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.

via Engadget

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10 replies on “$89 MenQ EasyPC makes $98 HiVision laptop look expensive”

  1. Unless a flavor of linux will run and support all of the hardware, I will pass. Sorry, but I have no interest in CE. There really is a limit in the race to the bottom.

  2. Well, debian already has an ARM port, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get linux running on this thing.

  3. Well, debian already has an ARM port, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get linux running on this thing.

  4. I noticed that although it displays Microsoft Office icons that the word processor that was launched looked a lot SoftMaker’s word processor. Yes, Pocket IE is not so hot, but for $89, it can do the basics…. and with WiFi, LAN, touchscreen and tablet mode, I’d be surprised if this ever reaches store shelves at this sub $100 price.

    I was willing to pay $399 for a Celio RedFly, I’ll gladly pay $89 for this.

    I wonder how companies can offer these devices so cheaply with WinCE. Does Microsoft give license away?

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