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CherryPal Launches Cheap-as-chips $99 Laptop

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December 16, 2009 3:28:15 PM

Umm. I think i could get better internet access from an ipod touch.
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December 16, 2009 3:31:41 PM

deadlockedworldUmm. I think i could get better internet access from an ipod touch.

Your probably right, but be careful what you say this is toms hardware, mentionin' Apple round' hur' are fightin' words.
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December 16, 2009 3:32:15 PM

good to hear that people are making an effort in this world! although it has low specs, it definitely gets the job done.
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December 16, 2009 3:32:46 PM

i can already see the rednecks lining up at Walmart right now. "A computer for 100 bucks. Looks like i'm finally gonna get on that there internet"
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December 16, 2009 3:33:23 PM

I wonder why they chose to put what looks like the Windows XP background on the screen when this most likely comes with some form of Linux?

Cool idea. I can see these being good for young kids that you want to get a computer but don't want to spend a whole lot on.
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December 16, 2009 3:35:10 PM

Interesting machine. Pretty underpowered, but I guess, like they said, it can get the job done (if you have time:-)
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December 16, 2009 3:35:40 PM

Looks like it's running XP? Any more info available about the CPU, I'm guessing 386 architecture?
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December 16, 2009 3:46:13 PM

Yes indeed. $99 is not bad at all for surfing board. It seems to have full sized keyboard. It would be nice to see some Toms Hardware test from this item.
a) Can you really surf with it?
b) Is the keaboard good enough?
c) how portable (heavy) the device is?
d) How long the battery last?

It's no good of testing anything heavier, but maybe PC-suite for office programs?

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December 16, 2009 4:03:28 PM

For developing countries... You have a little boy in a village going to school under some hut, and he whips out a little laptop to take notes while his classmates are writing on miniature chalkboards?

I think the reference to rednecks above is a much more justifiable use of this product.
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December 16, 2009 4:08:16 PM

NivaLooks like it's running XP? Any more info available about the CPU, I'm guessing 386 architecture?

Uhh yeah 400mhz 386... where you joking when you guessed that? No chip manufacturer would go back in time use an outdated chip design if they had to manufacture one today, even if it's aiming for value.
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December 16, 2009 4:09:20 PM

And let's not even get started on who decided to name this thing the CherryPal "Africa." I'm not sure if this is trying to say the continent of Africa is dirt poor (low price tag on the laptop), incredibly ignorant (low processing power), or just completely inadequate.

These three characteristics probably do describe the program manager for this laptop though. What an idiot.

Disclaimer: I'm not African.
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December 16, 2009 4:17:48 PM

Cherry? Isn't that the same company that makes cars in China.
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December 16, 2009 4:18:28 PM

Craigslist is chock full of used laptops that beat the hell out of this in performance and price. It's really too late for this effort.
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December 16, 2009 4:18:57 PM

Decent machine for $99. Hope it helps the Chinese chip maker enter the $200 netbook arena.

The the redneck references,
The difference between a redneck and a city slicker is the redneck saves money where as the city slicker buys whatever *insert fan base* tells them they need to buy.

Both are idiots about PCs and the Internet, one just doesn't waste their money on it. I prefer rednecks since they don't ask me idiot questions about fixing their (nonexistent) PC or believe the latest product they bought descended from the gods.
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December 16, 2009 4:22:31 PM

If I remember correctly, xburst uses a mips architectures. Something your more likely to find in a new router then a laptop. Skytone has made a 400mhz xburst laptop with a 7 inch for at least a year now for about 200 dollars.
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December 16, 2009 4:32:10 PM

@hannibal

a) yes you can, it's not so slow (running firefox)
b) keyboard is pretty good
c) this is very light as it uses ARM processor (tiny board inside without any heat)
d) 3 hours with normal straight surfing
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December 16, 2009 4:58:08 PM

sounds like it might make a nice door stop...
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December 16, 2009 4:59:07 PM

It has an ARM processor, seems to come with Windows CE by default (EW), and the site has a notice that they've been hacked...

Regardless, for $100 I might be interested in grabbing one to use as a highly portable remote terminal.
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December 16, 2009 5:12:50 PM

A cheap ass laptop for 6-10 yr old with limited budget parents.
It's a good deal! Of course, if you could afford another $150 on top of $100, you could get a much better netbook. Then again, $150 is a lot of money.
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December 16, 2009 5:53:02 PM

Well honestly I don't see why anyone in a developing country needs a laptop. The majority of the people might not even have running water. Yet it seems they have electricity. I say screw sending them a laptop and trying to profit off them and just educate them more on how to live with out being killed by bugs and other stuff.

