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ECS G10IL   (Source: ECS)
Intel's "Diamondville" processor will find a home in the ECS G10IL

DailyTech provided you with some slim details on the ECS G10IL a few weeks ago. The small, sub-notebook was spotted at CeBIT and was immediately labeled as an Eee PC 401/Eee PC 900 competitor by nearly everyone in the press.

Although specifications on the device were rather slim at the time, ECS finally spilled the beans when it comes to its latest notebook offering. As reported earlier this month, the ECS G10IL will be available with three USB 2.0 ports, 1.3MP webcam, a 4-in-1 card reader, an Ethernet jack, 56k modem, WiFi, Bluetooth and HSDPA 7.2.

New details revealed by ECS today include the fact that the G10IL will be available with both 8.9" and 10.2" glossy display screens. Powering the G10IL will be a Diamondville (Intel Atom) processor coupled with the Intel 945 GSE/ICH7M northbridge/southbridge.

The sub-notebook will feature one DIMM slot which will support up to 2GB of DDR2 memory. ECS will also provide customers with the choice of traditional mobile HDDs or solid-state disks (SSDs). 4-cell and 6-cell battery options will be included -- the latter will likely come as standard equipment with the larger, 10.2" version of the G10IL.

The ECS G10IL will be available with both Windows XP and some variant of Linux when it launches later this summer.

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By EeePCJoeAZ on 3/20/2008 1:48:33 AM , Rating: 1
First!!! ok, enough of that. Now tell us what we all want to know. How much?

RE: Price
By WilsuN on 3/20/2008 1:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
I think a previous DailyTech article said "sub-$500" for the larger model. But again, Asus said under $200 before the Eee PCs came out.

RE: Price
By amanojaku on 3/20/2008 2:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
I think $500 or $600 would be appropriate for a device like this. It won't beat a desktop, but the features are awesome. For the price of a small desktop tower you get a portable workstation. That can play iTunes through an A/V sound system. If it were capable of video out I would wet myself. Seriously.

To top it off it pisses Apple off that someone else just made a smaller product than the 'air, yet more useful than the iPhone. Like usual they'll retaliate with their creatively weird $h1t and we'll have the next era of the race to build tiny supercomputers.p

RE: Price
By goku on 3/20/2008 6:38:24 AM , Rating: 1
You could always pickup a used laptop on ebay that has far more features than this or the EEPC has.

RE: Price
By Chris Peredun on 3/20/2008 8:54:25 AM , Rating: 5
You could always pickup a used laptop on ebay that has far more features than this or the EEPC has.

More weight is not necessarily a "feature."

RE: Price
By murphyslabrat on 3/23/2008 5:30:20 PM , Rating: 2
So, is a (used) Fujitsu Lifebook B3010 better than an EEE PC?

RE: Price
By tayhimself on 3/20/2008 11:07:02 AM , Rating: 2
When will these idiot trolls stop posting about how you can find a laptop with more features for less. ZOMGWTFBBQ You can has moar for cheepaar!!!

Feature checklists are not why people are interested in these laptops. And thats not to say these people like myself don't care about features either. I almost got a Macbook Air but then it was too little features for too much money and the form factor was still just meh. I am waiting for something like this and I have bought a regular Macbook for my bulky laptop.

RE: Price
By goku on 3/21/2008 5:08:33 AM , Rating: 2
The point is, you can get more for less. People such as myself don't buy apple computers because you get less and you pay more. Not to mention that these newer machines are unproven while used machines are at least "proven".

RE: Price
By Suomynona on 4/9/2008 1:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, just like used condoms...

RE: Price
By Cygni on 3/20/2008 11:29:27 AM , Rating: 2
You are aware that Apple is now an Intel partner, correct? Meaning they will have full access to the Atom and its technology. Which means Apple can compete in this arena if they ever feel like it.

And this is hardly a competitor for the MacBook Air. The Atom 230's performance isnt going to touch the 1.6-1.8Ghz C2D in the MacBook Air, nor was it designed to.

RE: Price
By Oregonian2 on 3/20/2008 2:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
Apple a competitor in the "good-enough but dirt cheap" category of laptop? That'd be a first!

