Some people dismiss the importance of a Netbook but I think there is a lot of scope for it with respect to price and lack of computer penetration in certain markets. Dell had joined the notebook brigade for cornering the student market and Nokia came up with a netbook except they prefer to call it 3G Booklet.
The two netbooks from India, I really liked in terms of price and decent configuration were Wipro’s Ego Netbook and iBall Lil Netbook. Both are 10’inch screen netbooks which are the cheapest I have come across upto now.
Here is a table of comparison of both the products. The main criteria being they are one of the cheapest Netbooks around in India.
|iBall Lilbook 1017 10 Inch Netbook
||Wipro’s Ego 10 Inch Netbook|
|Processor||Intel Atom (1.60GHz, 533MHz, 512KB)||Intel Atom Processor 1.6 GHz|
|OS||Windows XP, Vista & 7 (32 bit)||Windows XP Home|
|Web Cam||1.3MP web camera||1.3 MP web camera|
|Screen||10.1 Inch WSVGA 1024 x 600 LCD screen||10.1 Inch TFT screen|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB|
|HDD||160 GB||160 GB|
|Misc||3 in 1 card reader||8 in 1 card reader with 3 usb ports|
|Price*||INR 14,559 (approx 320 USD)||INR 19,990 (440 USD)|
- Prices are taken on 10th March 2010
I think the cheapest tag can easily go to iBall Lilbook 10 inch Netbook which is almost Rs 5000/- less than the price of Wipro’s Ego 10 inch netbook. But Ego does have 3 USB ports and also an 8 in 1 card reader compared to just a 3-1 card reader with the iBall product.
If you know more details or have an opinion on Netbooks and their significance or future in India? Do drop in your comments.