July 8, 2009 at 8:30 pm
Manli Technology recently unveiled the iii series of netbooks at Computex. The Manli M3, was one of these netbooks, and comes with a 10-inch (1024 x 600) display, powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU. Its claim to fame is a fingerprint reader on the palm rest and an Expresscard/34 slot.
Other specs include 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, a 3-in-1 card reader, Wi-FI (b/g only), a 1.3MP webcam as well as optional 3G. NetbookNews has got hold of the netbook and promptly shot an unboxing video. It was nice to see this model sporting a matte display, although the lid looks like it’s a fingerprint magnet. Upgradeability seems to be well catered for with a very large access panel on the bottom. This provides easy reach to the RAM, HDD and two Mini PCI-E card slots.
There have been a number of unusal design decisions regarding the keyboard. First of all, there is a very small shift key right at the edge of the keyboard. The space bar is also quite small, partly to fit two Windows keys, one either side of the space bar. You also get dedicated Home and End buttons, quite unusual for a netbook. But their placement is strange, stuck to the left of the Enter key. Check the video out for yourself after the jump.