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Dell wants a piece of the sub-$500 low-cost notebook market

The low-cost, sub-notebook market is just about to get even more crowded in the coming months. ASUS took a risk by entering the market late last year, but it appears that many major manufacturers are now looking to cash in on the low-cost gravy train.

Yesterday, DailyTech reported that HP is stepping up to the plate with its aluminum-clad, VIA-powered 2133 Mini-Note PC. The 8.9" notebook offers a wide variety of processor speeds ranging from 1.0GHz to 1.6GHz along with solid-state drive (SSD), 5400 RPM and 7200 RPM HDDs.

Today, we've learned that Dell will soon enter the fray with a Compal-manufactured 8.9" sub-notebook. Compal will have the capacity to ship 200,000 to 300,000 of the notebooks to Dell each month beginning in early June.

The launch of Dell's new sub-notebook will coincide with the availability of Intel's new Atom processors which are destined to take the mobile and consumer electronics markets by storm. The chips promise respectable performance with a TDP of just 4W on the Diamondville-based Atoms (8W TDP for dual-core versions) destined for low-cost PCs.

Michael Dell confirmed that his company is indeed working on the notebook when asked a question about HP's recently announced 2133 Mini-Note. "We will introduce a similar laptop," said Dell. "We do see opportunities for very interesting products that are smaller and lighter and address the more mobile users in a very cost-effective way."

Dell's entry will have some stiff competition by the time it arrives in June. The notebook will not only have to face the aforementioned HP notebook, but also the ASUS Eee PC 900, ECS G10IL, Everex CloudBook Max, Intel Classmate and a variety of other contenders.

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RE: Dell Sub-notebook
By stlrenegade on 4/9/2008 1:35:32 PM , Rating: 2
For 550 bucks, you can get a decent Vostro setup that makes for an inexpensive travelling laptop. Plus it has a larger sized screen than those tiny ones. There comes a point where you have to wonder if surfing the web or writing a document is worth squinting over an 8in screen running 1024x768

RE: Dell Sub-notebook
By StevoLincolnite on 4/9/2008 2:22:51 PM , Rating: 2
They said the same thing about the gameboy when it was released, that games wouldn't work very well on the console because of the size of the screen. Several million units sold later, and several generations down the road...

RE: Dell Sub-notebook
By murphyslabrat on 4/9/2008 2:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
Argh, all you "little" people get on my nerves sometimes. It's like you're trying to accessorize with something.

No, in all seriousness, I had been using an old Fujitsu Lifebook B-2542 with a non-functional touchscreen. The only problems I had with it were short battery life, insufficient memory (a maximum of one 256MB low-density 144-pin So-DIMM, and you wouldn't believe how hard it was to track one down for less than $50), and a limmited resolution (800x600 internal max).

The size of the screen was not a problem at all, and, even with a 1280x800 screen, it shouldn't be that difficult to read stuff. Reading PDF books, I often had it zoomed out to 50% or less. In fact, the small size meant that I could carry it in a relatively small backpack. Now, with my new laptop (curse me and my buyers remorse), I had to get a bigger backpack to fit everything in. Not a real inconvenience, but my old bag was more comfortable.

The large size of my laptop even seems downright cumbersome, after having used my 10.4" baby for so long. It was like I was working on an honest-to-God book, instead of a computer that happend to be mounted on my lap.

RE: Dell Sub-notebook
By tumby1974 on 4/11/2008 12:17:45 PM , Rating: 2
If I'm not mistaken, I believe as the Game Boy has evolved, the screen has gotten slightly larger. I had an original Game Boy from 1987-1989 (can't remember which year it came out) and while it was a very entertaining system, there was a bit of eye strain to play. The non-backlit, non-color display didn't help much either.

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