Linked by David Adams on Fri 13th Nov 2009 18:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Techvideoblog has a video review of the Menq Easypc E760, an $80 ARM-based laptop that runs Android. From the looks of it, I don't think this is a very good gadget, because it's slow (less powerful than an iPhone 3GS, but of course also a lot cheaper), but I agree with the Techvideo guy: the Easypc is important because it's the vanguard of a likely wave of cheap, ARM-based devices that will very soon have the necessary power for a pleasant and productive web browsing experience. Once that happens, a sizable portion of the current laptop and netbook userbase will move downmarket, and some of the constituents that the OLPC program was trying to serve (young students and the lower economic stratum) will have a network communication device available to them that's more accessible.
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by XCoder on Sat 14th Nov 2009 06:52 UTC
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This is the biggest problem. I tired my eee 901 with Ubuntu, windows7, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, XP and the result: the atom processor is too slow to normal web browsing. The only way to make it useable the ad-blocker to kill the flash based AD-s. IMHO any slower processor is unuseable for web browsing.

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