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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 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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I wouldnt use Gos
By Merry on 1/9/2008 9:35:04 PM , Rating: 2
For a start gos is, well pants. I thought i'd give it a go and was thoroughly disappointed. Its just Ubuntu with a different window manager, one which is harder to use than KDE or GNOME, or probably much else for that matter.

I've used Linux (Ubuntu if you must know) solely for over 18 months now and i just feel the distros they are using on both the eeepc and this are flawed regardless of hardware, though this latest Walmart offering seems the worst in this regard of the two

RE: I wouldnt use Gos
By elpresidente2075 on 1/9/2008 9:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Judging by the fact you've used linux solely for the last year and a half, I'd say you aren't the type of person who buys a computer at Walmart either. These os' are designed with complete noobs (to use the phrase) in mind, and as such have limited functionality to limit risk of killing it. They know that the biggest problem with any computer system is it's users, so what they are doing is limiting the amount of problems the users can cause by default. It's good for surfing the net and typing papers, and that's all it needs.

The first thing you and I would do with it of course would put Ubuntu (you) or Windows (me, sorry. I don't like fighting my computer) on it and have all the functionality we need.

Remember, it's for the noobs.

RE: I wouldnt use Gos
By marvdmartian on 1/10/2008 10:31:46 AM , Rating: 2
That being said, should we be selling them OLPC's then??? I mean, it doesn't get much simpler than X's and O's, right?? ;)

You know, the biggest problem I'd have with this would be the ultra-tiny screen. Man, once you've gone to needing bifocals, reading monitors is a much bigger chore than it used to be, especially tiny ones!! :(

RE: I wouldnt use Gos
By rhangman on 1/9/2008 11:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
You can always install another OS. For instance in Europe where it is made/sold by Packard Bell, it comes with Win XP installed. Not sure what you get in Korea (TGIC Digital MX Nanobook).

As for the weight, the reference design from Via is supposed to be under 850g, so 2 pounds would be an over statement.

As for the CPU, I have a 1.5GHz C7 that I use as a server (http, ftp, mail, amule) and also sometimes for media playback. Plays back standard 1/2CD Xvid encodes fine, just don't expect HD playback, although the chipset in the nanobooks should support hardware MPEG-2/4/VC-1 decoding at some level. Really depends what you are using the device for, but I would think most wouldn't be doing anything really CPU intensive, although I guess it does have DVI out for more serious use.

Personally if I were a manufacturer, I would have ditched Via's right module thing and installed a larger screen. Here it looks like the installed a webcam instead, which they could have squeezed in above the screen probably.

RE: I wouldnt use Gos
By defter on 1/10/2008 2:49:59 AM , Rating: 2
You have used Linux for 18 months and are complaining about a windowmanager??

You know, you can easily install your favourite windowmanager regardless of distribution...

RE: I wouldnt use Gos
By ET on 1/10/2008 4:42:55 AM , Rating: 2
Sure he can, but as another poster answered, this is meant for noobs. Giving them a windows manager that's less convenient than others is not a smart thing.

RE: I wouldnt use Gos
By Merry on 1/10/2008 7:59:18 AM , Rating: 2
Thats exactly what I meant.

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