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Wow! This new computer is only $79 (But is it any good?)

Wow! This new computer is only $79 (But is it any good?)
PHOTO COURTESY OF ENDLESS MOBILE

We've been telling you about really cheap computers. Like this computer that costs only $9.

But none are quite as cute as Endless Mobile's Endless Mini and its larger, more powerful Endless. The starting price is just $79.

These are fairly powerful computers, given the price. The 24GB Endless Mini runs on a 1.5 GHz processor (Amlogic S805 Quad Core ARM Cortex A5). It's comparable to a cellphone and runs on a Linux-based operating system. (See photos above and below.)

It has a 1GB of RAM, 24GB of solid state storage, an Ethernet port, three USB ports, 3.5mm stereo connection and microphone, and HDMI composite video.

For a little bit more money, $99, the 32GB Endless Mini has 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.0 technology, and it's Wi-Fi enabled (802.11 b/g/n).

For more functionality, the oddly cute Endless is more powerful and has more functionality. Prices start at $189. (See photos next page.)

The makers of Endless Mini and Endless computers have noble aspirations. Note: There are tech downsides you need to know about.

Endless Mini

Endless Mobile has a really worthwhile reason for creating low-cost computers. Its goal is to empower kids, elderly people, and poor people around the world by giving them access to computers, educational content and the Internet.

The Endless Mini, for instance, can be used where there is no Internet connection, or where there's an unreliable connection. It comes installed with a full encyclopedia and more than 100 apps, like the ones you have on your smartphone and tablet.

As Endless Mobile describes it, it's "the perfect solution where Internet is expensive, slow, or unavailable."

The Endless Mini also comes installed with Microsoft Office-type programs for word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint-style presentations. It also comes with music and videos installed.

As you can tell, the Endless Mini isn't for everyone. But it is bringing computing and the Internet to people who need it most.

The basic Endless Mini comes with an Ethernet connection to connect to the Internet. Users also need to supply the keyboard and monitor, which could be a flat-screen TV or an old-fashioned tube TV.

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