Linked by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Few hardware vendors have not yet launched their own mini laptop (or, "netbook"). Most brands these days produce their own version of the same hardware, with Intel's i386-compatible Atom cpu's and Windows XP installed on a spinning hard drive or sometimes still a solid state disk. Some Linux models are still sold by some vendors, among whom Asus, which more or less started selling in this OLPC-inspired genre of laptops.
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Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Thu 21st May 2009 11:38 UTC
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

Looking neat, however, it appears that the cost will be around $800 including shipping to New Zealand - it would be nice if there was a New Zealand distributor or at least some form of contact to this organisation so that one can become a distributor/reseller in NZ and the Pacific region (I'd love to do it but there is no way to contact them).

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:54 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
h3rman Member since:
2006-08-09

I'm sure there ought to be a way to contact them?
http://www.lemote.com/english/contact.html
As far as I understood, the purpose of this laptop and the way it is marketed is to target really the people who know what it's all about. So if that might be you kaiwai, there should be ways, even if formal channels aren't there yet, to get a machine or two to New Zealand at a decent price. :-)
But I couldn't tell, mine came from the Dutch web store I mentioned in the review.
http://www.tekmote.nl/epages/61504599.sf

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by t3RRa on Thu 21st May 2009 12:20 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
t3RRa Member since:
2005-11-22

I thought that it would be ~$900 excl. gst even before delivery fee. Even if its ~$800 inc. gst, I feel the price won't be much competitive given its spec. But after reading this article, the machine looks quite awesome ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Thu 21st May 2009 14:54 in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought that it would be ~$900 excl. gst even before delivery fee. Even if its ~$800 inc. gst, I feel the price won't be much competitive given its spec. But after reading this article, the machine looks quite awesome ;)


I did mine based on the Dashboard currency converter at 310 Euro's, there is no VAT because it is being exported to New Zealand. You're right about the competitiveness; I'd expect that if it were bundled with something like a Vodafone or Telecom XT plan it work be value for money for the end user. The problem is that the price isn't really low enough to justify someone sacrificing x86 compatibility; there is only something like a $10 difference (at best) when compared of what Lenovo, Samsung, HP, ASUS and others provide. For it to be competitive it would have to be NZ$500 including GST as it would be so cheap that the lack of x86 compatibility would be worth the sacrifice for saving NZ$300.

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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by rayson on Thu 21st May 2009 17:16 in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
rayson Member since:
2009-05-21

Looking neat, however, it appears that the cost will be around $800 including shipping to New Zealand.


There is also a Loongson based Nettop that sells for 263 USD.

(1,800 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) = 263.354 US Dollar)

I think you just want a MIPS processor machine, simply getting the Nettop instead of the Netbook can save you some $$.

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