some basic mobile computing for consumers on a budget. Actually, thanks to greedy bankers from Dubai to Wall Street, we're all on a budget, but at least vendors and retailers are trying to meet the needs of impoverished consumers.
Fujitsu's sensible but absolutely horrid Esprimo Mobile V6535 is available for just €299. Although we don't like its looks one bit, we have to admit it's a very good deal for small businesses, schools and students. It's powered by a dual-core Celeron T3000 at 1.8GHz and it has 2GB of memory and a 160GB hard drive. It might not sound like much, and frankly it isn't, but it's selling for netbook money, so it's nothing short of a bargain. In addition to gigabit Ethernet, b/g wireless and 4 USBs, it also has an ExpressCard 54 slot and Firewire.
It weighs 2.75kg which isn't bad for a cheap 15-incher and it has a 6-cell battery, not a 4-cell unit like many low end notebooks. Best of all, the 15.4-inch 1280x800 screen is of the non-glare variety, which means you can actually see things on it when you're not in complete darkness.
You can get it here
, but be warned, it's as ugly as it is cheap.