Alpha 400 MIPS 400MHz 128MB 1GB 7″ Linux Ultralite Notebook



There’s a new little netbook or ultralite notebook floating around out there, a few sites have mentioned it already with mixed reactions, and a few of them made fun of it like a bully might to a child on the playground, and this without ever physically seeing the thing. Anyway, this new little netbook is linux based, it’s small, portable, inexpensive and lightweight, sure it’s not going to run Crysis, but if you’re looking for something to play around with then this just might fit the bill.

Our friends at laptop computers for review, though this one might be considered ultralite or even a netbook and by now I’m sure you’ve heard a bit about it. It’s called the Alpha 400 MIPS 400MHz 128MB 1GB 7″ Linux Ultralite Notebook and as you can see by the 400Mhz in the name, it’s not very powerful, so don’t expect to be gaming on it, but I’ve spent three weeks with it now and it’s really not that bad, especially if you consider the price. The Alpha 400 is nice little netbook that is actually fun to play with for basic surfing the internet and it can do productive things as well like word processing, charts, graphs, daily planning and even chatting and watching movies or listening to music.

For what it is it’s not a bad little product, though most people would likely prefer something with a bit more horsepower under the hood and more storage, but it works fine for what it’s supposed to do. It’s not meant as a full blown laptop, it’s meant to be a very basic device that let’s you stay connected and even get a bit of work done possibly.

First up we’ve got the unboxing video, if you’ve paid attention to our site then you may have already saw this as I posted it the same day it arrived…



Alpha 400 MIPS 400MHz 128MB 1GB 7″ Linux Ultralite Notebook

Reg Price:  $189.95
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Now: $149.99  (price as of 12/29/2008)

Work and play anytime, anywhere with this Ultralite and ultra portable Alpha 400 7-inch notebook!

The Alpha 400 netbook provides multimedia entertainment, Broadband Internet Access and Work on the Go! The Alpha 400 features the reliable Linux Operating System, BroadMIPS XBurst 400 MHz 32-bit CPU, 128 MB RAM, 1 GB NAND Flash storage, a 10/100 MB Ethernet interface and 802.11b wireless access.

The Alpha 400 netbook is equipped with various functions, such as Electronic-Book, MP3 Player, Game Player, enlarged PDA, and common business software such as Web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets and more.

This unique design FULL-FLASH desktop, is perfect for the light business traveler, student, and every kid wanting to enjoy the experience of exploring the world of broadband multi-media!


    * Alpha 400 MIPS 400 MHz Ultralite 7-inch Mini Notebook

    * General Features:
* Ultralite notebook
* Netbook form factor
* Linux 2.4 Operating System
* MIPS XBurst 400 MHz 32-bit CPU
* 128 MB RAM
* 1 GB NAND Flash Storage
* 10/100 MB Ethernet interface
* 802.11b wireless
* Supports External Hard Drive up to 160 GB
* Supports SD Card up to 32 GB
* Xiptech application software packages (Xip office, Flash player)
* 7-inch digital panel 800 x 480 true-color
* Keyboard with TouchPad
* Supports File Sizes up to 8 MB
* Built-in SD Card slot
* Battery Charging Time: 4.5 – 5 hours

    * Uses:
* Internet surfing
* Instant online communication, chatting
* Music downloading and enjoying
* Flash movies and games
* Picture and image sharing
* Languages learning
* Personal diary

    * Office Assistant:
* AbiWord, XipTable and PDF Viewer
* E-mail management
* Daily work plan and management
* E-book reader

    * I/O ports:
* Three (3) USB ports
* RJ-45 Ethernet port
* Headphone in
* Microphone in

    * Dimensions (closed):
* 1.1 x 8.25 x 5.6-inches


Ok, first up, here are some shots of the desktop, with the two different included themes:
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here’s a closer look at the main desktop screen or the one titled Internet:

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and here are the other separate desktops, Work, Play, Settings and Others so you can get an idea of what comes pre-installed on the Alpha 400:

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Here’s a rather long video, I think I kinda went overboard with it running at a little over 11 minutes, but it gives a full tour of the Alpha 400 along with thoughts and impressions of it:


More observations.. I haven’t figured out how to get into the BIOS yet, and I’m not sure if there even is one.

