Kogan's Agora Netbook On Sale Now

P3120013—watermarked.jpgWe had our hands on it last week, but now you can order the Kogan Agora netbook for your very own, with a shipping date of April 10.Among the specifications worth noting are the Intel Atom N270 (1.60GHz) processor, the 160GB HDD, widescreen, 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 LCD screen with matte finish, 1.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and integrated stereo speakers and microphone. We'll be getting a review unit shortly, but if you can't wait, head over to Kogan's website and order now.

KOGAN TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES AUSTRALA'S CHEAPEST 10" NETBOOK

MELBOURNE, Australia, 17th March 2009 - Kogan Technologies today launched the Kogan Agora Netbook range, Australia's cheapest 10" mini laptop.

The Agora Netbook (AU$499) comes with a 1.6GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 3-cell battery, gOS operating system, and weighs only 1.2kg.

The Agora Netbook PRO (AU$539) includes 2GB RAM, a Bluetooth module, and 6-cell battery.

Both models are available for sale today from www.kogan.com.au, and will ship to customers on April 10th.

Ruslan Kogan, founder and director of Kogan Technologies, said customer feedback was essential in designing the best value netbook in the market.

"Through our blog we directly asked our customers what sort of features they wanted to see in the Kogan netbook.

"We had tremendous feedback, with many of the suggestions making their way into the final product. We worked hard to balance the desires of our customers with the ongoing need for value for money.

"We're very proud that we are the first company in Australia to crack the $500 barrier for a 10-inch netbook.

"The Kogan Agora brand is based on open source principles. I'm a strong believer in the values of an open market place, which is where the Agora naming originates. As such, the Agora Netbook range will ship pre-installed with an open source operating system.

"By using the gOS operating system, we are bringing our customers one step closer to cloud computing. The operating system facilitates easy access to a number of Google services, as well as a host of easy to use, powerful open source programs.

"Most importantly, gOS is extremely easy to use. It's a very aesthetically pleasing, powerful, intuitive, and fast operating system. One thing we're hoping to do is make Linux less daunting for everyone, including casual computer users."

The Kogan Agora Netbook range will come pre-installed with gOS, a variant of Ubuntu Linux, but the support team will happily guide customers through the process of installing other operating systems. The team has tested several alternatives, all of which worked very well, including Ubuntu Netbook Remix™, KDE4™, Windows XP™, and Windows 7™.

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