meets.
I have also heard reports about issues with the fan.
Have you used an external DVD/CD burner or other external
I assume it has no problems with USB drives/cameras/phones?
By the way, I have just bought a new motorolla U9 and was
pleasantly surprised at the plug and charge/play USB power/data
Terry Dawson wrote:
Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
Any thoughts on these?
Powering the Kogan Agora Netbook is gOS, a very aesthetically
pleasing, powerful, intuitive, and fast operating system. Combined
with the power and great value of our hardware, it brings you one
step closer to cloud computing. gOS facilitates easy access to a
number of Google? services as well as a host of easy to use, powerful
open source programs.
I realise you posted this message quite a while ago now, but I've
recently purchased four of the Agora Pro Netbooks and if you're still
considering purchase I thought you might be interested in my comments.
In summary I'm really very happy with them.
They're surprisingly solidly built for a machine of their class. They
feel well-built with no flimsiness and I suspect you'd have to try
pretty hard to do any real physical damage to them.
The operating system has been well localised for Australia and is Ubuntu
8.04 based. The 8.04 is a little out of date, but the update process is
obvious and works as expected. It was almost disappointing to discover
that I didn't need/want to do much after creating my login account to
customise it; the setup is quite sensible. All I ended up doing was
disabling the Google gadgets on the desktop because they're not to my
taste and installing a few application package that I like to use.
I find the keyboard quite comfortable to use, with the possible
exception of the '/' key being a little awkward to get to from some
angles. The touchpad works well, but again, from some angles I find that
my thumbs sometime accidentally stray onto it while I'm typing. I'm sure
both of these problems will dissipate with time as I become more
familiar with it.
Wireless/sound work as expected. Bluetooth, as you will know, manifests
as a small USB dongle which I haven't yet tried, but suspect will work
The screen is quite pretty, with default fonts small but readable even
for someone rapidly turning middle-aged and both short and far-sighted :)
Happy to field any particular questions you (or others) might have.
Marghanita da Cruz
Phone: (+61)0414 869202