It’s remarkable how many computer makers there are that I’ve never heard of. And all of them seem to be launching an Eee PC competitor. The latest is 3K, a subsidiary of Florida Micro. The company has just announced plans to release the Longitude 300 Mini Notebook PC.

So how does it stack up against all the other $400 mini-notebooks hitting the streets these days? Well, it’s got a 7-inch screen, but there’s no mention of the display resolution. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess 800 x 480. It’s got an Ethernet Port, and WiFi, SD card reader, and 3 USB ports.

The 3K Longtitude also has a “full size keyboard,” and weighs less than 2 pounds. It runs a “Genuine Linux Operating System,” and not one of those cheap knockoffs, and ships with AbiWord and Gnumeric instead of That’s probably because takes up a few hundred MB, and the Longitude has a tiny 1GB solid state disk for all… I mean, none of your storage needs. And did I mention the CPU? This little guy is rocking a blazing slow “energy saving” 400MHz CPU.

Overall, I have to say, this is the new mini-laptop I’m least looking forward to. The Longitude should be available in May, but the company encourages you to pre-order now due to high demand. Seriously, that’s what the press release says.

[via Engadget]

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8 replies on “3K jumps in the mini-laptop game with the $399 Longitude”

  1. Why buy an Eee PC, when for the same price, you can get half the CPU speed and a quarter of the flash memory! I can’t wait.

    1. while it wouldn’t be on the top of my eee pc replacement list. there are a few unknowns.

      the press release doesn”t mention battery life other than power saving cpu ie slow. if it had a much better battery life say 4-5 hours then it would be worth considering.

      i don’t use the flash storage on the eee as i store everything on a 8gb usb drive. this means that whatever system i am at linux, mac or windows then i have the latest version of the data available without any messy syncs.

      i would much prefer open office over abiword but at a pinch i could get by.

      not saying your wrong but perhaps more wait and see if it fufills the needs of those who are happy with the lower spec if it has a longer battery life. however if it does have a better battery life wouldn’t pr be shouting that from the roof?

  2. Why buy an Eee PC, when for the same price, you can get half the CPU speed and a quarter of the flash memory! I can’t wait.

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