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Sol Computer's $749 Netbook, $1000+ Tablet: Achieving Cheap and Overpriced

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  1. qubit

    qubit Overclocked quantum bit

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    Ok, let's get what's sort of good-ish about this netbook out of the way: the Pixel Qi's screen allows it be viewed easily in bright sunlight, which seems great - if you don't mind washed out colours and poor contrast under normal room conditions. The bad? Everything else. This Netbook isn't even made by Sol Computers. It turns out to be just a rebadged, refurbished Samsung netbook with a Pixel Qi panel in it. And get this: Sol Computer doesn’t even hide the Samsung logo under the screen proving this is just a repackaged netbook, yet, it costs a hefty $749.00! Yes, Sol Computers' sole achievement is to have made something that is both cheap and overpriced. Amazing. Now, their Tablet PC is even worse: it's a rebranded "Alibaba special" i.e. generic Chinese tablet that doesn't even appear to support multitouch interface - yet it costs a staggering $1,099.00. It costs more than a high-end Macbook. I do wonder who their target market is for these products.

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    Netbook specs: Processor: Intel Atom N455 1.6 GHz Hard Drive 250GB USB Ports: 3 Operating System: Windows 7 Start Memory: 2GB DDR2 Display 10.1; LED-Backlit 1024x600 WSVGA Greater than 1000 nits (outside, sunlight) Media Card Reader SDHC, SD, MMC LAN: Ethernet and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n Webcam Dimensions: 10.4”w x 7.4”d x 1.4”h Battery: 11.1v 4400 mAH 6-cell lithium ion Weight: 2.71 lbs.

    Tablet PC specs: Processor: Intel Atom N455 1.66 GHz Operating System: Windows 7 Memory: 1GB DDR3 (supports up to 2GB) Graphics: UMA of Integrated Graphics 200MHz/DirectX9 Hard Drive 8/16/32 GB Display: 10.1" LED-Backlit 1024x576 USB Ports: 2 LAN: 10/1000Mbps Fast Ethernet/Wi-Fi or 3G G-Sensor: detects screen rotation and orientation Web Cam: 1.3 Mega Pixels Weight: 1.98 lbs. Dimensions: 10.6”w x 6.9”d x 0.5”h Battery: Internal 3Cell 3100mAH Polymer Battery Pack

    Sources: Tom's Hardware and TechCrunch
     
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    i think they deserve a round of applause. and that every customer that buys one should get a party thrown in celebration of their awesomeness.

    all in all, that's just bs. hope at least somebody sees this and avoids sol computers like plague.


    EDIT: http://www.topshoptv.com/index.asp?tn=default_v0 - this has to be their target market. :D
     
  3. Kantastic

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    Bet you the ShamWOW guy will sell these like hotcakes.
     
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    Watch as the government snap a hundred thousand of each.
     
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    bah.
    whats in their mind?
    sell intel atom at that price
     
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    That is even high for european standards xD, good luck with those prices :laugh:
     
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    They're probably aiming to prey on unwary people that judge product by looks and price.

    While these two things are barely related (as Sol doesn't have 'elitist' advertising campaign and their overpriced stuff IS INDEED crap),
    still I can't resist quoting this one :) http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/07/12
     
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    Morons. They forgot to replace the Samsung logo with an Apple logo. *ducks*
     
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    I know, I couldn't believe it! I just had to post this story when I saw that. This outfit sounds like one of those fake Chinese brands, doesn't it?
     
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    I was about to say the same myself. If anyone could make cheap hardware like this sell for more, its Apple.
     
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    This is the worst evar!
     
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    ILOL'd

    but in all seriousness, would like to see a performance comparison between the tablet and a Xoom.
     
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    impossible because one runs x86 and the other ARM
     
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    lol Atom N455 is jurassic
     
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    $749 is way too high for a netbook of that spec.... and all im seeing is that youre paying and extra $300-$400 so you can can take it outside and use it in direct sunlight??

    Id rather pay for a flight to Amsterdam and get jiggy with a few hookers for a few days and still have spare change to buy a few rounds for everyone at the pub.
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Could make sense, if they had some awesome stuff going for them. But they don't have that, so yeah.
     
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    The government can only buy these if it's part of their existing HP or DELL contracts. And they'd probably actually cost a little bit more.

    And I differ when the summary says "$1,099.00" will buy you a "high-end Macbook." No, $2000 will buy you a high-end Macbook -- $1,099 will buy you the cheapest Air they sell. :p
     
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    What a scam, my netbook is the same and costed me 240€ 8 months ago.

    BTW the processor isn't old, it's low power one, the battery lasts me 6 hours+ . But it's fine for the uses intended for a netbook.

    And it is very fine IMO


    And I saw similar tablets like that for 400€
     
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