Coby’s latest netbook visits CES

While Coby’s booth at CES was choc full of tablets this year, netbooks were harder to find. For the past two years, Coby has shown up to CES with roughly a gazillion mini-laptops, but this year I spotted just one: The Coby NBPC1029. And I have to say, it’s the most attractive netbook I’ve seen from this budget electronics company.

Spec-wise, the NBPC1029 is nothing special. It has a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 1GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g WiFi, 0.3MP, and 3 cell, 2200mAh battery. It runs Windows 7 Starter Edition.

But it also has a pretty attractive design with a slightly angular case, nice wide keys on the keyboard, and an attractive chrome edge and buttons by the touchpad (although the “buttons” are actually just one button with a rocker in between and they’re not as easy to press as I would like).

There’s no word on pricing, but Coby does have a product page for the NBPC1029 on its web site.

  • Anonymous

    Coby’s interest to me as far as computing devices go is inversely proportional to their pricing. I can’t see myself buying a Coby anything unless it were hanging on a shelf peg at somewhere like Walgreens for under a hundred bucks. Even though this is basically a two-year-old netbook, specs-wise, the inclusion of Win7 means this is not the drugstore computing appliance I’ve been waiting to see.

  • Monkeyking

    I once thought Coby would be the one to put out a blister-pack 9″ netbook in Walgreens for $99. But I don’t think the economics of that ever worked out. Supporting a Win XP or Win 7 device is part of the deal with a computer. But tablets? Well, there might be a way to put out a $99 tablet out running Android 2.2 where the expectation of backend support might be less…maybe. The problem is devices are so complex these days and so much on the software end can go wrong, so it means you need a call-center with support…even bad support. A device like a Coby might actually be smart as a cloud device. When it messes up just press the recessed ‘clean boot button’ and the whole device starts clean with Android 2.2 that you then have to update to the latest certified Coby version. All you files are on the cloud, so you lose nothing you just have to re-synch. That way you support center could be a recorded message that ALWASY says “Wipe the device if anything goes wrong.” Support-less phone support is what Coby needs, and that might be even easier for the people who would buy one at a Walgreens.