Like the Toshiba Satellite, the Easynote Butterfly XS sports an 11.6-inch, 1366x768 screen and a Celeron processor, but that’s where the similarities end.
Packard Bell has further blurred the lines between notebook and netbook with the inclusion of an optical drive. Yes, you read that right: a netbook with a DVD drive. This inclusion has pushed Packard Bell to make the Butterfly’s chassis slightly thicker than those of the others on test, and the result is a rugged machine that, though elegantly styled, feels solid enough to take on the rigours of gigging.
The Butterfly comes bundled with Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 and a free protective wallet, just like the Dot S2. Unlike its smaller brother, however, it runs Elements with no problems at all.
Our rundown test proved that the Butterfly has what it takes to cut it in a live situation. With six hours of battery life it can more than handle a live set, or even a sound installation. Like the Toshiba it can handle its fair share of DSP in Ableton Live, even with 1GB less RAM than the Toshiba.
The Easynote Butterfly is the only netbook on test with an optical drive, and that fact alone really does set it apart from the rest.