Jolibook netbook shipping soon for £280
You all must have been aware of the recent news surrounding the Jolicloud-branded netbook, something about which we have reported previously. And now, reportedly, the makers of the Jolicloud OS have put the ultraportable up for sale on various online retail sites in the UK. The “Jolibook”, as it is officially called, is available for £279.99 in the UK and at a price comparable to that of other netbooks available currently in the market with similar specs.
Talking of the hardware, the Jolibook has a 10-inch display with a maximum resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels and will be propelled by a 1.5GHz Intel Atom N550 dual core CPU but has an integrated graphics engine. Also under the hood are 1GB of DDR3 memory and a 250GB HDD. The dual-core CPU chip and DDR3 memory will make the instructions fast, but we seriously think it is high-time dedicated graphics come to this size more often.
Connectivity will be taken care of by the 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, Ethernet, and 3 USB 2.0 ports. You also get an 8-in-1 card reader, VGA port, mic and headphone jacks, and a VGA webcam. A 6-cell battery is what provides power back-up to the netbook and promises one good for 7 hours of usage. As was expected, the Jolibook will run the makers’ proprietary OS - the Jolicloud OS. This means that once you start using web apps or desktop apps as Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, OpenOffice.org or VLC your settings are saved online and hence you can access and manage your desktop online from any other computer. Reports suggest that the notebook has been by made the makers of Jolicloud in collaboration with VYE computers.
Measuring 10.5x 7.3 x 1 inches and weighing a little less than 3 pounds, the Jolibook seems easy to carry along and handle. Also, with the proven reliability and success of the Jolicloud OS, we might see yet another success story written. The Jolibook certainly isn’t the cheapest of the lot but comes with a good package and will hopefully compete well with other products in its category to carve a niche for itself.
By the way, why not make it a dual-boot with Windows 7?