The Zonbu notebook is designed to be energy efficient and low maintainence, thanks to automatic system updates and a paid subscription service. The Zonbu notebook starts at just $279 if you’re willing to commit to a two-year, $14.95 per month subscription fee.
The $279 price tag sure sounds low, but the total cost of ownership over the first two years is at least $638 if you want automatic updates, unlimited support and online backups. If you want to buy the Zonbu notebook outright the cost is $479.
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Zonbu is billing its notebook as the “first green computer,” and plays the climate change card. It is energy efficient and Zonbu offers a free recycling program. Zonbu purchases carbon offsets to make each Zonbu computer carbon neutral.
The Zonbu notebook runs on the Zonbu OS, rather than Windows. It comes bundled with more than 20 apps, including a version of Sun Microsystem’s Star Office, which is capable of editing Microsoft Office documents.
For more info, visit Zonbu.com
Zonbu Notebook Specs:
# Processor: 1.5GHz, VIA C7-M Intel-compatible, low energy use
# Display: 15.4″ WXGA Widescreen (1440 x 900) and VGA output
# Memory: 512MB
# Hard Disk local storage: 60GB (58GB for your data)
# Optical Drive: DVD-ROM/CD-RW
# Graphics: VIA Chrome9 HC IGP (64MB shared memory, 128MB maximum)
# Audio: built-in speaker, microphone and headphone ports
# 3 USB 2.0 ports
# Ethernet: 10/100 Mbps built-in – broadband ready
# Wifi: Built-in 802.11b/g
# Power Supply: 65W AC-DC Adapter, 15W average power usage
# Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 2h30 to 3h, depending on usage
# Measurements: 14.1″ x 10.7″ x 1.5″ (35.8cm x 27.2cm x 3.8cm)