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Neo Explore X1: Asus Eee PC wannabe?

Neo Explore X1

Here’s something first in the Philippines: Local laptop maker Neo has just released an ultraportable not much different to the Asus Eee PC. Named the Neo Explore X1, it has the same 900MHz Celeron 353 ULV in the Eee, along with a 7–inch screen.

Though a lot of the specifications are almost the same, the Explore X1 sports a roomier 30GB hard disk! The keyboard appears meatier than that on the Eee, though of course it doesn’t guarantee that it’s better in actual use.

Unfortunately, the Explore X1 lags in the looks department — it looks just like a kid’s VTech toy.

Here’s the complete specs:

  • Intel Celeron M 353 (900 MHz)
  • 512MB DDR2 RAM
  • 30GB PATA Hard Disk
  • 7–inch LCD Display (WVGA)
  • WiFi
  • 2 USB ports
  • Card reader
  • 10/100 LAN
  • Microsoft Windows XP Starter

Now what is Windows XP Starter? I believe it’s much like XP Home Edition though I’m not very sure. The Explore X1 retails for 17,999 pesos here in the Philippines, roughly $400 USD, right up against the Asus Eee PC 4G.

The Explore X1 is a good alternative to the Asus Eee PC if you need more space, if you can stand the way it looks.

8 replies on “Neo Explore X1: Asus Eee PC wannabe?”

just bought one of these two days ago. very satisfied. starter kit just means there is no MS Office installed.

It’s not a first. It’s just the Intel Classmate PC, rebranded.

I would have appreciated it more if they just produced an EEE PC clone instead of a Classmate PC clone.

The EEE PC has flash memory instead of a hard disk, meaning you can move it around even while it’s processing, and it doesn’t get hot as much do to fewer moving parts.

If Neo shipped an EEE PC clone with, say, 16 GB flash memory instead of 4, that would be great. I would buy it and replace Xandros with the much better Mandriva.

Good luck sa Neo. My laptop is a Neo, and I’ve been promoting Neo to my friends, but with the X1 na-turn off ako. Gagaya rin lang sila, yung pangit pa.

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