Elonex ONE the UK's first sub £100 laptop
the UK's first sub £100 laptop
launches 28th Feb at the Education Show 2008
available to reserve online from 28th Feb here
(review taken from a well known daily tabloid)
FIRST Asus released a notebook for a bargain-basement £220 to much amazement and plenty of plaudits by the whole techno-world.
Now ELONEX appear to have trumped that with the ONE, which is being officially unveiled next week.
Again, like the EEE PC I loved when we reviewed it, this runs on a Linux operating system to keep the price down.
It's aimed at schoolkids really but will work well for anyone who wants something ultra-portable with enough power to type letters and do a quick bit of email and surfing.
The main specs are still under wraps but it does have WiFi, a three hour battery life, and it weighs less than 1KG.
There's also a flash-based hard-drive which I assume will be about 2GB considering this cheap price.
We'll certainly be first in the queue to review it as soon as Elonex dispatch us a sample. It won't be out for a bit but I imagine we'll see them in time for the summer.
On the face of it, every pupil in Britain should have one of these, even if the Government has to subsidise them for those on limited means.
This time of invention could change the face of home computing and be as crucial to the education of the nation's youngsters as the Internet is right now.
Top marks and a gold star to all those who've managed to bring this about!
THERE'S BEEN much beard-scratching going on as to how Elonex can afford to build a laptop to sell for £100.
And having had a sneaky gander at the full spec sheet we can reveal much of what is under the hood of the wee beastie, although a question mark or two remains.
Elonex claims the whole caboodle is optimised for the Linux software it runs. The Linux is Debian flavoured and the little office suite that is bundled with it is all branded ONE. ONEInternet, ONEMail, ONEWord, etc.
As we surmised, storage comes in a 1Gb flash flavour. There's 128Mb of DDR-II memory, a seven-inch 800 by 480 LCD screen with stereo two-channel audio, built-in speakers, a microphone and audio Jack. Wibbling comes courtesy of a Lan/WLAN 10/100M Ethernet with WLAN 802.11g Antenna.
The chip remains a bit of an enigma though. The spec sheet describes it as a LNX Code 8 Mobile Processor running at 300MHz. But who designed it and where it is made, Elonex declines to tell us. The firm will be branding the chip itself and seems to be engaged in a bit of obfustication as to its provenance.
The frequency of 300MHz certainly sounds a bit weedy in this day and age. And users certainly won't be playing Crysis on the box. But they will be emailing and reading the INQ on their little machines, as well as spreading sheets and stuff, as befits the target educational market. It is also geared to playing music and includes the little customised programs ONEmusic and ONEmusicserver.
Options on the box will include greater storage capacity, more memory and a DVD re-writing optical drive, as well as a music keyboard and external speakers.