CherryPal launches Bing netbook
CherryPal makes low power, low cost, low profile computers. The company’s first product was a tiny desktop computer. And now CherryPal is launching a mini-laptop called the CherryPal Bing laptop.
The CherryPal Bing runs the company’s custom GreenMaraschino Linux operating system which includes Firefox, OpenOffice, media software, and Skype. But the Intel Atom-based netbook is capable of running Windows or probably any other operating system you throw at it. The company is touting the netbook’s “green” capabilities, but I don’t see anything in the specs that makes it look any greener than the Eee PC 1000H, MSI Wind U100, Lenovo IdeaPad S10, or any number of other Atom-based netbooks:
- CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
- RAM: 1GB
- Storage: 160GB HDD
- Display: 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g WiFi
- Expansion: 3 USB ports, SD/MMC/MS card slot
- Camera: 0.3MP
But there is one thing that sets the CherryPal Bing apart from the competition. For a limited time, you can pick up the netbook plus a Cherrypal C114 nettop for a combined price of $399. The CherryPal C114 is about the size of a paperback book, and uses a 400MHz Freescale MIPS-based processor. While it won’t run Windows, the C114 is a compact, fanless device running a custom version of Xubuntu Linux. TGDaily says the C114 nettop is a bit on the sluggish side, but performs reasonably well with cloud based applications like Google Docs or Zoho Office.
The CherryPal C114 nettop normally sells for $250, so the $399 promotion for the netbook and nettop together is a pretty good price. The CherryPal Bing netbook is expected to ship during the first quarter of 2009, while the C114 is available today.
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