Just in case you couldn’t tell by the barrage of articles I’ve been posting over the last few days, CES is huge. Like think of a really big convention. Yeah, it’s bigger than that. Anyway, I spent most of my day hanging out in the Las Vegas Convention Center South Halls 3 and 4 today. But tomorrow I hope to work my way down to the Central Hall and a few other locations where I’ll be able to get a closer look at hidden gems like the $200 Coby netbook that Engadget spotted today.

Last month we reported on a rumor that Coby would be entering the netbook game, and then Coby promptly denied it. But then blogger James Kendrick noted that Coby had filed for a trademark for the term “Coby Netbook,” and those filings don’t come cheap, so why seek one for a name you don’t plan to use?

Anyway, Coby reps told Engadget that the models on display at the show represent a “market research product” which means Coby might never actually bring these things to market. But the company does have a good track record of producing cheap if not necessarily high quality devices. I’ll try to get more details tomorrow including possible specs.

Update: I visited the Coby booth today and discovered 6 separate netbook models that the company plans to bring to market, with prices ranging from around $139 to $299. Many details are still up in the air, including the release date, distribution channels, and possibly even the specs on these mini-laptops. But Coby is most certainly dipping its toe in the netbook waters.

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4 replies on “Hey whaddya know, Coby DOES have a netbook”

  1. Don’t buy these Coby disposable computers. If the HD crashes and you need to reinstall Windows on it, you can’t because Coby won’t give you any of the necessary drivers. Spend your $ on a notebook that can be serviced.

  2. Don’t you feel a little sheepish after saying Coby did — and then didn’t — plan a notebook? You have reversed yourself twice.

    Another low-dollar brand, Sakar International, marketer of digital cameras in discount stores, has also shown a netbook.

    Netbook prices are collapsing. The secret is in the distribution channel — mass retail outlets like Rite-Aid.

    By the way, who told you, Ross?

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