It Can't Be... It Is... The £7 Laptop!

3 February 2009

Boffins in India are on the brink of launching the £7 laptop, as they aim to bridge the gap between those who have a £7 laptop and everyone else.

The new machine will knock the $100 lime green XO machine into a cocked hat and probably get into the Guinness Book Of Records at the same time. Double bubble, as we expect they say in the laptop industry.

So how the hell is it so cheap? Here’s some possible explanations?

  • It doesn’t have any bits on the inside (or ‘computering stuff’ as they say in the laptop industry).
  • It’s not an actual laptop – just a rudimentary drawing of one.

  • It’s invisible.
  • It has a battery life of 11 minutes and takes four days to carry out a full recharge.
  • It carries and spreads a highly-deadly strain of cyber-malaria.

We don’t care - if it does sums and you can get a clear picture of Joan off of Mad Men on its screen, it’s a bloody laptop and we’ll have a dozen of them thanks.

9 comments

  • Mike L.
    She'll always be YoSafBridge from Firefly.
  • JeeBeePSB
    "The computer, known as Sakshat" Says everything you need to know. At best this thing is a single chip computer connected to a small amount of memory, a battery, a small amount of slow flash memory and a small b&w display.
  • Bloke
    It was a typo. Cheap tech The cheap laptop will be the centrepiece of India's National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technologies, due to be unveiled on 3 February at Triupati, Andhra Pradesh. Included in the mission is spending on e-books and e-journals for students, development of translation tools, upgrades to educational networks and more PCs for high schools. Much of the e-learning work will be co-ordinated via the Shaksat web portal, on which students can register and then use to monitor their progress. Early reports of the cheap laptop suggested that it would cost only 500 rupees (£7). However, this could be a mistranslation, because transcripts of the speech, in which it was unveiled, mentioned it costing $10 (£7) but this was later corrected to $100 (£70).
  • jaysexy212005
    Good to hear there is competition in the cheap laptop market for the third world countries.
  • Bobby
    it was actually a mistake...its a £70 laptop according to this quote from the BBC "Early reports of the cheap laptop suggested that it would cost only 500 rupees (£7). However, this could be a mistranslation, because transcripts of the speech, in which it was unveiled, mentioned it costing $10 (£7) but this was later corrected to $100 (£70)." In short a 0 was left out in the dollar price of the laptop
  • Juan K.
    I can hear the yellow labels being printed off now, "£7 each, 2 for £15, or a dozen for £90!" Fookin bargain!
  • Frank P.
    You'd probably have to pay more for delivery than the item itself?!? Also... the cables are probably £50 each! :-)
  • Fred C.
    What a great product, unfortunately this is not an original idea. This concept is copied from the world of banking and finance. This so called £7 laptop is a stolen concept from the world of securitisation in banking where a US$150,000 house is packaged as a US$100 house and sold to people who would otherwise not be able to afford it. This laptop is the same, it is a US$200 laptop packaged as a US$7 laptop to be sold to those who would otherwise unable to afford one.
  • si
    dammit !! was all excited there and then found out its a £7 laptop bloody google i typed in lapdance

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