As I mentioned in the video I did try to take it apart, this is something I would not recommend anyone else trying, from the glimpse I got it seems to be basically one big PCB board inside with no way to really tinker with anything in there without good knowledge of things like this.

also mentioned in the video was the wireless problem, I could only assume that it had something to do with my router as it works perfectly fine now, I’ve not run into the problem since.

It would be nice if you could password protect it like you could a regular notebook, and also it would also be nice if, when you close the lid, it would power off or go into stand by mode.

As for battery life I did get close to the rated run times, it was a little short for me, by about 15 minutes, but that’s not too bad.

Using it is very easy, even if it is Linux, it does resemble the Windows interface so most people should be able to pick it up and learn to use it very quickly and easily.

It would be nice to be able to add programs to it, but I’ve not found a way to do it just yet, as it is though there’s not much more you really need for a basic computer experience, so it’s fine the way it is, at least for me, program wise, but I’m sure other people would like to be able to add their own favorite programs to it.

The total lack of flash in the browser is a let down, many sites today have some sort of flash incorporated into them and many others are entirely flash based so there’s no way to visit sites that are entirely flash.

Overall the colors of the screen are ok, they seem a bit washed out, like greens, reds and blues could be a bit brighter and/or darker, but overall it’s not too bad for browsing the web and doing everything else with the Alpha 400.

Boot up time does take a bit as you can see from the video, and loading a program seems to take a bit as well, but there isn’t much ram in there, so it’s sort of to be expected. Once programs are loaded though they seem to work fine.

Videos are good if you resize them down to fit the Alpha 400, if you try and run larger resolution videos it does lag a bit and skip video and audio.

It’s lightweight and small, making it very portable and since it’s all one piece with no moving parts you can just toss it in a bag and go.

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As I mentioned in the intro a lot of people trash talked this product when it was first announced and they didn’t even see it, for what it is, it’s not a bad little product, it’s not meant to be some super computer and if you read the specs you can see that, it’s meant to just be a very basic internet device really.

Many products I get for review have been reviewed before and it’s hard to not notice these other reviews, I try to be objective and not be influenced by these other reviews or opinions. With this product, and every product, that’s what I do, I am objective and take it for what it is, I wasn’t expecting any more or less than what the specs stated.

That being said, the Alpha 400 is not a bad little gadget, though it might be a little overpriced for what it is and does, but the price is coming down, I think it should sell at around $125 honestly, or maybe a little lower, then it might be more accepted.

The Alpha 400 is what it is, it’s an inexpensive ultralite notebook, or mini-netbook and it works for basic things just fine.

I ran into no real problems with it except for the wireless connection but that seemed to be something with my router I think.

Lightweight and small making it very portable
Seems well made
Fun to browse and play with
Easy to use

Not very powerful
No flash website browsing
802.11B networking no G version
Can’t install programs to it


  52 comments for “Alpha 400 MIPS 400MHz 128MB 1GB 7″ Linux Ultralite Notebook

  1. Joel Zerpa
    January 1, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    More RAM and Storage space…a Linux distro more advanced and will be THE Netbook

  2. kristofer
    January 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Storage space is easily fixed by sticking USB stick or memory card into it, but yes I agree it does need more ram and an OS that we can actually install programs to

  3. ubersoldat
    January 1, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    The thing about installing software on it is because the architecture. But if you can compile gcc, make and else, you can install anything you want on it. Thought, I couldn’t find any information on the website.

  4. Debianista
    January 1, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    A great chance to participate in this development:

    PS R.I.P Thiemo Seufer

  5. Mema
    January 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Thank you for the video on this, it helped me decide if I should buy it or not. The review was very helpful.

  6. kristofer
    January 2, 2009 at 3:14 am

    So Mema did you buy one? and I’m responding with the Alpha 400 right now…

  7. RON
    January 2, 2009 at 5:03 am

    if some programs were loaded on a usb device like portable hard drive or USB flash drive…would they run from there
    can you download to the flash drive or usb connected devive ?

  8. Carolyn
    January 3, 2009 at 4:12 am

    Thanks so much for this review – I bought one `12/31/08 and I’m waiting to receive it. Your video gave me confidence that I did the right thing for checking the weather, blogs, and email. gave it an editor’s choice rating – good. 🙂

  9. doug
    January 6, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Reminds me of the old Brother Geobook, pretty neat until it’s a few years old and the web browser is no longer useful.

