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09/17/2009 - Sleek Meets Chic: Hercules Unveils the eCAFÉ™ EC-1000W

Hercules Brings a New Spirit of Netbook Value to Consumers with Unique In-Mold Cover Design, Windows 7 Starter, Intuitive Sofware Suite, 250 GB Hard Drive, and 50GB Online Storage

London, September 17, 2009 - Hercules, a specialist in IT devices including multimedia speaker sets, webcams, DJing solutions and consumer-friendly WiFi products, demonstrates its creative talents with a beautifully designed netbook, the eCAFÉTM EC-1000W, due to launch 22nd October 2009 priced at £329 RRP.

The latest eCAFÉTM netbook combines striking design ergonomics and flair with portability and power. Despite its compact size, the eCAFÉTM EC-1000W adheres to the range ethos where high-specification meets uncompromised style. With its unique ‘in-molded’ mirror edge finish, vibrant screen and ‘chiclet’ keyboard, the EC-1000W looks sturdy, visually sleek, and conveys a sumptuous tactile quality whether open or closed.

The eCAFÉTM EC-1000W comes with an exclusive range of applications to enable users to get the most from their new netbook:

eCAFÉTM Email Center
Following European consumer studies, one of the leading uses for prospective netbook buyers is email management. Over 74% of those surveyed had at least 2 email addresses (source: IPT Research).

Hercules believes that the eCAFÉTM netbook should have the ability to manage each of its users’ email identities intuitively, efficiently and quickly! The eCAFÉTM Email Center makes the whole process like child’s play. The mailbox transfer process is easy for users, with just three clear steps to follow.

What’s more, the eCAFÉTM Email Center offers a unique function: it can detect and adjust settings so that obscure messages such as "SMTP error" when sending emails while away from home become a thing of the past. Conflicts between mail applications are prevented by keeping the inboxes physically separate, and by assigning a specific color to each so that they are immediately identifiable - whatever the mailbox, incoming emails will trigger a pop-up, in the color of the related mailbox.

eCAFÉTM Update Manager - Update software and add more apps!
eCAFÉTM has its own ecosystem, available to consumers via the Web portal www.ecafe.hercules.com, complete with tutorials, tips and 50GB in free online storage.
eCAFÉTM Update Manager allows users to update the software originally included with the netbook, and also add applications! Games, special apps, and more... The eCAFÉTM ecosystem is constantly evolving, and Hercules’ software development teams will always be able to offer apps specifically tailored to users’ expectations.


eCAFÉTM Webcam Station
Webcam Station and Xtra Controller offers an unrivalled video chat experience. It includes functions never before seen on a netbook, including:

  • A unique function to share photos in the video feed of chat sessions, and play video files live, commenting on them at the same time.
  • Conversion and automatic formatting of all captures, so that users can send them by email, to a blog, iPod®, PSPTM, or straight to YouTube!
  • Photo capture with 3 modes: single shot, burst mode and self-timer
  • One-click video capture
  • 3x digital zoom with automatic face tracking
  • Screen sharing
  • Compatible with most videoconferencing software


eCAFÉTM Connect

To simplify connectivity, eCAFÉTM Connect provides easy network connection management, operating in complete symbiosis with the Windows® 7 utility. In unfamiliar connection environments, eCAFÉTM Connect gives users full control over the process with instructions and explanation. Moreover, easy management of favorites allows the eCAFÉTM to connect by checking whether one of the user’s preferred networks is available, without asking again for passwords.

 

Complete Office Suite
The EC-1000W comes with OpenOffice.org® V3 pre-installed, which includes word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications, all fully compatible with .doc, .xls and .ppt formats.

OpenOffice.org® V3 is a comprehensive, ready-to-use and always-available office suite allowing users to create Office documents or open, read and edit file attachments sent via email and downloaded from the web. Also included is the highly respected antivirus utility, avast! Home Edition, for complete protection whilst on or offline.



Windows® 7: Microsoft’s most powerful OS yet!

Windows® 7 Starter operating system harnesses the power and functionality of the eCAFÉTM EC-1000W, and adds familiar applications like Internet Explorer 8 and the Windows® Live suite of applications: Live Mail, Live Messenger, Photo Gallery and Movie Maker.


eCAFÉTM EC-1000W Hardware Specifications

  • Operating system: Windows® 7 Starter Edition
  • 10.1 inch, high-brightness screen (1024*600)
  • Processor: Intel® AtomTM N270 (1.6GHz)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 250GB HDD (SATA) - 2.5" / 5400 rpm + 50GB online storage*
  • Super-comfort keyboard with separated, flat keys - 88% of a standard keyboard size
  • WiFi N technology
  • 4400 mAh battery (6-cell)
  • Built-in webcam with microphone
  • Connections: 1x VGA, 3x USB, 1x headphones, 1x microphone, 1x LAN RJ45, 1x DC-in 12V, 1x card reader: SD/MMC/SDHC/MS

*free for one year, upon activation

 

The eCAFÉTM EC-1000W will be available from October 22, 2009, at a suggested retail price of £329 RRP including VAT.




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