Elonex punts £99 Linux laptop
Eee by gum
UK PC maker Elonex will next week launch an offensive against Asus' elfin Eee PC by offering a compact Linux laptop for just £99 ($193/€132).
Elonex's One: for schools and colleges
That's less than half the price of a 4GB Eee PC - if you can lay your hands on one. Asus' machine is still tricky to obtain, stock watching websites reveal.
Called the One, the notebook is aimed has been developed for schools. Like the Eee, it has Wi-Fi connectivity, Ethernet networking, a solid-state hard drive, at least two USB ports, audio jacks and will weigh less than 1kg.
Asus Eee PC and friend: cheaper rival coming
Elonex will launch the One at The Education Show in Birmingham on 28 February. Unfortunately, it's keeping mum on the machine's full spec until then.
The company did release a piccy of the PC, and it's clearly not as attractively designed as the Eee. But then you can't expect too much from a machine costing less than a ton. And if the screen half of the clamshell casing looks a little bulky, bear in mind this is a "hard-wearing case" - as Elonex puts it - designed to withstand the rigours of the classroom.
The keyboard can be detached from the screen section, which also incorporates the laptop's main components.
if not for schools
and it looks like they now have a web site for it.
but your only going to get one if you are lucky, as they are limiting the initial release to 20K units.
and what's this about rubber keyboard, sounds like a ZX spectrum to me.
Fook me, are they still around?!?!?
I still remember their clunky machines in our school library! (Circa 1993)
re: lid size = screen size
According to something I read on eeeuser.com Asus used the 7" display for the eee because it's a known reliable unit, it's been used in satnavs etc etc for a while. They used the same philosophy when sourcing other components, going with known reliable units wherever possible. Seems like a wise move on the whole.
lid size = screen size
this looks even worse than the eee to be honest, if screens are so expensive they have to use these piddly little ones that mean you get huge ugly bezels wasting space around the edges, surely it would make sense to offer one with a proper lid sized screen? -same with the eee really. yes it would cost more, but surely not that much?
(& yes, i have absolutely no idea how much differing screen sizes would affect the bill of materials)
Paris, as she would also like to see the big picture.
Re: Windows XP and these little computers
"My question is, isn't XP no longer allowed to be sold from April or May this year? What will happen then?"