The $100 laptop is a dream that is closer to being realized, but not by the company that initially hoped to accomplish it. Rather, a company called Impulse has announced the release of the NPX-9000 laptop, which they say will sell like hotcakes at the low price of only $130. This undercuts the former candidate for a $100 laptop, the XO, by $55. Of course, that's in quantity the price tag is only valid for purchases of 100 units or more.

The machine isn't very impressive on paper, sporting a 400MHz CPU with 128MB of RAM, a gig of storage space and a 7-inch screen. It operates on Linux and includes an unnamed office suite, web browser and other software by default though few details are mentioned. The Eee PC may not have the upper hand in price, but it sure does on specs. However, if ultimately a very low price is what the market will respond to, competitors like Impulse are moving in the right direction.