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Hannspree Hannsnote SN10E1 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £260
inc VAT

The Hannsnote is the cheapest netbook here, but is well designed and well equipped, making it a great option if your budget is limited.


10 in 1,024×600 display, 1.3kg, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270, 1.00GB RAM, 160GB disk, Windows XP Home Edition

The Hannsnote SN10E1 is the first computer we’ve seen from Hannspree, a company better known for its monitors and TVs.

However, rather than being Hanspree’s original design, the Hannsnote is a rebranded version of MSI’s Wind U100, but it’s £40 cheaper and has a few subtle differences.

We liked the understated, attravailable, glossy black and chrome design. Build quality is generally sturdy, although the lid flexes and the hinge wobbles more than we’d like, so it’s a netbook you’ll have to treat carefully.

The large, chunky battery props up the keyboard at an angle, which can make it more comfortable to type on. It lasted four hours and 49 minutes in our battery test, which isn’t as long as other netbooks we’ve seen, but is impressive at this price and is still more than long enough for an afternoon’s use.

The keyboard is identical to the MSI Wind’s, so the keys feel responsive and comfortable to type on. Unfortunately, the Fn and Control keys have swapped their usual locations, while many of the punctuation keys are narrower than the others, which could trip up touch-typists. The small but accurate touchpad is also unaltered, but instead of the single, spongy-feeling pivoting button on the Wind, Hannspree has opted for two separate buttons.

Unlike many other netbook displays, the Hannsnote’s 10in screen has a matt instead of a glossy finish, which reduces glare. It’s one of the better screens here thanks to its reasonably wide viewing angles and almost painful brightness.

The Hannsnote comes with a 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM, so it can easily handle basic office and internet tasks. The GMA 950 graphics chip isn’t powerful enough for games, but had no trouble playing standard definition iPlayer and DivX videos. The collect-and-return warranty is relatively long at two years.

Hannspree’s Hannsnote is a good netbook with good battery life, a bright screen and a responsive keyboard. It’s great value and a perfect choice for anyone who wants a decent netbook on a tight budget.

Basic Specifications

Rating *****
Processor Intel Atom N270
Processor clock speed 1.6GHz
Memory 1.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 1
Maximum memory 2GB
Size 43x260x180mm
Weight 1.3kg
Sound Realtek High Definition Audio
Pointing device touchpad
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption idle 14W
Power consumption active 18W


Viewable size 10 in
Native resolution 1,024×600
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 950
Graphics/video ports VGA
Graphics Memory 128MB


Total storage capacity 160GB
Optical drive model none
Optical drive type N/A

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Modem No
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports none


Carrying case Yes
Operating system Windows XP Home Edition
Operating system restore option restore disc
Software included none
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty two years collect and return
Price £260

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