cherrypal africa

The last netbook I saw from CherryPal was the 10 inch CherryPal Bing launched in early 2009. It was pretty much a me-too netbook with your usual specs including a 1024 x 600 pixel display and an Atom N270 CPU. But now CherryPal is back with two machines that really do stand out from the crowd.

First up is the CherryPal Africa, which the company is selling for just $99. What can you get for under a hundred bucks? Not much.

The Africa features a 7 inch, 800 x 480 display, a low power 400MHz processor, and either Linux or Windows CE. The laptop has 256MB of RAM, 2GB of storage space, 802.11b/g WiFi and an 1800mAh battery. Despite the Africa name, I’m pretty sure this machine is a rebadged version of one of those cheap Chinese mini-laptops that we’ve been seeing pop up time and again for the last year or two.

Still, $99 is a pretty good price if you just want a portable machine with a web browser, WiFi, and keyboard.

The company is also selling a new 13.3 inch laptop that’s confusingly called the CherryPal Bing. You know, just like the earlier 10 inch model. Despite the large display and full-sized keyboard, this $389 notebook features very netbook-like specs including a 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 CPU, 1Gb of RAM, 160GB hard drive, 802.11b/g WiFi, and Windows XP Home.

The Bing weighs about 3 pounds and has a 5 hour battery.

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14 replies on “CherryPal launches a $99 netbook”

  1. It is severely underpowered, but at this price point it is worth checking out. And as BigGoofyGuy said it could be used as a kid computer. As for the display, well, I don’t think that 7 inch is that bad. Many pricier smartbooks come with similar screen sizes.

  2. The screen size reminds me of my Asus EEE 701a pc. It wasn’t bad but not easy to type on (the 701a). This one will probably be in the same category. Even with its limitations, at $99 I think it will sell well. Perhaps it will be a step up for those wanting to buy a netbook for ones kids? There are really cheap kids computers that have a 3 or 4 inch monochrome screen.

  3. If you install Skyfire browser for Windows CE,it would be very useful!

  4. Hey, can you guys confirm whether or not the newer MSI Wind U110 gets its supposed 14-hour battery life. It is on sale at Amazon now but no one seems to have reviewed it there.

    I’ve seen a few reviews on Newegg with some claiming they managed 16 hours out of it.

    Can you guys confirm this? It’s news worthy if true ; )

  5. Even at $100, I still think they are getting the better end of this deal. I think my out of date old Palm T/X has more power than the cheaper one…

  6. I payed $3000 for and IBM PC in 1981.That ain’t slow it just shouldn’t have today’s SLOW, BLOATED and INEFFICIENT software installed on it.I would sooner buy that then a Kindle or a Nook. It’s twice as fast as my Archos PMA400 and has a bigger screen and a keyboard. My Archos fits in my pocket though. That won’t fit in a pocket but neither will a Kindle.Americans are spoiled and don’t know the RIGHT machines to buy. Have to keep up with the dumb Joneses.

  7. Wow, how utterly lame. The first one… I can’t imagine using it even as a web interface with a screen that small and… a 13.3 inch 1024×600 screen… I guess if the keyboard is really comfy that might make sense, especially with how Atom seems to struggle with 1366×768 but otherwise it just seems like fail… on easy mode no less.

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