  10. Les Nessman
    January 6, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Other than mispronouncing WiFi and Ethernet, good job. Nice overview. At least enough to know, I don’t need one. 🙂

  11. will
    January 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Will Skype Work on there?

  12. Fabian
    January 8, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I order one to arrive on the 9th hope my 7 year old boy is not to disappointed

  13. Woodsman
    January 9, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Just got mine! It’s time to play, There is a version of Windows XP that loads on a USB flash drive, I do hope I can get it to work!

  14. Leonard Lucero
    January 10, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    My ALPHA -400 did not come with instruction manual, I don’t know how to work it or what it is for, or where i can get a manual for it ,please help me!!
    leonard lucero

  15. dkfuel
    January 14, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Thank you for your video review. I had read so many horrible things about this unit from people who have never touched it and thought I would never even consider it. But your review shows me that the unit is not that bad after all. I wish you would have played an audio file on it so I could hear the quality of the speakers, but that’s ok. The only problem I can see with the unit is indeed the price. I think $125 would be a fair price, considering what it is. Best Buy now sells the EeePC 900A in-store for $199.99, and it includes a 1.6 Atom Processor, 1 Gig of Memory, and a 4 Gig SSD Hard drive. That kind of price makes it very difficult to consider this unit at it’s current selling price at

    One thing I find interesting about the unit is the chassis that is used seems to be identical to other netbooks starting to appear from China, Taiwan, and Thailand. There is one from that has some kind of ” PDX-600 / Vortex86 0.8~1.0GHz” processor that will run Windows XP. The model is T70DJ10. I don’t work for them so as opposed to providing a link I’ll let the curious search for it on the net. But there target price seems to be $199.99 USD. It should be interesting what kind of effect that will have on the netbook market (if any).

    One thing you said near the beginning of the review is that you downloaded the available update for the machine. I wonder who out there is actually supporting the unit and making the updates available on the net? Do you have any idea what the update did?

    Finally, on the “Video” icon that brought you to the window with in it, I think that was a search box for youtube. If you type something into the search box to the right of where it says “” it might bring up search results that allow you to then play videos. That’s just a guess — I don’t own the unit (yet).

    Here’s hoping the price comes down…I’m looking forward to possibly getting one! It’s definitely not as bad as I originally had thought it would be. In fact, I’d say it’s pretty good. 🙂

  16. Tom Downing
    January 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    This is the manufacturers website and product info:

    Hopes this helps those who are looking for the manufacturer.

  17. Dave Hawkes UK
    January 15, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Got mine but it’s supplied by Maplin and is called a Cnmbook with 2gb flash. I use memory sticks with my current work projects all on xp and works a treat. (Saves carrying my normal laptop to meetings) WiFi workes a treat with no connection issues and allowing for the screen size does the job. As stated elswhere 400hz is not all powerful, but I brought this knowing that and am not disappointed with the performance. It’s size is certainly one reason I brought it, and with a full keyboard and all the normal functions get on fine even with my large fingers. I tried setting up the printer which is a Brother, but the drop down screen does not include this manufacturer (Still working on it) There are some downloads out there to update the system to V70 via an SD card, and to allow the unit to run on an external hard drive (yet to use) I have used a 16gb memory stick on the unit with no problems. All in all very pleased with it. Uk cost was £139.

    January 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    i purchase it but like your sad it no bios ??
    and it’s l idle bit slow when i purchase t my it came scratch so i return t it and got another i got a cd but no cd drive ?? i uninstall Linux and installed windows 95
    with upgradet the SSD to over 10gig
    you can upgrade the processor 2
    you can upgrade the SSD
    since 2008 got so much know..
    aim running windows 95 on it 277 md
    will try windows 98 it’s nice 410mb installation
    windows xp pro 1.2GBd
    win xp win 98 win 95 will run with 166MHZ processor and 8mb to 64 mbd win xp

  19. saracen
    January 20, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    I want to use this in a security patrol car, but need some sort of database function and need to use iit with mobile internet in a box, any ideas on what else will run with it and can it run off of an external power source

  20. Bill
    January 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for an honest review. Like you and others, I really get frustrated to see people bash things which they’ve never even given more than 3 seconds of attention to, let alone touched. Anyways, I got one of these as a belated Christmas present, and am fairly happy with it. I did notice the lack of Flash, and am a little disappointed in that; and like you, I could not get the “youtube player” to work either.

