You get some accessories to the notebook, like a neat transportation pouch:
An adapter cable for the video output:
A strap for wearing something on your neck:
I didn’t understand what was supposed to be worn on that strap. You will hardly want to hitch the 1.2kg tablet on it, while the stylus has no holes for a neck-cord.
A special strap with a sticker to tighten the power adapter’s cord with is included, too:
This is a useful thing as cables are generally prone to become entangled.
In the software bundle I’d want to single out an indispensable tool for tablet computers, a handwriting recognition system that supports English and German. The FlyBook A33i comes with ordinary Windows XP rather than with Tablet PC, so you don’t have an onscreen keyboard. The lack of a separate button for turning the display around doesn’t add points to the ergonomic properties of the device, either.
And as I worked with the FlyBook A33i, I discovered another trouble. The notebook worked correctly with a USB flash drive but refused to see some compact external optical and hard drives with a USB interface. The exotic stuffing of the device seems to have some unsolved compatibility problems as yet.
The FlyBook A33i is shown in two color schemes on the manufacturer’s website – black and white. Like for boys and girls. My impressions about that model are rather confused. It doesn’t suit for doing any normal work, except for some very specific applications, but it does have an indisputable advantage of low weight. You can carry it with you for hours without feeling its weight at all. The tablet may also be the only device that allows comfortably surfing the Web from any location. In this case, this location is the entire area of coverage of your GSM operator (if it offers you GPRS Internet services, of course).
The performance of this notebook is expectably low. The Transmeta Crusoe TM-5800 processor was not developed to break any records in benchmarks. It was just expected to provide enough performance in ordinary office applications. The OS interface seems to be somewhat slow-thinking until you disable the advanced visual effects. Otherwise, the performance of the system was sufficient for office applications and for listening to music and watching MPEG-4. I couldn’t check DVD playback due to the above-mentioned problems with connection of the external drive.
Considering the configuration of the FlyBook A33i, it seems to be an excellent communication solution for people who do not work much with text, who need to be online all the time and who do not require an optical drive. Moreover, with its weight and size and pretty appearance, the notebook should make a very good gift for the fair sex most of whom won’t even find it a problem to work with the miniature keyboard.