The 3K Razorbook 400 is a $399 laptop that’s being marketed as an alternative to the Asus Eee PC. At first glance, it looks pretty reasonable. It’s got a 7 inch 800 x 480 pixel display, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of flash memory. But as I’ve mentioned before, I have a few concerns. First, the Razorbook has a 400MHz CPU, and second, the company describes the operating system as “genuine CE Linux Operating System Version 2.4.” Umm, yeah.
Laptop Magazine’s Joanna Stern has been putting a review unit through the paces
, and she says the Razorbook’s actually better than expected. It’s smaller than the Eee PC 701, but has the same sized screen. In other words, you don’t spend all your time staring at the bezel and wishing the screen took up the whole lid of the computer. But more importantly, that 400MHz processor seems perfectly capable of performing basic tasks. The machine boots up in just over 40 seconds, and it only takes a few seconds to launch most applications.
The software interface does seem a bit baffling. There’s no way to add or remove applications. There’s no way to bring up a terminal. And there’s no way to change the operating system since you cannot configure the device to boot from an external device like an SD card, USB stick, or CD-ROM drive.
There’s also no webcam, and no VGA port. All you get are 3 USB ports, an SD card reader, mic and headphone jacks, and an Ethernet port.
Oh, and did I mention that there’s no easy access to the battery. If you want to remove or replace it, you’ve got to pull out a screwdriver (to pull out a few screws).
For more information, plus a few videos, make sure to check out the Laptop Magazine blog.