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Everex gBook


$399.00 Released May, 2008

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Good gOS user interface. Decent specifications. Doesn't get too hot.

The Cons:Lacks RAM. Poor video card. Poor tech support.

The Everex gBook VA1500V will be Everex's first full-sized laptop. Like their gPC and CloudBook the gBook runs gOS Linux and comes pre-loaded with open-source and free software tools, and has is marketed as an entry level budget laptop.

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Product Shot 2 It features a 1.5GHz VIA C7 -M Processor, 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 60GB SATA HDD, DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive, 15.4” WXGA+ Widescreen Display, VIA Chrome9™ HC IGP and WLAN 802.11b/g.

  • Operating System: gOS V2 Rocket
  • Processor: 1.5GHz VIA C7-M Processor
  • Display: 15.4" WVGA+ TFT Widescreen (1440 x 900 native resolution)
  • Preinstalled and Linked Software: Mozilla FireFox, gMail, Meebo, Skype, Google Documents & Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, Google News,  Google Maps, Wikipedia, Google Product Search, GIMP, Blogger, YouTube, Xine Movie Player, RhythmBox, Faqly, Facebook and OpenOffice.org 2.3 (includes WRITER, IMPRESS, MATH, DRAW)
  • Memory: 512MB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (2GB Max)
  • Hard Disk Drive: 60GB, 5400RPM SATA-150
  • Hard Disk Drive: DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive
  • Graphic: VIA UniChrome9™ HC IGP with 64MB shared memory and DirectX 9 support
  • Audio: VIA VT1708A Vinyl High Definition Audio Codec with built-in speakers
  • WLAN: 802.11b/g
  • LAN: 10/100 Ethernet
  • I/O: (1) VGA port, (3) USB 2.0 ports, (1) RJ45 Ethernet port, (1) Headphone/Line Out jack, (1) Microphone/ Line In jack
  • Battery: 3-Cell (11.1/.V, 2200mAh), rechargeable, removable Lithium-Ion
  • Warranty & Support: 1 Year Limited Warranty with 24/7 Toll-Free Technical Support
  • Dimensions: 14.06" x 10.67 x 1.02-1.54" (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • MSRP: $399
  • Release Date: not announced

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Pros
  • 6

    Good gOS user interface

  • 4

    Decent specifications

  • 2

    Doesn't get too hot

  • 1

    Great price

  • 1

    useful for surfing and checking email

  • 1

    can be switched to XP; works MUCH better

Cons
  • 4

    Lacks RAM

  • 4

    Poor video card

  • 2

    Poor tech support

  • 2

    No memory card slot

  • 2

    Tons of pre-installed software that may not be needed by the user

  • 2

    Slow startup

  • 2

    Average users may have difficulty using a non-Windows OS

  • 2

    Little online documentation on the manufacturer's site

  • 1

    Poor battery life

  • 1

    Extremely slow connecting to the Internet or downloading anything

  • 1

    not worth saving money for this

  • 1

    the gOS included system is too gimicky and a standard Linux distro such as Ubuntu, opensuse, or Debian would be better

  • 1

    Extraordinarily bad customer service.

  • 1

    A lot of reported defects; need to ship back to manufacturer.

  • 1

    no backup disk, no documentation, and no way to update the bios or video drivers

  • 1

    OS is neither intuitive nor user friendly

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wonderbird
wonderbird: #everex_gbook I did not really mind gOS but I loaded Ubuntu 8.04 on it the day I got it (and updated the xorg.conf file to force 1440x900 resolution) I love the 15.4" high resolution display. I ordered 2Gig of DDR2 PC4200/533Mhz RAM for just under $50 which should be in soon... The 667Mhz speed listed above is wrong...

I popped off most of the keys and repositioned them to take advantage of the DVORAK keyboard layout. To finally get a mass-market laptop without the Microsoft Tax that plays nice with Linux is great...

The $379 price I got it for was also a no brainer. The 1.5Ghz VIA processor runs cool and you can actually use it resting on your lap for extended periods...

Wireless configuration using both gOS and Ubuntu 8.04 was flawless... (Downloading Ubuntu 8.04 iso and burning it using the built in optical drive and then reinstalling from it was one of the first things I did...)

I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants a no-frills Linux based laptop. (Grab one before they are gone...) Jul 10, 08
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musikmann
musikmann: #everex_gbook The hardware is fine. The price is great. The OS is horrible. I love my Eee PC and linux in general. I wish they chose a more mature distro. If you don't change anything on the system, i.e. updates, it works fine and looks fine. I made the mistake of doing a system upGrade and had to reinstall the OS from the CD which uses an old version of gOS. At the end of the day, I got a great deal. It just concerns me that as a Linux evangelist an unstable distro will make this unit and Linux in general look as if it were not as functional as other OS options. Jun 30, 08
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