Netbook Navigator wants to be your source for tablets
Combine the name recognition of netbooks with the hype surrounding tablets and you’ll get Netbook Navigator, “an exclusive specialty online retailer of top-of-the-line Mobile Internet Devices, with a core focus on wireless touch screen Tablet Netbooks.” Look, they even managed to sneak in “MID” into their tag line. Always nice to have a resource for all our favorite things. But if you think “netbook” means low-cost, think again.
Registration is necessary to see pricing, which apparently was a smart move. Liliputing took the plunge and discovered a price tag of $1199 for a 8.9″ slate with netbook-level guts. It is a premium package with multitouch display, 32GB SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium, and integrated 3G, but the 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, 2GB memory, and 1024 x 600 resolution are basic netbook-level. Nearly the same machine as the Asus T91MT for twice the price. Its main advantage is 3G but that’s easily filled with a Mifi. Sorry guys, you have a premium netbook, but not quite premium enough for the price.
Update: As noted in the comments, Liliputing reports a cheaper base unit will be offered for $799.Â More reasonable, but still a hard sell against other cheaper netbooks.
01/17/2010 at 5:01 pm
Liliputing.com added an update to their article saying that the company will be offering a base model later in 2010 for “significantly lower” than the listed prices. I wonder what that means? Would be nice if I could get one for under $1,000…
01/17/2010 at 8:37 pm
what are they thinking? don’t they know that there is archos 9 for half the price. This slate got “FAIL” written all over it.
01/17/2010 at 9:38 pm
It says on the Liliputing.com article they will have a base model for $799. That sounds more reasonable…
01/18/2010 at 5:46 am
$800 for a underpowered Netbook without a keyboard?
01/18/2010 at 7:30 am
These guys have been dumping irrelevant comments on my youtube videos. They’ve dropped by on my Motion F5 / Win7 video to inform everyone that they should visit netbook navigator for a more powerful tablet that runs windows 7 (Like say an Atom Vs Core 2 Duo?)… hmmm
Very annoying… They should get their facts straight and find somewhere relevant for their comments. You would think that they should be able to tell the difference between a touchscreen netbook and a field tablet. Probably some dodgy outsourced SEO company.