The 3K RazorBook 400 hasn’t even hit store shelves yet, and already the company is cuttings MSRP by 25%. At $400, the Razorbook looked like a pretty crappy Eee PC wannabe. At $300? Well, yeah, it still pretty much looks like a crappy Eee PC wannabe. But the lower price, plus the fact that it’s a bit smaller and lighter than the Eee PC 701, but packs the same 7 inch display makes it slightly attractive.
According to Laptop Magazine’s review, the RazorBook isn’t really ready for prime time. There’s no way to add or remove programs, open a terminal, or view Flash video online. Apparently 3K doesn’t really intend to support some of those features, and is branding the RazorBook as more of a portable internet device than a full-fledged computer. Which would have been fine, say 5 years ago. But when you’re releasing a product that looks like a computer, and is priced competitively with products that are clearly computers, the ability to add and remove programs or switch operating systems isn’t really too much to ask.
Oh, and the RazorBook 400 name seems a bit silly now that the price is $299. I suppose it could refer to the computer’s 400MHz processer.
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