Elonex One

A website, www.elonexone.co.uk, reveals that the Elonex One ultra-compact laptop will be available later this year in the UK at the incredible price of £99.

It apparently weighs less than a kilo, has a 15cm screen, full networking capabilities, USB ports, a memory card slot, a Linux operating system, a selection of programs, and a battery that lasts four hours. It is mainly aimed at the education market but the makers reckon it’ll be quite fine for people who want a cheap and cheerful portable to send e-mail, surf the Internet, or create documents.

I’ve mentioned that I recently played with the Asus Eee PC laptop, which has quite similar specifications to the Elonex One, and if was anything to go by, the One will be a viable machine. I’d think that it is going to be very popular when it comes out, barring exploding batteries or any other production problem.

I’m finding the arrival of these cheap compact laptops fascinating for a couple of reasons including their hardware, which is pretty puny when compared to today’s entry-level PC. Many users are going to find, to their surprise, that the compact PCs are plenty for they want and that they really don’t need expensive dual cores and gigabytes of memory.

Some users will need, or want, more powerful machines but I think cheap compacts are going to put some kind of dent in the market for higher-spec PCs. The other factor to be borne in mind about these compacts is that they do not have Windows or other Microsoft programs installed on them.

The vast bulk of computer users have routinely acquired their computers along with a copy of Windows which, if they were honest, they paid through the nose for. Most haven’t even known that there was an alternative operating system but now, there are going to be lots of people exposed to Linux.

Can you imagine the result, say, of the managing director of a firm watching his daughter doing her homework using her free Linux operating system and free Open Office suite of programs, and then getting to work to be faced with a stiff invoice for the latest Windows and Microsoft Office upgrade for all his workers?

The momentum towards Linux increased recently when IBM announced that it has gotten together with firms in Eastern Europe to supply Microsoft-free PCs to organisations in Russia. The PCs will be loaded with Red Hat Linux and IBM Lotus Symphony software, which includes word processor, spreadsheet and presentation programs.

I should think that Microsoft will find a way to survive and prosper but I can’t help remembering that they also thought that about Agfa and Minolta.

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2 thoughts on “Elonex One

  1. I was planning to buy a new desktop computer but now I think I should wait for these ‘babies’ to be out as I need a second ‘computer’. Currently I have a laptop and a ‘dead’ PC.

  2. I know it’s a bit late in the day, but having bought an ElonexOne for my daughter to do her homework on, we’ve just found out that the version we were sold as appropriate and ‘educationally-friendly’ can’t support Flash of any kind (neither 6.0 nor 9.0)- which means that it is nigh on useless for many projects she needs to do. Having bought it prior to the ‘new website’ there was no clear information under product spec that highlighted this gaff. I’ve also found Elonex so called customer service have been totally unhelpful, basically saying that I’ll have to pay a further £130 to upgrade to their Webbook – no thanks. I live in hope that Elonex might decide to help, but am not holding my breath! BE WARNED. HOWEVER MUCH OF A GOOD DEAL IT APPEARS – YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR both in terms of product and sorting out problems when things go wrong

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