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LAPTOP Magazine interviewed Paul Kim, Directory of Marketing at Everex, and has a little more information on the upcoming CloudBook as well as a forecast for future products in the line. Note: I’ve reached out directly to Paul regarding the CloudBook delays, but he has not […]

Everex_cloudbook_ce1200vLAPTOP Magazine interviewed Paul Kim, Directory of Marketing at Everex, and has a little more information on the upcoming CloudBook as well as a forecast for future products in the line. Note: I’ve reached out directly to Paul regarding the CloudBook delays, but he has not responded yet.Some interesting tidbits from the interview show that Everex has set a minimum expectation of “equal success” against the Asus Eee PC based on specifications. Touchscreen CloudBooks should appear for consumers in the third quarter of 2008, but I can’t see that being a big sales driver for the mainstream target audience for two reasons: one, a touchscreen in a notebook form-factor serves minimal practical usage unless the screen rotates around and down; two, it’s yet unknown how the gOS will take advantage of touch. Then again, it’s based on Ubuntu 7 and we’ve seen a few positive touch and ink situations there.It’s clear that Everex is considering more for the CloudBook line than the inexpensive, portable vision they’re starting with based on talk of 22-inch displays. I think they’ll have to change the name on that one. How about the AnvilBook? ;) Before I forget, the LAPTOP piece states a February 15th availability date for the device at WalMart, so we’re apparently back to a launch next week.

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  1. “touchscreen in a notebook form-factor serves minimal practical usage unless the screen rotates around and down”

    for inkers maybe but how many people ink? 0.000000000001% ?

    touchscreen in small notebook form-factor makes it more mobile and faster/easier to use.

  2. jkk, I wasn’t speaking from an ink perspective at all. When I first heard that Asus was thinking about a touchscreen on the Eee PC, I spent several hours using a touchscreen, convertible tablet PC in its standard notebook mode, i.e.: screen facing me, with the keyboard exposed. My experience was exactly what I wrote above: minimal benefit. Granted, the Eee / CloudBook devices are smaller than the device I tested the experience with. Also note that I didn’t say it provides no benefit. ;)

    How exactly does it make the device “more mobile”? Is your Eee PC more mobile than mine because it has a touchscreen? That’s just plain silly. One could also argue that a touchpad is “easier to use” than a mouse and if it is for that person, so be it. If the touchscreen you added to your Eee makes it easier for you to use, then that’s great! That doesn’t mean it will for everyone. It has to add value for consumers to embrace it; it can’t just be yet another input method just because it can be… my opinion of course… certainly debatable.

    Let me pose a different question: have you *completely* abandoned the Asus Eee trackpad because you have a touchscreen on it?

  3. I’m surprised that more people haven’t tried the XO system. I mean using a large trackpad that can accept input from a stylus. This emulates the experience one gets from using a little tablet like the wacom bamboo.

    Apple seems to be going in that direction with the larger trackpad in the Air but I don’t think they have any intention of integrating a stylus.

  4. I’m guessing that Kim meant Everex was considering an all-in-one PC with a 22 inch monitor similar to Asus’s upcoming E-DT iMac competitor. Because seriously, I can hardly imagine a 22 inch laptop at all, let alone a low-cost one.

  5. hp has a touchscreen desktop, Kevin. Have you heard of it? *snark*

    I agree that the screen must rotate and flip over so it’s a tablet. That doesn’t mean inking. It could just make it easier to hold when doing a bout of net *reading*. You can always keep the tabs open for replying via keyboard later.

    Hmmm… you did not comment on his brag about battery life!

    http://mikecane2008.wordpress.com/2008/02/07/some-cloudbook-news-too-big-screens/

  6. I didn’t comment on the battery life claim because I’ve already said that I’m leery of it. Other devices using the same Nanobook reference design are topping out at 3.5 hours in a best case scenario. Seems like everyone is saying their devices run for 5 hours these days. ;)

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