Walking through the Computex 2010 show floor is an amazing experience, because every few feet you may stumble upon the booth of a company you’ve never heard of, showcasing notebook or tablet designs you’ve never seen before. Much of the time, these companies are Original Design Manufacturers or ODMs who work behind the scenes producing notebooks for other companies and don’t necessarily want the public to know that they’re the wizards behind the curtain of their favorite brands.
So we were pleasantly surprised this past Thursday when we stumbled onto the booth of Manli Technology, a relatively unknown company that wants to market its colorful netbooks directly to consumers around the globe. Manli is actually run by the folks at Malata, the ODM whose promising Windows 7 tablets, the PC-A1001 and PC-A1001H we saw on Monday. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any Manli tablets, but the company, which has been manufacturing motherboards and graphics cards for a while, wants to make a name for itself in the netbook and consumer ultraportable space.
The company unveiled its first netbook, the M3, at Computex 2009. This year, the company showed off its first 12-inch notebook, the M7, which features a 1.2-GHz Intel Celereon SU2300, 2GB of RAM, and a 160,250, or 320GB hard drive. The M7 was announced back in January, but this was our first look at the colorful machine. It comes in attractive deep blue, deep red, and black.
In addition to the M7, Manli showed off its 10-inch M5 netbook (pictured at the top of this post), which sports an Atom N450 CPU, 10.1-inch screen, 160GB hard drive, and 1GB of RAM. It comes in white, black, red, pink, and lime green (shown above).
Manli is very proud of the deep, vibrant colors on its chassis. When we asked a rep what makes Manli notebooks stand out, she told referred us to the deep reds and blues of the new M7 line. There’s no word yet on when or if we’ll see those colors come to the U.S., but for now check out the gallery below.
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