Flybook V5: 8.9″ Convertible Netbook

Flybook V5 Specifications
Display: 8.9″ Touch TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 1024 x 600
GPU: Intel 945GM
CPU: 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV U7600 533MHz FSB 2MB L2 Cache
RAM: 2GB up to 4GB SODIMM DDR2 (Limited to 3.25GB seen by system)
Webcam: 1.3MP
HDD: 1.8″ 80GB
Connectivity: WWAN (HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, GSM, VGA (up to 1800 x 1440 at 32-bit), USB 2.0 (2), External TV Video (NTSC, PAL), ExpressCard/54, Audio In/Out, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi (802.11a/b/g), Gigabit Ethernet, RJ-11
Other: Fingerprint authentication system with data encryption
Colors: Black, silver, gold, pink
OS: Windows Vista Business
Battery: 6-cell 3400mAh Lithium Ion
Dimension: 235 x 163 x 30mm
Weight: 1.2kg (2.64lbs)
Price: US$3000

Flybook V5: 8.9

$3000. That’s a lot to pay for a 8.9″ tiny little netbook, especially from a relatively no-name Flybook. The 8.9″ TFT LCD sports a 1024 x 600 pixel format, which is good for b browsing the web. The 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo ULV U7600 CPU is a bit on the underpowered side but if everything is performance tuned like Lenovo’s X300 (quite unlikely), performance should be good enough for business applications and the occasional multimedia consumption. The fact that this little machine is running Windows Vista Business does not give me a lot of confidence that I will not be looking at a twirling blue circle thingy most of the time.

Flybook V5 8.9

I do like that the fact that the Flybook V5 is a convertible, meaning you can use it as a regular netbook and also use it as a tablet PC. I entertain the possibility that one day I will be able to take handwritten notes directly on a LCD, but I’m not sure if I want to burn a $3000 hole just to do that. Actually, with the Flybook V5 you can make finger-written notes. I don’t know if I would want to do that as my fingers are generally blunt on the end and I want my scribble notes to be rather not too bold faced. There are other more affordable options and I don’t mind using a stylus.

Flybook V5 8.9

Flybook V5 8.9

Source: Flybook via Wired via Engadget

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