Zonbu A great new affordable and green computer planned for September 2007 from Zonbu.com
As more people embrace a green lifestyle, they will also embrance computer makers that put their environmental responsibility in the forefront. Great Green Gadgets has been fortunate to be invited to review a Zonbu beta version of a new addition to this green computing movement.
In case you haven’t heard of the Zonbu before it’s an ultra low-power mini computer. The Zonbu leaves a small footprint on your desk, about the size of a paperback. It has no moving parts, no fan so it is completely quiet, nice when you are using it to play your music files or videos. It uses a 1.2GHz intel-compatible low-power processor chip, has 512 MB of RAM and a 4GB flash drive that holds the Linux Operating System (Gentoo Linux) Currently, you will need your own keyboard, mouse, monitor and a cable to connect with the router for your internet connection. (has Ethernet built-in) It has 6 USB ports and
should work with most USB devices but I have read that there may be problems getting scanners and webcams to work. Here is a link to a Gizmodo article that looks at the device hardware more in depth.
I was struck by the simplicity of it all. I just put in my user name and password and I was good to go. Except it took me a week to find a cable to connect it with a router, but I can’t put that on Zonbu! Finding and using the software was very straight forward, setup for email was easy, all very similar to a Windows XP box. Less computer savvy users might need a little more help getting around – especially if that is Zonbu’s target audience. A simple video tutorial might be useful for each of the major applications and overview of the OS.