Get ready for the 50 quid netbook

Does the world really need a cheaper, slower netbook? Menq (no, we haven't heard of them either) thinks so, with the release of the EasyPC E790 notebo

Does the world really need a cheaper, slower netbook? Menq (no, we haven't heard of them either) thinks so, with the release of the EasyPC E790 notebook that TechVideoBlog reckons could sell for as little as $80 (a few quid under £50).

The ARM-powered palm-top has a 7-inch, 800x480-pixel screen, 128MB of RAM and 2GB ROM. There's no hard drive but you do get three USB jacks, an RJ45 Ethernet port, b/g Wi-Fi and, er, a headphone jack.

With its 400MHz Samsung processor, the E790 comes with Windows CE on board, although an Android version is rumoured to be in the works. TechVideoBlog's bizarre hands-on video test shows the E790 handling YouTube easily enough, and it also claims to be Skype-friendly. Worried about malware? Forget about it - Menq says that the E790 works "without virus break-in". Phew.

Sure, the E790 makes the eee PC look like a MacBook Pro, but I wouldn't write it off just yet. Even in the US, there's a huge hunger not just for bigger and better, but also for smaller and cheaper. In fact, you could be looking at next year's top-selling stocking filler.