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More affordable sub-laptops launched at CES

German manufacturer Maxdata and US-based Everex have separately announced that they will launch two sub-notebooks, both based on VIA Processors and weighing under 1kg.

The Everex laptop, called CloudBook, comes with a 7-inch LCD screen, and uses a Google inspired Linux based Operating System called gOS V2 rocket. Other specs include a 1.2GHz VIA low power ULV processor, 512MB memory and a 30GB SATA Disk.

Disappointingly though, the laptop does not have any touchpad which makes operating a pointer, a big issue.

The Cloudbook CE1200V also comes with a webcam, a DVI-I portt and a 4-in-1 card reader. It remains to be seen whether the USD 399 price will be attractive enough for punters who shied away from the EEE laptop because of poor storage capacity.

Everex has also announced a minuscule computer which is not unlike the Apple mini. Called the gPC mini, it packs a Dual core processor, 512MB memory, a DVD writer and a 120GB hard disk drive.

Maxdata also launched another sub-notebook called Belinea 1 which is substantially more expensive than Cloudbook but comes with a larger 80GB hard disk drive, 1GB memory and Windows XP Professional Operating System.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.