  21. hiddenmessagges
    January 27, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Mevludin how do you install windows what is the name of the device i need to purchase to do that?

  22. Karl
    February 1, 2009 at 6:31 am

    Great little machine. Does what I need it to. My only bitch would be it comes with
    mini disk operators manual, but there is no disk drive on unit.
    Learning Linux OS has been great fun.
    Not sorry at all that I bought this little gem.

  23. Kenneth
    February 4, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I see in one of the screen shots that one of the icons has “Network Dial-Up”. Does this machine have a modem built-in for dial-up ?

  24. Cbo
    February 27, 2009 at 5:36 am

    As a Zaurus user in a previous life, I can honestly say that one does not use MIP for processor performance. It’s main advantage is in Battery life (.2 watts!)
    I think Geode is the only other comparable model in this spectrum, last I checked OLPC was the only major Netbook/PDA/School PC using this, so to compare the Alpha 400 to Atom based netbooks,etc is missing the point; I want a notebook that can be charged/poweredby a hat mounted solar panel. 🙂

  25. CORTEZ
    March 12, 2009 at 6:10 am


  26. Datenwanderer
    March 31, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    You can indeed install additional software (like a root terminal) on it, even alternative distributions are available, check out
    You might be able to use swfdec or gnash to get flash (if you compile a mips version), those are OpenSource alternatives to Adobe flash, they’re not perfect, but youtube works.
    There is indeed a Vortex86 Version of this device, it uses a DM&P Vortex86DX (It’s actually sold as PDX-600 as the ‘real’ Vortex86DX has some industrial extensions like servo controls or additional serial ports) 1GHz SoC CPU – yes, this one is a i486DX clone on steroids. It comes with 8GB of Flash, 512MB of Ram (cause it comes with Windows XP) and a Volari Z9s 2D only GPU. I wouldn’t use Windows on this, but as it comes with more ram and disk space (512MB *really* makes a difference), faster CPU, legacy x86 compatibility makes things more convenient, too (like, you won’t find a BIOS in the MIPS Version, that’s a IBM PC thing).
    I’m just angry about the fact, that I just missed the ONLY two Vortex versions of this device on ebay, as the ‘confirm bid’ site took too long to load, someone sold 2 devices and I could have them for 210€ ARRG!
    Sure, I could as well buy the MIPS version and install Debian on it, but everyone could have this version of the device – that’s not cool ;-P (So, srsly, the x86 version is – if it’s sold at around that price a good bargain considering the ram and the probably PII level CPU (or has someone overclocked their old 486 up to 1GHz and can tell how it bahaves 😉 ) – and the much broader range of software to choose from, there are only a few MIPS distributions and most proprietary software as Adobe Flash is not available for MIPS :-/)
    So maybe in a week or so the guy swooping those two Vortex boxes (I really like the name Vortex86 ;-P) will sell the second one – than I’ll get it muwhaha.

  27. someone
    April 1, 2009 at 12:35 am

    You can install additional software on it, even alternative distributions are avaliable. Check out
    With swfdec or gnash, it should be possible to get Flash running, well, at least youtube is reported to work.
    There is indeed another version of the device, this comes with a Vortex86DX (aka PDX-600), that’s a i486 compatible SoC clocked at 1GHz – yes, basically a i486DX on steroids. The interesting thing about this is that it comes with 512MB of ram and 8GB of flash (well, it’s sold with Windows XP, which probably needs this) and a Volary Z9s 2D GPU.
    But it would make a good Linux box, too, as it’s much more convenient to get software for it (Flash, to just name an example).
    And for anyone who asks: The tested version uses an Ingenic Jz4730 MIPS II compatible CPU (@336MHz, cpuinfo, dmesg and even the data sheet of the CPU are very clear about those 336MHz, I have no Idea why everyone thinks it had 400MHz), there is no BIOS (that’s an IBM PC thing) and no, you can’t install Windows. (Well, there was a MIPS Version of Windows NT 3.51, but I don’t think that any driver from then would work – why would you want to use windows anyway? Do you have Windows binaries for MIPS? I’d doubt that – but I don’t get why everyone installs Windows on ‘normal’ Netbooks either, there is nothing Windows can do better than Linux in this point). As mentioned, there are some other distributions for the device, Debian should work, too (which gives you tons of available software), just see and for further details)

