Linux laptop now only £250 inc VAT!

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  1. megamaced

    megamaced Geek Geek Geek!

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    Found this whilst browsing eBuyer. They have a number of very cheap laptops at the moment, this one being the cheapest.

    Specs are:

    VIA C3 CPU 1.2GHz CLE 266 Processor
    256MB DDR Memory
    40GB Hard Disk Drive
    CD-RW/DVD Internal COMBO Drive
    14.1" XGA Display
    Integrated 2.1 Audio Speakers
    56K V.90 AC Link Modem
    10/100 Ethernet
    Universal AC Adapter
    4 Cell Li-Ion Battery Pack
    Linux
    Core Logic VIA® CLE266+8235
    Memory Expansion 1 slot of 200pin SO-DIMM DDR module, 512MB total memory capacity
    LCD Display 14” XGA (1024 x 768) TFT LCD display
    Video & Graphics Embedded Castle Rock GFX in CLE 266, AGP4X,
    Hard Drive 2.5” 9.5mm height, ATA 66 /100 supports
    Pointing Device Synaptics touchpad
    Size 315mm(W) x 255mm (D) x 35.5 mm(H)/37mm(front/back)
    Application Launch Key
    E-mail, internet, Volume up / down, Power
    Output: 19V DC, 3.16A, 60W
    Battery
    4 cell Li-Ion battery pack
    Battery Charge
    3.5 hrs charge time to 100% capacity while system off
    5 hrs charge time to 100% capacity while system o
    Battery Life
    More than 1.5hours by 4 cell battery pack
    Approximately 3.5 hours by 8 cell battery pack
    BIOS
    AMI, Support PnP, password
    Communication
    10/100 Base-T LAN on board
    Built- in MDC V.90 56Kbps FAX/Modem
    USB Connector
    Four USB2.0 ports, up to 480Mbit/s
    Power Management
    ACPI 2.0 compliance
    Support Stand-by, Suspend to Disk, Suspend to RAM
    Security
    Kensington Lock,BIOS password protection
    Weight
    2.7 kg with 14.1” panel, 4 cell battery and Optical drive installed
    Accessories
    Packing Accessories
    Quick Guide, Support CD (Driver, Utility, Manual), AC Adapter, Power Cord, Battery Pack
    Factory Option
    Bootable external USB 1.1. FDD
    Optical Device: CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Combo Drive (DVD-ROM+CD-RW)
    Spare Li-Ion Battery Pack

    £274.99 exc VAT
    £323.12 inc VAT

    I've sinced learned that the Linux distribution it ships with is Ubuntu 5.10

    Now I am no fan of VIA technologies, but for the price I can't grumble. Although it's difficult to speculate the kind of performance you'd get out of this laptop

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=103124

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  2. Nic

    Nic Sleepy Head

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    Wow!! Thats damn cheap.
     
  3. Anti-Trend

    Anti-Trend Nonconformist Geek Staff Member

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    That's a great deal; I'd buy it myself if I was in the UK. As for the CPU, it probably performs on-par with a low-end Pentium M but consumes less power. Good buy.
     
  4. Impotence

    Impotence May the source be with u!

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    god dam, i just spent £200 on a second hand laptop this morning! (lieterally, 6 hours ago).

    And it was a Pentium 3 :crying: It was second hand..... so at least i havnt contributed anything to intell! (same situation as me being vegitairian and walking about in a leather trech coat!).

    Note: *cough* if you know anyone with there own bussiness, they stuff VAT free... for the bussiness of course, you cant get anything VAT free for yourself! *wink*
     
  5. megamaced

    megamaced Geek Geek Geek!

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    Hmm, that's debatable, but then again I am biased :D I remember reading that the VIA C3 800MHz was easily out performed by a Pentium 3 500MHz processor. I'd expect the 1.2GHz VIA CPU to be on a par with a mid-range Pentium 3.

    What attracted me the most to this laptop was the fact it shipped with Linux, rather then Windows. It's good to see Linux making inroads like this. I was also pleased it wasn't running Linspire :)
     
  6. megamaced

    megamaced Geek Geek Geek!

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    SHOCK! HORROR!

    This laptop is now selling for £249.10 inc VAT :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

    I take back all the bad things i've said about eBuyer and.. urg... VIA :D
     

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