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Maplin flogs mystery minibook

Grab 'em while they're cheap
Wed Aug 06 2008, 16:42

THIS ONE JUST POPPED up in the INQ mailbox and we thought you'd like to know about it... even though we don't know much about it ourselves.

It's a cheap as chips netbook running an unspecified flavour of Linux and you can get it for a penny shy of £170 including delivery (the price goes up to £220 in a couple of months).


It's being flogged as the CNM Minibook but we have no idea who makes it.

We'd like to say that can't be bad... but we're sure it probably can. Let us know if you've got your grubby mits on one and we'll share your experiences with the world.

And, as usual, if you know more about it than we do, put us right in the comments section below.


In the meantime here's some numbers n stuff. µ


Model name: Minibook
Storage drive type: 2GB NAND Flash
System RAM: DDRII 128MB
Processor Type: 32-bit CPU
LCD Screen Type: 7"
Operating system: Linux
Wireless connection: WiFi
I/O Ports: 3 USB ports / 1 Earphone / Line IN
Card Socket: Push-Push SD Card Socket
Control type: Touchpad
Keyboard: Standard 80 key

Display type: 7" TFT
Widescreen display: Yes
Processor: Integrated 2D/3D engine
Max. resolution: 800x480 (WVGA)

Wireless LAN supported: WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g) USB dongle
Other options: 10/100MB Ethernet port

Audio input power: Microphone
Audio output power: Built-in microphone and dual speaker system

Touch mousepad

Software: Web browser, Xip Office, PDF Viewer, E-mail

Battery & Power
Type: Lithium battery
Quantity: 1pc
Capacity: 2200mAH 3.7v
Approx. working time: 3 hours

Product Dimensions
Shipping weight: 650g
Product CM (L x W x H): 222 x 165 x 29.5 mm
Assembled in country of origin: China

Manufacturer Warranty
Service and support: 1 Year Warranty

Product Features

· The next generation of affordable mini-laptops is here
· An ultra compact, lightweight and durable solution - just 650g!
· An ideal travel companion with built in Wi-Fi you can be truly mobile
· Ideal for web surfing, email, word processing and spreadsheets
· 7-inch LCD screen and stylish piano black finish casing
· Easy to use Linux operating system
· Complete with Xip office applications
· Multi-theme display (Child or Adult mode)
· Web browser: Firefox
· Email and Office (word processor and spreadsheet program)
· PDF viewer
· SD / SDHC Card reader
· Built-in Wi-Fi ( IEEE 802.1 b/g ) USB dongle
· 10/100MB Ethernet port
· 2GB SSD (soild state disk) shock proof storage
· Expand the storage with USB or SD Flash Memory (not external hard drives)
· Supports up to 4GB SD cards and 4GB USB sticks
· DDR2 128MB memory
· 800 x 480 ( WVGA ) Display
· 3 x USB 2.0 ports
· Stereo Speakers and built-in microphone
· Touch mouse pad
· 222(l) x 165(w) x 29.5(d) mm
· (Does not support Microsoft O/S)
· AC adaptor / charger
· Battery duration: 2+ hours
· Dimensions: 222 (l) x 165(w) x 29.5(d) mm


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