  28. someone again
    April 13, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    The Vortex86 is not only a 486 on steroids, the name might be similar to a 486SX/DX, but the SX/DX is only used to indicate weather a FPU exists or not. The CPU has a 6 staged pipeline design and MMX, so it could be rather compared to a Pentium MMX/Pro @1GHz – still, that’d be a very sloppy comparison, but unfortunately I couldn’t get hands on it yet and so no benchmarks here 🙁

  29. DK JAB
    April 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I bought one of the RDC/DMP SOC x86 1Ghz netbooks on EBay. I returned it today as it was actually the Marvel 400MHz MIPS device (blatantly missold) with the crappy Impulse OS (XP lookalike), so be careful. The real x86 versions are as rare as chickens teeth. I really want one to play around with. I might even try to get one drop-shipped from China.

  30. Anonymous Coward
    April 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    The Vortex86 and its successors are actually based on the SiS55x series, in turn based on the Rise mP6.

    if you are planning to drop-ship one btw, put up a mass order list..

  31. DKJAB
    April 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    There is also the option of the upcoming Gecko Edubook by the guys at Norhtec/Xcore86. Their SOC is the new 1GHz VortexMX with VGA onchip marketed as the Xcore86 Motherboard-On-Chip. The netbook looks like a customisers/hackers dream with off-the-shelf components, Bootable SD or 2.5HDD storage, 8.9″ display, AA NIMH batteries, internal USB sockets etc. In the video they claim under 200USD or less RRP when it becomes available to buy in July, but I have a mail from Norhtec saying interest is so high that it may go below 150USD per unit.

    Check out the video at:

    For the RDC x86 based SOCs, they are only shipping 800MHz units at present (Q3 for 1GHz), so buyer beware when ordering 1GHz units from China – they are either pre-production sample CPUs or are unlikely to be 1GHz. If I have any luck getting either of these, and its reasonable build/performance/value I will be getting more, so I will post the details. If anyone else finds one, please do a few benchmarks and post.

  32. Anonymous Coward
    May 1, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I’ve actually spotted the Gecko Edubook like you did. I’m interested in getting my hands on one, but if you do get one before I do, do post the benchmarks.

    Inspection of a picture of the Xcore86 module at [1] reveals that there is an XGI Volaris graphics chip on-board, top-left of picture. Since the VortexMX is slated to have on-chip graphics and hence will not need the Volaris, I’m led to believe that the CPU in the module is actually the VortexDX, which, discounting the missing graphics, would have been similar in spec to the MX anyway. Still, I’m pretty sure that Norhtec intends to use MX on the module when DMP releases it in Q4.


  33. Zum1
    May 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I’m considering building a device around Xcore86 and need some help with a dev. kit and ordering chips. Maybe I’ve been looking in all the wrong places but I can even get enough info on the recent Vortex86DX SoC. Any suggestions?

  34. DKJAB
    May 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I have had a few emails with Norhtec, and I believe it will be the MX as its all supposed to be on one chip. It most likely will be a Z9S, but embedded in the chip, which makes sense as it will not need any special drivers or the like, and as such will retain its dedicated 32MB RAM too hopefully. DM&P have the MX slated for Q2 delivery and that gels with the June delivery times quoted for the Edubook. I feel certain that the performance wont set the world on fire, but the concept is just too interesting to ignore.

    On another note, the 800Mhz RDC x86 SOC laptops are starting to appear on chinese auction sites (taobao) but as I cant read/write Mandarin or Cantonese I am pretty much out of luck. No sign of the 1GHz units yet though. RDC list the chip on their site as the IAD 100BC, and some basic specs are there, and look similar to the VortexDX but not quite the same (different cache sizes etc.).

    However, Belco ( are selling their 450R laptop which has the 800MHz RDC processor for 209USD. I will probably wait for the Edubook though as its more modular, 1GHz and will be under 200USD ….

  35. Anonymous Coward
    May 5, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Agreed with the embedded Z9S; they’re all based on former SiS tech. I’ll have a look at the Chinese auctions; usually if they’re on there availability on eBay shouldn’t be too far off.

