Hercules eCafe netbook

December 18, 2009 | 16:08

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eCafé EC-1000W Media Brief



eCafé is a relatively new, but rapidly growing brand of netbooks from Hercules, who themselves are well-known for their webcams, speaker range, and a professional DJ peripherals. Previous eCafé models have been well-received in mainland Europe and in the States, and next year Hercules intends to expand its eCafé range in the UK.



This particular eCafé is rather special. Netbooks are increasing in popularity with women; Hercules’ own research has shown that this has a lot to do with portability, but also because is designed to be extremely good for key functions: email, webchat and video, multimedia, browsing, and basic office functions. However, most manufacturers’ take on catering for a female market is to provide a colourful selection of snap-on covers.



The design ethos for the eCafé EC-1000W is very different. On the one hand, the design and ergonomics have been created from the ground up with a female audience in mind. More importantly, though, significant emphasis has been placed on created user apps that are tailored to ‘how’ the target consumer will want to use their new netbook. For example…



eCafé CONNECT

This application simplifies the process of getting online. The interface is clear, simple, and expedites locating a suitable WiFi network and connecting.



eCafé Email Centre

It’s not unusual to have two or more email accounts, and the eCafé Email Centre is designed specifically for managing those intuitively. Set up is simplicity itself, and email accounts can be added or removed at any time. Incoming emails are then colour-coded and collated to make viewing and replying much less time consuming, without the need to keep logging on to multiple resources or linking accounts.



eCafé Software Update

To ensure all software is kept up to date and for downloading additional apps, this dedicated tool gives the user complete control over all updates and downloads.



eCafé Webcam Station

As well as having a built in webcam with microphone, this software also features face tracking, photo and video sending, and can even be used for sharing the desktop.



Complete Office Suite

The EC-1000W comes with OpenOffice.org® V3 pre-installed, which includes word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications, all fully compatible with .doc, .xls and .ppt formats.

OpenOffice.org® V3 is a comprehensive, ready-to-use and always-available office suite allowing users to create Office documents or open, read and edit file attachments sent via email and downloaded from the web. Also included is the highly respected antivirus utility, avast! Home Edition, for complete protection whilst on or offline.



Windows® 7: Microsoft’s most powerful OS yet!

Windows® 7 Starter operating system harnesses the power and functionality of the eCAFÉ™ EC-1000W, and adds familiar applications like Internet Explorer 8 and the Windows® Live suite of applications: Live Mail, Live Messenger, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker.



eCAFÉ™ EC-1000W Hardware Specifications

- Operating system: Windows® 7 Starter Edition

- 10.1 inch, high-brightness screen (1024*600)

- Processor: Intel® Atom™ N270 (1.6GHz)

- RAM: 1GB

- Storage: 250GB HDD (SATA) – 2.5” / 5400 rpm + 50GB online storage*

- Super-comfort keyboard with separated, flat keys – 88% of a standard keyboard size

- WiFi N technology

- 4400 mAh battery (6-cell)

- Built-in webcam with microphone

- Connections: 1x VGA, 3x USB, 1x headphones, 1x microphone, 1x LAN RJ45, 1x DC-in 12V, 1x card reader: SD/MMC/SDHC/MS



*free for one year, upon activation



The eCAFÉ™ EC-1000W will be available from October 22, 2009, at a suggested retail price of £329 RRP including VAT. More information can be found at www.hercules.com and www.ecafe.hercules.com
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