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CnMbook Windows CE Ultra-Portable Netbook for £129.99 @ Maplin (less 5% TopCashBack)
CnMbook Windows CE Ultra-Portable Netbook for £129.99 @ Maplin (less 5% TopCashBack)

CnMbook Windows CE Ultra-Portable Netbook for £129.99 @ Maplin (less 5% TopCashBack)

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* Small on price and very small on size, just 650g
* Ideal for web surfing, email, word processing and spreadsheets
* A perfect travel or business companion with built in Wi-Fi technology...be truly mobile
* 7-inch widescreen LCD screen
* Easy to use Windows CE operating system
* 128MB memory
* 4GB SSD (solid state disk) shock proof storage
* SD / SDHC Card reader
* SD Card slot for storage expansion - up to 8gb extra storage
* 2 x USB 2.0 ports for input devices (keyboard, mouse)
* 1 x WIN CE ActiveSync USB port
* Touch mouse pad
* Email application
* Office pack - Including SpreadCE Spreadsheet, WordPad, Foxit Pro Adobe reader, Core Video Player
* Support for youtube videos
* 10/100Mbps Ethernet port
* Expand the storage SD Flash Memory (not external hard drives or USB sticks)
* AC adaptor / charger
* 12 month warranty

Whilst there may be hugely powerful laptops out there - you could be paying way over the odds for a lot of functionality that you will never benefit from. This lightweight, low-cost laptop does exactly as it says. There are very few if any laptops that match the CnMbook Silver Netbook for value; it''s the perfect micro laptop for surfing the web and undertaking word processing tasks on the move - or even if you just want to save space. One thing you instantly notice about this Netbook is its size and weight; it is an excellent travel companion as well as perfect PC for carrying around the house. The outer casing has an attractive silver finish, the keyboard is tactile, the mouse pad easy to use and the 7-inch digital screen provides a perfectly clear image. If you want a laptop for powerful performance, such as for gaming or movie editing, we could recommend a long list of brands. But this is not what this Netbook is about; its about being compact, lightweight, well-built, functional and fantastic value for money. If youre looking for these features, then there are no rivals to the mini-book.

23 Comments

Mmm, where to start...

FREEZING!

Please, no - just don't bother buying this.

every time Maplin send out their "Big Sale" email....this pops its head up....not great value before...and not great value now....sorry

'Maplin' and 'Hot Deal' cannot ever possibly be used in the same sentence......

thekudos;5203820

'Maplin' and 'Hot Deal' cannot ever possibly be used in the same … 'Maplin' and 'Hot Deal' cannot ever possibly be used in the same sentence......



....except if you were to say 'Maplin have never had a hot deal'.

That is the only exception to this rule!

If I was a retailer looking at this product being pitched to my buying team by the manufacturer I would demand a max buy price of £40 per unit and then I would retail it at £70. The spec is abhorrent...... 128mb memory? I can't even run windows on my desktop at an average speed with 3,000mb!!

One of those situation were LINUX would get you more of everything better and faster.
No sign of the CPU spec on the site - May well be ARM - not even X86

PUPPY LINUX would rock this a long nicely

But why bother

Get a ]refurbed x86 net book with doublethe SSD , quadruple the ram and a web cam

Get a A1 graded means it has battered box and very worst is opened
Get a massive battery for it from ]DXexterme for about £34 if you are a TRUE road warrior

Get windows 7 for FREE and optomise it - I installed yesterday and the foot print is down to 390megs already
at the very worst spend £12 and buy a gig of SO-Dimm and up grade it -

I did this spent b**ger all - never spend more than £200 on a netbook - it defeats the wholepurpose (IMHO)

COCO

*** read the RAM install guides/videos before cracking open your machine- not for ultra noobs
***

Freezing.

Windows CE?!??!?! Really??

Original Poster

I think what's being forgotten is that for a netbook you DON'T need 1Gb or 2Gb of RAM if you are surfing the web, doing spreadsheets or word processing.

Remember that your 1Gb of RAM is to load and run resource hungry XP, or 2Gb of RAM to load and run that utterly dead dog dreadful Vista OS.:thumbsup:

It's a fact that web surfing doesn't need any more than 128Mb of RAM :whistling:

I'd like to hear from people who have a CnMBook netbook - what are your opinions please.
Not interested in other opinions

ra2000;5204555

I think what's being forgotten is that for a netbook you DON'T need 1Gb … I think what's being forgotten is that for a netbook you DON'T need 1Gb or 2Gb of RAM if you are surfing the web, doing spreadsheets or word processing.Remember that your 1Gb of RAM is to load and run resource hungry XP, or 2Gb of RAM to load and run that utterly dead dog dreadful Vista OS.:thumbsup: It's a fact that web surfing doesn't need any more than 128Mb of RAM :whistling:I'd like to hear from people who have a CnMBook netbook - what are your opinions please. Not interested in other opinions




A very fair and valid point. Personaly given a choice between this and an Acer Aspire One refurb mentioned above, I know which one I'd go for.

LOLzzz Can a get a Grade A2 Acer Aspire one at less then this with much higher specs. Cold.

