Sales of Asustek's Eee PC have soared in its first few months on the market, and its success is already prompting other companies to offer their own low-priced alternatives. Enter the CloudBook, a 7-inch ultra-portable notebook by Everex that will be running the latest Linux-based open source operating system from gOS and will carry a $399 price tag.
The ultra-portable originally described as the "Nanobook" by VIA made its debut today at Last Vegas CES, and it looks like it could give Asus a run for its money. Though equipped with the same 512MB of RAM, it uses the faster 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor (versus the 900MHz Celeron of the Eee) and relies on a larger 30GB hard disk instead of the 4GB flash storage from its competitor.
It also features a DVI output, 4-in-1 card reader, a 1.3MP webcam, and averages five hours of battery life on a 4-cell lithium-ion battery. The CloudBook CE1200V will be available in late January at Walmart.com for $399. Full specs and features after the jump.
Features and Specifications
* Operating System: gOS V2 Rocket
* Processor: 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV Processor
* Display: 7" WVGA TFT Widescreen (800 x 480 native resolution)
* Preinstalled and Linked Software (gOS version): Mozilla FireFox, gMail, Meebo, Skype, Google Documents & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, Google News, Google Maps, Wikipedia, Google Product Search, GIMP, Blogger, YouTube, Xine Movie Player, RhythmBox, Faqly, Facebook and OpenOffice.org 2.3 (includes WRITER, IMPRESS, MATH, DRAW)
* Memory: 512MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM (1GB Max)
* Hard Disk Drive: 30GB, 4200RPM PATA
* Graphic: VIA UniChrome Pro IGP
* Audio: VIA VT1708A High Definition Audio Codec with built-in speakers
* WLAN: 802.11b/g
* LAN: 10/100 Ethernet
* I/O: (1) DVI-I port, (2) USB 2.0 ports, (1) RJ45 Ethernet port, (1) Headphone/Line Out jack, (1) Microphone/ Line In jack, (1) 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (Secure Digital, Multi-Media Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO)
* Battery: 4-Cell (14.4V, 2200mAh), rechargeable Lithium-Ion
* Dimensions: 9.06" x 6.73 x 1.16" (W x D x H)
* Weight: 2 pounds
* Warranty & Support: 1 Year Limited Warranty with 24/7 Toll-Free Technical Support
* MSRP: $399.00