The connectivity in the Flybook V5 is equally impressive. Standard on every Flybook is 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi and high-speed 3.5G WWAN. The radio inside supports quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900) and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA (850/1900/2100), pushing your wireless data transfer speeds as high as 3.6Mbps. The 7.2Mbps upgrade should also be available shortly, assuming that your service provider supports it. This high-speed connection not only takes care of data, but it can also be used for voice and SMS. In essence, the Flybook V5 can function as one big cell phone.
Because the Flybook V5 is so compact (235 x 163 x 30mm), the 80-key standard keyboard is quite a bit smaller than a full-size keyboard. It will take some time to get used to the smaller size, just as you would on the 7- and 8.9-inch versions of the Eee PC. It’s also notable that Dialogue decided to go with a “nub” for the mouse (remember the old ThinkPads?) rather than a trackpad. That’s another area that could take some getting used to.
Flybook VM Notebook with Swan-Neck Design
You may have had the experience where you were on an airplane somewhere, using the flip-out tray to support your laptop. Just as you get ready to enjoy a movie or write a blog post, the person in front of you decides to quickly recline his seat. Your notebook screen nearly gets crushed in the process.
The FlyBook VM was designed specifically to be “Airline Friendly”, featuring a unique Swan-Neck design that can push the 12.1-inch widescreen display on the laptop a little closer to you. What this means is that you can use the Flybook VM in even the most confining of spaces. The display is attached to an arm that not only flips up like a regular laptop, but it can also extend and tilt at the end of the arm. This has to be one of the most unique features on any notebook today.
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