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A Hong Kong-based manufacturer is shipping a Linux-based ultra-mini PC (UMPC) laptop for only $250 ($180 in volume), which appears to give it the lowest price yet for a Linux laptop. Bestlink's Alpha 400 offers a 400MHz CPU and a 7-inch, truecolor display.

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Wow even at $250 that POS is still way overpriced.

-CPU made by a company I've never even heard of, 180nm process, 400MHz
-128mb ram
-1-2gb internal flash (not SSD!)
-No built in wifi
    
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Pay the $100-150 more and get 3+ times the performance
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that's a borderline toy!
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Wow even at $250 that POS is still way overpriced.

-CPU made by a company I've never even heard of, 180nm process, 400MHz
-128mb ram
-1-2gb internal flash (not SSD!)
-No built in wifi
Because youve probably only heard of IBM, AMD, and Intel.. There are alot of other companies as well..

And SSD.. who cares really; SSD's are really just not worth it at this point. Ill wait till their failure rates from read/write go down, along with their massive price..
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Pay the $100-150 more and get 3+ times the performance
Sometimes that $100 - $150 isnt there when your doing large orders. I think it would be handy, and is more of a rival to even a OLPC..
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Sometimes that $100 - $150 isnt there when your doing large orders. I think it would be handy, and is more of a rival to even a OLPC..
By the same logic.... OLPC is $100 cheaper and better suited for its needs.
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Clockspeed isn't everything. Sun makes CPU's in the 400 Mhz range for their industrial switches and routers that outperform intel offerings in the multi Ghz ranges.

RISC > CISC most of the time, no? I'm sure this is a fine CPU. I mean seriously, what is this thing for aside from e-mail and net use,.
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PSP's better
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Because youve probably only heard of IBM, AMD, and Intel.. There are alot of other companies as well..

And SSD.. who cares really; SSD's are really just not worth it at this point. Ill wait till their failure rates from read/write go down, along with their massive price..


Sometimes that $100 - $150 isnt there when your doing large orders. I think it would be handy, and is more of a rival to even a OLPC..
1. Yes I know there are other companies, but in terms of the mainstream there is only Intel, AMD, Via, IBM, and to a lesser extent ARM. This one falls below all of that.

2. Have you ever ran an operating system off of a USB thumb drive? Its slow. Painfully slow. This laptop doesn't even have the option for a hard drive.

3. $250 is a lot, considering that the OLPC XO-1, which costs $100 less, offers literally twice the performance.

It would be the equivalent of selling one of these http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.11651 for $500.
    
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Originally Posted by Lelouch View Post
Because youve probably only heard of IBM, AMD, and Intel.. There are alot of other companies as well..

And SSD.. who cares really; SSD's are really just not worth it at this point. Ill wait till their failure rates from read/write go down, along with their massive price..


Sometimes that $100 - $150 isnt there when your doing large orders. I think it would be handy, and is more of a rival to even a OLPC..
400MHz RISC (probably MIPS) doesn't sound very performing. It's like PSP with 66MHz more, 64MB RAM more and $100 more.
RISC automatically means it is not x86 => too few applications/games can be run on this sub laptop
Edited by metala - 5/22/08 at 1:57pm
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