Gecko to release a netbook powered by AA batteries

Netbooks are becoming increasingly popular nowadays; known for their small size and cheap prices, money-focused consumers (basically, anybody) love them for providing a solid, portable computing experience without sapping the bank account too severely. A company named Gecko has come out with a product called the EduBook, that can be powered by none other than regular, household AA batteries.

The hardware in the EduBook is as follows: it features an x86 processor that runs at 1.0Ghz, dubbed the Vortex86MX and built Taiwanese company DMP Electronics. To add to this, it boasts an 8.9" 1024x600 display, an internal SD card for storage, plus room for a BlueTooth/WiFi dongle. Lastly, is has removable CPU/RAM modules, and it can have between 256MB and 1GB of standard DDR2 RAM. That's all well and good, but we're sure that most people would be interested in the rather unique power supply. If you desire, you can choose to use a normal battery pack that will provide 6 hours worth of usage, but if you opt for the AA route, you will see rates of around about 4 hours. Keep in mind that you will need to have 8 of these batteries for this, also. This would be ideal for users constantly on the move, without ready access to a power outlet; a quick trip to the supermarket or any other local store, and you will be back in business.

If you get it standard, it will be running Ubuntu, but if you wish you can run Windows XP or Windows CE on it. It will be available for $200 US, and include an 8GB storage card plus a WiFi module. If you want, however, versions without these features will set you back around about $110-$130 US. Lastly, this will become purchasable in July, so keep an eye out if you want to get your hands on one.

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I think this is quite a good idea, in the really low spec netbooks. How many of us haven't been able to access that important file, or get online in a last minute rush because the laptop battery has died? I know I have. You don't have to use the batteries option as there is a battery available. It just gives you the additon of being able to power it using 8 AA's if your normal battery were to die.

Don't know what all the complaints are, its a netbook at a very cheap price. While it may not be for me think its cool that people are trying something diffrent.

Looks like those internet groups who share ideas on how to make hand held game systems from ripping apart consoles have been hired by Gecko. Behold, the hand held netbook!!!

Oh my god, my speakers for my mp3 player are sucking the batteries away like nothing...
I don't want a laptop with batteries...

i absolutely hate batteries..the two my laptop mouse needs are bad enough, and i always carry a spare pair...am i supposed to charge a spare 8 with this?

A little known fact is that Apple used rechargeable AA batteries (or something very similar) for their iBook G4s. That's all there was inside the battery pack.

Not much chance for a Lithium Ion battery fire!

A lot of "system on a chip" devices developed for "smartphones" are quite capable and very efficient. So don't write this off until it is reviewed.

AA batteries? Come again?!

So next time you're low on batteries, you just pick up your son's RC car and jiggle its batteries in. Oh wait, maybe you'd need some of you neighbor's son's too...

Versatility in an OPEN market. 4hrs of worktime at your nearest grocery shop.
Maybe Duracell® will come up with an AD for +2hrs.

Actually since AA rechargeable batteries are readily available and cheap and also the fact that it's somewhat versatile as to how it can be kitted out I can see it doing reasonably well providing the CPU is actually fast enough to be useful.

You can for instance even fit a standard 2.5" laptop drive (although I suspect it kills the battery life somewhat) so it's not such a mad idea as it sounds.