Hercules Unveils Latest Generation of eCafe Netbooks

I have a netbook and I don’t use it anywhere near as much as I thought I would. It was cool in the beginning, but I’ve found it’s just to slow for my personal needs and a bit underpowered I think. Still though, netbooks just keep popping up everywhere and they are actually getting better. I guess they have their place though, I know many people have them and enjoy them.

Hercules, a specialist in IT devices including multimedia speaker sets, webcams, DJing solutions and consumer-friendly WiFi products, demonstrates its creative talents with smarter designed netbooks that will boost your connected experience. This spring, Hercules will release two new 10-inch eCAFÉ™ models that are all about mobility. Hercules is pleased to announced the eCAFÉ™ Slim HD: the slimmest and lightest model in its category; and the eCAFÉ™ EX HD: which boasts the best battery life on the market.
Today, new mobile devices are part of everyday life and users have come to appreciate the advantages they offer: smartphones for their small size and immediacy, pocket multimedia players for their entertainment value, and netbooks for their comfort of use. With its two new eCAFÉ models, Hercules has incorporated all of these features, and even taken things a step further…
More than just a standard netbook, eCAFÉ™ is proud to be different >>
The Slim HD model offers a 10-inch screen and all the essential connectors (3 USB ports, an Ethernet port, headphone and microphone connectors and a card reader), but weighs in at just 1.9 lbs. Plus, it is extremely slim – only .8” thick.

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The EX HD model features 13 hours of battery life in real use conditions* and makes it simple for users to watch videos on their television thanks to the HDMI port and multimedia touch controls. It is also incredibly compact: at 1.1” thick and 2.4 lbs., it is one of the slimmest models on the market.
The eCAFÉ™ Slim HD and EX HD are ultra-mobile entertainment devices that smoothly play 720p HD videos, while allowing users to enjoy all of their favorite Internet activities as well email, web surfing, social networks, online shopping, and more.

Designed for everyday use >>
Both new eCAFÉ™ models offer instant readiness, eCAFÉ™ wakes up from standby mode in just 4 seconds, giving more flexibility of use – even on short trips or breaks.
The eCAFÉ™ is highly intuitive: applications are grouped by theme (Internet, multimedia, games, office software etc.).

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It comes bundled with essential applications such as a full office suite (compatible with Microsoft® Office), an audio player and music management, a video player compatible with most formats (avi, divx, mpeg2, xvid, h264, mkv, mov, and more), and even an instant messaging system (compatible with Windows® Live, Yahoo®, AIM®, Google® Talk, etc.).

Managing social networking accounts, including Facebook®, Twitter® and Flickr® (among others) is now easier than ever, thanks to an application which groups them all together so that you don’t miss any of the latest news.
The exclusive eCAFÉ™ Sync application lets you connect your eCAFÉ™ to your main computer (Windows®, Linux or Mac OS X) via the included mini-USB cable, allowing you to transfer files quickly and easily when needed.

A strong identity: that’s eCAFÉ™ >>
Hercules has broken with tradition and introduced its own design statement. The screen folds into the body, providing even greater protection for your netbook. The compact, super-slender design makes it easy to slip into bags of all shapes and sizes. The LEDs and backlit multimedia touch controls are located on the edges of the device, as are all ports and connectors, making them easily accessible. The chiclet keyboard with flat, separated keys and 10-inch, high-brightness LED screen make the eCAFÉ™ comfortable to use, even for long periods of time.

 

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The eCAFÉ’s™ identity is also reflected in terms of the technology it employs: its optimized and low power consumption processor allows it to combine energy management with efficient everyday use. It doesn’t heat up and because it has no fan, it is especially quiet. Flash storage makes it perfectly suited to mobile use, thanks to fast and efficient data access and greater shock resistance.

 

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The eCAFÉ™ Slim HD and eCAFÉ™ EX HD will be available starting April 2011, at suggested retail prices of $229 and $269. Boost your connection >>
Discover the entire Hercules eCAFÉ™ range at www.ecafe.hercules.com

 

Technical specifications >>
ARM Cortex-A8 processor / Hercules eCAFÉ™ Netbook Edition Operating System (Linux) / RAM: 512MB DDR2 / Storage capacity: 8GB Flash iNand (for eCAFÉ™ Slim HD) or 16GB (8GB Flash iNand + 8GB SDHC memory extension card included – for eCAFÉ™ EX HD) – extendible up to 72GB ), + additional 50GB available online** / 10.1’’ (25.7cm) backlit LED screen (1024 x 600) / WiFi 802.11b-g-n / Ethernet RJ-45 port / 3 USB 2.0 ports and 1 mini-USB port / Webcam with built-in microphone / External card reader (SD, MMC, SDHC) and internal card reader / Weight starting at 880g / Battery life: up to 13 hours of use* / Mini-USB cable included / Dimensions starting at 300mm x 171mm x 21mm / Colors and models may vary from one country to another. 
* Battery life achieved in a real-life test situation, in which the following were used simultaneously or in succession: word processing (1 hour), Internet surfing via WiFi (2 hours), games (1 hour), audio playback (3 hours), standard-quality video playback (1.5 hours) and HD-quality video playback (3 hours), video display via HDMI port (1.5 hours).
** Please see terms and conditions on our website.

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