Low cost Laptop

The notebook isn’t slim — it’s 1.5 inches thick and weighs 5 pounds. It’s not powerful — the VIA chip is sufficient and very low power but you’re not going to be rendering Toy Story IV on here. It lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes in a DVD playback test — AKA not so good. The version of Linux it runs is fairly speedy and has Vista-eqsue eye candy and, like all entry-level Linux installs all the hard stuff is hidden deep within the OS, ensuring that no one will ever type “rm -rf /” accidentally or, more importantly, install a virus or adware.

The Zonbu notebook costs $279 with a 2-year $14.95/month subscription to Zonbu’s update and storage service. This, clearly, is Zonbu’s real MO. They offer unlimited support and upgrades along with 50GB of Amazon S3-based storage. If you opt out of all of the support, you pay $479 for a fairly basic laptop.

Here’s the rub, kids. With the service pack you’re paying $637.80 for a Linux laptop. Unfortunately, I’ve spotted Linux laptops online for and 2GHz Vista machines for about $500. But there’s no support and no online disk space.
Low cost Laptop Low cost Laptop Reviewed by traveller on Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Rating: 5