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Everex decides to take the fight to ASUS

The ASUS Eee PC has had the market to itself for the past few months when it comes to sub-$400 sub-notebooks. The two-pound Eee PC 4G comes with a 7" 800x480 widescreen display, 630Mhz Celeron M processor, 512MB of DDR2 memory, a 4GB solid-sate disk (SSD) running Xandros Linux.

The Eee PC, however, is finally getting some competition in the form of the two-pound Everex CloudBook (formerly known as the NanoBook). The CloudBook also retails for $399 and comes with better specs than ASUS' popular Eee PC.

The CloudBook features a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor, 30GB (4200RPM) HDD, 4-in-1 media reader, two USB 2.0 ports, DVI output, a 1.3MP webcam, 4-cell battery (good for 5 hours of battery life) and the gOS V2 "Rocket" operating system. Like the Eee PC, the CloudBook has a 7" 800x480 widescreen display, 802.11g wireless and a 10/100 network port.

"The overwhelming success of our gPC desktop generated countless inquires from customers seeking additional Open Source mobile platforms," remarked Everex General Manager John Lin.  "With the launch of the new CloudBook our vision remains the same:  Provide mainstream users with their favorite applications wrapped in a no-compromise, low-cost, consumer friendly product."

ASUS had better get on the ball with its second generation Eee PC because Everex is definitely upping the ante with comparison to the Eee PC -- especially when it comes to storage space. The Eee PC maxes out at 8GB of storage space and that is with the $499 8G model. The Eee PC might have the advantage of faster response times with its SSD, but it’s really hard to ignore 30GB of storage space in a device of similar dimensions – even if the HDD only spins at a mere 4,200 RPM.

Everex was able to incorporate a 30GB HDD and longer battery life in a form-factor that mirrors the Eee PC (9.06" x 6.73 x 1.16" for the CloudBook vs. 8.9" x 6.3" x 1.3" for the Eee PC) -- even the weight for the two devices is exactly the same.

The first shipments of Everex CloudBooks are already on their way for sale on Wal-Mart.com. Wal-Mart.com sales will begin on January 25; however, there is no indication that Wal-Mart brick and mortar stores will carry the CloudBook.

The introduction of the CloudBook marks another missed opportunity for Microsoft to win over an expanding portion of the computer market. If the Everex CloudBook turns out to be as popular as the Eee PC (with Wal-Mart’s backing, that shouldn’t be a problem), Microsoft might find itself in the position of trying to rethink its strategy on inexpensive, lightweight operating systems for ultra-mobile devices.



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Hrmmm
By Jedi2155 on 1/9/2008 8:14:49 PM , Rating: 0
No mention of weight....but with a 30 GB hard drive I think its pushing at least 3 lbs, not that it would bother me.

I would much rather have one this than limited eee PC's and a larger LCD would be nice as well.

I know i'm probably asking too much, but its good see competition in this market so maybe the 2nd gen eee PC might be significantly better or cheaper!




RE: Hrmmm
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/9/2008 8:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
2 pounds


RE: Hrmmm
By Clauzii on 1/9/2008 8:24:58 PM , Rating: 2
In Danish Kroner=2.500,-. Very cool, even I can afford this ;)


RE: Hrmmm
By elessar1 on 1/10/2008 1:53:19 PM , Rating: 1
Here in Chile yu could have it for CLP$299.000, thats like USD$600 in the current exchange rate.

But...it is a Packard Bell!!!!

http://www.pcfactory.cl/ficha.php?id=acf86a40-6b7d...

So, everex is not building them, is probably a Chinese generic PC manufacterer who build them for everex / Packard Bell.

Greetings from Chile...

elessar


RE: Hrmmm
By Gul Westfale on 1/11/2008 12:15:36 AM , Rating: 2
the machine is based on a reference design from VIA. VIA built this as a tech demonstrator to show what they can do (low power and all), and i guess someone simply licensed the design and manufactures it and then sells it on to third parties. or perhaps VIA itself is selling them on to PC vendors? no idea, but it's good to see some competition for the EEEPC.

perhaps in 2 years we will be able to get these machines with slimline DVD drives and more RAM for $300? i hope so.


RE: Hrmmm
By rickon66 on 1/9/2008 9:33:05 PM , Rating: 3
READ the article B4 commenting - the weight is mentioned TWICE


RE: Hrmmm
By Jedi2155 on 1/9/2008 11:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, I did scan it for the weight, but I was looking numbers rather than word.


RE: Hrmmm
By pugster on 1/10/2008 9:01:10 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. Another thing about this pc is that there is no touchpad for mouse. I'm surprised that no manufacturers are making these umpc's with intel's silverthorne processors.


RE: Hrmmm
By drebo on 1/10/2008 10:54:53 AM , Rating: 2
Have you ever seen a 1.8" hard drive?

Aparently not, or you wouldn't have made such a stupid comment.


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