Low-Cost Laptop Cheat Sheet

killers.jpgHere at LAPTOP we’ve had a hard time keeping the all the potential low-cost laptops or Eee PC “killers” straight. Some of these machines are coming out in just a few weeks, some are slated for the summer, and others don’t have an ETA at all. And there are a lot of manufacturers on this list that you have probably never heard of. GeCube and Elonex ring a bell? Not for us either. To help you sort through the clutter we have created a cheat sheet below on all the low-cost laptops expected to hit the market.


Laptop Name Price Operating System Processor Storage Display Size/Resolution Webcam Available in US?
Asus EeePC 2G Surf (700) $299 Xandros 800 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 2GB SSD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 No Yes
Asus EeePC 4G Surf (701) $349.99 Xandros 900 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 4GB SSD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 No Yes
Asus EeePC 4G $399.99 Xandros 900 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 4GB SSD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 0.3 megapixels Yes
Asus EeePC 8G $499.99 Xandros 900 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 353 8GB SSD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 0.3 megapixels Yes
Asus EeePC 901 $499.99 Xandros/Windows XP Intel Atom 8GB SSD -XP 12GB or 20GB SSD – Linux 8.9 inches/ 1024 x 600 0.3 megapixels Yes (April)
Comes Aristo Pico 740 $699 Ubuntu/Windows XP 1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV 40GB HDD 7 inches/ 800 x 400 0.3-megapixels No
ECS G10IL TBD Linux or Windows Intel Atom SSD or HDD 8.2 or 10.2 inches 1.3 megapixels TBD
Elonex One £99 (~$198) Linux Linos 2.6.21 300-MHz LNX Code 8 Mobile 1GB SSD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 No TBD
Everex Cloudbook $399 Linux gOS 1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV 30GB HDD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 0.3 megapixels Yes
FIC CE260 TBD Linux or Windows XP 1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV 30GB HDD 7 inches/ 800×400 No TBD
GeCube Genie TBD Linux or Windows TBD 2GB SSD 7 inches/ 800 x 400 No TBD
MSI Wind TBD Linux or Windows Intel Atom SDD or HDD 8 or 10 inches Yes Yes (June ’08)
Norhtec Gecko $300; $225 when purchased x100 Lipus Linux Lite 1-GHz VIA C7M ULV 40GB HDD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 Yes Yes
Packard Bell EasyNote XS 350 to 600 euros (TBD US) Windows XP Home 1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV 30GB HDD 7 inches/ 800 x 480 Yes TBD
Stone UMPC £350 (~$700) Windows XP Tablet Edition 1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV 40GB HDD 7 inches/ 800 x 400 Optional module TBD
Zyrex Ubud $545 Windows XP Tablet Edition 1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV 40GB HDD 7 inches/ 800 x 400 Yes TBD

Editors’ note: Though we have confirmed system specs, we have not been able to confirm US availability for many of the laptops listed on the chart. We will fill in the information as it comes in. What are we missing? Let us know…

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  1. Ian Nock Says:

    Errr… you are missing the EeePC itself, which I thought you would include in a list of all low cost laptops.

  2. Michael Says:

    Good idea, but hard to appreciate without actual Eee. Please revise chart to include 2G, 4G, and upcoming 700 and 900 specs… (thank you!)

  3. Trey Says:

    Perhaps you could put a link to where we might find more information or the manufacturer’s web sites?

  4. younes Says:

    The HP 2133 = missing

  5. Donna Says:

    I don’t see the OLPC XO-1 on the list yet. That was the device that spawned this new class of low-cost, extra-portable laptops. Even though it’s not available for sale commercially (not yet, or “not anymore” if you consider the Give One, Get One program that was run late last year), it’s a device that deserves to be mentioned on any comprehensive list of low-cost laptops.

  6. mick Says:

    It is April and no news on eeePC 901 coming out in US…

  7. Keith Gillette Says:

    I am maintaining a comparison matrix of low-cost laptops suitable for the K-12 education market for my school. I do not yet have some of the announced but not shipping models in this matrix, but you may find value in perusing what I have:

  8. Subvert Says:

    This is a good, focused chart. However, I have a couple of possible suggestions. One would be to also include the length x width x height dimensions, as well as the weight. It might be nice to see some kind of statement as to the size of the keyboard. For example the HP is widely reported as “92% the size of a full-sized keyboard” (even though what that effectively means isn’t clear).

  9. wyrwolf Says:

    How about a link to the homepage for each so that we can follow up on our interest?

  10. Edwin Says:

    HP 2133 Mini-note, kohjinsha, acer aspire one.
    thx for the update

  11. diddle Says:

    has nobody heard of the cuol book? it’s small and tough 800×480 7″ 500hz 1g rom win-ce, around $400 though in the uk i got one at £150. not high spec but small enough to be really handy!

  12. Lillian Howland Says:

    I like to get a laptop that is about 40.99 dollars. From Lillian Howland

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