Cherrypal Unveils $99 Laptop

africaI have a feeling that this new laptop is going to be under a lot of Christmas trees this year. Cherrypal has now introduced their no-frills notebook, at a cost of only $99.00! No, that isn’t a typo. The machine really does cost just under a hundred dollars!

The Africa is a very slim and compact laptop sporting a 7-inch screen, 256 MB of RAM, and either Linux or Windows CE. This laptop is perfect for school kids, in my mind, or someone who just needs a notebook to take with them to stay connected. You can surf the Internet, use email and instant messenger programs, and listen to music. Compose documents or spreadsheets and send them off to your workplace or family quickly. Best of all, the Africa boasts an energy-efficient setup.

This laptop comes with a 400 MHz processor, which is more than enough oomph to handle many of the tasks I’ve already listed, and then some. No, you couldn’t use this little device for gaming or video processing. However, the idea is that everyday users can finally buy a laptop at an everyday price.

If you are in the market for a new laptop, is the new Africa something you will be considering? Have you used one yet? If so, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on it. Does it work as well as it is purported to? Is it energy efficient? Most importantly – was it the best hundred dollars you’ve ever spent?

  • mike

    wow this looks awesome, but i can see tons of kids getting really mad over getting this laptop when they expected a 700 dollar one.... Also, i can't wait to hear the complaints about how it can't do what you thought it would do, like video producing and gaming. NICE POST

  • mike

    wow this looks awesome, but i can see tons of kids getting really mad over getting this laptop when they expected a 700 dollar one.... Also, i can't wait to hear the complaints about how it can't do what you thought it would do, like video producing and gaming. NICE POST

  • nokiN

    $99 for a 13" screen and windows xp pro??
    i think you mean 7" screen and windows ce

    http://www.cherrypal.com/products.php

  • nokiN

    $99 for a 13" screen and windows xp pro??
    i think you mean 7" screen and windows ce

    http://www.cherrypal.com/products.php

  • I wish this wasn't true but it is, Cherrypal is a shell company that promises things that aren't true.

  • I wish this wasn't true but it is, Cherrypal is a shell company that promises things that aren't true.

  • Togii

    nokiN is right.. this post needs to be corrected. The Africa is $99, with a MHz processor, but the 13", Windows-XP running machine is the $389 Cherrypal Bing.
    Still cheap, though. :3

  • Togii

    nokiN is right.. this post needs to be corrected. The Africa is $99, with a MHz processor, but the 13", Windows-XP running machine is the $389 Cherrypal Bing.
    Still cheap, though. :3

  • Kat

    Thank you to Togii and nokiN for correcting me!

    I inadvertently mixed part of the specs for the Cherrypal Bing in with this post of the Cherrypal Africa. 🙁 Even though I proof'd my work... I still missed that slip.

    Thank you for pointing it out! The post has been corrected. 🙂

  • Kat

    Thank you to Togii and nokiN for correcting me!

    I inadvertently mixed part of the specs for the Cherrypal Bing in with this post of the Cherrypal Africa. 🙁 Even though I proof'd my work... I still missed that slip.

    Thank you for pointing it out! The post has been corrected. 🙂

  • Jill

    Actually why by this poor bang for the buch for $99.

    When you can add just $200 or 199 more, then you get a Win7 PC with 2 or even 3GB DDR3 or DDR2 memory and 15.6in screen and 130GB or 250GB and rarely even 300=GB hard drive.

    Now thats way cheaper considering the bang for the buck value

  • Jill

    Actually why by this poor bang for the buch for $99.

    When you can add just $200 or 199 more, then you get a Win7 PC with 2 or even 3GB DDR3 or DDR2 memory and 15.6in screen and 130GB or 250GB and rarely even 300=GB hard drive.

    Now thats way cheaper considering the bang for the buck value