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Re: Sub-Netbook Version

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:36 am
by JakeGrey
Some of you might have seen a variety of tiny "sub-netbook" devices out there under a variety of cases and brand names, all of them with nearly identical hardware (something MIPS-based I think) and running either some sort of Linux distro or more commonly a truly awful implementation of Windows CE. (A detailed description can be found at: http://www.hpcfactor.com/revie.....n-netbook/) Despite the poor performance, mediocre operating system and frankly rather shoddy build quality, they seem to be selling pretty well.

I've owned one of these (and it was easily the worst £99.99 I've ever spent in my life), and the cases could accomodate an R-Pi with room to spare. Onboard wi-fi, a battery and a soft power button wouldn't increase the size or price to an unacceptable level, and there might even still be room for a second SD card reader in the case as an optional extra. The result would be a handheld PC with all the capabilities of a full-sized machine, HDMI output and a greater variety of OS options. Anyone else think it's worth looking into?

Re: Sub-Netbook Version

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:57 am
by kebno
It think that is definitely worth looking into; small but not phone small.

I've been thinking a lot lately about something similar.

Imagine a notebook computer with a large screen, no motherboard nor CD drive nor hard drive.  Instead, a R-Pi does everything, and the only other hardware is for the display and power management.

I've looked all over the web for a portable lcd, like a notebook screen, but the only one I could find was more of a regular desktop lcd screen that ran off of USB.

I could see a big manufacturer making notebook computer systems where anyone can drop in their favorite R-Pi or other similar machine.  It would be the ultimate in low-cost portable computer.  I would definitely buy one because most of what I do on a computer everyday can be done in a low resource Linux environment.  I don't need a large, heavy, over-powerful notebook computer.

Re: Sub-Netbook Version

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 9:24 pm
by JakeGrey
kebno said:

  I've looked all over the web for a portable lcd, like a notebook screen, but the only one I could find was more of a regular desktop lcd screen that ran off of USB.  
You might try looking for LCDs designed for in-car computers. You'd probably have to improvise a stand of some kind -I'm thinking of mounting one inside the lid of an old briefcase- but most of them will run quite happily off a 12-volt supply. Or similarly-sized LCD television sets, maybe; the R-Pi should be able to output to most of them, and they'll be dirt-cheap on eBay once the digital switchover is complete.