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great unknown notebook?

While i was looking around for an affordable laptop, i stumbled upon a never-heard-of(at least for me) notebook: chembook, specifically the chembook 2075 at http://www.discountlaptops.com/index.php?section=configurator&regular_model_id=1336&model_id=1338
Checkout the specs:

Base Configuration
Standard Edition
-15.4'' WXGA (1280 x 800) Active Matrix Display
-1.73 GHz Intel Pentium-M (740) Processor (Sonoma / 2 MB L2 Cache / 533 FSB)
-Standard CPU Thermal Compound Paste
-128 MB Shared Video Ram - Intel 915GM Alviso-GM

-512 MB DDR2 (533 MHz) CORSAIR Memory (512 MB x 1)
-40 GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
-8X DVD / 24X CD-RW Combo Drive w/ Softwares
-Internal 56 kbps Modem (V.92)
-Internal 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN (Realtek RTL8110SBL)
-Internal IntelPRO 2915ABG Wireless Ethernet/Lan (802.11 a+b+g)
-Smart Lithium Ion Battery (8 cell
-S-Video
-3 in 1 card reader for SD/MS/MMC
-AC Adapter w/ power cord
-Free Deluxe Carry Case
-No Operating System Installed
-2 yr ChemUSA warranty w/ 1-way paid shipping
-Lifetime Tech Support by calling 800-866-2436 (510-714-4045 ext hours)
-physical
Color:Silver & Charcoal Black
Size: 14.2" x 10.4" x 1.27"
Weights: 6.5 lbs.
-Control Switches:
One button to Enable/Disable Wireless Device
Power button, Software Controlled Lid Switch
Programmable Hot-Keys for System Function Control and Media Panel
System status indicators
-Up to 4.5-hour battery life and approximately 6.5 lbs

And all that for $1015.

I mean, the notebook doesnt look too bad either. Plus its customizable for low prices,for example: to 60gb(5400rpm) for an extra $25 or 80gb for $50 more.
Anybody has some ideas on this?

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Yes, I found such to be nightmares.

In reply to: great unknown notebook?

Of course I can't explain the fascination of HORROR FLICKS, but no-name laptops generally have a hidden issue that proponents of said units can not cure.

These units are one time production runs and re-labeled for sale by various companies.

But spares, support, spare parts are non-existant on most and in year 2 when you need some "minor" part you learn the full story that I'm writing about.

Only those that have not seen the horror of 40 dead no-name laptops at a business would grasp and accept that no-name is not a good idea.

Bob

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look more closely

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For $1015 you can get a name brand laptop with most of the above items or more.
Did you notice it had no Operating System? So be sure you add that onto your cost also.

Look around before you buy!!

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Not so unknown, Chembooks are usually built

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on Sager or Asus whitebooks. They often show up in PC World's best lists. The one built on an Asus Z70a box is pretty highly regarded in some circles (although not on this forum). I almost bought one, but HP put a great GPU in the Dv4000 and I went for that, not quite the same performace (and some say lesser build quality) but the bang for the buck got me.

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Not that great

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Last year I picked up a Dell Inspiron 1150 from Dell.com for $850.
It has
2.8 Ghz processor
512 mb of ram
30 gb hard drive
Cd writer/DVD drive
Internal modem
Internal wireless (I think I payed extra)
14.1 in display
64 Mb Intel Extreme graphics

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yes

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I have heard of Chembook, but I have no experience with them. This particular book is based on an asus platform; which is one of the best notebook manufacturers there is(read: asus is not a no-name company). You may want to look at a non-branded asus notebook, but parts should be available for this notebook well into the future since asus has been around for a long time.

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Sorry, but my experience was ... no parts in year 2 and on.

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Something's broken with the no-names. The initial thrill is there, but beyond that.

-> Try this. Let's vote with our pocketbooks.

Bob

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