Hong Kong firm intros $250 laptop

If you think even Asus' $299.99 Eee PC 2G Surf is too expensive, Hong Kong-based firm Bestlink may have a solution for you. As Desktop Linux reports, the company has unveiled an Eee-like laptop that costs only $250 and comes with a Linux-based operating system.

From the outside, the Bestlink Alpha 400 doesn't look unlike the Eee. It has a seven-inch "truecolor" 800 x 480 display, a footprint of 8.3" x 5.6" x 1.3" (21.1 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm), a weight of 1.5 lbs (680 g), and a casing that's available in six different colors (including white). Delve deeper, though, and the hardware is quite different. Bestlink has outfitted the Alpha 400 with a 400MHz Ingenic XBurst processor, which is based on a RISC architecture and built off a 0.18μm process. The laptop is also a little anemic on other fronts, with just 128MB of memory, 1-2GB of flash storage, and no built-in Wi-Fi—just an Ethernet port and USB connectivity for a Wi-Fi dongle.

Despite the spartan hardware, Bestlink's machine has a Linux operating system pre-loaded with a suite of applications, including Xip Word for word processing, Xip Table for spreadsheets, Flash, AVI playback software, e-mail software, photo sharing tools, and an e-book reader. The Xip productivity apps are supposedly compatible with Word and Excel, too.

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