Feeds

Datawind breezes into netbooks

From PocketSurfer to UbiSurfer

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Datawind, the company behind the PocketSurfer web browsing palmtop - reviewed here - has upped its game with the launch of its first netbook.

Datawind_Ubisurfer

Datawind's UbiSurfer netbook: just a larger PocketSurfer?

UbiSurfer’s main sales pitch isn’t its 7in, 800 x 480 display or 1GB SSD, but the 30 hours of free airtime that Datawind chucks in with every purchase.

The machine has an embedded Vodafone Sim and GPRS modem, Datawind said. But web connections over Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Ethernet connections are also supported on the UbiSurfer.

After your free 12 months are up, you’ll probably want to switch to Datawind’s unlimited web package – priced at £6 ($11/€8) per month – because the firm’s estimated that 12 months’ worth of 30 days per month web will cost you £30 in year two.

UbiSurfer uses Datawind’s “patented acceleration technology” to ensure webpages load in between five and seven seconds – faster than other netbooks on mobile networks, Datawind claimed.

Under the machine’s “piano black” or “rubberised matte finish” bodywork – the latter of which apparently resists fingerprints and scratches – is an Arm processor of unspecified speed and said 1GB SSD. You’ll also have access to 25GB of online storage, Datawind stressed.

The netbook’s other features include an SD card slot and three USB ports.

UbiSurfer runs on Linux and comes supplied with a selection of applications, including a web browser, calendar, media player, and a viewer for Office docs and PDF files.

Datawind’s UbiSurfer is available now for £160 ($260/€187). ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

Go beyond APM with real-time IT operations analytics
How IT operations teams can harness the wealth of wire data already flowing through their environment for real-time operational intelligence.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.