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ECS G10IL  (Source: Pocket-lint)

  (Source: Pocket-lint)
ECS shows off 11" notebook with HSDPA

ASUS made headlines around the globe earlier this week with the 8.9" Eee PC 900 at CeBIT. The second generation Eee PC improves upon its predecessor with a higher resolution screen, larger trackpad, more storage/memory and hopefully a faster/more power efficient processor.

ASUS-rival ECS is tired of letting the Eee PC hog the spotlight in the sub-$500 price range and today showed off its 11" G10IL sub-notebook. Hard specifications for the device (processor, chipsets, memory, storage capacity/type, etc.) were not revealed, but we do know that the G10IL will come with three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, VGA connection, 56k modem and built-in HSDPA 7.2.

Although it wasn't mentioned, 802.11a/g support is a given and Bluetooth connectivity is likely for the production model. As with the Eee PC 401/Eee PC 900, no optical drive is included with the ECS G10IL.

It should be interesting to see what processor platform ECS chooses to power the G10IL. The notebook appears to be pretty feature-packed for the sub-$500 price point, so one would likely point towards a VIA-based platform for cost reasons.

However, Intel's new Atom processor and Centrino Atom platform could give VIA a run for the money in pricing and power efficiency. Regardless of which processing platform ECS chooses, we'll keep you informed with the latest details.

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By Bigjee on 3/6/2008 1:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know what most people think of ECS but I think the company's reputation is far from stellar. I came across some motherboards produced by this company and they were a heap of junk. I wouldn't be trusting them with a laptop anytime soon, not at least until the reviews are out and buyers are satisfied.

RE: ECS..........really?
By DASQ on 3/6/2008 1:24:37 PM , Rating: 2
Their "commercial" lines of motherboards have been pretty plain, but cheap. They are a massive supplier of OEM motherboards, fourth or fifth supplier of motherboards overall in the world (can't recall at the moment).

They're one of the best people to put out a cheap laptop like this.

RE: ECS..........really?
By hans007 on 3/6/2008 3:24:18 PM , Rating: 3
ECS is actually the 2nd largest supplier of boards, and barely 2nd to asus at that.

they actually manufacture some of the smaller outfits boards sometimes (companies like asus, and even gigabyte).

i think the reason most "techies" hate ecs is that they have a bad reputation in retail motherboards from the athlon xp days with the first generation of ECS k7s5a and such.

That said, they are basically another giant manufactuerer like foxconn, just they did a really bad job at first, whereas foxconn makes plain boards now and never had a bunch of bad ones.

i have not heard of a bunch of bad ECS boards since those athlon xp days which was 5-6 years ago so I think in general their stuff is just as good as anything else now.

RE: ECS..........really?
By phaxmohdem on 3/6/2008 4:19:43 PM , Rating: 2
I still have a K7S5A board happily crunching away in my render farm.

I've never had a problem with ECS boards (Though I've only owned 3 K7S5A's to be honest) But for a new system build, I definitely wouldn't rely on one for my main rig anymore. Asus or Gigabyte get my "main-rig" business these days. Even for budget builds, I would honestly probably rather go MSI than ECS.

RE: ECS..........really?
By Samus on 3/7/2008 2:17:08 AM , Rating: 2
K7S5A's were fantastic boards. It still amazes me the one in my parents computer works to this day with an old Athlon XP 1900+ and a gig of DDR266

RE: ECS..........really?
By Obsoleet on 3/10/2008 8:01:59 PM , Rating: 2
The earlier revisions of those boards weren't fantastic at all. I had one and encountered issues based in the info contained below.

RE: ECS..........really?
By A5un on 3/6/2008 3:36:13 PM , Rating: 2
I think they've really increased the reliability of their products quite significantly. For users who just want a stable, cheap, kinda fast system, ECS boards are good enough. But, like you said, I wouldn't buy one until I see a review - a long term review too.

RE: ECS..........really?
By sgtdisturbed47 on 3/6/2008 3:53:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, ECS is a budget brand, no doubt about it, but some of their mobos have been OK and have lasted. I would have to say that I trust ECS more than Foxconn, but not by much. I've been more of an Asus and Gigabyte fan due to reliability and performance (with overclocking and gaming), so I would love to get my hands on a larger screen Asus Eee laptop when/if they release a larger screen model, if they already haven't.

