Intel’s 2go PC Takes On Asus Eee And Elonex

Intel's 2go PC Takes On Asus Eee And ElonexThe runaway success of Asus’s diminutive Eee laptop and the appearance of £99 laptops like the Elonex low-cost lapster has sent manufacturers scrambling to produce their own cheap-as-chips Tiny Tim lappies.

Currently motoring up over the horizon is the Intel 2go PC (formerly known as the Netbook), a rugged little number manufactured by CTL, and looking like its aimed at the education market.

With a rumoured price tag hovering around a pocket soothin’ $400 (around 200 quid in UK spondulas), we could imagine this little fella appealing to a far wider audience, especially once they’ve given the specs the once over.

It may be cheap, but the 2go packs an Intel Celeron M CPU with 915GMS chipset backed by 512MB of DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 1GB), a Realtek audio chipset with two integrated 1W speakers, and comes in Windows XP or Linux flavours.

Intel's 2go PC Takes On Asus Eee And ElonexThe 9″ widescreen LCD display offers 800 x 480 pixels resolution, and storage comes in the shape of a 40GB hard drive with a built-in SD/MMC slot offering expansion options. The laptop can be booted from the card reader or USB.

Connectivity options include onboard 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 2 x USB 2.0 ports and an Ethernet socket, plus external microphone and headphone jacks.

There’s also an integrated 0.3MP camera (640 x 480 video at 30fps) with the tough-looking 3lbs laptop measuring up at 8.7″ x 7.3″ a 1.5″ and offering around 3 hours per battery charge.

Engadget reports that the 2go PC should start flipping onto shop shelves “in less than 60 days.”