The Everex CloudBook that has constantly been pushed back is now up on Wal-Mart’s site for the $400 price, you can get it delivered to your house, or site to store, but there is no option to find it in store. In fact, if you read the bottom of my screen shot, it clearly says “Not available in stores”.
Today I got to meet with some people from Everex. They showed me their two newest products: the Everex Cloudbook and the Everex Gbook.
The Cloudbook - initially known as the CE260 when first announced last June - is a UMPC and it measures 9” in length and weighs only 2 pounds. It has a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M, ultra low voltage, CPU and it has 5 hours of battery life on a 4 cell lithium-ion battery. It also features 30GB of internal storage, DVI-I, 4in1 card reader and 1.3MP Webcam, and is based on VIA's own NanoBook UMPC reference design (another version of which Packard Bell currently sell in the UK). The Cloudbook will be available January 25th at Wal-Mart and will retail for $399.
Hot on the heels of Raon Digital's apparent demise comes word that Everex US have shut their doors. Best known for the Cloudbook, a rebadge of VIA's original Nanobook reference design that met with middling reviews and relative consumer apathy, the company had most recently revealed plans for a WiMAX version and a touchscreen model.
Everex are planning to take on the ASUS Eee PC 1000-series with a new 10.2-inch budget ultraportable notebook, according to sources at the company's manufacturing partner FIC. The leak suggests that the devices will include 3G WWAN connectivity with WiMAX an option; a decision on processor has obviously not been made, as both Intel's Atom or a rival from VIA's stable have been mentioned. It will be joined by new 8.9-inch ultraportables, adding WiMAX to the Cloudbook range.
So Henry Kingman got his hands on both an Everex CloudBook and a Zonbu Zonbook and pitted them against each other. First, let’s give a quick run down of their similarities, they are both made by Everex, they both run Linux, and they both run it on Via C7-M processors, that’s pretty much where it ends.
So after several delays, the CloudBook was supposed to go on sale last Friday, those waiting at Wal-Mart were quickly disappointed when they never showed up, although the press review units apparently arrived on time. Then Everex says they’ll have them here by this Thursday (tomorrow), well, now that has apparently fallen through as well.
Have you finally gotten your hands on the elusive Everex CloudBook yet? After a couple of delays, some people were worried it might never come. However, it's in the wild and working hard to dethrone the Eee PC as the champion of tiny notebooks. If you've gotten one for yourself and want to spruce it up a bit, here's the perfect way to do it.