$199 C7-powered PC at Wal-Mart
November 11, 2007
Everex - the US subsidiary of Taiwan's FIC - are retailing their TC2502 gPC at $199 through selected Wal-Mart stores, just in time for the holiday season.
The TC2502 is powered by the same 1.5GHz VIA C7 processor found in many Mini-ITX boards, with 512MB of DDR2 RAM, 80GB IDE hard drive and a CD-RW/DVD drive. The motherboard doesn't appear to be true 17 x 17cm Mini-ITX, but rather a variant on the 19cm x 23cm reference design from VIA's low cost pc-1 initiative. Photographs of the innards of a retail TC2502 most welcome!
The operating system used is an Ubuntu based distribution called gOS running the lightweight Enlightenment desktop manager, with Firefox and OpenOffice 2.2 installed, and with pre-configured links to many of Google's online applications. gOS was originally developed by FIC, who has now spun it off into a separate company. gOS is available for download here.
A $298 version of the same machine sports 1GB of memory, 80GB SATA HDD, a DVD±RW and runs Windows Home Vista Basic Edition. Everex have used a standard case design presumably to reduce tooling costs, but also because research indicates Wal-Mart shoppers equate the size of a system to its capability...
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