It’s been a little over a month since I rolled out the Liliputer product database. It now holds listings for around 60 different netbooks. Some are currently available, while others have only been announced. Some are available worldwide, while others are limited to certain geographical areas. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. But some people have asked for more features, like the ability to compare netbooks or find more detailed information about individual products.

Ask and you shall receive. Today I’m pleased to announce that Liliputing has teamed up with UMPC Portal to offer an enhanced product database. You can now search the database, check the boxes of items you want to compare, and read recent headlines about each product. The UMPC Portal already had some 160 listings for Ultra Mobile PCs including a handful of netbooks. Now the number is closer to 200. And counting.

My mission at Liliputing is to cover the growing netbook space, so all the products listed in the Liliputing Product Database are netbooks. If you’re interested in seeing more information about tablet style devices, or more expensive ultraportable computers, you can find the full database at UMPC Portal. We’re also partnering with JKKMobile and additional partnerships could be coming soon. Together we hope to bring you the most useful list of netbooks and ultraportable computers possible.

You can also keep track of the top rated netbooks by glancing at the “Most Popular” netbooks widget in my sidebar. Rankings are determined by the number of visits to each product page.

If you haven’t checked out the product database yet, take a look and let me know what you think. And if you’ve already visited the old site, let me know what you think of the new design.

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16 replies on “Announcing the new and improved Liliputer Database”

  1. I remember when it was just a wee little database, barely entering its teens and look at it now, almost retirement age.
    Good job mates.
    I will definitely pimp this in my usual, irc, forums, podcast, comments haunts.
    So many tech pundits are wooooooefully out of touch with the netbook market yet numbers dont lie. Acer sold more One’s in their first quarter than Apple sold lall aptops in their best this year. The Amazon numbers dont lie. Even secondary products like Linux are getting a ride on the netbooks back.
    Linux pre-installs in UK where submicroscopic yet due exclusively due to netbooks pre-installs from the first EEE in Octt2007 to June 2008, saw it jump to 2.8% and the big netbook push at the June Taiwan show was barely announced. All those Linux based netbooks from this summer likle Acer One and so on arent even in those numbers yet. Why is 2.8% such a big deal? Because its only 1.4% Linux pre-installs between Apple’s 4.2% of the british laptop pre-installs market.
    Once we look at those numbers again, I have no doubt that Linux pre-intalls in the UK will match or pass by Apple.
    One year into the Linux pre-installed business and it seems to be doing pretty well.

    Now if we can just them to lower the price of these damn things.

  2. As I mentioned in an earlier thread, the new database and the comparison tool blew me away.

    And this is not in any way helping me get rid of my netbook/liliputer and addiction πŸ™‚

  3. It would be nice if the database listed the wireless chipset for each laptop. This is really important to know if you plan to install a different OS.

    For example:

    Aspire one: Atheros AR5006EG
    EeePC 700/900: Atheros AR5007EG (RF2425)
    EeePC 1000: Ralink rt2860
    Cloudbook CE1200V: Realtek RTL8187

  4. Are you sure it works? Because no matter what I entered – the search never came up with a hit! Where is the list gone??

  5. Excellent job Brad. You and your compatriots provide honest and evenhanded reporting in a field that is often overshadowed by partisan preferences or influenced by advertising revenue. Keep up the good work.

    I have had my Acer Aspire One (XP version) for a month and a half now and I am very happy with it. It is a solid machine and goes to work with me every day. Since I make that commute on foot, its low weight is most appreciated. For my purposes it is a perfect blend of size, weight, features, price, etc. and I am able to keep up with e-mail, conduct research and write reports on with little if any difficulty. I have even gotten used to the track pad. Your site together with reports form your friends like JKKMobile helped me leep up in this rapidly expanding collection of products. When others see me using my Acer and ask about it, I refer them to for more information. What would be nice would be if more of these machines were at least on display in the brick and mortar stores, i.e., Best Buy, Circuit City, Microcenter, etc., for hands-on testing since one of the things that sold me on the Acer was the feel of the keyboard.

    I am sure that this field will continue to develop and at the same pace for some time. After all, it is only one year since the first little EEE became available. Also, as Arsene Lupin notes, the netbook revolution has fueled development and expansion of the Linux operating system and, although I use Windows XP, it will certainly be interesting to see what the score is (Windows v Apple v Linux) when all of the numbers are in, not just the UK. Perhaps someone with the right contacts could survey the different netbook companies to get a census of how many Linux and how many Windows versions they have sold. Competition is what keeps companies on their toes and Microsoft definitely needs more competition.

    Again, many thanks and keep up the good work

  6. Pixels? I’d really like to know how many pixels the displays have, I’m waiting for the HP Mininote to get the Nano just so I have a decent CPU and more than 1024×600.

      1. I can’t search the new format.
        Try to search for a netbook with 802.11n – no I do not like to click.
        Please make the old format available again.

  7. Here’s some gift-horse dentistry πŸ™‚

    a) Great database, thanks!

    b) Everyone has their peeves / predilections, I realize: with netbooks, one of my biggest concerns is the screen resolution (more so than the graphics chip, so long as it can, say, play decently with Ubuntu’s stable of desktop effects).

    I see that it’s possible (with the “compare checked” feature) to see the resolution of each model, but since you’re providing a cool free source of information and I’m complaining about it, I wonder if you could consider adding the resolution to the main chart as well, beneath (but in the same box as) the graphic chip listing: something like …

    Intel GMA 950

    That resolution is one of the only reasons that the HP netbooks, despite their processor choice, have a slight draw for me — that resolution worked fine for me on my iBook for several years, whereas 1024×600 just seems cramped.


    1. My original database squeezed things together like this. But to be honest,
      it made it much more difficult to sort by size, screen resolution, or other
      attributes. It’s much easier to sort if each attribute has its own box. I
      will think about whether to put the display resolution on the main page
      though, but it would mean removing something else, since I’d like to keep
      scrolling to a minimum on the front page.

      1. Brad — thanks for the reply.

        I bet adding a line for resolution (or, if there are enough TLAs/FLAs to describe all the relevant resolutions, which I’m sure there, once you add in fancy things like plus signs ;)), wouldn’t be any more crowded than

        Intel Atom




        1. I’m not 100% certain because I didn’t build the database, but I think that
          column is only actually sorted by CPU speed, not CPU type. I imagine some
          users would like to sort by screen size while others would want to sort by
          resolution. So I’d like to keep the two categories in separate boxes. But I
          will give it some more thought.

        2. Fair enough! πŸ™‚

          I keep (keep) making myself wait for the “perfect” small laptop, which so far as worked pretty well as saving money on that particular thing … All I want is a 12-cell battery, infinite (vector-based, scaleable) resolution, a keyboard that feels like a Model M, 8GB of RAM, broadband built-into the low, low price, and a pony.



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