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Classmate PC Refresh

COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

Taking on a similar segment of the market as the OLPC XO Laptop is the Intel Classmate PC. An updated version of the child-centric notebook was on display at COMPUTEX and it’s clear that this machine is a different beast altogether from the rest of the subnotebooks out there.

Powered by an Intel Atom processor, the second-generation Intel Classmate PC has a handle on the back and a semi-rugged design that should stand up to some abuse from the kids at school. Users have the option of selecting either a 9-inch or a 7-inch display.

Flybook V5 and VM

COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

If you need more performance than what the average subnotebook is able to offer, then you may have to turn to the people at Dialogue and their Flybook line of small laptops. Even though the Flybook V5 has a very compact footprint, it has the same level of performance as a 3GHz desktop computer. They say that the Flybook can replace your main computer, rather than just supplement it. I don’t know if I can do that with the V5, but replacing a main notebook with the larger VM seems more doable.

For more information on these two laptops, be sure to check out our feature article on the Flybook V5 and VM.

Gigabyte M912X

COMPUTEX 2008 Spotlight - Compact Notebook PC Roundup

Powered by an Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, the Gigabyte M912X is one of the few affordable subnotebooks that is actually a convertible tablet. The 8.9-inch WXGA display can rotate 180-degrees to grant you access to full Tablet PC touchscreen functionality. The Flybook V5 does this too, but the Flybook costs a lot more.

Rounding out the specs on the Gigabyte M912X are up to 1GB of DDR2-667 RAM, a 2.5-inch SATA HDD for up to 250GB of storage, a 1.3 megapixel CMOS webcam, and a 4400mAh lithium-ion battery.

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