Have $39 to spare? Then pick up this odd Sylvania 7” netbook with Windows CE
Ah, Windows CE aka “Compact Embedded”. It was the heart of Windows Mobile and for a long time, powered kiosks and all sorts of service devices (it still does, in fact). For consumers, it was never quite full-blown Windows, but it did have a lot of the core components including Internet Explorer.
So it’s weird to see this “factory recertified” Windows CE 7” tablet hailing from Sylvania going for the “daily steal” for just $39. The device came out in late 2009/2010, so you’re hardly getting relevant technology (even back then this was low-end).
But for $39? (regular is around $100), you hacker types could do some fun things with this little guy. Maybe not Matrix-level stuff, but we’re sure if you’re creative enough you could find a daily usage for it and if not? You paid $39 for a “netbook”.
Also, one word: kids.
Here are the full specs:
- Compact design
- 3 USB ports
- SD memory card slot
- Headphone jack
- Microphone jack
- 1800 mAh battery
- 128MB RAM
- Windows CE 6.0
- Ethernet port
- 7” LCD screen
We may just pick one up because we’re silly like that, but are they any takers who will grab their own? If so, how will you use it? Share your ideas in comments, people!
Remember, this is a daily deal thing, which means you only have 12 hours left!
Source: Daily Steals (opens in new tab)
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Remember this is Windows CE, which was designed to run with a 32mb footprint. The 128mb is actually a lot of RAM for Windows CE 6.0, especially when you consider than Windows XP ran fine with 128mb of RAM, and if 'hack installed' even Windows 8 runs just fine with 128mb of RAM due to the new reduce RAM modes.
It wasn't that long ago the WORLD was having a major blowback that Vista needed 1gb of RAM for optimal performance and ran on 512mb of RAM, with Windows 7 reducing the footprint further to install and run just fine on 512mb Systems.
Ironically the 'smartphone' world with Android and iOS needing 1gb of RAM to operate well on a 'phone' that the world now sees 128mb,256mb,512mb as 'tiny' because of the bloated nature of Android and even Linux when running the full graphical experience.
The problem with this device is the OS is WinCE, which is older and limited in functionality.
sorry my friend, i am really triying here.
Weird the device ships with CE 6. The next Embedded Compact is coming out this year...