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.


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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
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
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.
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