As for $150 being a lot of money, it really isn't. Sure it could get you some really cheap canned goods, bread and lunch meat to last a month or two but really Most bills are more than that. For me some one who makes 450 each pay check 150 is not alot of money. Its just a good chunk of change that could help out if used properly but not enough to be considered alot.

In fact I just bought $100 worth of booze yesterday that was only I large bottle and two small bottles, 3 bottles total. Thats also 3 ps3\xbox\pc games, if you get them when they first come out.
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December 16, 2009 6:25:47 PM

It wouldnt be bad for a childs first computer. Teach them to treat that right and then move them upto something better when they dont trash it.
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December 16, 2009 7:59:04 PM

$150 is not a lot of money? are you smoking weed?
$450 per paycheck and $150 is not a lot of money? what the hell?
Are you talking about US$ or Zelda rupees?

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December 16, 2009 9:33:28 PM

Hmm.... can you overclock it? :D  :D 

And before this get's asked: NO IT *CAN'T* PLAY CRYSIS
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December 16, 2009 11:07:48 PM

My scientific graphical calculator is nearly as powerful.
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December 17, 2009 1:55:00 AM

"Whether you live in Ghana or Texas, the Cherrypal Africa is right for you!"

Comparing Ghana to Texas?! what an insult!

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to Ghana.
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December 17, 2009 3:24:54 AM

Too slow to watch porn... great computer for kids... and adults who actually want to be productive. This is why I get so much more work done on my netbook than my desktop.
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December 17, 2009 3:43:38 AM

norbsUhh yeah 400mhz 386... where you joking when you guessed that? No chip manufacturer would go back in time use an outdated chip design if they had to manufacture one today, even if it's aiming for value.


I think he ment x86-architecture... If you look at the WinXP install-folder, you'll see that it's named i386. ;) 
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December 17, 2009 5:57:34 AM

an old pentium 4 notebook can easily pwn this..
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December 17, 2009 6:09:40 AM

Damn, and I thought my old laptop's Celeron 440M, 1.5GB of RAM, 80GB HD, and Intel 945G graphics were bad.

Makes me thankful for my Turion X2 RM-74 and Radeon HD 3200 now (as well has my MUCH stouter gaming computer).
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December 17, 2009 7:42:28 AM

256 megs.. hmm... 2 gigs storage? I'd like to see this thing run firefox. I expect it will run linux but can you imagine the swappage?

/shudder.
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December 17, 2009 7:58:23 AM

Shadow703793Hmm.... can you overclock it? And before this get's asked: NO IT *CAN'T* PLAY CRYSIS

Well, the OLPC could be overclocked (stock clocks at 433MHz, one OC was to 566MHz on stock voltage, %30 gain).
The OLPC also has 256MB of RAM, but only had 1GB of flash memory (there was a red edition with 2GB, but that was never mass produced).
The OLPC has a very interesting screen actually. Runs a crappy but manageable resolution in colour mode, but runs somehting like 1200x900 (or close to that) in black and white mode (making it a wonderful ereader).
The OLPC is extremely durable, and has powerful wireless capabilities.
The OLPC also costs almost $200.

While the OLPC was truly unique, this is just an extreme bargain bin netbook it seems.
Don't get me wrong, it does seem interesting though. I'm more interested whther or not being in a mass market will give this Chinese microprocessor company the funds it needs to produce with IMB/Intel/AMD.
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December 17, 2009 12:40:40 PM

kavicFor me some one who makes 450 each pay check 150 is not alot of money.


Maybe when you're single, it isn't. I make more than twice that, yet do not think $150 is just a drop in the bucket. $150 to most people making what you make, is not just chump change either. /shrug

Though, spending that much on booze every week, indicates a bit of a bigger problem than what is or is not a lot of money to you.
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December 17, 2009 2:36:50 PM

When I first read the title of the article "Cheap-as-Chips" I thought the as was missing an s since it is referring to some garbage out of China.
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December 22, 2009 2:51:05 AM

I...like...Chinese! I...like...Chinese! Their processors compare well to Pentium III's! They're slow, they're cheap, and XP Home is a breeze!

Ha. Ha. Ha. I'll keep my $249 Black Friday laptop special with the Celeron 900 and Windows 7.
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