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Cheapest versions will lack mobile broadband capability

When ASUS first launched its Eee PC the term netbook was coined to describe the small, low-cost systems with roughly enough power to only surf the net. As time has gone by, ASUS and other manufacturers have introduced new models with more features and the price for a netbook has slowly began to creep up into real notebook territory.

Laptop Magazine sat down with ECS vice president of sales Henry Kwan to get some information on what the ECS G10IL netbook will bring to market to set itself apart from the netbook masses. Kwan says that the G10IL will feature EDGE, HSUPA, and HSPDA mobile broadband support, but will not feature support for WiMAX.

The ECS netbook entry will be produced in 8.9-inch and 10-inch size systems, but the version most likely to hit the U.S. will be the larger 10-inch version. The ECS G10IL will hit stores in the U.S. in September with prices for basic systems lacking mobile broadband capability starting at $399.

The G10IL will be available in versions running Linups Lite 9.4 Linux on an 8GB SSD -- likely to be the $399 version -- and systems will also be sold with an 80GB HDD running Windows XP. ECS says that the G10IL is the first netbook designed specifically for the business user, not the education customer.

DailyTech first reported on the specs of the ECS G10IL in March of 2008 when specifics were scant and pricing was rough. Later in March DailyTech confirmed the ECS netbook would use Intel’s Atom CPU.

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ECS is my last choice
By nerdye on 7/9/2008 12:04:11 PM , Rating: 3
When I think of ECS products I think of the CPU + Motherboard combo deals at FRY's where the motherboard is essentially free and essentially utter crap!

RE: ECS is my last choice
By deeznuts on 7/9/2008 12:51:41 PM , Rating: 2
I was just thinking, these'll be at Fry's for $199. Dont forget to look for the sticker that says it's been returned.

RE: ECS is my last choice
By Leomania on 7/9/2008 1:02:14 PM , Rating: 3
When I think of ECS products I think of the CPU + Motherboard combo deals at FRY's where the motherboard is essentially free and essentially utter crap!
That's 100% opposite my experience with the ECS motherboards I have purchased as part of mobo/cpu combos at Fry's. I would estimate that I have purchased around ten of these over the last few years. The popular K7S5A was the worst of the bunch, but not bad by any means; just had some quirks that were easily discovered on numerous message boards. Two of those are still in service today by my mother-in-law and a friend's parents. The K7VTA3 was a personal favorite; fastest boot times I think I've ever seen. No idea why it was better than most in this regard, but that was my experience. My current mobo is a NFORCE6M-A and although it's about as bare bones as you can get, it works fine with a speedy Athlon64 x2 6000+. It was purchased for $169 in October of 2007. Terrific price/performance ratio!

Not one of my ECS motherboards has ever failed; both I and several friends and family members use them on a daily basis and they just work. No returns to the store of boards failed out of the box. So while ECS boards do indeed sell for incredibly low prices in those Fry's specials, in my experience that has no relationship to their functionality, performance or reliability.

By zolo111 on 7/9/2008 9:27:19 PM , Rating: 2
I bought a T61P 6 months ago ($1050), and I don't use it that much. I'm in the market for a 8.9"~10" netbook atm. The T61P has 2.4Ghz Penryn, 3gb, FX 570M, 9-cell battery, 15.4" WSXGA, 160GB 7200RPM. Since I use my desktop that I built recently for gaming and stuff, I don't need the power in the laptop anymore... I had a DELL 9400 before, so it's not like I can't carry the thing either. A netbook should fit my needs more than a beast..

I'm selling it to my brother who's using it more than I do, and get myself one of those sexy netbooks..

By Screwballl on 7/9/08, Rating: -1
RE: prices
By Suomynona on 7/9/2008 12:16:32 PM , Rating: 5
How many times will this comment get posted? A dual-core 15" laptop is in a totally different market segment. People are willing to give up power for portability.

