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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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Asus eee is still better IMO
By xNIBx on 1/10/2008 1:11:45 AM , Rating: 3
Asus eee doesnt have any moving parts. The fan doesnt work most of the time, so most of the time the laptop is completely silent and with no vibrations. This a pretty big advantage. Having something so small and so quiet is really cool.

Hard disk = moving parts = heat + noise + heavier + higher power consumption + movement + reliability issues.

Also asus eee is prettier and has better gui. It probably has faster cpu and faster gpu(gma 900).

Asus eee has 2 disadvantages, the resolution of its screen and its keyboard. The keyboard cant get any significantly larger without increasing the size of the laptop but the screen can get bigger and get higher resolution without increasing the size of the laptop.

So what i would like is an asus eee with maybe a bigger screen that is 1024 pixel wide(so that most web pages dont need horizontal scrolling).

RE: Asus eee is still better IMO
By JoshuaBuss on 1/10/08, Rating: -1
RE: Asus eee is still better IMO
By xNIBx on 1/10/2008 5:32:23 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but it could have been lighter if it didnt use a hard disk or use the weight saved on something more useful(battery for example).

RE: Asus eee is still better IMO
By misuspita on 1/11/2008 4:27:21 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, but if it had not used a HDD the weight saved would be veery small (have you seen a 1.8" harddisk?) and instead loose the main thing that makes this somewhat different from the Eee: 30 vb 2-4-8 GB of memory. Huge difference f you don't want to carry anything external to the device, like a card or external harddrive. or a mouse for that matter :)

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