A Windows netbook for just $39? Yup, but there is a catch

Everyone wants to think they are a great shopper, as they try to find the best deals they can, either in stores or online. Today, the website Dailysteals.com has a limited time offer on a Windows netbook that's on sale for just $39. Yep, just $39 and that price is good until midnight Eastern time tonight.

The website has the information about the netbook, the Sylvania SYNET7WID, but the first clue that indicates this deal may not be as great as it seems comes early when it is revealed that the version of Windows it has inside isn't Windows 8, or Windows 7, or even Windows XP. It's Windows CE 6.0, the older embedded version of the OS that was used as the basis for the now discontinued Windows Mobile.

The Sylvania SYNET7WID just has a seven inch screen, which is small even for a netbook. It's also not a brand new model but one that's been "Factory Recertified" with a 90 day warranty. It does have three USB ports, an SD card slot, WFI and an Ethernet port.

On one hand, getting a small netbook for just $39 does sound like a good deal. On the other hand, you do usually get what you pay for and the old Windows CE OS may not be able to handle the kinds of applications and activities you may want in a netbook, even as one as cheap as this one.

Source: Dailysteals.com via WPCentral.com | Image via Sylvania

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If any store is allowed to sell this, you just watch the con job they pull. HSN is good at that. They will pump it as some kind of number one operating system and sell thousands to people who don't know what they are really getting. Totally deceiving the customer.

I have a Windows CE device in my pocket right now and it rocks. Windows Phone 7.8, based on Windows CE, somehow awesome, somehow really solid, and somehow really fast.

I can't think of anything I would do with it... movies? no, it would **** itself in my pants even at 480dpi i guess... I think browsing, emailing, downloads here and there, some neowin with flash disabled would be alright tho.

Auditor said,
Is that picture photoshopped. Article says it is running XP Ces but screenshot shows picture of windows 7.

Actually, the picture just shows Windows 7's default wallpaper. There's nothing else on the screen. You can't infer OS from the desktop wallpaper.. It could be running Windows CE, Windows 3.1, Android, Linux, or even Amiga OS.

Is it misleading, though? Absolutely.

Okay. DEFINITELY PHOTOSHOPPED. You win, sir. Hah!

Considering the new evidence, then the one above on Neowin is also likely photoshopped, but I stand by my "don't assume an OS by the desktop wallpaper" statement.

cyberdrone2000 said,


Okay. DEFINITELY PHOTOSHOPPED. You win, sir. Hah!

Considering the new evidence, then the one above on Neowin is also likely photoshopped, but I stand by my "don't assume an OS by the desktop wallpaper" statement.

Why is this not illegal!?

Windows CE is a pretty cool OS under the hood, as it's a good example of a real-time operating system. No other version of Windows is.

But yeah, I think on a netbook it will be sorta wasted.

jamesyfx said,
Windows CE is a pretty cool OS under the hood, as it's a good example of a real-time operating system. No other version of Windows is.

But yeah, I think on a netbook it will be sorta wasted.


This. True story. The pr0ness off Windows CE can be clearly seen in Windows Phone 7. Rock solid thing, extremely speedy. Pity that it didn't support multi-cores. That combined with the fact that the NT kernel has become so versatile over the years, Windows CE had no future.

CE is still developed and actually has support for Multicores (They actually made a pretty big deal about that when releasing CE 7.0). It's just the version used for WP7 that didn't have multicore support…

An elderly couple up the street bought one of these a couple years ago for about $60. They asked me to take a look at it because they couldn't get on the internet with it. (dialup). Since it doesn't come with a modem. I just decided to play around with it instead before telling them that it wasn't possible. And it felt like using Windows 98 to me.. Wasn't bad but it was extremely slow as expected. I believe it had a Via processor in it. One of those that tried to compete with the Atom when the 270 first came out.