CherryPal launches the Bing, an Atom-based notebook

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Chicago (IL) – If you’ve read my reviews or opinions in the past you know that I am not impressed by any product brought to market by CherryPal PC . The company is known for creating lower power, low cost computers, many of which (from what I have heard) have not yet made it out to the individuals who ordered them, and their products have yet to make a big impression on the tech industry as a whole. The company is now launching a mini-laptop called the CherryPal Bing laptop. How does it stack up?

The Bing utilizes the company’s custom Green Maraschino Linux OS, which (in my opinion) leaves much to be desired. The product comes equipped with Firefox, OpenOffice, Skype, and other media software. The Intel Atom-based netbook could potentially run Linux or any other operating system.

The company claims their systems are “green”, but really, the specs don’t portray it as being much more efficient than your standard atom-based netbook.

The device comes equipped with:

CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270
RAM: 1GB
Storage: 160GB HDD
Display: 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixels
Connectivity: 802.11b/g WiFi
Expansion: 3 USB ports, SD/MMC/MS card slot
Camera: 0.3MP

The company states the device can be purchased in combination with the desktop device, the CherryPal C114, for $399. Typically the C114 is priced at $250 so you’re getting a steal (if you ever get it).

The C114 is tiny, not much larger than an iPod, and utilizes a 400MHz Freescale MIPS-based processor. It’s not capable of running Windows outside of an emulation environment like Bochs; however it is compact, fanless, and runs Linux.

We’ll have to wait and see how long it takes one of these babies to land on our doorstep.

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