RE: Price
By Cygni on 3/20/2008 3:51:17 PM , Rating: 2
They toyed with larger, low power Tablet style mobile devices in the past before they went with the iPhone. I wouldnt count them out of the sub-thin and light arena at all.

RE: Price
By Oregonian2 on 3/20/2008 7:49:14 PM , Rating: 2
That market isn't the subthin and light. It's the subthin, light, and dirt cheap. Still don't think Apple has been anywhere near there in a while.

Glad I sold my EEE
By bpurkapi on 3/20/2008 2:55:13 AM , Rating: 2
So I got an eee and naturally had buyers remorse after hearing the numerous press releases about micro notebooks on the way. Sold it on ebay and only lost 15 bucks off retail, now I just need to see if any of these products are A)actually affordable: 500 bucks or less. B) Have a slightly larger keyboard for my hands and a slightly larger screen for my eyes: 8.9 - 10 inches. C) Come out in a timely fashion: May at the latest please!

RE: Glad I sold my EEE
By jtesoro on 3/20/2008 5:08:33 AM , Rating: 3
I'm hoping the one from HP hits the sweet spot. I'm crossing my fingers.

RE: Glad I sold my EEE
By JoshuaBuss on 3/20/2008 1:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
amen. 2133 to the rescue!

I'm all about the sub-notebook love train, but...
By RyanM on 3/20/2008 10:03:29 AM , Rating: 2
ECS products are some of the most spectacular crap out there. Mind you, I haven't purchased an ECS product since 2004, when I saw several different ECS boards malfunction for several clients within a few months' time, but I'd be shocked if their quality has even begun to approach that of other budget board makers.

Wake me up when MSI or Gigabyte gets into the eeePC clone biz.

By SilthDraeth on 3/20/2008 10:22:53 AM , Rating: 2
Gigabyte and MSI are the same quality as Asus. It would be interesting to see competitive products between the three.

As for Intel's Classmate PC, I was of the mind that the EEE was modeled after the Classmate?

By RyanM on 3/20/2008 12:20:23 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't say that Gigabyte and MSI are the same quality as Asus, since lately, I've run into some really buggy Asus products and have had to make them my third choice behind MSI and Gigabyte.

New craze is getting good
By sgtdisturbed47 on 3/20/2008 6:27:31 AM , Rating: 2
When they first arrived, I thought the Eee PC was junk, and so did many other people. Not enough power to do a whole lot with, it was looked at like just a palm pilot. Now that there is steady competition, we are seeing more functional micro laptops, with cool features that would keep any geek happy.

I suspect that further down the line we will start seeing these micro laptops with optical drives, once they can make one small enough. That's a huge lacking feature in my opinion.

Bluetooth, wifi, modem, multiple USB, multi-card reader, and Windows XP would make this out to be one nice little laptop. I would like to see how the Intel Atom processor does as well. With all these features in such a small device, it's apparent that computing on the go is about to become much easier, and though the screens can be pretty small and a bit hard to look at, I expect even smaller units within the next year or so. Maybe a mini computer capable of running XP (fully) with wifi internet, bluetooth, Ethernet and modem, USB, eSATA, audio and video out, all in a pocket-sized package? Looks like we're getting really close. Maybe one day a computer that just folds up and fits into your wallet? Who knows!?

By Chris Peredun on 3/20/2008 9:13:20 AM , Rating: 2
I would like to see how the Intel Atom processor does as well.

A German site (Sprechen Sie Deutsch? ) ran SuperPI on the single-core 1.6GHz Atom, and it nestled in just below the Celeron M 900.

Consider that not only was this a single-threaded benchmark (the Atom has hyper-threading) but it's FPU-intensive, which isn't friendly to the in-order-execution Atom.

But in the mean time
By crystal clear on 3/20/2008 8:38:19 AM , Rating: 1
Intel Corp the world's biggest computer chip maker, will soon expand its distribution of low-cost educational laptops to retail distributors in the United States and Europe, a company executive said on Wednesday.

Computer makers will start selling Intel-designed Classmate PCs in those markets for about $250 to $350, making them the latest super low-cost laptops to go on sale in the developed world, said Lila Ibrahim, general manager of Intel's emerging market platform's group.

She said that manufacturers in India, Mexico and Indonesia have already begun selling Classmate PC laptops on the retail market.

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