Ben NanoNote - First impressions

2010-03-03 15:42
Thanks to the guys from qi-hardware, I've just got my own Ben NanoNote. I want to share a few impressions of the little device with you. Here are some pictures which I have taken right after unpackaging it.

The Ben NanoNote came in a nice black box, quite similar to the package of the GP2X F100.

When opening the box, the first thing that becomes visible, is the NanoNote (with some dust that immediately appeared because of static electricity originating from the plastic bag that contained the NanoNote).

Right below the NanoNote there is another box with some accessoires.

The NanoNote comes with a USB cable, a removable Li-Ion battery, a printed manual and a little rubber pad which can be used to put the NanoNote in USB boot mode. They have also included a cleaning cloth, which is a nice thing as the NanoNote is made of glossy plastic, which looks nice but also easily captures fingerprints and dust.

For size comparison, here are two pictures with the NanoNote right next to a Dingoo A320. When the NanoNote is closed it is about as thick as the Dingoo.

Nothing special on the back of the NanoNote. There are rubber feet and the battery door.

The opened device.

The buttons are made of clear plastic which are printed from the back, so even when heavily using the keyboard the printing should still remain readable.

There is one speaker located on the left side of the device. The grid looks like it is made of a sheet of metal.

When removing the battery door there is a label with holes for a few contacts - three for a serial connection and another two to put the device in USB boot mode.

When starting the NanoNote for the first time this is what one will see when it has finished booting.

Right now there is nothing but a Linux console. There is no menu, yet.

The overall build quality of the device is quite impressing. It is not one of those cheap looking chinese handhelds made of flimsy plastic.

Finally, good old midnight commander on the Ben NanoNote. :D

jb0yx (web) says:
2010-03-04 17:20:00
pretty cool
mortys (web) says:
2010-03-22 00:10:00
Great news. But how do you think that a dingoo owner could have a diffrent use of the Nanonote ? I’m presonnaly very interested by the device.
Joe (web) says:
2010-03-22 11:23:00
Have you tried running MAME on it ( eg Donkey Kong / Galaxians / old games ).
wejp (web) says:
2010-03-30 00:28:00
I haven’t tried MAME on the NanoNote, but as many programs from the Dingoo with Dingux also run on the NanoNote, chances are pretty good that this also works.
Stew (web) says:
2010-03-30 17:13:00
I’m new to Linux in general and a tinkerer so I just rec’d my Nanonote and I’m pretty lost. Is there anywhere you can aim me to get started, I feel over my head at the moment but look forward to the jjourney. Thanks ahead of time, nice review.
fabiano barros de souza (web) says:
2010-03-31 01:00:00
I loved this nanonote, I liked very much like to know how do I import a for brazil, thanks.
rawr (web) says:
2011-09-24 18:55:36
could you post some pictures of the ben next to the zipit, so that we can get an estimation of the relative size?

Yav (web) says:
2011-11-27 16:50:32
Closing Midnight Commander Esc-0

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