Elonex ONE is coming! Is Elonex ready?
The Elonex ONE (shown left) is the UK’s first sub £100 laptop. It’s a competitor to ultra portable cheap laptops such as the Asus Eee PC which comes in at around 2-3 times the cost.
Back in February we reserved ours for £10. Only very recently have we heard anything from the people at Elonex and this came in the form of “Sdfsdf”. An email was sent off accidentally to many of those who reserved. One day later we received the following email:
“You may have received an email earlier this week that simply said sdfsdf.
This was an internal test email that was sent to a number of customers in error.
You will receive an update email in the next two weeks with details on delivery dates.
If you have cancelled or have an incomplete order you would also have received this mail but your order will remain cancelled and unaffected.”
Pictured below is the Elonex ONE. The main components are stored in the screen and the keyboard is detachable, allowing you to use the mouse behind the screen to navigate and attach the keyboard when required. The laptop is aimed at young children, but that doesn’t stop us from giving it a go.
We realise that these sort of mistakes happen (the accidental email), but the picture emerging is that Elonex may not be ready for the demand in which they are building. One disappointment is the lack of news, a quick looks at their news section shows just two notices three months between. The most recent news states that they will be beginning to deal with reservations. We haven’t heard anything yet, we just hope the product is up to standard.
On another note, we have been playing with our Asus Eee PC 900 for a while now and have been somewhat frustrated with the way in which the operating system has been set up. The XP operating system is held on the smaller of the two solid state storage devices. As soon as we enabled hibernate this meant that the C drive was struggling for space. We decided to back down and use shut-down and standby. Stupidly we installed XP SP3 which then filled up the C drive. The laptop is now almost unusable, we have been forced to invest in an external DVD drive in order to re-install Windows. Our regret is that we didn’t purchase the Linux version. We probably won’t be doing a full review of the Eee 900. However we may do an Elonex ONE / Eee PC 701 / Eee PC 900 comparison/review in the near future (depending on when we receive the Elonex).