Hands on with the ECS J10IL at Mobile Asia Congress 2008

ECS hasn’t exactly been making waves in the netbook scene since they entered, but with their latest netbook model, I think they just might. The latest “mobile broadband notebook” from ECS is called the J10IL, and it comes with a built-in–you guessed it–mobile broadband modem.

Sure, a lot of existing netbooks are already available in the market, but it is only now that the lot of them are getting their own built-in mobile broadband modems. Keen to float to the top of the netbook market this time, ECS has taken the same old netbook concept and added that feature which a lot of users have been clamoring for since the netbook category was created.

But first things first: what are the ECS J10IL’s features anyway? To find out, read on.

ECS J10IL key features and specs:

- 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor
- 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution screen
- 1GB RAM, 160GB Hard disk
- Fairly large trackpad with left and right click buttons
- 3 USB ports, VGA-out, and Ethernet jack
- Audio in/out
- Stereo speakers
- Built-in mobile broadband modem supporting 850MHz, 1900MHz, and 2100MHz UMTS bands
- Speeds of up to 7.2Mbps (HSDPA) and 2.0Mbps (HSUPA)

Now while all of these features are fine and dandy, what makes the ECS J10IL so good is that it comes with a pretty speedy mobile broadband modem. I know, not exactly a revolutionary or new feature, but it’s something that’s still missing on a lot of products that it should be included in at this time.

Overall, the ECS J10IL proved very good in usage. The keys weren’t as properly laid out as on some other netbooks, like the MSI Wind or the Acer Aspire One, but the ECS J10IL’s advantage of having a built-in mobile broadband modem still remains.

I was told that the ECS J10IL is already available in Spain and a few markets in Asia, though it wasn’t specified how much it costs. But if I had to venture a guess, it would probably cost just as much as the ECS G10IL, which came before it, at 499 EUR for the version with Windows XP.

Here are a few more of the ECS J10IL’s photos.

Author: David Gonzales

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