To their credit, Raon Digital never said the company’s upcoming Everun Note was a netbook or a UMPC. But it is tiny, at just 7.9″ x 4.6″ x 1.1″ and weighing just 1.6 pounds. That makes this laptop smaller and lighter than most netbooks.

But it also happens to pack a 1.2GHz AMD Turion 64×2 dual core processor, which means it’s also more powerful (although that power comes at the expense of battery life — the Everun Note tops out at around 2.5 hours).

I already knew the Everun Not was going to be more expensive than your typical netbook. The price I’d initially heard was around $800. But Chippy at UMPC Portal just got an official product brochure which states the suggested prices is $879 before tax and shipping. In other words, you’re looking at a $900 purchase.

Now, by last year’s standards, that would be an excellent price for a small computer with this kind of power. But you can buy a netbook for half or even a third that price. So what do you think, is the Everun Note an expensive netbook or a cheap subnotebook?

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4 replies on “Is a $900 tiny laptop still a netbook?”

  1. The horsepower is appealing. But then Google came out with Chrome, which I’m using on my crappy desktop PC – and it’s like having a new PC!

    This Everun is just about the size of the old Toshiba Libretto, btw.

    And yeah, I’m interested.

  2. I don’t consider anything over $399USD or having a hard drive a netbook. That price-point crosses over into the low end notebook and subnotebook territory. You need to draw a line in the sand somewhere; if you can’t, then you really don’t have a separate category product.

    1. why do you people demand a strict separation? it’s not a religion or fetish we’re talking about here, but real-world hardware with real-world applications. there are many different uses for such machines beyond surfing the web. unless running linux on sub-standard machines with unusably small keyboards is just your thing, in which case i can’t really argue.

      1. True, that is a strict separation, but by definition a Netbook is — “…to describe a category of small-sized, low-cost, light weight, lean function subnotebooks optimized for Internet access and core computing functions…” Now that’s the Wikipedia definition but the aspect of low cost is a factor in defining a Netbook. To start to a 599, 699, 799 cost would then be a Laptop not a Netbook (In my humble opinion). But then again thats up to interpretation; how much is a person willing to spend as a minimum for a Netbook.. Just food for thought.

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