DMP Edubook Attempts $100 Price Tag

The Norhtec Edubook is similar to what DMP is doing

The Norhtec Edubook is similar to what DMP is doing

We have all heard the $100 laptop promise before thanks to the original OLPC project and we all know which way that went. Last time we heard, the OLPC XO was much closer to $200 than $100. Yes, it is still impressive that a portable computer can be delivered at that price when there are things that fit into a laptop and cost more than that.

It is not like the $100 price point simply cannot be met. You will often get older netbooks, refurbished ones and the like for around $100 to $150. Also, if quality and longevity mean nothing to you, there are several cheap companies that will sell you portables for that price.

That said, it seems like Taiwanese company DMP Electronics has taken up the challenge all over again. They are going to sell something called the Edubook that they are saying will be around $100. However, they are not going to be selling something that will fall apart at the slightest jolt or go blue in the face at the drop of a hat.

That’s because they will actually be selling barebones systems that users can simply buy and turn into their own netbooks. The barebones will contain essentials like the display, CPU and motherboard. What it will not contain however, is everything that buyers can put in themselves – like storage, wifi, etc. So what you get will be like a stretched, framed, blank canvas that is ready to be painted upon. What do you save? Hassles of fabricating your own netbook enclosure and putting together its guts yourself. You also save on the labor costs of putting in the other things plus you get the freedom to build you netbook up with just the components that you like.

Coby Netbooks Spotted Online

coby-netbookCoby is a company that is known for making cheap electronic products. They have been gaining attention lately by showing off a new line of netbooks that will compete with other similar offerings in the market. They started doing this back in January this year. It was then that we saw that they were making netbooks with displays measuring 9inch and 10inch. However, they had gone off the radar since then and did not send out updates regarding the netbooks.

It looks the like the netbooks were in the works all along because now they have recently been spotted online where they are available for pre-order. Technology news blog Liliputing reports that a reader and forum member has spotted two Coby netbooks on Amazon. These netbook listings have some problems with accuracy though. There are quite few things that do not add up, as spotted by the blog writer.

First of all, there aren’t that many specifications available on the models. There is no mention of WiFi or HDD rpm. Only battery life is given and no other details on the battery. The 12inch model will have 2.3 hours of battery life and the 10inch model will have 2.45 hours. Seeing the marginal improvement in 10inch model’s battery life, it looks like they have the same battery.

The dimensions of both the models are exactly the same according to the Amazon pages, which is definitely a listing error. At 3.2 pounds, the 12inch model is heavier than the 10inch model by only 0.2 pounds. In both cases, the shipping weight is given as 1 pound! The seller  probably meant that as the weight in addition to the existing weight.

The 12inch model is going for $423.99 and the 10inch model is for $318.99. The pricing is attractive but they will probably be trumped by Asus and others because quality is always a suspect here.