Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Alpha 400 MIPS 400MHz 128MB 1GB 7'' Linux: Cheapest Laptop on the Planet
This blog: The "China 400" mini laptops (Alpha 400, HiVision MiniNote, Razorbook 400, Elonex ONEt, etc.) -- the cheapest laptops -- rule! We'll keep'ya posted with tech details, cheapest deals, where to buy, and offbeat places where China 400s are sold.
Alpha-400s are not netbooks (that's just an Intel gotcha word), not notebooks, not full-size laptops.
They lead the race to the bottom, in price, these 400-MHz miniature laptops from China -- therefore, they rule. It's a whole new platform, the China 400 / Alpha 400, and there will be dozens of brands besides Alpha 400 and hundreds of models eventually. All other "netbooks"/notebooks /laptops of whatever size will come down in price as a result.
We'll present all of the technical details here, along with the progress of the Alpha-400 in leading the race to the bottom in the price wars. Above is what one looks like inside.
For now, 400 MHz with an XBurst Chinese MIPS processor running Linux defines the world's cheapest TRUE computers. They can do about all that most people want: access the web by phone line or Wi-Fi, email, write notes and letters, view video, read almost all documents found online, run a printer or other equipment (and much more). For more, Google mini-laptop 400 .
The Linux eperience is superior to the Windows experience for most people.
Cheapest Deal Today: The cheapest version of the China 400 platform is the Alpha 400, available at geeks.com for under $170 .
Latest News on China 400s:
Offbeat places to buy a computer: Marks & Spencer department stores in the UK -- in the fashion department . The China 400 on sale there is the UK's own Elonex, which got its start in schools. Remember how Apple got its foothold in the US? Elonex has sold over 200,000 to schools, not much less than the Asus EEE sold in the US in its first year.