Really Cheap Netbooks under $100
Cheap Netbooks Under $100
Cheapest Netbooks under $100 on the Market
If you are looking for cheap netbooks under $100 then you need to choose either the Menq or the Cherrypal, both of which are cheap netbooks under $100. Netbooks can cost anywhere up to $700,which seems a lot to me for a netbook, so a netbook for under $100 is not too bad - it's even cheaper than an ebook reader !
[UPDATE : Early 2011 it ssems that the Menq netbook mentioned below is difficult to find and the Cherrypal has changed from being a cheap netbook to being a cheap mini-laptop called the Cherrypal Asia with the following specifications - high resolution 7-inch screen, high-quality, low-energy consumption, very low price ($99 or less), 533MHz (ARM9) processor, 256 MB DDR / 2 GB NAND-flash and runs Android 1.7.2. LAN:10/100M Ethernet Access WIFI: IEEE 802.11 b/g Ethernet RJ-45 Keyboard: QWERTY 86 keys, mouse and touch pad, 3xUSB 2.0, external memory : SD card , MMC card slot (8GB), Battery: 7.4 V 2100Mha, battery: 4 hours, built-in speaker and microphone, weight: less than 2 pounds, size: 213.5 x 141.8 x 30.8 mm. So if you are looking to buy a cheap netbook for under $100 then it appears that the Cherypal Asia is the one you need to buy.] As I can't delete this hub I have left it as it is for historical info. !
The two cheap netbooks in question are the Menq EasyPC E790 at $80 and the new netbook on the block the Cherrypal Africa at $99. The Cherrypal netbook has a very small screen which is just 7", but this is the same as the Menq. It also has a 40 MHz processor with 256 GB RAM and 2GB flash memory. Its lithium battery gives four hours of use. The operating system can be either Windows CE or Linux. Cherrypal are also marketing their netbook as being environmentally friendly, saying that it consumes the least possible amount of power and that it uses less parts than its competitors. In addition to this the company powers its website from wind power !
The Menq EasyPC E790 Netbook is Cheap !
Menq and Cherrypal Cheap Netbooks
The Menq E790 is more attractive if you are purely looking for the cheapest netbook on the market. At $80 really you are not risking much. It also has a 7-inch screen with a 800 x 480 display. The processor is a Samsung ARM926EJ-S3C2450. At the moment the Menq E790 runs under Windows CE, but Menq plans on releasin an Android firmware update.
The ARM9 processor is not particularly fast, but that might change when Android becomes available.
Neither of these would qualify as being one of the best netbooks around but one advantage that the Cherrypal has over the Menq is that it has twice as much RAM. The Cherrypal has 256MB and the Menq has just 126MB.
It is expected that the Menq will be appearing in Wal-Mart stores sometime soon.
Menq EasyPC E790 Netbook Video
Menq EasyPC E790 Specifications
Processor -- Samsung 400MHz to 533MHz S3C2450 processor
Memory -- 128MB
Flash -- 2GB
Flash expansion -- SD card slot for up to 32GB
Networking -- 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45)
WiFi -- 802.11b/g
Display -- 7-inch 800 x 480 TFT, 65,536 colors
USB -- 3 x USB ports
Audio -- Speaker; 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Battery -- 4,000mAh battery
Dimensions -- 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
Weight -- 1.8 lbs
So if you are on a tight budget or if you just don't like wasting your money on over-specified netbooks and you are looking for something lightweight that you can carry about without too much trouble and check your e-mails and facebook and twitter accounts etc.. then either the Cherrypal Africa or the Menq EasyPC E790 are worth taking a closer look at.
Other netbooks you might like to consider that are not under $100 are :-
A nice fast and expensive netbook - Acer Ferrari Netbook