RE: prices
By Screwballl on 7/9/08, Rating: 0
RE: prices
By SiliconJon on 7/9/2008 12:38:03 PM , Rating: 2
I don't buy it (pun intended), either. But it would appear there are plenty who do. I don't see it effecting the market in the manner you speak of, though. Laptops of true bang-per-buck value that you and I prefer will continue to follow the price curve unless these buck-per-reversedensity systems make ubelievable bounds in sales figures. With major softwares [cough, microsoft] taking the opposite trend of hardware - heavier and less efficient - the need for bang-per-buck systems is likely to outweigh [heh, another pun] the fluffy-buck systems.

RE: prices
By ET on 7/9/2008 12:38:28 PM , Rating: 3
Can you point me to such a 2.5 pound 15.4" laptop?

RE: prices
By pattycake0147 on 7/9/2008 5:50:09 PM , Rating: 2
Just to strengthen your point. I don't believe there is one. The cheapest 15.4" notebook on Newegg is recertified and priced at $449.99. Oh and the weight is 5.68 lbs.

RE: prices
By deeznuts on 7/9/2008 12:50:33 PM , Rating: 3
is a different market than the 2.0GHz dual core, 80GB HD, 15.4" LCD, 2.5 pound weight
First off, yes it's a different market. I have no need EVER for a 15.4" laptop. I have a desktop at home, and a desktop at work. I just want a machine to surf the net. Second, it's about 6.5 lbs for a 15.4 laptop, not 2.5.

Both are portable, one has more screen size, higher resolution, higher memory capacity, hard drive space, faster CPU for similar weight and same price?

Wait, you were serious and that wasn't a typo? Muaahahah. Damn I just wasted 4 minutes then. Oh well, I'm at work.

RE: prices
By Diesel Donkey on 7/9/2008 1:06:08 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that 6 square inches is quite valuable to a certain segment of the market. And who said anything about third world countries? The ECS guy clearly states that this netbook was designed for the business community.

RE: prices
By Suomynona on 7/9/2008 1:45:19 PM , Rating: 3
Any dual-core, 15" laptop in the $400-500 range is also going to be in the 5-7 pound range.

RE: prices
By rollakid on 7/9/2008 8:36:38 PM , Rating: 2
"So a 2 pound laptop with a 1.2GHz processor, 10" LCD and 8GB hard drive running linux for $400... is a different market than the 2.0GHz dual core, 80GB HD, 15.4" LCD, 2.5 pound weight (and chance to dual boot Windows and Linux) based laptop?"

Yes it is. And seems like you don't get it. 10" screen and 15" screen is already in different market. A 15" lcd laptop will never ever goes well in my briefcase with the rest of my notebooks (er.. paper notebooks) and planners. Due to the nature of my job it's not feasible to bring around two bags.

So yeah, it's not just about cubic inches, it's about the dimension of the device (thin isn't good enough nowadays).

RE: prices
By Calin on 7/10/2008 3:06:20 AM , Rating: 2
For the T61P:

System weight/weight with AC adapter, 6.4/7.3 pounds

Compare this with the 2-2.5 pounds of a EeePC, MSI Wind and so on. It doesn't seem so much at the beginning - but I have a dual core 15.4" Dell laptop and it's heavy at the same 6-7 pounds

RE: prices
By Some1ne on 7/9/08, Rating: 0
RE: prices
By pattycake0147 on 7/9/2008 5:56:20 PM , Rating: 3
Foolish isn't quite the word I would use. I have a desktop with power enough for myself, but as a college student I find it very inconvenient to lug it back and forth from school to home on breaks. I'm wanting to pick up one of the Gigabytes when they come out for the next school year. I also don't want to carry a full sized notebook to my classes so one of these is right up my alley. Besides who needs a dual-core 15.4" behemoth just for notes and the occasional web search. Just because someone doesn't have the same needs as you doesn't mean their foolish.

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