Thursday, June 11, 2009
Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM
"The NohrTech Gecko Edubook is a cheap, somewhat modular netbook that runs on AA batteries. The netbook first hit our radar in early May, but the folks behind the project have posted some updated information, as well as a nice little surprise: You can order one today for $199 if you’re willing to pay for shipping from Thailand."
I have to admit that when I first heard about the Edubook, I was excited. AA batteries? What a great idea! Now I can slap in a fresh set of batteries anytime I'm low on a charge and keep on putting and AA batteries are available pretty much anywhere! Then the more I thought about it, the less excited I got. Realistically for me, I'm very rarely away from a power outlet for hours on end. I could see myself maybe finding the feature useful maybe once a year, and I've got a battery pack that has an AC outlet so even if I'm low on power, I have a backup. Also, carrying around an 8-pack of extra batteries could be as cumbersome as a regular extra battery pack. The real benefit I could see in a device like this would be when it comes time to replace the battery, it will be considerably cheaper and more assured. I do have doubts about how good the CPU is, but for the price, this does seem like a great device if you're into tinkering with your toys. Are you willing to try it out? At $199, I am sure it would be a fun YouDay Present to yourself.