With each day that goes by, going to a store and grabbing a netbook becomes a more appealing solution for my mobile computing needs. Unfortunately, these needs are very close to zero, so… but it’s great seeing so many alternatives on the market, nevertheless! Speaking of alternatives (alternatives to the Asus Eee PC netbook, the first one on my shopping list, if I ever go shopping such a device), Workhorse PC also has such an alternative, and I must admit it looks pretty well..
This netbook is coming straight from Texas, although I bet it’s not manufactured there. Anyway, Workhorse PC is based in McKinney, Texas, and since this netbook is coming from them, here’s the standard specs list, although the system will be configurable online(hooray!):
- Operating System: Ubuntu Linux, Windows XP, or Windows Vista
- CPU: Intel Atom N270 with 945GSE
- Display/Resolution: 10.1 inches/1024 x 600
- Memory: Up to 2GB
- Card Slots: ExpressCard, 4-in-1 card reader
- 1.3 megapixel Webcam
- Wireless: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, WiMax, and WLAN (Sprint, Verizon Wireless, and AT&T)
- Size: 10.0 x 7.3 x 0.75 inches
- Weight: 2.9 pounds
Now, I guess you weren’t expecting for the Linux and Windows versions to have the same price, because this is not the truth, although I’ve seen some Asus Eee PC models priced the same, and the Linux version having more memory and/or storage than the Windows counterpart.
Despite the fact there’s no product page ready yet, Jill Henson, Workhorse PC’s vice president, said the Certeza MC10 will be available from $399 for a Linux version, $449 for XP Home, up to $549 for a Vista Business version(why use Vista on a netbook, that’s beyond my ability to comprehend). The price could also be affected by your choice of a 4-cell or 6-cell battery, but probably not too much.