Everex’s Cloudbook is a scrappy fella that could pose a challenge to its only serious rival if more time is spent perfecting the rough cut of Linux that hobbles it.
The hardware is stout and portable, with an 800 x 480 7-inch display, 1.2GHz Via C7 chip, 2 USB ports, ethernet, a webcam, and 512MB of RAM. Unlike the Eee PC, it has a 30GB hard drive. It’s not very glam looking, but it is clean-lined and genuinely small. Marketed as green and web-friendly, the Cloudbook is loaded with links to Google’s online suite; it’s well-aligned with web-app lovers needing a budget backup machine. For the rest of us, OpenOffice, the Gimp, and all the other FOSS favorites are pre-installed and ready to roll.
But those are just frosting on an otherwise disappointing core. Wi-Fi connections drop frequently – the software that controls wireless connectivity is seemingly unable to play friendly with secured networks. The first shipment is set to a desktop theme that’s confusing to use at the native display resolution. Wal-Mart shoppers just getting used to the $200 Everex desktop will find themselves facing a different window manager on its $400 laptop. The OSX-like dock is also glitchy.
If it wasn’t for the Eee PC, it would be a struggle to criticize a cheap subnotebook that would have been a great deal just a year ago. As things stand, it’s an alternative only if you need plenty of storage and are willing to wait for its problems to be patched away. For the money, the Eee PC is still the finest sub notebook on the market.
- RAM Size: 512 MB
- Clock Rate: 1.2 GHz
- Hard Drive Size: 30 GB