VIA preps low-cost C3 notebook

— 3:45 AM on February 24, 2004

VIA is reportedly prepping an affordable C3-based laptop for the Indian market that would retail for the equivalent of $660. The inexpensive notebooks will apparently come with 1.0GHz C3 chips, 128MB of memory, and 20GB hard drives, but it seems unlikely VIA will bring the device to North American or European markets. For just $39 more, Dell offers a 14" notebook with a 2.4GHz Celeron, 256MB of shared memory, 20GB hard drive, CDRW/DVD drive, and Windows XP Home.

We ran a 2.4GHz Celeron against a 1.0GHz C3 a couple of months ago in our review of Shuttle's FB54 motherboard, and the C3-based EPIA-M10000 took a real beating. Somehow, I doubt a C3-based notebook would fare much better.

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