Looking for a low-cost laptop that is light and portable, and can do some really basic stuff for you? Or just a dirt cheap Linux laptop that is open-source and can get you through your college days easily.
Meet the PineBook, an open-source laptop that can run almost any distribution of Linux like Ubuntu, Debian, Raspbian and more. The base model costs $89 and incorporates a 11” LCD display panel, while the other model is equipped with a 14” LCD display panel and goes for $99.
This Pinebook is created by the company Pine64, and this laptop is based on their very own credit-card sized computer like the Raspberry Pi and is known as ‘Pine A64’ and it retails for a mere $15.
They incorporated the Pine A64 into the Pinebook and rocks the following specs:
- 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM
- 64-Bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53¹ @ 1.2 Ghz
- Dual Core Mali 400 MP2 Graphics
- 16 GB eMMC
- 10,000 mAh LiPo battery
- Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
- 1.3MP webcam
The specifications look pretty good given its price and overall, the price by performance ratio isn’t bad either.
The screen has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels which is pretty, bad. But it is an IPS display which makes up for it.
The overall look and feel of the Pinebook does not differ much from the Macbook, which carries a simple and minimalist design that isn’t too hard on the eyes. It weighs at a mere 1.2 kilogram as well.
The I/O isn’t that bad at all, and isn’t cluttered with useless stuff.
- 2x USB 2.0
- HDMI Out
- MicroSD card slot
- Headphone Jack
Unfortunately it won’t be able to run an instance of Windows because it ships with an ARM based processor, but you can still make do with Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Chrome OS and more.
The company has yet to state what OS they will be shipping the Pinebook with.
The PineBook isn’t available for sale as of yet but people can still be notified when it releases.
Although the specs aren’t great but for $89 you get 2GB ram and an ARM CPU processor, but this little laptop is still a great toy for someone who loves messing around with computers, especially hackers because this is open source and also for people who can’t afford the mainstream laptops these days.