Would you pay $10 for laptop?

@polachicago (19143)
United States
June 30, 2007 12:49am CST
It is not a joke. India looks to produce world's first $10 laptop. The Times of India reported last month that the efforts thus far have yielded designs for a laptop that would cost about $47, while a $10 system remains the ultimate goal.
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28 responses
• United States
30 Jun 07
Do you think $10 computer will last for long time?
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I think it will work for while....:)))
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10 Feb 08
i would buy the laptop for $47 never mind £10! where can i buy one ?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Read the news from India....very good question...
@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
30 Jun 07
With advancement in technology, better resourcing and mass production, it is possible to drastically reduce the price of laptop. This can be specially the case in a country like india where labor costs, taxes, electricity and other overheads are very low compared to America or any developed country. I think Indians are doing a great job. By development of this much cheap laptop they will be able to give an exposure of IT world to poor and lower middle class families who are otherwise deprived of it. MIT students developed a $100 laptop with some basic functions and I believe that in India with all those lower overheads it can be much cheaper with same functionality. I will be looking forward to it and would buy one at least for my son to give him an exposure while I'll quench my curiosity. As for me, even very high profile laptops are nearly useless because they can't run my engineering analysis software code efficiently. I use many desktops in parallel to get my job done in a reasonable time. 21 high profile desktops working in parallel need 1 hour of computations to run just 1 analysis and I need hundreds of them for a complete set of results in just 1 condition:-)
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I have to admire your knowledge....
@kamran12 (5556)
• Pakistan
2 Jul 07
I don't know who said that but I really liked: "I only know that I don't know":-)
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@dpk262006 (51895)
• Delhi, India
30 Jun 07
Pola, You see, Indians are capable of doing anything in the filed of IT Industry and in the coming years they will do wonders.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
30 Jun 07
...Indians can steal the show again...:) I am working with very talented programer from India, I think that Indian people are very smart.
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@dpk262006 (51895)
• Delhi, India
3 Jul 07
Thanks very much for conveying your sweet compliments to all of us. You are great! deepak
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@aidonia (4210)
• Greece
30 Jun 07
I didn't hear about these before.I don't like so much laptop,I prefer PC but of course here my answer will be yes.Yes at $47 and at $10.I'll do even if is only for curiosity to see how a laptop can cost so little and if it will work more than 24 hours lol:
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Markups on laptops are huge....production is not expensive...
• Philippines
1 Jul 07
yeah i agree with that, probably we spend sometime more than $10 in a useless item, why we don't give it a try... i'll try it working 24 hours too...
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@bhagya (463)
• India
4 Jul 07
Why not, if it works?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I guess, if it works, we all will have one...:)))
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
30 Jun 07
yea how long will it last? and what kind of condition it would be in? it is hard to believe a laptop for 47 dollars but 10 dollars that is low, not enought to cover labors and stuff. so a 10 dollars one to me is too good to be true
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Believe or not, making computer in China cost about $15 including parts and labor.... The final cost is markup by computer companies and retail market...
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
1 Jul 07
WOw I just dont know what kind of lap top that would be just be able to play pogo on it. How would they get the programs on it for that price for I just prices a windows 2003 and it was $199 for it. Would really have to see it work.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jul 07
We are thinking about the same possible problems...:)
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
2 Jul 07
lol yup I told ya great mind think alike
@liranlgo (5743)
• Israel
30 Jun 07
Ofcourse i will pola, i never heard of such a thing. I would gladly put a 10$ for a laptop, and take the risk that it is not such a good laptop. Would love to see a link of an article about that, if you find one.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
30 Jun 07
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=199203891 http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/node/4663
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@liranlgo (5743)
• Israel
30 Jun 07
Thanks pola:)
• United States
7 Jul 07
well, first i'd have to know what the specs of the 10 dollar laptop would be... would the specs be something like a 333 mhz processor or 3.32 ghz processor? the ram is also important, 64 mb ram or 1 gig of ram? the harddrive is another concern, 4 gb or 60 to 80 gb? if the specs are great on it i'd take the risk as well. if the specs are ancient then no way. :D
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
8 Jul 07
They want to do it for kids, so I wouldn't look for a lot...
