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Everex CloudBook takes aim at ASUS Eee PC

by Parm Mann on 10 January 2008, 12:37

Tags: CloudBook, Everex

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CloudBook available from Walmart this month

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Watch out ASUS, Everex is on your tail! At CES today, Everex announced the CloudBook, a new entrant to the market for ultra-small portable computers in which the ASUS Eee PC family currently runs rampant.

It'll be available in Walmart stores across the US on January 25 for $399. No news yet on availability elsewhere.

Everex reckons that the CloudBook gives a pretty decent battery life - up to five hours - measures just 9in wide and weighs only 2lbs. Using the pre-loaded gOS Rocket operating system, the CloudBook will let you surf, email, blog and more, using pre-installed apps including Mozilla Firefox, Skype and OpenOffice.

Everex CloudBook

What does the $399 get you in terms of hardware? Here's the spec according to Everex:

  • 1.2GHz, VIA C7 M Processor ULV
  • 512MB DDR2 533MHz, SDRAM
  • 30GB Hard Disk Drive
  • 7" WVGA TFT Display (800 x 480)
  • VIA UniChrome Pro IGP Graphics
  • VIA High-Definition Audio, 802.11b/g
  • (1) 10/100 Ethernet Port
  • (1) DVI-I Port
  • (2) USB 2.0 Ports
  • (1) 4-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • (1) 1.3MP Webcam
  • (1) Headphone/Line-Out Port
  • (1) Microphone/Line-In Port
  • (1) Set of Stereo Speaker
  • (1) Touchpad
  • (1) 4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Though with similar hardware to the ASUS Eee PC, there is one big difference - disk drive capacity. Instead of using an expensive solid state drive (SSD) like ASUS, Everex has squeezed in a conventional 30GB hard drive. That's 22GB bigger than the current highest-capacity SSD found on an Eee PC.

Official website: Everex.com

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Everex :confused:?
Ugh, I get the feeling that manufacturers keen to jump on the Eee bandwagon will fail to realise - one of the main issues with the Eee - that an 800x480 monitor is too small for most uses, and even a jump to 1024x768 (or a similar res - just add some more VERTICAL space) would help immensely.

Until then (and we start to see Pentium/Core-class CPU's in these things - even slow ones), I'm not buying.