Original Poster

I can't find any other netbook that is capable of running mobile broadband (for which you need a Windows based system at present) within £100 of this price.
Nearest seems to be EEE PC904 which I have seen for £225

The refurb suggested by I_should_Coco states quite prominently on the link , "Please note Linux operating system is not compatible with mobile broadband dongles"

I would love to be proved wrong - maybe one of the other posters above (thekudos) who are so scathing can show me which netbook they can point to which can run mobile broadband for £70 ??? ;-) Don't think you will :thumbsup:

This is a cracking deal for an ultra small netbook (almost 1/3rd smaller than the Samsung NC10) with mobile broadband capability; and should be HOT :w00t:
As said, next nearest I can see is £225 because all the sub £200 netbooks are LINUX - incapable of mobile broadband.

The reviews I have read speak well of CnMBook; which is why I would like to hear from first-hand owners of such machines.

Original Poster

pravinpatil41;5205125

LOLzzz Can a get a Grade A2 Acer Aspire one at less then this with much … LOLzzz Can a get a Grade A2 Acer Aspire one at less then this with much higher specs. Cold.



Does it run mobile broadband ?
If so provide a link

How about you google: linux mobile broadband ?

Top link: linuxformat.co.uk/ind…066

There are plenty of others

agricultural

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amdavies;5205476

How about you google: linux mobile broadband ?




Maybe it's me but I couldn't see a netbook + dongle combination in your link at all; all I could see in that link and other searches were people desperately asking for help because of problems.

The only link I could readily see that offered one combination solution was
bi03.co.uk/hom…=18
and that certainly doesn't look straightforward ! After what looks like 108 pages of detailed programming I think I would be giving up on that solution !

Can you suggest a Linux netbook and usb dongle combination that works more or less out of the box where the Linux netbook costs under £130?

Acer aspire One.

Huawei E156G.

Latest version of Ubuntu with updates.

Device locks straight in.

Job done.

cheap isn't always cheerful....this particular piece of Maplin hardware has been posted in the past....and many people have given their opinions before....it never goes well on here, it inevitably gets colder by the day....people just don't seem to want it....while its admirable you want to push your deal....its not being taken on....all you will succeed in doing is driving it cooler....alienating your fellow forum members....so my suggestion....let it go...move on....find another deal to post

cheap isn't always cheerful....this particular piece of Maplin hardware … cheap isn't always cheerful....this particular piece of Maplin hardware has been posted in the past....and many people have given their opinions before....it never goes well on here, it inevitably gets colder by the day....people just don't seem to want it....while its admirable you want to push your deal....its not being taken on....all you will succeed in doing is driving it cooler....alienating your fellow forum members....so my suggestion....let it go...move on....find another deal to post



What a ....

ra2000;5205176

I can't find any other netbook that is capable of running mobile … I can't find any other netbook that is capable of running mobile broadband (for which you need a Windows based system at present) within £100 of this price. Nearest seems to be EEE PC904 which I have seen for £225The refurb suggested by I_should_Coco states quite prominently on the link , "Please note Linux operating system is not compatible with mobile broadband dongles"




I think they are referring to the version of Linux that comes pre installed on an Acer Aspire One which is a pile of crap. However Ubuntu iswell supported and works with a number of mobile broadband dongles. Some straight out of the box, others need a bit more work. Also for the next year or so Windows 7 RC is avaliable (and much better then Vista), so if Windows is a must...... If its a current version of XP anyone is after then can be got as an OEM for around £60-£70. Ok that brings up the price of the Aspire to around the £180 mark but is still around £45 cheaper then the EEE PC904. XP can be slimmed down with something like nlite so it uses a much smaller footprint on the 8Gb SSD. Reaally think which ever way you look at it the CnMbook is a false economy.

I'm pretty sure Linpus Acer Aspire Ones work with Huawei dongles. Once the automatic updates have been performed it installs mobile partner which just works. Well it just worked for my dongle on three. Well, it worked as well as the dongle works on XP. I think the problems are more down to three's network than Linpus.

Linpus gets a slating, agreed it's not brilliant but does most of the things I want to do on the machine.

Underated netbook ...

I've always liked Windows CE ... it does what you need it to, and very fast.

Office / Browsing all work great, correct me if I'm wrong, but Windows CE was very secure and didn't need any antivirus?

ra2000;5205847

Maybe it's me but I couldn't see a netbook + dongle combination in your … Maybe it's me but I couldn't see a netbook + dongle combination in your link at all; all I could see in that link and other searches were people desperately asking for help because of problems. The only link I could readily see that offered one combination solution was http://www.bi03.co.uk/home/blog.php?id=18and that certainly doesn't look straightforward ! After what looks like 108 pages of detailed programming I think I would be giving up on that solution !Can you suggest a Linux netbook and usb dongle combination that works more or less out of the box where the Linux netbook costs under £130?



Give up..... you are not going to change peoples opinions or increase the temp on this 'deal?'

It happens to all of us...sometimes we find an absolute Rotter of a 'deal?', when we do we just need to accept it, learn from it.....expire it (to prevent your rep going down) and move on :thumbsup:
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