CloudBook Unboxing and Very First Impressions
Our CloudBook just arrived and we’ve taken it out of the box and snapped a few photos. Editor-in-Chief Mark Spoonauer is working on a hands-on post right now, and already we’ve encountered some significant problems:
- The pointing device: The touchpad is a tiny stretch of plastic in the most awkward place you can possibly imagine, on the right above the keyboard. The left and right mouse buttons are on the left side above the keyboard, forcing you to use two hands to navigate and click.
- Windows Going Below the Screen: We got stuck for about an hour, because we couldn’t get past the setup program that runs when you start the CloudBook for the first time. At first we couldn’t get past the screen where you select your timezone, because there didn’t seem to be a Next or OK button to help you select your timezone.Brad Linder suggested to us that we use Alt+Click to drag the setup window above the screen. Indeed, there was a Next button that had been hidden from us all along. Apparently, the gOS operating system installed on the CloudBook is configured such that many of the windows, particularly windows in the setup program and control panels, are taller than 400 pixels (the native resolution). Using Alt+Click or attaching an external screen solves this problem, but it’s very annoying and I guarantee most users will find themselves as confused as we were.Update: This resolution problem may occur on CloudBooks sent to consumers. We just got a note from Everex’s Paul Kim saying:”It looks like the gOS team loaded the wrong size opening windows on a few of the press samples. I’m talking to them now to try to see what happened but will keep you updated.”
Here’s a hands-on video: Here are some photos we took:
Here’s everything in the box, which consists of a warranty agreement, a tiny setup manual (which hasn’t helped us), the battery, the power cord, and the unit itself.
When we opened the box and saw this touchpad, everyone in the room gasped and said “is that the touchpad? How are you supposed to use that thing?”
The CloudBook boot screen.
Here’s the CloudBook next to an Eee PC 4G Surf for comparison. Update: We now have a complete mini-review of the CloudBook posted.