If you thought the $98 HiVision NB0700 was cheap, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Because the MenQ EasyPC E760 is almost 10% cheaper. Sure, that only amounts to a $9 difference, but why settle for a $98 laptop when you can get one for $89?
The MenQ EasyPC was on display at the IFA show in Berlin, where TechVideoBlog shot the video above. This tiny laptop reportedly has a Samsung ARM CPU, a 7 inch, 480 x 272 pixel display and runs Windows CE. In other words, it’s more of a portable device for connecting to the internet and running some basic applications than a full fledged computer.
But it does have a full keyboard. My guess is it’s only a matter of time before someone develops a version of Linux that can run on the EasyPC. Perhaps the same distribution that runs on the 3K RazorBook 400 and other rebranded versions of the Alpha 400. Those laptops have MIPS-based processors, not ARM, but I’m not sure how much of a technical challenge it would be to create an ARM port.
All I’m saying is, I’m reluctant to pick up anything resembling a laptop until it can run Firefox and not just Pocket Internet Explorer. On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure I want to do any web browsing at all on a 480 x 272 pixel screen.