bit-tech.net

ECS announces G10IL Eee-alike

ECS announces G10IL Eee-alike

The G10IL will feature built-in HSDPA broadband and the choice of Windows XP or Linux on an SSD or standard drive.

It's been at least a week since a company announced an Eee PC-alike ultraportable sub-notebook, but things are looking up again with Taiwanese electronic firm Elitegroup Computer Systems getting in on the action.

The G10IL (which for some reason, I want to pronounce that “Gi-Oil”) is everything we've come to expect from a marketplace taking their lead from Asus's popular sub-notebook. It's white, it's small, and if you hate the Eee you're probably not going to like this too much either.

Like the Eee, the G10IL comes with a trio of USB 2.0 ports, a 10/100 Ethernet jack alongside the increasingly ornamental 56K modem, and 802.11b/g wireless connectivity. Interestingly, it also features Bluetooth wireless built-in – something originally planned for the Eee but ditched shortly before it reached the market. ECS will also be offering a choice between 8.9” and 10.2” displays, so if your main anti-Eee sentiments revolve around the tiny 7” display this could be a real contender.

One addition that may well make the G10IL stand out from the crowd is in inclusion of in-built mobile broadband capabilities in the form of a HSDPA connection offering up to 7.2Mbit/sec even when away from a WiFi hotspot. Like others of its kind, it's also capable of running on a more common GPRS network – albeit at reduced speeds. Having this functionality built-in means that you're covered no matter how you want to connect to the wibbly web: WiFi, Bluetooth, wired Ethernet, or HSDPA.

The remainder of the specification is nothing we haven't seen in the rest of the Eee-alikes: a single DIMM slot supporting up to 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a built-in webcam which will inevitably be used once and then forgotten about, and a choice of a solid-state disk or a traditional mechanical drive. Buyers will also be given the choice of Windows XP or a Linux variant on the OS front.

ECS is keeping shtum on pricing details although they have stated that more information will be arriving some time in April, presumably ahead of a summer launch.

Do you think that this could be the sub-notebook to have, or does it all depend on the price hitting that magical sub-£300 point? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

13 Comments

Discuss in the forums Reply
Mr T 21st March 2008, 10:35 Quote
Certainly looks promising if its priced right :)
Krikkit 21st March 2008, 10:45 Quote
That looks good, but as Mr. T says - it's all about the price, fool!
DXR_13KE 21st March 2008, 11:24 Quote
i am also on the "if the price is right" wagon.

edit: any word on what cpu it has?
Akava 21st March 2008, 12:30 Quote
Gotta love jumping on the band wagon :D

I have been considering getting something along these lines, possibly the HP version, because i think that the 7" screen of the Eee would be just too small for me, which is why i was uncertain even about the 8.9, but a 10.2 might be just about perfect. It just remains to descover the price of the little beasty.
EmJay 21st March 2008, 16:59 Quote
My only beef with the Eee is that it's a hair too small, but this one just might be perfect. As everyone else has said, it's all going to hinge on the price.
duc 21st March 2008, 17:16 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by DXR_13KE
edit: any word on what cpu it has?

According to Ubergizmo, its powered by an Intel Atom processor.
docodine 21st March 2008, 18:42 Quote
Any word on screen resolution?
Mante 21st March 2008, 22:58 Quote
I love this thing, i think the size its perfect, and the option of a ssd or regular one is great. I will be waiting a bit more before getting one, cause theres going to be a big fight in this field...
Pd: Sorry about my english..
wuyanxu 21st March 2008, 23:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by duc
According to Ubergizmo, its powered by an Intel Atom processor.

im sold!

as long as it's under £400 and gets released before July (when i will be travelling a lot, so i planning to buy an ultra portable laptop then)
HourBeforeDawn 22nd March 2008, 04:53 Quote
well now this looks good, if they can keep it under $500us then it will be well worth it and be a really strong contender
crazybob 22nd March 2008, 05:27 Quote
It's a shame this looks so good, because my past experiences with the quality of ECS products mean I am completely unable to bring myself to buy one. I have been so dissatisfied with ECS that I would still get an Eee instead of this, even if this ends up costing half as much.
Primoz 23rd March 2008, 09:09 Quote
How will the HDSPA/GPRS work? SIM slot in the 'back' or something?
Primoz 23rd March 2008, 09:10 Quote
*doh*! I just remembered, you get a contract with the mobile provider and recieve a username and pass... How silly of me.
Log in

You are not logged in, please login with your forum account below. If you don't already have an account please register to start contributing.



Discuss in the forums