Hands on Use
After all the benchmark dust settled, it was time to get some hands on with the M1022. The little netbook is a nice looking machine and the only outward sign that it is more than the mere mortal netbooks in its class is the funky, HDMI looking port on the left side.
This port plugs into the slick docking station that allows you to use the M1022 as both a netbook and a desktop machine without having to disconnect cables each time. The dock has enough USB ports for an external mouse and keyboard and the VGA output will allow you to use a larger screen. The best part is when using the dock you simply pull the netbook out when you are ready to go mobile. This is a great feature and adds greatly to the usability and value of the M1022.
The keyboard is average for a netbook with well-spaced keys, a full size right shift key and good tactile feedback. I am not a fan of the fact that GIGABYTE plastered Asian characters on the keyboard. If the machine was intended for an Asian market I could understand, but for use in America the extra characters mess up the clean looks of the netbook by adding lots of clutter to the keyboard.
The track pad is both good and bad. The good part about the track pad is that it supports multi-touch and gestures and has lots of room to work. The bad part is that the right and left buttons are to each side of the track pad rather than under it. After years and years of using track pads with the buttons underneath, moving them to the sides is annoying. I kept hitting the bottom edge of the palm rest looking for the mouse buttons.
The screen is nice and as I have come to expect, it has a highly glossy coating. That means that the color reproduction is good, but the screen throws glare badly in bright rooms. A webcam is built into the LCD bezel as well. My test unit had the stock LCD, but a higher resolution LCD is an option.
The onboard sound system is average with enough volume to hear music and movies, but not enough bass for my taste. Someday a netbook will hit my desk with a better sound system. Until then the M1022 is average in this department.
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