Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard is decent, at least when it comes to netbooks. It feels sturdy and you need a bit time to get used to the size, but that’s the case with all netbooks as they simply aren’t designed for prolonged use.
Same as on the Lenovo’s S10, someone decided that it is a good idea to switch the places of Fn and Ctrl keys, so you’ll end up with a bunch of failed “copy-paste” and similar “Ctrl” based shortcut actions until you get the hang of it. This is a minor inconvenience as you have to get used to the small netbook keyboard anyway.
The touchpad feels quite good, and it is far from small with its 45 x 65 mm dimensions. Unfortunately, there is no scroll bar and you’ll have to deal with manual scrolling. The keys are quite solid and need a normal amount of pressure for that magic click as they are neither too sensitive nor too stiff.
The POV Mobii ION mini is quite different when it comes to ergonomics as the left side is pretty much empty. It has a power button, status LEDs, exhaust for the fan and a security lock.
We already mentioned in the specification list that it only has two USB 2.0 ports and both of these are located on the right side of the netbook, along with the RJ45 LAN port, HDMI output and the power connector.
The front side is reserved for audio connectors and the card reader. We didn’t take the picture of the back side as this one only has a battery, so it’s far from interesting.
The bottom is pretty straightforward, it hides the battery hinges and two lids held by a pair of screws.
These two lids make the upgrade pretty simple as you can easily get to the memory and hard drive, practically the only two things that you can upgrade on a netbook.
As you can see from the pictures below, our sample came with 2GB of Team Group 667MHz CL5 memory and a 2.5-inch 160GB Toshiba hard drive.
The retail sample comes with 1GB of memory but as memory is quite cheap these days we recommend upgrading it to 2GB as both Windows XP and Windows 7, if you decide to install it, will certainly appreciate it.