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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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RE: These just don't really interest me...
By helios220 on 1/10/2008 9:42:25 AM , Rating: 2
While there clearly is a market for these devices, what is the harm of the original poster not being interested?

Personally I'm not interested in these devices either, they are far too big to be on my person at all times and the size to performance compromise just doesn't entice me, the keyword being me, not trying to tell everyone else what they should or shouldn’t like.

In regards to students, a very light laptop would have been nice but back when I was in College a device of this nature wouldn't have cut it, as an Engineering student I was running Matlab/Simulink, LabView, Catia etc. and there are too many OS and performance constraints, even if you do get XP installed.

Regardless of my personal tastes, there is clearly a market segment that does have interest in these devices. I am interested in the concept but am certainly waiting it out for now. I think that there is at least some if not a lot of DT readers who just fail to see why the Eee and competitors have been getting so much coverage recently. But I suppose no one forces you to read the articles.


By Nightskyre on 1/10/2008 10:21:34 AM , Rating: 2
It's not a problem the OP isn't interested in this product.

The issue is the common forum predisposition to waste space and time in order to inform everyone who has better things to do (in this case, read relevant posts) that they aren't interested.

Combine this with the OP's shortsightedness regarding the usability of a device (ANY device falls into this category - someone's not interested in anything) and you get a very annoying situation.

The first comparison that comes to mind is this:

There's a line of people waiting for a video game to come out outside a Game Stop. I walk up to them and tell them how video games are stupid and there are better things to do with their lives.

Is this true? Not to them, but it is to me (Not really, I'm playing devil's advocate here). However, it doesn't provide anything positive to either party and is just a waste of time.

This is the internet. Unless you're famous, nobody cares what your opinion is. Were the original post simply "What is the market for this?" this thread would have a completely different flavor.


RE: These just don't really interest me...
By porkpie on 1/10/2008 1:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
On the Internet, if you're going to offer up a silly opinion like there's "no market" for a device like this, expect to get it knocked down. That's what forums are for, right?


By helios220 on 1/10/2008 3:33:25 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not the dude’s defense lawyer, but what he actually said was:

quote:
I just don't see a market for these kinds of devices.


Which if interpreted as a blunt 'factual' statement would of course be absurd. However, the qualifier "I just don't see" indicates that it may be more a personal opinion which is quite different.

I just don't see the market for PC power supplies that are in the Kilowatt range these days, it seems grossly unnecessary to me. Yet there is a market, people still buy them whether or not it makes sense to me. Clearly it is my civic internet forum duty to inform all those who think differently than me that:

(1) You are wrong
(2) You are bad person
(3) You may be gay
(4) I hate you

It's the forum way.


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