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"Noahpad" Eee PC rival announced

"Noahpad" Eee PC rival announced

Various ways to use a Noahpad: including while cooking a full English breakfast, apparently.

Taiwanese tech firm E-Lead Electronic Co. has announced the launch of the Noahpad ultra-mobile PC, giving Eee PC lovers a thrilling sense of deja vu.

The device does look remarkably similar to an Eee PC at first glance, being small and white and possessed of a tiny 7" display. There are one or two things that make this contender stand out as something other than a knock-off clone, however. The display can be folded right back on itself to form a rather expensive photo-frame (and, according to the marketing pictures, to hang up whilst you cook an egg), and the keyboard is split into two.

Then the keyboard - if there's one thing a mobile device needs it's a good keyboard. A decent keyboard is the reason I'm writing this on an ancient laptop and not on my Nokia Internet Tablet: the tablet might be easier on the pocket, but text entry is a pain. So, E-Lead has gone for a standard tactile keyboard beloved of laptop users everywhere, right? Wrong. The rather odd split keyboard featured on the Noahpad is a touch-based system reminiscent of the keypad on the Razr 'phone series. I can't see such a 'dead-wood' feeling keyboard being much use for anything other than basic text entry, but I'll keep an open mind.

The specs are nothing to write home about: powered by a 1GHz VIA Eden CPU and with 512MB RAM in the standard configuration it's not going to be playing Crysis any time soon. Something that will interest Eee owners feeling restricted by the 4GB SSD is that the device will ship with a 30GB mechanical drive; less robust, but with a lot more storage room.

For the operating system the device will run a fairly standard Ubuntu 7.10 install, although the company has announced that drivers will be available should you want to run Windows XP instead.

The UMPC will be officially launched at CES this January, although how long it'll take to be in the shops in a decent quantity I'm not sure: after all, the Eee is still sold out everywhere you look.

Tempted by an ultra-portable, or do you need more power when you're on the road? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.

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Mankz 1st January 2008, 13:52 Quote
Mmm.... Full English.
Mr T 1st January 2008, 15:49 Quote
Now if it can cook the full English too. Where do i signup? ;)
crazybob 1st January 2008, 17:00 Quote
Even if it costs $50 I'd get an Eee instead. Real keyboards mean a lot.
The_Beast 1st January 2008, 17:29 Quote
I'd still rather get a Eee
wuyanxu 1st January 2008, 18:09 Quote
im still waiting for solid state 30GB+ drive in a 10inch or less laptop........ then i'd buy one :)

all those attemps are good, but not good enough. but the idea of this Noahpad with 30GB drive is better than EEE *except* the keyboard part.
specofdust 1st January 2008, 19:52 Quote
Well, Eee user and lover here so take the following as you will but:

The split keyboard is bad. The Eee's keyboard is stupidly small and unusable for 20 minutes, then you get used to it and you're typing nearly as fast as you do on a standard keyboard within a week or two. The foldyback thing sounds like it could be cool, the ability to turn into a tablet would be awesome, but I do question whether they'll pull that off well. The 30GB HDD? Instinctively I'd say "YAY, more space!" - but even a 1.8" disk (Which I assume is the form factor they'll go for) is going to add mass and volume to the machine, and with the Eee so ridiculously hackable for extra space (you can breach 30 with ease) in a variety of ways which barely add any weight and no volume I think the EeePC might win for some people there still. Although certainly those who don't have a clue what the slots in the sides of their machines are for might find it more attractive.
will. 2nd January 2008, 12:20 Quote
How do you add more memory to the Eee?
naokaji 2nd January 2008, 12:37 Quote
why does everyone including linked article in first post say eeepc is sold out if ocuk has (one model only, but atleast something) in stock?

anyway..

i dont think those super small and cheap notebooks are going to compete with real notebooks just yet, i see them more as a alternative to pda's.
specofdust 2nd January 2008, 13:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by will.
How do you add more memory to the Eee?

Remove a few screws from the plate on the underside, remove plate, slot out RAM, slot in new RAM, stick plate back on, screw in screws. There's a limiting factor that the linux kernel used
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