We’re digging deep into the vault for the next entry in the Liliputing 2012 Holiday Giveaway. The NorhTec Gecko Edubook is a netbook with an 8.9 inch display, a low power keyboard and a nifty trick up its sleeve: It runs on AA batteries.
That makes it easy to replace the batteries if they die without relying on a proprietary battery. In fact, the whole laptop was designed to modular and easy to replace. You can pop out the CPU module and replace or upgrade it, or unplug the WiFi dongle tucked away in the case and swap it out for any other USB peripherals that you can fit in there.
NorhTec sent me a demo unit to test a few years ago, and I hung onto it for a while to see if the company ever got around to releasing a CPU upgrade. Since that never happened, I figure it’s time to clear the Edubook off my desk and send it to a Liliputing reader.
To enter this contest, please read the rules below. But first, let’s talk about what you’re trying to win.
About the Edubook
The Edubook has a 1024 x 600 pixel display and can use an internal SD card or 2.5 inch hard drive for storage. It has a relativelytiny touchpad and keyboard, but features a good range of input and output ports including 3 USB ports, Ethernet, VGA, and mic and audio jacks.
The netbook has a 1 GHz Xcore86 processor that uses just 1.2 watts of power. I’ve tested this laptop with Windows XP, WattOS Linux, and Puppy Linux. While it can run Windows, it feels pretty sluggish. It runs much better with Puppy or other light-weight Linux operating systems optimized for low-end hardware.
This particular unit comes with 3 different 8GB SD cards. One has Windows XP preloaded (but no activation key), one has WattOS (if I remember correctly), and the other has Puppy Linux.
While Windows XP might be more versatile for many users, Puppy is blazing fast on this netbook, while Windows is… freezing slow? I don’t know, what’s the opposite of blazing fast? Either way, Windows is kind of painful to use on this little computer but Puppy runs quite nicely.
Adding a hard drive might help a bit… the 8GB SD card Windows is running from has pretty low read and write speeds.
You should also be able to install almost any operating system you like. This contest is aimed at folks who are willing to tinker a bit.
The demo unit I’m giving away came with 8 rechargeable Ni-MH AA batteries… but apparently they died sometime in the last few years. The laptop still runs fine when plugged in, but you may need to supply your own batteries if you want to use it on the go.
How to win: Leave a comment by 5:00AM Eastern, 12/10/2012
This contest is only open to residents of the continental US. International shipping is expensive, so if you’re not in the US, you might want to wait until we’re ready to give away the MK802 III which comes in a small box and which we can afford to ship.
If you are in the States, just leave a comment before 5:00AM Eastern time, December 10th, 2012 and make sure you’re cool with the following:
- Please leave only one comment. If you leave more than one, all of your entries get thrown out.
- One winner will be randomly chosen from all valid entries.
- You have 48 hours to respond after you receive notification that you’ve won. If I don’t hear back by then, I’ll pick another winner.
- If you’ve won anything else from Liliputing in the past 30 days, please don’t enter again… we’ll just toss out your entry.
- Writers for Liliputing, as well as their friend and family members are prohibited from winning.
Please make sure we have a way to contact you. If you login to leave a comment with your email address, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, that should do the trick.
Thanks again to NorhTec for providing us with this demo unit, and for agreeing to give it away to as part of our 2012 Holiday Giveaway!