Monday, February 9, 2009

Here's 2 Videos: Tiny $149 PC Does It All, and Easy


"$149 DOES MOST PC JOBS: Testing World's Smallest, Cheapest Laptops"

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Tom Similjan from Switched shows two little Linux laptops (Asus EEE and Everex Cloudbook) and shows how easy it is to "jump out of Windows" and into Linux.

Tom shows you can do it all on a 7-inch Linux laptop, including the ultracheap ones in this blog. It is easy -- easier than Windows -- and much cheaper. Much of what he says in the video applies to the 400-type (400-MHz) mini-laptops like the ALPHA-400, HiVision, Razorbook, and Elonex ONEt.

If you have any doubts about the usefulness or usability/friendliness of a $149 or $169 mini-laptop, Tom's video should dispel those doubts and let you buy. So please watch.


"LINUX IS EASY: HERE'S SIMPLE DETAILS: $98 Linux Laptop - The HiVision miniNote"

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HiVision makes the world's cheapest Linux laptop at $98 (wholesale), using a new, cheaper MIPS-based processor (the Ingenic XBurst from China), WiFi, and 1-GB flash storage. It runs Linux, has 3 USB ports, Ethernet, SDHC card reader, audio in and out, voice-chat, Skype, multitabbed Firefox browser, and Abiword for word processing. Automatic and secure online software updates are available. The current model is running a smooth and pretty snappy Linux user interface.

In this video, Nicolas Charbonnier (aka Charbax) got to borrow a review sample of the laptop overnight during a trade show, and he shows you all the browser and other software interfaces in this extended video review of this cheap MIPS-based laptop. It's the ideal laptop: Small, Cheap, Easy.

"LINUX IS EASY: HERE'S SIMPLE DETAILS: $98 Linux Laptop - The HiVision miniNote"

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