Today we're proud to announce the launch of the Kogan Agora netbook range. We're the first company in Australia to crack the $500 barrier for a 10-inch netbook. We have two units on sale as of today:
- 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.
The Kogan Agora brand is based on open source principles. I'm a strong believer in the values of open source, which is where the Agora naming orginates. We have actively listened to you every step of the way in the design process for the Agora Netbook range. In doing so we've been able to balance the features you requested with the ongoing need to offer the best value for money product on the market.
Netbooks stormed onto the market with open source operating systems and cheap price points. Since then, they've adopted more demanding operating systems and crept up in price. The original promise of netbooks has been lost -- we're hoping the Agora Netbook brings it all back.
The key areas we have focussed on when designing the Agora Netbook range:
- Keyboard: We heard you loud and clear! A good, spacious keybord is key to the usability of a netbook. We looked at smaller chassis designs, which were very sleek, but the inclusion of an edge-to-edge keyboard in the Agora Netbook range means the product is very easy to use.
- Bluetooth: While most said they wanted Bluetooth in a netbook, we also noticed you use it very rarely. Because of this, we chose to include a separate Bluetooth dongle in order to save on power. Instead of having your Bluetooth unit constantly scanning while you’re hooked up to WiFi, you can use it when you need it. This dongle is absolutely tiny!
- Battery life: Between the smaller 3-cell and slightly larger 6-cell batteries, we believe buyers have a good choice in terms of meeting their power requirements. From our tests, the 3-cell last for 2-3 hours for general use while the 6-cell lasts for around 4-6 hours.
Netbooks and operating systems like gOS bring us one step closer to cloud computing as we no longer use hard drives to store most of our information. Having said that, we have included 160GB of hard drive space as well. The Agora range also runs very well on Windows 7™ and we are happy for customers to use any operating system they like. Our support team will guide you through the installation process if you wish to install other operating systems. So far, we’ve successfully tested Windows XP™, Windows 7™, Ubuntu Linux™ and Netbook Remix™, as well as KDE 4™.
We’re very interested hear what you think about the final product, and anything else netbook related. Your input through our blog was invaluable in allowing us to provide a solution that meets your needs at an affordable price point.