Asus is to take on the $199 OLPC XO laptop with a $200 Small, Cheap Computer for the developing world. The company’s keeping mum about the details of the machine, saying only that it’ll debut in Q1 2009 for $200 (£134/€159).
In releated news, Netbooks dominated the Computers & PC hardware bestsellers list on Amazon.com on Cyber Monday in the U.S., the biggest online shopping day of the year.
The mini-laptops, with 7-inch to 10-inch screens, are popular because they’re about half the size of a normal laptop and much lighter, usually less than 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lbs). They also cost less, but allow people to surf the Internet wirelessly and work on full, if downsized, keyboards.