IDG News Service - A company is now selling what it calls the "world's cheapest laptop," which, at $130, is not a bad deal if you can bear some hardware limitations.
The Impulse NPX-9000 laptop has a 7-in. screen and comes with the Linux operating system. It has a 400-MHz processor, 128MB of RAM, 1GB of flash storage and an optional wireless networking dongle. It includes office productivity software, a Web browser and multimedia software.
The cheapest laptop to date was known to be One Laptop Per Child's (OLPC) XO laptop, available at $188 for a limited time late last year. While a technological landmark, it had some hardware shortcomings such as a slow processor and limited graphics capabilities.
The laptop hints toward a trend of declining PC prices. Last week, a company called CherryPal introduced a $249 mini-desktop, also running a 400-MHz processor, with 256MB of RAM and 4GB of internal flash storage.
In a recent interview with the IDG News Service, former OLPC Chief Technology Officer Mary Lou Jepsen said she would bring out a $75 laptop by 2010. Now running her own company, Pixel Qi, she cited the falling prices of RAM and components as a way to bring down laptop prices.
The low-cost laptop industry's poster child is Asustek Computer Inc.'s Eee PC, which was introduced last year and sold 350,000 PCs in its first quarter. The cheapest Eee PC, for $300, has an 800-MHz Intel processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage.
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