$100 Midget Laptop

Just as we’re coming to grips with the entire netbook phenomenon, low end manufacturer Coby comes up with something even lamer. “Midget PCs are smaller than a netbook but not THAT small.” Midget PCs. Lovely.

What’s makes a midget PC different than a netbook? If you listen to Coby’s marketing director, they’re a whole new category of computer meant for leaner times. As far as I can tell though, the PoquetMate-7 and PoqetMate-9 are just netbooks, albeit extremely cheap ones. Coby hasn’t offered many specs to ponder, but the models, primarily differentiated by screen size (7in and 9in) will run Linux atop a Chinese Longsoon processor. Past that, I wouldn’t expect much more than a Wi-Fi adapter and a few ports, bringing the PoquetMate in line with low-end netbooks like the Asus Eee PC 701.

Coby plans to bring these to discount retailers, including traditionally computer-averse stores like Kroger and Rite-Aid, By March, making the PoqetMate-7 the first $100 computer to be widely available in the US.

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One Response

  1. Some very interesting and insightful thoughts. I like this.^_^ because I have a blog about laptops too.

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