When it officially announced its low-cost CloudBook laptop in early January, Everex said the system would be available from Wal-Mart's website starting on January 25. That date came and went, and yet the laptop has yet to materialize. The company has now updated its website to say the CloudBook has in fact been postponed three weeks until February 15.
At that date, folks should be able to nab the CloudBook for $399 from both Walmart.com and ZaReason.com, a reseller of Linux-based PCs. If you haven't followed up on the CloudBook, the system will feature a 7" 800 x 480 display, 1.2GHz C7-M ULV processor from VIA, 512MB of DDR2-533 memory, a 30GB hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi connectivity, a 4-in-1 card reader, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, and a pre-installed Ubuntu-based Linux operating system. The CloudBook's footprint will be just 9.06" x 6.73" x 1.16" (23 x 17.1 x 2.95 cm), it will weigh two pounds (900 g), and its battery will be rated for five hours of uptime.
As we stated earlier this month, those specs should make the CloudBook an interesting alternative to Asus' $399 Eee PC 4G, which has otherwise-similar specifications with less storage capacity and shorter battery life. The Eee PC may still sway those looking for a more aesthetically pleasing machine, though.
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