July 22, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
While it may not be as cute as the Hello Kitty laptop, the CherryPal mini PC is still pretty sweet.
This little guy allows users to surf the web, do word processing, rock out to iTunes, and everything else you’d expect from a regular old PC. However, it doesn’t have many moving parts, which means it could actually last a while—and boasts a green design, which only uses 2 watts of power.
Although you might expect a lack of moving parts to leave a lot of room for storage, Crave says that the unit only has 256MB of memory and a 4GB flash drive. However, the whole thing is based on “cloud computing,” meaning that most of your applications are kept on the Internet and managed by CherryPal.
Other features include Freescale’s fast triple-core mobileGT processor, 802.11 b/g support, and 50GB of web storage. The company also says there’s no risk of viruses or an OS to deal with. Instead, it’s running on a version of Debian Linux. That’s pretty much hidden from the whole user experience, however. Instead, you interface with everything via a modified version of Firefox.
Another thing you won’t have to deal with: high prices. The CherryPal is available for pre-order for $249; it ships at the end of the month.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.