News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote
the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.Forget about it.
But more cheap laptops are coming, Datamation assures us . At least three factors are making the $300 laptop a real possibility:
The growing popularity of web apps and free and open source software
Public pressure in the wake of the XO
The ASUS EEE, pictured here, is expected later this year at a base price rumored to be $199. The EEE will run on Linux, a customized version of business-friendly Xandros, to be specific.
If you can't wait that long, check out the $399 (after rebate) ThinkCentre A61E Ultrasmall Form Factor desktop from Lenovo. Enterprise IT Planet gives the low-cost, power-sipping PC a "big thumbs-up for its efficiency, clever engineering, and environmentally friendly approach."