The Archos 10 netbook will go on sale at 1,000 Blockbuster stores around the US, as an attempt to promote the rental company’s on-the-go media offerings. Each of the netbooks - which have a 10-inch display, Intel Atom N270 processor and 1GB of RAM – will have “an embedded link” to Blockbuster’s site.
The exact nature of that “embedded link” is unclear, but it seems it could be as basic as a shortcut to the Blockbuster download service. That would have to be used with either a wired ethernet or WiFi b/g connection, as the Archos 10 lacks integrated 3G.
It’s hard to see this as anything other than a marketing stunt; we’d be far more impressed if Blockbuster had picked up one of Archos’ 3G-enabled PMPs and delivered mobile video rental content over a cellular network. A similar media system was offered using Archos hardware in France, with carrier SFR. Still, if you’re looking for a basic, run-of-the-mill netbook and you’re near a participating Blockbuster, it will cost you $299.99.
[via UMPC Portal]