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Would You Pay $1000 For A Pixel Qi Screen Tablet?

By - Source: TechCrunch | B 29 comments

Sol Computers thinks you will.

If you own a tablet or netbook and find yourself infuriated by their utter uselessness out of doors or even in brightly lit rooms, Pixel Qi's line of low-power monitors that can be set to display well, even in direct sunlight, have to be somewhat attractive. Already available on low quality devices like the Lenovo S10-2 and the Notion Ink tablet, San Diego-based Sol Computers is now offering their own netbook and tablet with Pixel Qi screens. The only problem? To put it mildly, they aren't competitively priced.

The Sol Netbook comes in at an astonishing $749.00. If the device were actually manufactured by Sol Computers, that price might be somewhat understandable. Similarly, if, and only if, the price was due to a small production run, and thus sure to drop once people start buying them, we might be okay with it. But no, it's just a refurbished Samsung netbook with a Pixel Qi monitor grafted on. Sol Computers' sole achievement is to have made something that is both cheap and overpriced.

The Sol Tablet PC is even worse. As TechCrunch noted, it's a refurbished Chinese tablet that doesn't even appear to support multitouch interface. And it costs a staggering $1,099.00. 

Forget not being competitively priced, Sol Computers isn't even acknowledging there's a competition. Previous Pixel Qi devices are at least cheap enough that low quality computing and weak screen output doesn't quite feel like a rip off. Expecting customers to pay more for this garbage than they would for a Macbook is just insulting. If you absolutely must be seen browsing the Internet in a public place, better to spend your money on an iPad and stay in the shade.

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    plznote , September 15, 2011 1:07 AM
    No, Just no.
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    aznshinobi , September 15, 2011 1:17 AM
    Maybe if you gave me $1000.
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    thesnappyfingers , September 15, 2011 1:43 AM
    That is the stupidest most expensive refurb I have ever seen.
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  • 13 Hide
    plznote , September 15, 2011 1:07 AM
    No, Just no.
  • 12 Hide
    aznshinobi , September 15, 2011 1:17 AM
    Maybe if you gave me $1000.
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    kronos_cornelius , September 15, 2011 1:27 AM
    Now is the if and only if a boolean algebra term or you're just saying ?

    The monitor will be available for niche markets I guess. I seldom see myself need a monitor that can be seen in sunlight... come to think of it, it would be great in my phone. And the price hike would be smaller on a small device.
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    thesnappyfingers , September 15, 2011 1:43 AM
    That is the stupidest most expensive refurb I have ever seen.
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    vaughn2k , September 15, 2011 1:43 AM
    If it can play Crysis. But apparently, it can't.
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    vaughn2k , September 15, 2011 1:44 AM
    It can't play Crysis so, no.
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    psyxix , September 15, 2011 1:46 AM
    Ha ha ! Yes! ... no :*(
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    maxinexus , September 15, 2011 2:13 AM
    Tablet! Thank you, not interested
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    AbdullahG , September 15, 2011 2:54 AM
    If it were a 1000 pennies worth, still no.
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    Au_equus , September 15, 2011 3:35 AM
    aznshinobiMaybe if you gave me $1000.

    ... I'd buy something else with that $1000, like two gtx 580 :) 
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    eddieroolz , September 15, 2011 4:25 AM
    I'd rather go find a shade than try to defeat Nature.
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    volks1470 , September 15, 2011 5:44 AM
    I think they will be "SOL"
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    gmp23 , September 15, 2011 6:34 AM
    You gotta love Tom's. When they see a piece of crap, they tell us all to walk around it. Thanks for the heads up guys.
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    will_chellam , September 15, 2011 7:09 AM
    I'm not so sure lenovo would approve of their S-10 being referred to as 'low quality'

    budget maybe?
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    cookoy , September 15, 2011 8:44 AM
    cheap quality and overpriced. and you're asking if i'll spend $1000 for one? no, not even if there is a fruit logo attached to it.
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    archange , September 15, 2011 9:03 AM
    Someone should tell them you have to be Apple to be able to put on such a price tag and get away with it.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , September 15, 2011 10:57 AM
    I never did like tablets & wouldn't even pay the $1000-00cents either. Although this maybe a better product,these products where really made for business ideas & not for personal pleasure,but if your into porn it maybe of some use.
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    DSpider , September 15, 2011 11:23 AM
    This is what happens when you don't do your marketing research. Basically you run the product through a few perception tests and asking people what is the minimum-maximum price they would pay for such a device.

    I don't know what they were smoking but for $1000 you can get a very good Sony Vaio or Lenovo ThinkPad, or even a MacBook Air.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2011 12:56 PM
    Why the Apple bias in your last paragraph Tom's? Have you gone stupid consumer soft and need the no longer present Steve Jobs to tell you what you want and need?

    Granted the Sol products are insanely priced for the crap you get... wait, so are Apple products... are you drawing a connection?!?! :) 
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