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Low-Cost Laptop Cheat Sheet

Here at LAPTOP we’ve had a hard time keeping the all the potential low-cost laptops or Eee PC “killers” straight. Some of these machines are coming out in just a few weeks, some are slated for the summer, and others don’t have an ETA at all. And there are a lot of manufacturers on this list that you have probably never heard of. GeCube and Elonex ring a bell? Not for us either. To help you sort through the clutter we have created a cheat sheet below on all the low-cost laptops expected to hit the market.

Laptop NamePriceOperating SystemProcessorStorageDisplay Size/ResolutionWebcamAvailable in US?
Asus EeePC 2G Surf (700)$299Xandros800 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 3532GB SSD7 inches/ 800 x 480NoYes
Asus EeePC 4G Surf (701)$349.99Xandros900 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 3534GB SSD7 inches/ 800 x 480NoYes
Asus EeePC 4G$399.99Xandros900 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 3534GB SSD7 inches/ 800 x 4800.3 megapixelsYes
Asus EeePC 8G$499.99Xandros900 MHz Intel Celeron-M ULV 3538GB SSD7 inches/ 800 x 4800.3 megapixelsYes
Asus EeePC 901$499.99Xandros/Windows XPIntel Atom8GB SSD -XP 12GB or 20GB SSD - Linux8.9 inches/ 1024 x 6000.3 megapixelsYes (April)
Comes Aristo Pico 740$699Ubuntu/Windows XP1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV40GB HDD7 inches/ 800 x 4000.3-megapixelsNo
ECS G10ILTBDLinux or WindowsIntel AtomSSD or HDD8.2 or 10.2 inches1.3 megapixelsTBD
Elonex One£99 (~$198)Linux Linos 2.6.21300-MHz LNX Code 8 Mobile1GB SSD7 inches/ 800 x 480NoTBD
Everex Cloudbook$399Linux gOS1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV30GB HDD7 inches/ 800 x 4800.3 megapixelsYes
FIC CE260TBDLinux or Windows XP1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV30GB HDD7 inches/ 800x400NoTBD
GeCube GenieTBDLinux or WindowsTBD2GB SSD7 inches/ 800 x 400NoTBD
MSI WindTBDLinux or WindowsIntel AtomSDD or HDD8 or 10 inchesYesYes (June '08)
Norhtec Gecko$300; $225 when purchased x100Lipus Linux Lite1-GHz VIA C7M ULV40GB HDD7 inches/ 800 x 480YesYes
Packard Bell EasyNote XS350 to 600 euros (TBD US)Windows XP Home1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV30GB HDD7 inches/ 800 x 480YesTBD
Stone UMPC£350 (~$700)Windows XP Tablet Edition1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV40GB HDD7 inches/ 800 x 400Optional moduleTBD
Zyrex Ubud$545Windows XP Tablet Edition1.2-GHz VIA C7M ULV40GB HDD7 inches/ 800 x 400YesTBD

Editors' note: Though we have confirmed system specs, we have not been able to confirm US availability for many of the laptops listed on the chart. We will fill in the information as it comes in. What are we missing? Let us know...