@fredgame (1264)
• China
6 Jul 07
well, it depends on what functions it's been designed to do. if it works like the other laptops and it's efficient too though we have the idea that quality things cost. the capacity, RAM, ROM, etc all work well i think they'll be famous for the low cost but efficient product.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
8 Jul 07
it depends how much they can do for $10.......
@tekiboi (57)
• Philippines
6 Jul 07
yeah i'll give a try for that... nothing will loose if you'll try and only $10 will lost in your pocket...
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
6 Jul 07
that's right...:)
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Hi! I would absolutely try a $10 laptop! How cool is that?! I've been a believer for a while now that those in other countries are getting far more advanced than the US - in technology, medicine, you name it. :-)
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I have to agree with you...they are far more advanced...and they have more respect for own citizens.....
@touchnshine (2822)
• India
3 Jul 07
Well yes why if it $10 or $47 .. I will give .. for a laptop .. But it seems to be soooo unbelievable news .. don't think it can happen .. but if it is gonna happen then I will be so happy .. Not only me but sooooooo many people will be happy and there will be a huge rush on the laptop shop and the slogan outside the shop will say -- FIRST COME FIRST SERVE ... lolz :) .. Anyways happy mylotting my dear friend .. and thanks for sharing the information
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
4 Jul 07
yes, probably big line will stay 100 hours before they open...
@Corezz (1017)
• Netherlands Antilles
3 Jul 07
Yes in my country they want to bring laptops to all of shools. They resent laptop very easy to use, that work on human power, you have to spin a lever for it to work. I think I will pay 10$ for a laptop, to see how it is.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
3 Jul 07
yes, just to see how it works...
@jbrooks0127 (2329)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I will tell you what I think will happen. Suppose this company is successful and can actually produce, and make money, at this price. And suppose it is a viable product, one that most people could actually use. That being true some of the big companies now producing computers will buy that company and that will be the last of that. This has happened many other times on innovative products. Except for the consumer it is not all bad. The company that is this innovative ends up making a lot of money on the buyout. If that does not happen I feel like that company will have a hard time convincing people the computer is any good. A $10 laptop would have to be the very basic. perhaps only good for Internet access. But if they can do that they stand to make a lot of money. Even $47.00 is a pretty good deal. We will see.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
3 Jul 07
we have the same view...
@lexus54 (3577)
• Singapore
2 Jul 07
I'll probably not buy a $10 laptop even if it can be produced. Until I really see the thing and read reviews about it, I will remain skeptical. I always believe that in terms of value, you will get what you pay for. If you pay $1000 for a product, you will get $1000 value, and $10 value if you only need to pay $10. But as a consumer, I will be happy to hear that there is a possibility laptops can be produced so cheaply one day. If that happens, it will likely exert a downward price pressure on the production of other laptops (those that probably have more features and functions), and that can only be good for the pockets of consumers.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jul 07
it can be good for limited usage for sure...
1 Jul 07
For one, I already have a laptop worth 100times more...and i don't think they should b doing this because somebody has already produced a $100 laptop and is selling it to third world countries. Maybe in a couple years
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Yes, they did....One Laptop per Child program...
@milott (2649)
• India
30 Jun 07
That's really a great news and I hope to get my hand on it if it comes to market soon. do you have any idea, when it will come to market and how and who are marketing it?
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
30 Jun 07
maybe people in India will know....
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jun 07
No, it will be garbage, and will just pollute the landfills. I could not imagining buying a disposable computer. You will have to be backing up your computer almost daily because it could die at anytime. How often do you back your data up? Come on, you get what you pay for? Do you really need to pay for additional headaches. And let's thing now...Will it run Vista? How much does Vista cost? What OS will it run, will it work with the software you have. No, I will save my money and when I can afford it, I will buy a Mac, I know it will be trouble free and last for many years. A $10 computer is being penny-wise and pound foolish!
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
30 Jun 07
Wow, I just read one of the links...a hand crank for power...I have a radio like that we use for emergencies...definitely not something I want in a computer.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
2 Jul 07
I don't think I'm young enough to wait, but prices are comming down.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
2 Jul 07
mipen, you are very young...
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
2 Jul 07
Eeerrr, I believe you meant immature, or young at heart. Thanks for the kind words.