RE: ECS..........really?
By kmmatney on 3/6/08, Rating: 0
By ajfink on 3/6/2008 1:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
Depending on the hard features, this is something I'd be extremely interested in. What I really want:

-A dual-core processor. Please. Just for the sake of smooth operation. I don't care who the manufacturer is.
-Easily user-upgradable memory.
-Practical storage options.
-Easily changeable battery.
-A decent keyboard. I'm okay with it being cramped for the form factor as long as it's otherwise worthwhile.

RE: Interesting
By AlphaVirus on 3/6/2008 4:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
A dual-core processor. Please. Just for the sake of smooth operation. I don't care who the manufacturer is.

Just for the sake of debate, why not have a top-of-the-line single core cpu? Just because its dual does not mean it will be better than a single core.

But you are right, depending on the hard features I might buy one for the wife. She really wants a new laptop and if this is a killer for under $500 then its a steal.

RE: Interesting
By Etsp on 3/10/2008 12:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
He meant smooth operation when multi-tasking.

RE: Interesting
By jtesoro on 3/7/2008 2:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
The keyboard looks different from normal notebook keys. They don't look too comfortable to type with, but I hope they work better than they appear.

maybe its just me but that looks too large
By LS21 on 3/6/2008 12:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
that is macbook air widthxlength, not EEEPC.

not in same market

RE: maybe its just me but that looks too large
By porkpie on 3/6/2008 12:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it looks like a nice small laptpo, but much too large for an ultraportable.

By spluurfg on 3/6/2008 2:52:14 PM , Rating: 2
Nevertheless it would be great for office workers on the go -- the bluetooth and HSPDA is especially useful for working on th go, since you can check email on the thing and sync it with your pda/blackberry/smartphone. Very handy for the typical 1-2 night business trip, where you just need a fast way of editing attachments etc.

VIA vs. Intel (vs. AMD)
By Joz on 3/6/08, Rating: 0
RE: VIA vs. Intel (vs. AMD)
By clovell on 3/6/2008 11:30:52 AM , Rating: 2
What ever became of AMD's Bulldozer?

RE: VIA vs. Intel (vs. AMD)
By SeeManRun on 3/6/2008 11:38:36 AM , Rating: 2
That is a future product, and it is a new core that is not just designed for the mobile market.

I notice
By Xodus Maximus on 3/6/2008 11:27:43 AM , Rating: 3
In the picture is says "Winner" and all I can make out is "Best Mobile Broadband Notebook". Who gave it that award? what does that even mean? That is has the best WiFI adapter?

Anyway, its nice that this and the EeePC are driving down the cost of all small notebooks which otherwise would have stayed in the $999 plus range forever.

By omnicronx on 3/6/2008 11:20:45 AM , Rating: 2
Sweet! Now i only need an external keyboard for my abnormally fat fingers! I would much rather a thin and light laptop (MBA size is nice) with a little extra space rather than a keyboard that was designed for a midget elf! I know these devices are nice for travel purposes, but i tried out my friends eee and my fingers started to hurt within 15 minutes, kind of the same feeling when holding a psp (ergonomic nightmare).

By Merry on 3/6/2008 11:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well for a start it looks good, hopefully it will have decent specs too.

What O/S are they going to use though? You would think at this price-point it would be liable to be some sort of Linux distro, indeed personally I hope it is, given its cheapness its probably quite unlikely it could run Vista with any sort of performance.

Of course being ECS
By rcc on 3/6/2008 12:44:10 PM , Rating: 2
Being ECS, it will take an inordinate amount of time to get running, involving numerous driver reloads and discoveries, and will work for somewhere between 1 month and 5 years.

But it will be inexpensive and bottlenecked. : )

Congratulations To ECS...
By jpeyton on 3/6/2008 6:33:45 PM , Rating: 2
...for making a sub-notebook that doesn't look like ass. By comparison, the EEE PC and its anemic 7" screen looks like one of those VTech learning laptops you find at ToysRUs.

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