Thursday, February 25, 2010

Viliv S10 Blade Full Line Priced

Some UMPC Portal commenter with great detective skills has done some digging and found the prices for the whole line of Viliv S10 Blades. Slashgear reports it as such:

* Atom Z530 1.6GHz/60GB HDD/Win XP – $699
* Atom Z530 1.6GHz/32GB SSD/Win 7 – $797
* Atom Z530 1.6GHz/64GB SSD/Win 7 – $857
* Atom Z530 1.6GHz/32GB SSD/Win 7/HSPA modem – $889
* Atom Z530 1.6GHz/64GB SSD/Win 7/HSPA modem – $949
* Atom Z550 2.0GHz/64GB SSD/Win 7 – $987
* Atom Z550 2.0GHz/64GB SSD/Win 7/HSPA modem – $1,079

The ceiling was lower than most people anticipated ($1,200 to 1,500), but the floor is still way too high. Decision: too expensive.

I've been looking around recently and am starting to like the Lenovo Ideapad S10-3t (which I stumbled upon searching for Viliv's S10 Blade).

Compared to the $699 S10 Blade, it has the same GHz processor, a 250GB HDD (vs the Blade's 60GB), and Windows 7. It has a lower resolution (1024x600 vs the Blade's 1366 x 768), a negative, but it has a removable battery, a positive! With the giant 8-cell battery (that sticks out of the side) it can get upwards of 10 hours of battery life, same as the Viliv S10 claims (and with that huge battery I'm much more likely to believe the Ideapad can reach 10 hours than the tiny Blade).

Of course I'd like this device for inking, so unless someone comes out with a capacitive stylus soon--a consistent one capable of writing with, I might have to snag the Asus T91MT instead.

Ultimately, I look at the $500 Lenovo S10-3t (yes, $500) and ask myself why Viliv is charging $200 more for a 60GB device that runs XP. Harrumph.


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