For the last few years I’ve been seeing cheap netbooks make appearances at trade shows. They typically have tiny keyboards, 7 inch displays, ARM-based processors and either Windows CE or Linux. They’re not for everyone. But they are dirt cheap.
The only problem is that most of these mini-laptops aren’t available to the general public in the US. The ones I see at trade shows are OEM products that Chinese manufacturers are trying to market to international distributors.
Well, a company called ITA Computers is taking them up on the offer and selling a 7 inch mini-laptop for just $98. You can order one at the cleverly-titled 98dollarnetbook.com web site. Here’s what you can get for less than $100:
- CPU: 300MHz VIA 8500 32-bit ARM-based processor
- Display: 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixels
- OS: Windows CE 6.0
- Storage: 2GB flash storage
- Memory: 128MB
- I/O: 3 USB ports, SDHC card slot, mic, headphone jacks
- Connectivity: Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g
- Battery: 2 cell, 1800mAh (2 hours battery life)
- Dimensions: 8.4″ x 5.6″ x 1.2″
- Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Color options: Black, White, Pink, Red, Green
Sure, the $98 isn’t all that impressive in the specs department. But what did you expect? It only costs $98!
Interestingly, the folks at ITA tell me that these netbooks come from the same OEM as the Delstar netbook that K-Mart was selling for $120 during Black Friday.