  36. DKJAB
    May 12, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Just an update about the Edubook:

    Norhtec say the laptop will ship in July 2009 for 195 USD. This will be 512MB, 1GHz, WiFi, NiMh Batteries, 8GB SD, Ubuntu OS. A “barebones” version with no WiFi, no OS, no SD, no Batteries will ship for 150USD. Shipping is about 75USD to most parts of the world. These are single unit prices.

    Personally, I would go for the “Barebones” option as I would like to source my own SD, WiFi and batteries. OS isnt a problem either, as I intend to try many …. 🙂

    I presume the unit will have a VortexMX chip, not the DX/Z9S combo on the preproduction device, but either way it doesnt matter to me.

    I am still looking for the Alpha400-sized RDC or VortexDX x86 CPU powered unit too. If anyone finds a source, please let me know.

    June 13, 2009 at 2:05 am


  38. Arthur Buse
    July 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Edgardo: The Alpha 400 does not have Windows.

  39. Gilles
    September 1, 2009 at 10:54 am

    How change the opereting system in windows xp?

  40. Quantumleap
    September 14, 2009 at 6:48 am

    i found this site which has ALL software available for this little linux laptop and a user forum.

    U can’t change the OS to Windows XP, but you can change it to the powerful 3MX OS. Also, there’s a lot of software available for the original OS, just check it out on

  41. DKJAB
    January 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I managed to get hold of an 1GHz Xcore86 powererd Edubook with 512MB RAM for 110 GBP.
    This is quite a nice machine – if you recognise what it is for.
    3rd world education is the destination for this machine, and running Puppy Linux it runs VERY well indeed. I have run XP on it and it does work, very usable in fact for basic surfing, mail and word processing. It is OK for playing MP3s and streaming webradio. It is no good for video. The video playback performance is a slideshow, and to be honest, I knew it would be.
    The build quality is very good, and the screen is awesome (1024×600 8.9″ LED backlit). The keyboard is identical to the EEE 701/900 series, and the trackpad is, well a trackpad. Mine was a pre-production model with a fan that sounds like a Harrier jumpjet taking off (the production model does not have one as it has a different baseplate), so I modified mine by adding copper plate and heatsinks inside, removing the fan and now its silent and cool.

  42. Kevin
    March 5, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Try installing Windows 2000 on it, it should run well (if it has a BIOS)
    I could get a new Eeepc 701 4GB version here in Taiwan for around the same price.
    I think that should be better, with Wireless G, 900MHZ Intel and 512MB of DDR2 ram.

  43. April 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I’ve had mine what, a year? It’s always had this weird thing of only finding the wifi HARDWARE once in a while, and it’s getting now to where it can’t find it at all, but mine lives in a backpack that gets lots of bumps. Maybe an external wifi dealie will prolong the use of mine.

    Several hours on the thing gives me a headache, particularly if I’m playing the tile-removal game a lot.

    The factory Linux distro sucks. All the bletchery of e.g. Mozilla, but with the GUI dysfunctionalized so you can only have one window doing anything at a time. Somebody DID figure out how to get around the stock stuff though. I didn’t install a whole new distro, but I do have Xterm, 5 vts and so on. The ABIword thing completely doesn’t work.

    All the shell stuff like ed, wc, telnet and so on is busybox crap, which isn’t surprising since you need to install Xterm or vts for that to even be a problem. There’s just enough real unix to install the GUI stuff. I happen to know how to use the stuff that made unix great, however, and had to go fetch a real grep and so on from Debian. Debian packages of the right era MIPS version all work.

    Batteries seem to fade even when not in use.

    I’ve gotten some stuff done on the thing that was very important to me. It’s been well, well worth $170.

    My perfect machine would be a low-power all-flash dealie but with a bigger screen and a no-BS Linux like Slackware.

    Mine’s v-77 I think. They probably fixed ABiword since then.

  44. April 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I’ve got one, and you can install programs on to it. It’s that thing called ‘Software Installer’ on the fifth page! And to clear things up for people, you can install windows, but only CE version with a .rec or .img install file. And CE is no good to anyone. Not unless you live on windows media player 5. Also, you can get VNC viewer for it, so you can just use it to connect to another computer if you want. And software sites include:,

  45. Ricardo Monroy
    May 3, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Nice for Puppy or DSL Linux.

  46. September 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    How to install via USB? PLS

  47. October 28, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Thats pretty good for a netbook that small.

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