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GeCube shows a cheap Linux tablet

CeBIT 2008 Unexpected goodness among the GPUs
Thu Mar 06 2008, 00:27

WHO WOULD HAVE thought that the most interesting PC of the show so far would have come from GeCube? I was only expecting the GPUs and media players.

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GeCube Genie Tablet

This is the GC-GENIE-JR aka the Genie PC, and it is not a PC, more of a convertible laptop/tablet/picture frame. It runs Linux, has a detachable rubberized keyboard, and sets up on an integrated stand to be a picture frame. It is also very cool.

The CPU was an unspecified Intel embedded x86 part running at 300MHz, so don't expect this to do very much heavy lifting, and has 256M of ram with 2G of storage. The screen is 800*480, but it is really really bright.

Neat touches abound, there is a mouse pointer on the back, so you can hold it and surf, and it is of course wireless. It should be available in just over a month, and you get all this for $229 or so. For that money, it is worth it to have one kicking around. I will probably buy 3 and leave one in the bathroom. Very very cool.

On a related note, they have an upscale version with a traditional laptop body and a Via C7 CPU. This has a lot more horsepower, a 10.2" screen and 512M of RAM. It runs Linux but has XP drivers, and will retail for $279 or so. This one is also worth a long look.

They also have a bunch of GPS units, the standard dash mount 4.3" screen version, and a location tracker. The tracker would be perfect for the beginner stalker set, so the average Inq reader will probably end up with a few. The media players they were showing off in the past are also on sale now officially.

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GeCube 3870X2 overclocked

Lets not forget the bread and butter of GeCube, video cards. The star of the booth was the GC-XHD3870X2-F5, a dual Zalmanesque cooled 3870X2. They took the clocks up to 870/1000, added 2G of memory, and left plenty of headroom for the average user. It also has 4DVI ports.

They also have a lot of interesting little bits, there was a 1G 3870 non-X2, an AGP 3870 for all of you hanging on to your old P4s, and a 1G 3650 as well. Basically, GeCube had a bunch of off-spec cards that might interest you if stock is too dull.

In the end, the star of the show was the Genie. It isn't nearly as beefy as an EEE, but it could potentially be a lot more useful to have sitting in the living room or kitchen. It looks like a great light surfing box, Genie is a surefire hit. µ

 

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