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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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RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By 16nm on 1/10/2008 9:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
VIA's processors were never meant to compete with Intel's or AMD's in a head-on comparison.

Whether or not VIA's procs where ever meant to compete with Intel's is irrelevent. The fact is they do directly complete and fail miserably. Both companies are making small low power, low cost procs for this market. The difference is that Intel's are more powerful, cost less and draw less power! VIA - the last chipmaker to get crushed under the foot of Intel.

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By djtodd on 1/10/2008 11:09:33 AM , Rating: 2
Intel needs to develope more robust micro, nano, and picoATX form factor boards using their chipos before they can truly crush via. VIA has a very large portion of a niche market with ultra small form factor products. The first that comes to mind is carp-pc's. Almost every car-pc is running a via board. That's not to say they are great products, but they have very little competition in that market.

I would love to see intel, or amd for that matter push the nano and pico atx market forward.

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By TomZ on 1/10/2008 2:31:09 PM , Rating: 2
Are you familiar with the Intel D201GLY series?

This product/price crushes VIA in that form factor. Cost is around $65 retail which includes the pricessor.

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By Clauzii on 1/14/2008 6:02:34 AM , Rating: 2
More like $90,- but still pretty nice. Thanks for showing me this nice alternative :)

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By onwisconsin on 1/15/2008 6:06:37 PM , Rating: 2
The price at Newegg dropped to $65 since the article was published ;)

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By Clauzii on 1/16/2008 6:01:15 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, ok :)

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By Xenoterranos on 1/11/2008 11:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
The first that comes to mind is carp-pc's

Although I've never tried it, a fish-based PC might not be that bad of an idea...

RE: Even though a bit thick :)
By Clauzii on 1/16/2008 6:03:49 AM , Rating: 2

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