CTL is probably best known (if they’re known at all) as the company developing the 2Go PC, the first computer built using the Intel Classmate 2 reference design. But CTL also recently announced that it would be bringing the IL1 to American shores. The IL1 bears a superficial resemblance to the original Asus Eee PC, with its 800 x 480 pixel screen and oversized bezel. But there are a few significant differences.

Laptop Magazine snagged a review unit this morning. In a nutshell, the machine runs Windows XP, costs $50 more than the Eee PC 701 4G XP, and is a bit larger. The CTL IL1 also packs a 1GHz VIA processor rather than the 900MHz Celeron chip in the Eee PC and has 1GB of RAM, which is twice what you’d get with the cheaper Eee PC models.

The IL1 keyboard looks like it’s a bit larger than the Eee PC keboard, and the miniscule trackpad has 2 distinct buttons, which are much easier to use than the rocker that ships with the original Eee.

Video playback and Skype video calls are reportedly a bit choppy, which doesn’t surprise me. My HP Mini-Note has a 1.2GHz VIA processor and doesn’t handle streaming video very well. I wouldn’t expect the IL1 with its slower chip to perform better, even if the computer’s display resolution is much lower than the Mini-Note’s 1280 x 768 pixel.

The CTL Il1 will probably be available sometime in June.



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