CVS is on selling a $100 netbook built by Sylvania. As expected, the netbook does not run Windows 7 or XP. The budget device will be powered by Windows CE.
Though the specs haven’t been announced, at this price it will likely come with a 7? screen and old technology. The ad shows a Windows CE logo, which means that the netbook won’t be running an operating system that your average consumer will be familiar with such as Windows XP or Windows 7 Starter which come on most current and even older netbooks. Because this netbook uses an older operating system it will not be able to install every program a newer system would support, including those many shoppers would expect.
It is possible that this netbook is the Sylvania 7-inch Netbook shown on the SylvaniaNetbooks.com website, including the touchpad design which is visible on the CVS box. If this is the same netbook is has better specs than the $119 kMart netbook from last Black Friday but is still a subpar netbook unless you are specifically looking for a netbook running Windows CE.
Average consumers will be better served by saving up for a used netbook tunning Windows XP and an Intel Atom processor or looking for some of the back to school $300 notebooks that offer significantly more value.